Lynne and Tim Martin were serious about carving out more time to travel so last year they took the bull by the horns: They sold their house in Cambria, California, stowed their stuff in a 10×15 storage unit, and made arrangements to live for a month or two at a time at furnished apartments and houses around the globe. They don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
At 66 years old, Tim is a retired journalist, poet and songwriter who is working on a novel. Lynne, 70, is a former pubic relations executive and writer who blogs about their itinerant lifestyle at HomefreeAdventures.com. According to a recent story penned by Lynne in the Wall Street Journal, the nomadic couple has visited Mexico, Argentina, Florida, Turkey, France, Italy, and England and have found a way to experience life in these places in a way that’s more akin to a resident than a tourist.
To find a place to call home, albeit temporarily, they use online home rental sites like VRBO.com and homeaway.com. To save on transatlantic travel, they take advantage of the sizeable discounts made available by cruise lines when they reposition ships between seasons. By cooking at home much of the time, they not only save money, but are able to gain a more authentic experience of life lived as locals.
The greatest tradeoff involved in a bold plan like this is probably is the distance between these road warriors and their family and friends. Yet, the Martins manage to stay connected using the Internet, and also arranging stateside house rentals in-between trips. Depending on the locations of their stays, expenses have ranged between $3450 per month in San Miguel Allende, Mexico to $6800 per month in London— below the estimated $7,750 cost-of-living per month before they started their trek.
You can read more of Lynne Martin’s story on Yahoo Finance.
Ways to Find More Time to Travel: Lessons from the Martins
- Find ways to reduce fixed expenses at home (The Martins took an extreme approach).
- Take advantage of rental properties rather than hotels.
- Find creative ways to economize on transportation costs.
- Focus on experiences rather than stuff.
- Take advantage of careers, like writing, that allow you to telecommute.
- While income may be more limited, the retirement years often offer more flexibility in terms of fewer family and work obligations.
- Be brave enough to take the plunge.
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