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People, Not Places: Paula and Steve from Texas

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I often describe our sabbatical year as a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ but in Beijing we met a couple that proved us wrong: why would a unique travel year have be an one-time deal?

Paula and Steve from Texas have been traveling ever since they retired six years ago.

They don’t own a home or a car back home, in the United States. Instead they travel each year from September to May and then spend the summer with their six children and fourteen grandchildren. When they return to the USA each May, they buy a used car for $3,000 and sell it again for the same amount at the end of the summer. They use the car to visit each of their six children, for two weeks each, and at the end of the rotation, the summer will be over and a new travel adventure awaits.

The first year the couple lived in Paris and in one of the years after, they walked a 1,000 pilgrimage trail in Spain and France. When we met them in our bed and breakfast accommodation in Beijing, they had just finished the entire length of the Trans Siberian Express.

Hats off to you, Paul and Steve, for showing us how to live life to the fullest!


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