• Airbnb travel for a year in San Francisco

Gather ’round, kids. It’s story time.

Kyle and I met two years ago while sitting diagonally across from one another at a picnic table on the back patio of a bar in East Austin. He liked the ridiculous body chain I was wearing and I was curious about what it was like to kiss someone with a beard. It was love.

When the time came around for us to start thinking about cohabitation, we decided to forego another year snuggled up in the safety blanket that is Austin, and instead, pursue an opportunity with Kyle’s company in San Francisco (Thank you, Bigcommerce!)

How convenient, right? Not quite. The decision to move to San Francisco was not that easy. I wanted to travel and work remotely, not live in the most expensive city in the country.  In our early planning stages, we were messaging friends of friends with questions about where we should live and what we should budget for. Almost everything seemed outrageous and luck-based, and I couldn’t help but feel like it was a sign that we were meant to be traveling instead.

Then it dawned on us. Let’s explore the Bay Area for a full year before we decide where we want to live. Let’s let this year be an adventure in traveling without sacrificing career or social circles. Let’s make friends in 10 different neighborhoods. Let’s drink beer in every brewery around the city. Let’s see if we mind the fog. Let’s see if we can live minimally. Let’s just live out of Airbnbs for a whole fucking year!

And just like that, the decision was made. I was going to feel like I was traveling again and Kyle would get to work right smack in the middle of the tech mecca of the world. Both parties were very pleased.

On March 27th, we packed up a Uhaul and road tripped our lives through White Sands, Phoenix, Ventura and finally, San Francisco. We’re wicked excited to be on this journey and we hope you’ll follow along.

– K + E

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to know each other a little better.

Kyle

An ENTP Aquarius

Airbnb travel for a year in San Francisco

Where I call home:

I was born in Denver, but I spent 13 years of my life growing up in Charlotte, NC which is where I’ve always considered “home”.

How I make money:

I’m an Operations Engineer for Bigcommerce, my job is to make sure our merchant’s stores stay online and work on building better, faster things.

My idea of a good time:

A nice long bike ride, a delicious beer on tap, amazing food, and the company of friends.

My favorite Airbnb experience:

Staying in a little flat Emily and I rented in Montreal last summer. The city was amazing, and we had the best time riding bikes around and eating all of the fantastic food we could find. I’m excited to plan our next trip to Montreal!

The thing I’m most excited for in this adventure:

Living in the Bay Area and being around the tech culture that resides there. Each time I’ve visited SF, I’ve enjoyed being around so many other people that work in my field. I’m also excited to be in Northern California and so close to so much beautiful nature.

How we can internet together:

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Emily

An ESFP Leo

Airbnb travel for a year in San Francisco

Where I call home:

Hingham! A small town outside of Boston.

How I make money:

I own and operate a web design studio that creates websites and visual identities for creative entrepreneurs.

My idea of a good time:

Supplies to make stationary, a six pack of beer, and some Simon & Garfunkel Spotify action.

My favorite Airbnb experience:

For Kyle’s birthday this year, we stayed in a renovated backyard studio in East Austin. We walked to our favorite restaurant, and then sat by a campfire and made s’mores with our super awesome hosts.

Oh, oh, oh! And the time I stayed in a shack on the beach in Costa Rica. That was pretty amazing too.

The thing I’m most excited for in this adventure:

I can’t wait to feel like I’m traveling again!

How we can internet together:

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