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Join us at the Going Gypsy Book Party – Nashville!
Meet us at the famous BookManBookWoman bookstore on June 6th!
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An Empty Nest Couples Tip: Do Something Completely New Together
Like most couples, we entered the empty nest phase of our lives pretty much the same way we entered the world, starry-eyed and clueless.

An anxiety-inducing mixture of excitement and terror.

We had our big now what? moment and stumbled ahead, knowing that we had to do something to reconnect as the couple that fell in love all those years ago.

We’ve found that the key is… CONTINUE READING >>

The Pisté Résistance: A Surprising Discovery in The Yucatán, Mexico
In our travels it is often a slice of unassuming, everyday life that delivers the unexpected, and satisfying, taste of a destination.

As a gateway to Chichen Itza, we expected Piste to be dominated by tourist traps, but we found the exact opposite.

We couldn’t resist an evening enjoying some genuine Yucatán life…. CONTINUE READING >>

How to Make Your Mother-in-law Love You Forever

I have known my mother-in-law since I was eighteen-years old.

Now, as a wise woman with over half a century behind me, I can reflect back on our relationship and see things with the clarity and compassion of 20/20 hindsight.

Yeah, right. I haven’t seen anything 20/20 in decades.

We’ve had our ups and downs, like any… CONTINUE READING >>

David Interviews Director Bill Pohlad of “Love & Mercy” – Beach Boys New Biopic
This amazing movie delves deeply into the troubled life of Brian Wilson, the creative genius behind The Beach Boys, from a compassionate and compelling point of view – a must see.

David sits down after the screening with the film’s director and producer, Bill Pohlad (12 Years a Slave, Wild), to chat a bit about the extent of Brian Wilson’s involvement… CONTINUE READING >>

3 Money Mistakes Empty Nesters Make – and One of Them is OURS!

Check us out talking about a BIG lesson learned in U.S. News & World Report!

When your kids leave home, you may worry about how they’re going to handle their money. But don’t forget to worry about yourself, too… SEE FULL ARTICLE >>

And that’s not all! See more Going Gypsy News!

Seeing Red in Rothenberg, Germany’s Best Preserved Medieval Town
It’s not every day that we get to spend securely tucked away within the impenetrable ramparts of a fortified enclave, but Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany was just such a place.

The town truly is one big fortress, protected by a city wall all the way around it that has remained intact for centuries… CONTINUE READING >>

So I Broke Down and Tried Botox (please don’t judge me!)
I’m a squinter. Always have been. My Grandma used to caution me, “Quit doing that – your face will freeze that way!”

In my twenties, David would affectionately tease me about my “worry line.” He would always know when something was amiss, all he had to do was look between my eyes.

Fast forward thirty (or so) years and, still, I squint on. The squinting’s worst when I’m writing – I don’t even realized I’m doing it.

And Grandma was right, my face… CONTINUE READING >> 

Hangin’ with FDR and Eleanor at Hyde Park
Sometimes in our travels we come upon connections across history — and miles — in coincidental and unpredictable ways.

Come along with us as we explore the Presidential Library and Museum (and yes, we found the weird stuff!), peek into the houses that the Roosevelts lived in — together and apart — and have the privilege to visit with a friend of Eleanor’s (seriously)… CONTINUE READING >>

Yes! We’re Featured in AARP’s Life Reimagined!

David and Veronica James From Empty Nest to No Nest

Veronica and David James were living on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands when the last of their three kids flew off to college. Some of us might have opted to stay in that tropical paradise, but the Jameses knew they needed a change… SEE THE FULL STORY

And that’s not all! See more Going Gypsy News!

Introducing Baby BAMF! Or How We Drove Our RV on a Racetrack
We have a new RV! What better way to break him in than on a race track, right?

Race alongside your GypsyNesters as David puts our new (even more downsized) motorhome through the paces – and get a peek inside of our new home!.. CONTINUE READING >>

Racing our RV Around Watkins Glen International Speedway!


This could possibly be the most hysterically dumb thing we’ve ever done (and this is saying a lot!) ,.. See the whole story here or enlarge video

Why We Call Our Adult Kids “The Spawn” (and how they got their nicknames)
Every once in a great while we receive comments like this:

Please don’t refer to your children as “spawn”. It sounds so disrespectful…

AND

You refer to your daughter as “Piglet”…  How would you like being referred to as “piglet’ or “spawn”?” Have you ever asked her?

I’ve wanted to respond for a while now, but it didn’t feel right before I got my hands on the hilarious evidence behind our nicknaming… CONTINUE READING >>

It’s Cherry Blossom Time in Japan!
In another of what seems to be a series of unbelievable bits of good timing we have encountered in our travels, we hit Japan right at the peak of the cherry blossoms blooming.

Known as sakura, the blooming trees have deep roots in Japanese culture… CONTINUE READING >> 

Listen Up! Going Gypsy is Now an Audio Book (or how David may very well become a zombie)
We’re one step closer to our ultimate goal of having Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie play us in the movie version of Going Gypsy.

That’s not a long shot, is it?

Click in for the lowdown on the incredible voice actors of the audiobook version of Going Gypsy – and how David may soon become a zombie!

We’re also giving away a copy of the audiobook so… CONTINUE READING >>

How to Help the People of Nepal
Our hearts are breaking for the people of the Nepal.

We felt the need to help – and want to share with you what we found in our search of ways to help.

If you would like to join us, here are three suggestions…

CONTINUE READING to find out how you can help >>

Delve deeper:
Whirlpools, Wings, and Northern Lights in Bodø, Norway
Who in their right mind plans a trip above the Arctic Circle in December?

Our answer? Who ever said we were in our right minds?

Chase us around Bodo, Norway as we visit the whirlpools of the Saltstraumen, marvel at midnight blue skies, and dance under the northern lights… CONTINUE READING >>

The World’s Strongest Tidal Flow – The Saltstraumen in Norway!


Wow! 30 foot whirlpools, crazy fast water – David shows you the world’s strongest maelstrom!.. See more about this wild place

How We Use the Internet While Overseas (without going broke!)
Internet access is much easier to find now than it was when we started this crazy life we lead.

When we’re in the States, we have service with us all the time because our smartphone creates its own hotspot.

But overseas, it’s a whole different enchilada… CONTINUE READING > >

Fear Conquering & Skydiving

Jumping out of a perfectly good airplane has become one of those ultimate bucket list items.

Like living to 120 years old or climbing Mount Everest.

Of the three, the most feasible to me was the jump.

Which turned out to be a bit odd, because there was no… CONTINUE READING >>

Veronica Gives Skydiving a Go!


Who knew nostrils could stretch so far? Watch as Veronica “jumps” from 10,000 feet over what has to be the most beautiful place to “fly”!… Read the whole, crazy adventure here! or enlarge video>>

Why Do People Like Us Even Have Kids?
“Tell me why when a person says they enjoy the empty nest another person counters with – Oh, but I am close to my kids. ARGH”

Receiving this sort of frustrated tweet is not uncommon for us, this one came while sitting with our morning coffee in a hotel cafe.

I had just returned from using the lobby bathroom where I overheard a cell phone conversation in the stall next to me.

Yes, I admit I was eavesdropping – but I have two lame excuses.

1) We had just… CONTINUE READING >>

Cruising Holland and Belgium, A Live Blog


Our live-blog continues – through Holland and Belgium – we’re having a blast out here! Join us LIVE… CONTINUE READING >>

Check Us Out on Florida Talk Radio!

We had a blast with Kim Bailey of News Talk Florida – talkin’ our craziest food experiences!.. CLICK TO LISTEN!

Cruising Amidst Tulips & Windmills, A Live Blog

Spring has sprung and we’re ready to embrace it fully! And what better way to celebrate the new season than to head to the flower capital of the world – Holland!

But that’s not all kids – we’ll be sailing into Belgium too! Join us LIVE as we spend 10 days in the Low Countries… CONTINUE READING >>

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