We are Ann and Jim, two older than some nomads traveling by RV and by Airbnb.
This is our first post and the start of a new journey for us. I’ve been self-employed for several years and my wife works at a private school here in the Seattle area. We’ve always loved travel and in recent years we’ve taken advantage of the academic calendar to take some extensive trips during the summer.
Two summers ago we traveled to Spain/Croatia/Italy/Iceland, and last year we spent 17 days in Japan. Moving forward, we want to make travel a more extensive part of our lives, taking at least 3-4 long trips a year, both within the United States and abroad.
For many years we’ve owned a TAB trailer (pictured above). It’s been great and we’ve taken it around many campgrounds in Washington State, and one long trip out to Sun Valley, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. But one thing we learned from the long trip: we need a little more room and an indoor toilet.
This summer, we’re renting an RV, a 2016 Leisure Travel Serenity, and if we like it, we’re planning on purchasing something like it. We’ll use the RV for visiting the National Parks, Forest Service lands and rural areas through Harvest Hosts.
As much as we like our National Parks and getting out in the woods, we also like visiting cities, both in the United States and around the world. That’s where Airbnb comes in. We love staying in Airbnb’s compared to staying in sterile hotels. We get to meet our hosts, we end up staying in and getting to know neighborhoods and sometimes we save a little money.
If you’re older than some (or even if you’re not) and you’re thinking about making travel more of a part of your life, please join us. I’ll be writing about a trip in June we’re taking to Austin, San Antonio and Santa Fe, as well as our “check out the RV life” rental trip in July.
I’ll also be writing about our evaluation of different RV options, as well as topics like selecting a route, selecting campsites and how we select our Airbnb hosts.
Let the elder nomad adventures begin!