I ABSOLUTLEY LOVE READING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAVE FOUND THE COURAGE TO LIVE THE LIFE OF FULL-TIME TRAVEL; IT INSPIRES ME TO GET OFF MY BOOTY AND START MAKING MY DREAMS HAPPEN.
So what does it mean to “sell it all and go”? It mean you simply your life to the extreme, to un-complicate all the years you have been working towards your previous dream. This may sound like something only people in their 20’s could do, but this is actually what a LOT of retirees are setting up for their “golden years”.
I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU MICHAEL AND DEBBIE CAMPELL’S STORY OF HOW THEY TURNED THEIR RETIRED LIFE INTO A GLOBAL-TROTTING, NEVER ENDING LIFESTYLE. COULD YOU SELL IT ALL AND GO?
Hello! We are Debbie and Michael Campbell “The Senior Nomads”. We are from Seattle, Washington, one of the most beautiful cities in America. A hard place to leave, but we were ready to retire (for now) and travel.
In July of 2013 we rented our home, sold our sailboat and a car, and reduced our stuff to fit in a small storage unit. We said goodbye to our family and friends and headed to Europe!
Since then we have visited 113 cities in 43 countries including most of Europe and parts of Morocco, Turkey and Israel and we have had the pleasure of staying in over 76 Airbnb homes. We weren’t sure how long we’d be gone, two years later, we still aren’t sure!
We are not on vacation. Our goal is to happily live our daily lives in different cities – just as the locals do. So that includes laundry, shopping, cooking and even days where we stay home! We always take a free walking tour if one is offered, and we love learning to use public transportation. We cook most meals in so we explore the markets looking for regional ingredients. And of course we count on our hosts for ‘insider tips’ and suggestions on what to see and do as well as what to avoid! But most importantly, to share their thoughts about their city and their country.
In order to make this all possible, we embraced Airbnb as the best resource for finding unique homes and interesting hosts. They haven’t let us down yet, and we’ve made some amazing friends along the way.
Everyday, we learn something new about the world and about ourselves and appreciate being part of the Airbnb community. To learn more about our travels Google Debbie and Michael Campbell Senior Nomads and you’ll find an article in the New York Times that tells our story.
We look forward to meeting YOU.
Debbie and Michael Campbell
The Senior Nomads
Afar Magazine did an exclusive interview on the couple to learn exactly why they chose this lifestyle for their latter years and how they actually made it happen. Both articles are great inspirational resources if you too are in your golden years and want to finally embrace the life you have always dreamed of.
The Campbell’s are living proof that you do not have to be a millionaire to experience the world. Thank you for sharing your story Michael and Debbie – the world needs to hear it!