I've been fully converted to tarp/bivy camping for about 4 years now, the only time I've used a tent in that time was for a road trip where we were camping at crowded car camping grounds. While I've been on the tarp band wagon for as long as I have been I'd estimate that only 2 of the 4 years did I consistently set up the tarp when it came time to bed down. I'd pit that outcome mostly on the two long trails I've hiked in 2016/2017. The Appalachian trail was really what set me up for the way I camp today. I fully lost any discomfort I had with sleeping outside without being fully enclosed. For five months we stayed in lean to shelters or under the tarp, however if we weren't at a shelter and the weather/condensation didn't seem like it'd be bad we'd cowboy. Last summer on my 5 month thruhike attempt of the Pacific Crest Trail I only set up the tarp maybe 4 or 5 times, no shelters (considering days off in town that's close to 4 months cowboy camping almost every night). I guess these extended wilderness trips allowed me to really feel at home outside, much more aware which resulted in becoming much more comfortable. I will say there have been a few times where I've woken up in the middle of the night and had to set the tarp up fast, with my set up I can get it up in less than 2min with my wife helping and just a bit more on my own. It's funny, I had a hard time wrapping my head around this phrase "you'll feel more connected to nature" when I was originally researching tarp camping but now I can't imagine staying in a tent outside unless I really had too. My question is how many people here will take any opportunity NOT to set up their shelter and fall asleep under the stars... or trees.