Member Spotlight: Sam and Leann JarczynskiSeptember 14, 2018 • By THIRDHOME
Sam and Leann have been THIRDHOME members since 2016 and have managed to take 14 trips by leveraging their Florida Beach Getaway on Exchange. Using their Keys for a London girls trips, luxury Florida staycations ski trips and much more, the Jarczynski family are pros at getting the most value out of their second home.
Get to know Sam and Leann and how they’re making the most of their retirement below.
How did you get involved with THIRDHOME?
A close friend and THIRDHOME early investor, Marilyn Connelly, recommended THIRDHOME to us.
Where are you based?
Clearwater Florida, USA
Who do you usually travel with?
My wife Leann Jarczynski primarily but we have both taken “guys trips”, “girls trips” and family vacations also.
What do you do for a living?
We retired early after selling our business and decided to travel and do adventures while we are still physically able to do the things we want.
What are your favorite travel hobbies?
Travel hobbies are dictated by where we go! Whitewater rafting in Colorado. Sailing in California. Hiking in South Carolina. Music Festival in the Florida Keys. Downhill Mountain biking. Snowboarding. Whale watching. Electric bike rental along the Pacific Coast Highway while the PCH was closed due to bridges washing out. Swimming in a cave in Texas that we hiked to. Renting a small two person, open vehicle called a Slingshot and driving the Continental Divide. Having a “staycation” on the beach near our house and having friends over. And of course dining and drinking while meeting new people. I could go on forever!
In your past travels with THIRDHOME, what was your favorite destination and what did you love about it?
Monterey California. The house we stayed in was close to everything. Gorgeous inside and out with a tiered, landscaped, backyard that rivaled a movie set. We visited Monterey, Carmel, Pebble Beach, etc. While whale watching we saw several kinds of whales including the elusive Orcas or “killer whales” We took a sunset cruise, biked the PCH, ate fabulous meals and met too many people to count.
What’s the next destination you are eyeing to travel to with THIRDHOME?
My wife went with a girlfriend to London and stayed in a Flat in downtown London during Christmas time. She said it was amazing. She is encouraging London again but we are also looking at Costa Rica (surfing for me) and Amsterdam. It is so hard to choose.
What do you love most about your property with THIRDHOME?
The THIRDHOME members/guests are all so friendly and easy to work with.
Compared to other exchange and rental platforms, how has your experience been hosting other THIRDHOME members?
We don’t use any other platforms with our current Condo. We had another condo in the past that we used another platform with and were always a little scared about the screening process; we were kind of on our own. With THIRDHOME, we don’t have that problem or concern.
Any personal/family achievements you’d like to share?
My wife and I were able to retire at a fairly young age. We have two boys. One son lives in Manhattan after graduating with his Masters and the other attends the University of Florida. THIRDHOME gives us the flexibility to travel places now that we are “empty nesters” and we couldn’t be happier. These days, in our early 50’s, you hear about friends, family and strangers that have catastrophic illness, unexpected death, crashes, etc. that don’t allow a person to actually enjoy their lives as they get older or are unable to physically do things. My advice, like the song says, is live like you were dying.
How has THIRDHOME changed the way you travel?
Staying in the most beautiful places all over the country and world, for less expense and less worry? Let me say that that THIRDHOME is our preferred way to travel now. Hands down no comparison.
What is the nicest amenity you have encountered while staying at a THIRDHOME property?
The backyard of the Monterey California house. Can you even call that an amenity? It’s hard to believe that I would say this but it was so beautiful. Fountains, fire-pits, discreet lighting along paths through the most amazing landscaping. Sitting by an open fire drinking a few cold beers and wine after a day on the Pacific Ocean. Wildlife around us by firelight. Amazing.
What makes a THIRDHOME stay so special?
Beautiful homes in excellent locations with the feeling of being at home as opposed to being in a hotel.
How is staying in a THIRDHOME different than other types of accommodations?
That it is a home, not a hotel.
How would you describe THIRDHOME to a friend?
I recommend THIRDHOME every chance I get. If they have a second home I say sign up. If they don’t I tell them to buy a second home and then sign up.
What’s the most memorable restaurant you’ve eaten at during one of your trips?
A small Vail Village place called Sweet Basil. Sitting at the bar eating a sweet corn bruschetta and having a few cocktails. Or a snowcat ride up the Vail mountain in the snow to a restaurant with incredible service and food. Or some Tex-Mex in Austin Texas.
Any travel tips for fellow members?
Get out and live your life while you still can. My wife and I both lost our parents while in their 60s and 70s. While spending time with them near the end they all regretted not doing more. My Mother passed quickly from cancer. Very soon after my Father started dialysis unexpectedly and could not travel. We had booked an Alaska Cruise that he was unable to make. My advice is take that trip, go somewhere new, go somewhere you enjoyed in the past. Just GO.