Never underestimate the ambition of your elders. Instagram might have you believe that the ‘global nomads’ of today are under the age of 25 and attained their ‘nomad’ status by spending time in infinity pools all over the world. This isn’t the case as one retired couple prove.
Since 2013, retired couple Michael and Debbie Campbell have lived in 109 different homes in 49 different countries courtesy of Airbnb.
Throughout their travels, the two have become the unofficial ambassadors for the accommodation company penning their own manual for first-time Airbnb-ers.
Business Insider spoke with the couple and uncovered their secrets of being golden age global nomads.
First off, how are they affording such an expensive trip? Instagram ‘travellers’ have the backing of sponsors and brands, how do everyday folk do it?
“[We realized that] if we took our Social Security and retirement funds and doled that out every month to travel and live in Airbnbs, we could spend the same amount we would spend in our rocking chairs in Seattle.”
On top of that the couple, who have been married for 37 years, sold their sailboat, rented out their townhouse and eBay that sh*t out of their possessions to afford their first round-trip to Paris.
They embarked on a six-month journey round Europe with a nightly budget of £65. After the half-year stint, the couple realised that this was too fun to just give up on and since then have committed whole-heartedly to seeing as much of the world as they can.
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Their strict budget (which they stick to to this day) actually works in their favour. Because the Campbells don’t eat out much, they’re forced to live like locals. They shop in the markets in their neighbourhoods!
Debbie Campbell summarises their experience well. She says, “we’re not on vacation. We’re just living our daily lives in other people’s homes in other countries”.