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Tips on Being A Travelling Nomad in Retirement

Tips on Being A Travelling Nomad in Retirement

By Susan Williams

Does the idea of travelling the world to visit different and exotic places excite you but you’re just not sure you could afford it?

Well that is exactly what Michael and Debbie Campbell from Seattle wondered.

And then they actually did it.

Not only did they travel the world – they became interns for AirBNB – a service that provides people to offer their homes for short term rentals and leases.

And they haven’t looked back since.

They initially discovered AirBNB back in 2012 and it sparked the idea that they could in fact afford to travel the world.

Since becoming nomad retirees, they shared some of their tips on how to live this lifestyle in the following video from CNBC;

Here are their seven tips to being a nomad in retirement;

#1: Stay in AirBNB’s

Now given that the couple are AirBNB intern’s probably means that this is the starting point for all their travel plans.

#2: Set a Budget

They suggest that you start by mapping out the places you would like to visit and figuring out how much it would cost to stay there. Michael and Debbie set a budget of $90 / night on average. They found sometimes it was a bit higher, sometimes it was a bit lower but they liked to stay within that average range.

#3: Buy Experiences Not Things

The Campbell’s suggest trading in buying things for buying experiences instead. Not only are you left with great memories – experiences also don’t overload an already over packed suitcase.

#4: Live Like A Local

When visiting a city, they suggest to try and see the free things the city has to offer. Also make a point of spending time with locals – they will often give you tips and advice on the best places to go and see. As well, be sure to buy and prepare your own meals.

#5: Keep a Journal For Your Expenses

Daily, the Campbell’s tracked what activities they did, how much they spent and kept the receipts all in a journal. This way they knew exactly what they spent and where they spent it.

#6: Walk Alot

When choosing where to stay, the Campbell’s would often select to stay in the centre of the city so that they could walk to where they wanted to go. Not only was this less expensive for transportation costs but also helped them maintain their health.

#7: Find an Internship If You Can

The couple suggest that you see if there is an organization that may be interested in what you are doing. In the Campbell’s case, it was just a matter of reaching out and asking AirBNB. You never know what might someone may say if you don’t ask.

Overall, the Campbell’s discovered that they could live in smaller spaces with fewer things and when they eventually return to Seattle, they hope they will understand more about exactly what they really need to be comfortable.

So it seems that based on the Campbell’s experience if you’re willing to plan, budget and manage your expenses you may just be able to travel the world like a nomad.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.