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The Senior Nomads

The Senior Nomads on their Airbnb home in SMA

By Jade Arroyo

The couple known as the Senior Nomads visited Mexico City for the first time in mid-January. Michael and Debbie Campbell’s story is world famous, even catching the eye of The New York Times. When they retired after having raised four children, they felt there was another adventure yet to come. In 2013 they decided to sell their house and possessions and go traveling around, using Airbnb and a frugal traveler point of view for their housing and financial resources.

At a time of life when most people are ready to settle down to a calm life, the Campbells chose adventure instead and made a 360º change of lifestyle. They have spent the past two and a half years crisscrossing Europe, living for a week or more in one rental home before moving on to another. San Miguel is their second experience in Latin America while on this journey.

Their goal is to live happily, taking one day a time. In order to afford their traveling, they live an authentic local life, which includes doing laundry, shopping, and cooking at home and using public transportation. “We’re not on vacation,” Mr. Campbell said. “We’re not retiring in the traditional sense. We’re out seeing the world in Airbnb apartments because that’s how we can afford to do it.” Their lives fit in two suitcases.

To learn more about their travels, you can visit their blog:
AirbnbAirbnb is a website where people can go to list, find, and rent lodging. It has over 1,500,000 listings in 34,000 cities and 190 countries. Founded in August 2008 and headquartered in San Francisco, California, the company is privately owned and operated by Airbnb, Inc.


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