A new InternationalLiving.com profile shares the story of trend-setting baby boomers Tim and Lynne Martin—senior nomads—who are “happier and healthier” since they sold their California home to roam the world and experience life in other cultures.
The latest travel trend for boomers in England, the “Golden Gap Year” is an idea starting to take off with North American retirees, too.
A prime example are Tim and Lynne Martin, ages 72 and 67, who are enjoying an adventure-filled retirement as “senior nomads.”
In fact, they’re taking more than a year off. In 2011, Tim and Lynne sold their comfortable California house, dumped the furniture, put their treasures in storage and kissed their four daughters and seven grandchildren goodbye.
“We had taken stock of our lives and realized that we were happier on the road than anywhere else—and that becoming home-free would give us the flexibility we needed to experience life in other cultures,” Lynne says. “Since then, we’ve lived in nine countries, and we have no plans to stop until the wheels fall off!”
Highlights of Lynne and Tim’s adventure so far include living like a local in Paris, a month in a Georgian mansion overlooking the Irish Sea, and living by the River Thames, just blocks from Henry VIII’s palace at Hampton Court.
“These were dream experiences that could never have happened if we’d kept to our old lives,” Lynne reports.
With no home maintenance, taxes, or tenants to worry about, the Martin’s continue to draw exactly the same stipend from their portfolio that they did before they changed their lifestyle. Even additional expenses, such as international health insurance and annual trips to see family and friends, do not tip the budget scale.
The bottom line, says Lynne, is this: “Being home-free and traveling costs us no more than a stationary California lifestyle.”
The Martin’s determine their itinerary far in advance and factor in variables like climate, cost, transportation, and budget. For instance, they balance a month living in London, which is very expensive, by spending some time in Mexico or Berlin, which are more reasonable.
“Living on the road has made us more patient, relaxed, and able to laugh at ourselves, Lynne says. “We travel lighter than we did, find it easier to shrug off inconveniences, and we’re even healthier and happier than we were when we started.”
The full article on Lynne and Tim’s adventure, including tips on how to plan your nomadic retirement, which appeared in the May edition of International Living magazine, can be read here.
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