Your Keys, Our Home.
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If you dream of casting off your worldly possessions and traveling to your heart’s content, we hope our story will inspire you no matter your age.
In this book we share tales of living full-time in Airbnbs in more than 50 countries. From the barber’s chair in Dublin and the dentist’s chair in Split, to a wild motorcycle ride in Athens, a peek behind the Soviet curtain in Transnistria and the demise of a chicken for dinner in Marrakech, we found the world to be just one big neighborhood.
You'll also find tips on how we pick our next Airbnb, how we get there and frugal ways to enjoy a new city, just as the locals do.
The Senior Nomads
Debbie & Michael Campbell
We are from Seattle,Washington, one of the most beautiful cities in America and a great place to call home — if you have one.
As we were closing in on retirement, we felt we had “one more adventure in us” so in July of 2013 we rented our townhouse, sold our sailboat and a car, and reduced our stuff to fit in a small storage unit. We waved goodbye to our family and friends and headed off to explore the world!
Since then, we have stayed in over 130 Airbnbs, visited more than 200 cities in 60 countries including all of Europe as well as Morocco, Turkey, Israel, Russia, Mexico, Africa and Cuba.
We weren't sure how long we'd be gone. Now, more than three years later, we still aren't sure! In fact, we recently sold our home in Seattle so now we truly are nomads.
“What does it take to be a Senior Nomad? Should you want to become one, a few requirements: Be willing to cast off your stuff and accumulate no more; have a flexible definition of what it means to be at home; master the Excel spreadsheet; accept, and even grudgingly appreciate, the ubiquity of Ikea.”
“Since hitting the road about 1,000 days ago, the couple has become known as the Senior Nomads, silver couch surfers on an endless, Airbnb-powered trip around the world…”
“Last summer, Michael and Debbie finally cut ties at ‘home’ and sold their Seattle townhouse. They plan to keep traveling: ‘We will keep doing this as long as we are having fun, learning everyday, staying close to our budget and we’re still in love.’”
“According to their sums, travelling around the world, living in other people’s homes costs them about the same as it would to be ‘sitting on a porch in our rocking chairs’ in the States.”
"And the former marketing executive and graphic designer are not fat-cat types who can just retire like they’re on vacation. These erstwhile Seattleites have perfected the frugal art of it.”
During our travels we've found everyone we meet is fascinated with our lifestyle and wants to learn more. In recent months, we've become even more aware of the impact as radio, television, newspapers and websites all over the world have covered our unique approach to retirement.
We enjoy telling our story and are ready to inspire, inform, educate and entertain your organization or clients with the story of how we became “Senior Nomads” — living abundant (and affordable) lives in Airbnb apartments around the world.
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