This week, a Texas man’s alternative retirement plan, posted on social media, went viral and made national headlines. According to the Facebook post, Terry Robison and his wife won’t be checking into a nursing home when they retire – but into a Holiday Inn, instead.
Robison first made the post on Facebook over a year ago and gained little attention. When it popped back in his Facebook memories a couple of weeks ago, he decided to share his retirement plan again. It now has been shared over 120,000 times.
“I thought that people would just enjoy reading it, but I had no idea that it was going to take off and do what it did,” Robison says.
Robison says he once stayed at a hotel where a gentleman had lived 30 years in that same hotel, before passing away. He says the general public might be surprised to learn how many people live similarly.
“Holiday Inns are nice,” Robison says. “Easily, you could be paying, say $89 a night. There’s a lot of freebees and a lot of added benefits. You don’t have to pay utilities.”
Robison says he and his wife have not made any definite plans to move into Holiday Inn, but they are not ruling it out either.
“I think the best thing about this is it just gets people to thinking and gets people to talking about this situation – not necessarily retiring and living in a Holiday Inn, but the high cost of retirement in general,” Robison says.
Written by Sara Schleede.