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Washougal couple travels world teaches others to do it too

first_imgA Washougal couple has developed their longtime passion for travel into two businesses. Kevin and Andi Crockford opened an Airbnb in their riverfront home on the Washougal River in 2014. Two years later, they started Kendi World Adventures, in which they guide mostly inexperienced travelers on trips to Costa Rica.Kevin, 58, and his wife, Andi, 57, have traveled to 36 countries together. They started traveling to Mexico when their youngest child turned 6 and could carry her own backpack.“It’s cheaper to stay and eat in Mexico than in the U.S.,” Andi said.Kevin’s mechanical engineer salary supported the family. When Andi Crockford got a part-time job while the kids were in school, they continued living on Kevin’s salary and stashed all of Andi’s earnings into savings. When their youngest, Rachel Crockford, was in high school, they set a five-year goal: Save enough money to spend a year traveling the world together with their daughter.Rachel Crockford got a part-time job and saved money, too. They committed their goal to paper. Andi Crockford created a binder with a world map, their monthly bills and this note: “Keep your eye on the goal.”They stopped buying extras and didn’t eat out as much. In five years, they saved $50,000.“We are of the philosophy that every penny you earn either takes you closer or farther from your goal,” Andi Crockford said. “You make choices. When you buy $6 lattes, it adds up quickly.”last_img read more

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