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Going Places: The Senior Nomads Try Something New

Michael and Debbie Campbell, the "Senior Nomads," near Almaty, Kazakhstan this summer.
Senior Nomads
Michael and Debbie Campbell, the "Senior Nomads," near Almaty, Kazakhstan this summer.

About four years ago, Michael and Debbie Campbell sold their home in Seattle, put their things in storage, and began living full-time in Airbnbs. Since then, the self-described “Senior Nomads” have stayed in 68 countries and 168 different homes.

They told us about their adventures on a previous edition of “Going Places.” But now they're on to new things.  

“We are turning in our Senior Nomads badges for Senior Intern badges,” Debbie Campbell said. “We will be working at Airbnb headquarters in San Francisco for almost three months as senior interns.”

The idea came from the 2015 movie “The Intern,” starring Robert DeNiro as a former executive who applies for an internship after becoming bored with his retirement.

The Campbells hope to learn a lot about Airbnb, but also to do some mentoring.

“All our learning comes when we’re outside our comfort zone,” Michael Campbell said. “This is definitely outside our comfort zone. We don’t know what it’s going to be like when we walk in the door. I would suspect there’s going to be a lot of learning, which is exciting.”


"Going Places" is 88.5's weekly exploration of travel. Our usual travel expert, Matthew Brumley, will return next week. He’s co-founder of Earthbound Expeditions on Bainbridge Island, which provides small group travel to clients including KNKX. Never miss an episode again. Subscribe to Going Places with iTunes Google Play or Stitcher.

Ed Ronco is a former KNKX producer and reporter and hosted All Things Considered for seven years.
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