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 >>

Our Stars Came Out to Shine: Going Gypsy’s Release Party!

There are few words to describe our feelings about the outpouring of love and wonderfulness that was Going Gypsy‘s release party.

So, very unlike our wordy selves, we shall let pictures say the thousand words.

As if a thousand words could ever be enough… CONTINUE READING >>

Boston – Eat, Bike, & Beer Merry
Having already explored Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, we decided that on this visit to Boston we would seek to explore the tastes — and taps — that are beginning to make new history.

Chase your GypsyNesters through the breweries, ball fields, big buildings and bistros of Boston!.. CONTINUE READING >> 

The Long and the Shorts of It All
When women get to be “of a certain age” questions of appropriateness inevitably rear their ugly heads. I think I have squarely hit that certain age. With a vengeance.

My questions of appropriateness have actually turned into a LIST of questions of appropriateness:

Should I stop wearing shorts?
What about sleeveless blouses?
Is my hair too long?
When should I stop dying it?
Should I do something about my wrinkles?… CONTINUE READING >>

On a Mission in San Antonio, Texas

There are two things we’ve known about San Antone since childhood. Davy Crockett fought at the Alamo there and Charley Pride wanted to know if anybody was goin’ there.

Seemed like we should learn more about Texas’ second-largest city, so we had our mission, should we decide to accept it.

And mission is the right word. San Antonio wouldn’t even exist if not for missions. The most famous being… CONTINUE READING >>

You’re Invited! Going Gypsy Release Party at the Book Lover’s Dream Location – Library Hotel!

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Meet and mingle with your GypsyNesters, authors of Going Gypsy: One Couple’s Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All at the New York City book lover’s dream location!
On the rooftop of the Library Hotel

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A Dose of Dos Cancúns in Mexico
Just over forty years ago, there was nothing but jungle and sand along this isolated stretch of Caribbean shoreline. 

You may equate Cancun with beaches, relaxation, and high-rise resorts — and you’d be right — but there is another side of Cancun that we discovered.

Find out how we found the wonderful in each… CONTINUE READING >>

Top Ten Ways You Know Your Kid is Grown Up

10. You have Thanksgiving dinner at her home. You sneak the inedible parts to her dog.

9. He drops the F-bomb right in front of you. With no fear of an Ivory Soap sandwich.

8. You realize that you are sitting in the back seat. Of her car.

7. He cleans up after himself. While visiting your house!

6. She absentmindedlyCONTINUE READING >>

We Have Our First #GoingGypsy Winner!
Congrats to Phoebe G. of Goshen, Indiana!

Phoebe says, “I can’t wait to live vicariously through you as I read of your adventures! I always need reminders (and inspiration) to not take life so seriously!”

But wait! Don’t despair if you didn’t win – we’re giving away another signed copy!

See how easy it is to share your #GoingGypsy moments and be entered to win a personalized, autographed copy of Going Gypsy!

Delve deeper:
Paris Underground: Digging Beneath Her Surface
Paris has long been heralded as the home of chic, hip, cutting edge trends, and that notoriety as an avant-garde hotspot is mostly associated with the Left Bank.

But sometimes you’ve gotta dig deep to find the fun — and weird — and creepy — beneath the surface… CONTINUE READING >>

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2015: These Photos Will Blow You Away

This annual gallery celebrating the “Every-Woman” from all over the world is something that we look forward to every year.

A tribute on International Women’s Day, each photo is a glimpse into the diverse lives of women globally – showing strength, courage, joy, love – the fabric of which life is made.

By celebrating our uniqueness, we find our common ground… CONTINUE TO THE PHOTO GALLERY

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The Key to Quito, Ecuador
What we THOUGHT was going to be a simple stopover on our way to The Galapagos Islands, turned out to be a gem of Colonial American history.

Quito’s Colonial Center is perhaps the largest and best preserved historic center in the Americas, and was the first New World city to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

And don’t get us started on the gigantic, winged Virgin Mary… CONTINUE READING >>

How are YOU #GoingGypsy? Tell Us – You Could Win a Signed Copy of Going Gypsy!

Show us how YOU are #GoingGypsy!

Post your best #GoingGypsy moments on Facebook and Twitter and be automatically entered to win a personalized, autographed first edition of Going Gypsy!

We want to see YOU in a favorite travel moment, celebrating a milestone, hugging your loved ones, conquering a fear, or posing with the cover of Going Gypsy!

Click here to see how easy it is to share your #GoingGypsy moments!

Delve deeper:
Post-Parting Depression: Saying Good-bye to My Adult Kids
I’ve got an issue and I need help! I’m hoping I’ll get a lot of suggestions on this post from our amazingly insightful readers.

This past holiday season, we had a lot to celebrate. In addition to our typical yuletide festivities, we were blessed to celebrate my in-law’s 60th wedding anniversary two days after Christmas and our own anniversary a week after the new year started.

As wonderful as it was to have such momentous events smack-in-the-middle of the holidays, it led to more good-byes to our adult kids than I’m normally used to.

Having The Spawn come and go in such short and hectic celebratory spurts gave me some interesting insight into how I deal with my empty nest good-byes.

Not well, it seems… CONTINUE READING >> 

A Peace of Olso, Norway
As unfamiliar visitors making our first trip to Oslo, Norway, we didn’t know what we were in for.

Chase us around Oslo as we visit the Nobel Peace Center, get schooled in Olympic ski jumping, have cocktails in a bar completely made of ice (including the glasses), explore Viking burial ships, have a scream with Edvard Munch and eat, ahem, rotted fish… CONTINUE READING >>

How to Volunteer at a National Park (and live for free!)

Are you a retiree or empty nester looking to enrich your life through volunteerism?

An outdoorsy-type wanting to get back to nature, or a college student looking to pump up your resume in a meaningful way?

The Parks Service provides wonderful ways to help preserve America’s natural heritage.

And now is the time to prepare for next summer’s adventure… CONTINUE READING >> 

Want a Personalized, Autographed Copy of Our New Book? Then Show Us How YOU are #GoingGypsy!

Show us how YOU are #GoingGypsy!

Post your best #GoingGypsy moments on Facebook and Twitter and be automatically entered to win a personalized,  autographed first edition of Going Gypsy!

We want to see YOU in a favorite travel moment, celebrating a milestone, hugging your loved ones, conquering a fear, or posing with the cover of Going Gypsy!

Click here to see how easy it is to share your #GoingGypsy moments!

Delve deeper:
Do People Live in the Galapagos Islands?

So do they? We get asked this a lot, actually.

Truth is, we didn’t know until we got there.

Say Galapagos and what pops to mind? For us, no doubt as for many folks, it was the image of giant tortoises.

They may well be the most famous attraction of these islands, but… CONTINUE READING >>

Some Valentine’s Day Fun!

The fun folks at Bookbub put together this supercute flowchart for us to follow along!.. click to find your ultimate read, then click here to tell us where you landed!>>

 

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Singin’ the Blues Trail in Mississippi

So, what song is stuck in your head right now?

Chances are that whatever it is, it has ancestors from Mississippi.

Travel with your GypsyNesters as we roll down the Mississippi Blues Trail as we discover the legend behind Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil at the Crossroads, stay at the most unique inn we’ve ever seen, eat tamales and BBQ, take on a Donut Tower, visit a REAL juke joint and learn how the Blues influenced… CONTINUE READING >>

Our First British Interview – We’re International!

Watch Ceri Wheeldon of Fab After 50 ask us those burning questions you’ve always wanted to know!.. Tell us how we did! or enlarge video>>
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