1. Try before you buy, right?
The truth is, we know absolutely nothing about San Francisco. I’m from Massachusetts, Kyle is from North Carolina, and we’ve spent a good half of the last decade living in Austin. After doing our pre-move research, it came down to this: if we’re going to invest our time and money into building a life in San Francisco, let’s go big or go home. We want to fall in love with San Francisco one neighborhood and Airbnb host at a time, and if that means living out of a suitcase for a year, than let’s get packing.
2. Because we want to travel without sacrificing where or how we want to work.
Long-term travel has it’s obvious benefits, but as you get older, it also has it’s drawbacks. It’s not always easy leaving a job, friends, and a home, all so you can take off for a year. For a lot of people, just thinking about temporarily closing up their lives, traveling for a year, and then setting it all up again is exhausting enough.
I run my own business, so I can work from anywhere, but Kyle can’t. He works for a company that expects him to be in the office everyday. Living in different neighborhoods throughout a city we both know nothing about, is our way of creating a balance between our desire for travel and stability.
3. Because we’re almost 30 and damn it, we want more adventures.
Kyle is 29 and I’m 28. A lot of our friends are getting married, thinking of settling down, buying homes, flipping homes, etc. While these are amazing life decisions, they’re just not life decisions we’re ready for. Just because we’re approaching a certain age, doesn’t mean that we have to do anything we’re not ready for. I think it’s also important for us to prove to ourselves that we’re up for a new adventure. We want to celebrate our age, our relationship, our love of travel and our devotion to our careers by taking on this adventure together.
4. Oh, and because we really like Airbnb.