keyboard to reflect on our journey so far...
We left Seattle in July 2013 with the idea that we would be gone for a year. We downsized our belongings, severely cut our monthly expenses, and rented our house. We were free to travel to our hearts content for at least 12 months.
But, in fact we hedged our bets not knowing if we'd really like living a nomadic lifestyle and bought round trip tickets from Seattle to Paris and back returning home for Christmas that year.
Well, you can tell from the title of this blog that after putting our toe in the water for that first 6 months we took to this new lifestyle like a "fish to water"! Since then, we’ve only returned to Seattle twice.
|We were excited to receive French travel visas that allowed us to travel freely in the Schengen Zone for one year.|
|In sunny Girona, Spain on day 1010!|
To get to all these places we have ridden on almost every form of public transportation you can imagine: trains, planes, buses, minivans, ferry boats, Coco taxis (in Havana) and a horse a horse drawn cart. We have also walked our fair share of miles, which we now track in kilometers. We did the math and we’ve walked the equivalent of hiking from Seattle to Washington DC. Whew!
|Arriving in Bucharest with all we need to get by stuffed into 2 suitcases and 2 day packs.|
|Seattle's famous librarian, Nancy Pearl is a great source for book selections. Did you know she was an action figure !? http://mcphee.com/shop/librarian-action-figure.html|
|Playing "Games" is a big part of our Nomad lifestyle.|
|I hope Debbie is willing to make it to 38!|
"We will keep doing this as long as we haven't run out of money, stopped having fun, stopped learning, fallen out of love, or fallen over and can't get up".
Looking back, we concluded that blog post with this comment: “So far so good!” We are happy to say that now, almost three years into our adventure, we feel incredibly blessed to once again say, “So far so good!”
The only advice we would give to anyone thinking of striking out as Senior Nomads would be sure you are traveling with your best friend. And bring your own pillows.
Thanks for following along,
Debbie and Michael Campbell
The Senior Nomads