“We’re lifelong learners, we’re healthy and we’re curious — those are the key things that drove us to set out on this journey.” —Michael Campbell
The journey? Two years of traveling (and counting), 45 countries, 125 cities, 85 AirBnBs.
Michael and Debbie Campbell had been in”what’s next?” mode — they’d been wondering what their retirement might look like. When their daughter introduced them to the hotel-alternative site AirBnB as a far less expensive way to travel full-time, they quit their jobs, sold stuff, downsized and took off.
“After doing some calculations I came to the conclusion that maybe we could live in your homes for the same amount of money that we would spend if we just stuck it out in Seattle in retirement,” Michael says. “We slept in your beds, we cooked in your kitchens, we used your coffee makers, we washed your dishes, we knew that we could belong anywhere…. We made friends all along the way”
This 14-minute video — admittedly, something of a pitch for AirBnB — the Campbells describe how they went about it, and the huge variety of places in which they stayed and experiences they had, from Amsterdam to Nicosia and Cuba.
Have you tried AirBnB?