July 27, 2018 — There are some folks who decide the best place to retire is — everywhere! That’s right, there are people how so love adventure and travel that they sell everything and go on the road. Some do it for a few years, while others hope to do it as long as they can. While not for everyone, it is guaranteed to be an interesting strategy.
After we saw a recent NY Times article about a couple who have retired to become modern day nomads, we knew we had to share their story. But as we got into it we realized that there are many different ways to retire on the road. You can live on a cruise ship, buy a boat, travel about in a RV or van, or work as a floating volunteer. There is so much adventure available, if that is what you are looking for.
In “Two for the Road: 80 Countries and Still Counting“, the Times recounts how Michael and Debbie Campbell, aged 72 and 62, have entered into retirement as full-time travelers. Along the way they have become role models for hundreds of people who are living the nomad life (Debbie has written 154 blog posts about their life on the road and is active on Instagram). Their Senior Nomads website has lots of info and articles about their travels. Their motto is a good one: “Living Life and Loving Each Other, One Airbnb at a Time.”
Since going on the road in 2013 one of their goals is to go places where history is in the making. That led them to England on the eve of the Brexit vote, which was quite an experience. They also find that living on the road (they usually stay in Airbnbs) gives them the luxury of time. They can slow down and observe and take part in what is going on around them, whether it is in Kazakhstan, Spain, Ephesus, Tanzania, or Omaha Beach in Normandy.
One of the questions the couple gets is, “How long can you keep this up?” After 5 years they don’t see the end in sight, as long as they feel they are happy, learning, healthy, on budget, and in love. We love that last bit, a good reflection of this very romantic couple!
Selling everything and going on the road full-time is not something done on the spur of the moment. It takes planning and thought to get your affairs ready, and decide on some goals. If you are interested check out the Campbell’s blog and the articles below to get your thought process going. As you will see, it takes a lot of work and patience to travel full-time. It is not for everyone, but if you are the right person – enjoy!
More Nomad Retirement Lifestyles
One of Baby Boomers Biggest Regrets – Not Traveling.
Retire to a Cruise Ship
Van Living in Retirement
A Next Chapter…Afloat
Betty Loves the Mobile Lifestyle (5 part series)
How to Live for Free as a Second Career Volunteer
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