2018 was an amazing year!
Despite a rough beginning (health stuff; I won’t bore you), the year ended on a high note for Greg and me.
In 2017 we vacationed in west Michigan and fell in love with the lake and the beach and the people and …well… Michigan! Within hours we knew we wanted to retire to the Mitten State. Our conversations quickly turned from dreaming to calculating how and when we could actually make the move.
A perfect-for-us house in Holland Michigan came on the market in March ’18. We closed in June, waved goodbye to Minnesota in August, and started settling into our new forever home in beautiful Waukazoo Woods.
Thing is, the house has more space than we need. It’s perfect when we have friends or family visiting, but most of those folks have jobs and houses and other commitments that keep them from staying here as much as we’d all like.
Enter Airbnb. We turned a separate wing on the upper floor of our house into a guest suite. Visitors have two bedrooms, their own TV room and an ensuite bath all to themselves. Privacy for us and for them when needed, and interaction with really interesting people when desired. Win-win!
Airbnb has been such a positive influence on our lives.
Remember our house is new to us, but it isn’t a new house. We updated and decorated the guest suite first with friends’ and family’s comfort in mind, but our Airbnb guests’ use of the space continually inspires us to raise the bar.
Our Airbnb guests have been so amazing that when Greg and I talk about making changes, like what to plant in our flower gardens or how to use our outdoor space, we think of them as much as we think of ourselves, our family and our friends!
We’re retired and we could easily stay home and watch TV, but Airbnb covertly pushes us out of the house and into new experiences. How can we direct our guests to local attractions if we haven’t experienced them? Or recommend restaurants if we haven’t dined in them? Or suggest bike trails if we haven’t taken our bikes for a ride? Best. Retirement. Ever.
We’re on track to become Airbnb Super Hosts within the next few days. Our Airbnb journey thus far has been positively amazing.
Could 2019 really be more awesome?