Fear Conquering & Hate Mail
A comment on our site:

“In my opinion, anyone who would refer to children in such a disgusting and disrespectful way (adult or not) is an emotionally bankrupt shell of a person…”

BAM! My first hate mail.

I read a lot of blogs. Any of them worth their salt raise strong emotion and spark debate on their message boards. Sometimes it can get a bit heated, but makes for a nice balance.

We have had comments on our website that strongly disagree with our opinions and we relish them, we value every… CONTINUE READING >>

Ten Things You Don’t Know About New York City – Even If You Live There!
Your GypsyNesters found the wild, weird and wonderful not-so-known sights, sounds and flavors of The Big Apple!

Even if you are a New Yorker -  we bet you don’t know most of these!.. CONTINUE READING >>

Let Us Introdoos-ya to Noosa, Australia
The area is stunningly beautiful — packed full of national parks, state forests, beaches, and wildlife — and is quite the foodie town!

Join your GypsyNesters as we jump into adventure, cavort with kookaburras, drop bears and mamils, swim at the base of a waterfall, and eat and relax our way through Noosa… CONTINUE READING >>

What I Learned at My First Women’s Retreat
The odd, nomadic lifestyle that I live (and love) is not especially conducive to making intimate, long-term connections. Something that I miss, and am sorely out of practice in pursuing.

But I wasn’t sure that a women’s retreat was right for me.

The lessons that I learned were completely unexpected… CONTINUE READING >>

How to (and how NOT to) Deal with the Altitude in Peru

I’m a sea-level gal. I don’t do well with high altitude.

At about 5,000 feet above sea level I get sleepy, at 6,000 loopy and at 7,000 I’m out cold – like I’m in a coma.

So when I found out that our trip to Peru would mean being above 11,000 feet, I panicked. We were going to some real bucket list-worthyCONTINUE READING >>

Clinging to the Cliffs of the Amalfi Coast of Italy
Italy has a long relationship with the sea, and nowhere is that connection more beautifully on display than the stretch of shoreline along the Sorrentine Peninsula’s Amalfi Coast.

This is the Italy of the international jet set, and after our impressive arrival we almost felt like a part of it…. CONTINUE READING >>

The Empty Nest Through a Husband’s Eyes
There is much more to beauty and allure than physical appearance. Years of shared experiences, and the comfort of complete compatibility, more than make up for any lost youth, no matter what these marketers splash across our screens.

As men, we see those images too, and have been persuaded — no, programmed — into thinking that we all want supermodels who think about nothing more than fun times and a lot of beer. Well, I have two things to say about that:


Yellowstone – What a Gas Hole!

We had come to Wyoming to see the world’s first National Park.

Permanently set aside in 1872, Yellowstone is home to two-thirds of all the geysers in the world.

Superheated water gushes hundreds of feet into the air from some while others spout tiny bursts of steam.

In some spots, boiling springs and pools of sulfur-rich water dwell next to pits of bubbling…  CONTINUE READING >>

Enter to Win $50 of Gift Card Goodness and Celebrate Going Gypsy with us!
We’re excited to announce that our book Going Gypsy: One Couple’s Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All is available for pre-order!

As a matter of fact, we’re SO excited that we’re giving away 50 dollars of gift card goodness!

<–Yep! That’s an eBook too!


Street Food Eating our Way Through Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula
Across Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, we set out to sample as many street delicacies as possible and got off to a jumping start at a weekend street fair in Cancun.

In the Yucatán, many of the favorite foods can be traced back to Mayan times. In addition to building incredible cities, the Maya people grew… CONTINUE READING >>

Street Food of Mexico!

We binge ate our way through the Yucatan Peninsula – calorie count not included, for your guilt-free viewing pleasure… CONTINUE READING or enlarge video>>

Sumo Warriors: My Japanese Wrestling Education
Another fun post from our daughter, Charli, AKA The Piglet!

There’s a misconception that sumo wresting is just a couple fat dudes bashing into each other, but there’s actually a lot ritual, a lot of skill, and a lot of training that goes into those fat guys bashing into each other.

Sumo tournaments are held three times a year in Tokyo and I was lucky enough… CONTINUE READING >>

No, We Won’t Buy You a…
Our main goal as parents was to end up with happy, healthy, self-sufficient adults.

We can’t tell anyone how to do this — everyone’s different and Lord knows we made our share of mistakes along the way — but we can offer an insight that we’ve gained through our own offspring’s transitions from childhood to adulthood.

Don’t give kids everything they want, just everything they need.

A whole lot of what they want is stupid crap and… CONTINUE READING >>

The "Cottages" of Newport, Rhode island
It was called the Gilded Age, a time when robber barons built excessive tributes to their self-proclaimed awesomeness.

Newport was the epitome of this unbelievable excess, aptly dubbed Conspicuous Consumption.

In an effort to one-up each other with their “summer cottages” iconic American families of railroad, mining and steel fortunes, threw lavish parties for their pets, had notorious… CONTINUE READING >>

We have a Winner! TravelCard – Never Let Your Phone Run out of Juice on the Fly!
Do you ever need a little boost?

We sure do!

What if you could get five hours of extra talk time on your phone from a charger that fits in your wallet?

Two lucky winners won a TravelCard Phone Charger from your very generous GypsyNesters!.. CONTINUE READING and see who won! >>

Delve deeper: ,
Floating Down an Underground, Secret River in Mexico

So… a guy was chasing an iguana, and discovered this…

The Yucatan Peninsula is hiding miles and miles of secret rivers.

This was revealed to us just outside the Riviera Maya town of Playa del Carmen, Mexico when we descended beneath the surface and into Rio Secreto.

By into, we really mean in to… CONTINUE READING >>

Parasite "Kids"

What’s worse than a Boomerang “Kid?” A Parasite “Kid.”

While the Boomeranger comes home to rely on its host for room, board and Mama’s cooking, the Parasite will eventually kill its host — latching on and sucking dry retirement savings while out living on its own. Long distance leeching, in a manner of speaking.

In generations past only rich kids that acted this way. We are now seeing a new breed –the middle class Parasite Kid. These… CONTINUE READING >>

Kayaking the Australian Everglades like a Champ, well… with a Champ
There are several things about the Sunshine Coast of Australia that reminded us of Florida, beautiful beaches, near perfect weather, rousing waterfront resorts, and most surprising of all, everglades.

Yes, Queensland has its very own everglades, and we were lucky enough to spend a day exploring them by kayak….CONTINUE READING >>

A Day in the Australian Everglades

This was not something that we felt qualified to pursue on our own, so we joined former Australian kayaking champion Vivienne Golding on an adventure into Great Sandy National Park.
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A Visit to a Weaving Cooperative in Peru
In the tiny village of Chincheros, Peru we got a first-hand look at every step in the weaving process of the  people of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Join us as we learn about what goes into the dyes that create the brilliant colors (absolutely amazing and a “wee” bit off-putting!), the ingenious way the yarn is spun, and how the… CONTINUE READING >>

How Peruvian Rugs Are Made

We were invited to a weaving cooperative in the highlands of Peru in the village of Chincheros. You’ll never believe what is used to make the organic dyes!.. CONTINUE READING or enlarge video>>

Bling Me Back to Graceland, Home of the King
We were married on Elvis’ birthday. Hold on there big fellah, it was just a coincidence. 

I didn’t even realize it until I woke up in a champagne haze, with the TV still blaring on our wedding night.

I knew the Fates had conspired when I half-opened one eye and saw there on the news… CONTINUE READING >>

Heist Monkeys & Breathtaking Beaches in Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
This small preserve along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast has been rated by Forbes as one of the world’s 12 Most Beautiful National Parks.

Absolutely teeming with wildlife, Manuel Antonio is GypsyNester heaven on earth!

And we felt that way before we saw the most spectacular sunset of our lives… CONTINUE READING >>

Helping Your Aging Parents Move: A GypsyNester Guide

Helping your folks downsize and move as they get on in years can be a daunting task.

The emotions of leaving a place that has been home for many years — along with that elephant in the room, aging — are heavy burdens.

We have recently assisted with three moves with varying degrees of success, and haveCONTINUE READING >> 

A Glorious Stop in Alghero, Sardinia
It is always a striking experience to venture inside the walls of an historic Italian city but even more so in Alghero.

The mix of cultures over the centuries has left a truly unique place. We could hardly wait to explore… CONTINUE READING >>

A Slice of New York City: An Iconic Pizza Tour
Could there be a single food that is quintessentially New York City? 

If there is one food that screams New York from the top of the Empire State Building, it has got to be pizza.

How did this happen? We didn’t know, but we do now!… CONTINUE READING >>

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