Wouldn’t it be great to leave everything behind and travel in a motor home across the United States?
That’s exactly what one midlife couple did. David and Veronica James chronicle their launch into empty nest life in this memoir,Going Gypsy: One Couple’s Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All
I first became acquainted with the James on Twitter and Facebook, following their travel excursions around the globe. David and Veronica’s answer to the empty nest question was to sell their home, put most of their belongings in storage, and purchase a condo in the college town where their son was going to school as a rental property/home base. Then they bought a 1983 Chevy RV and hit the road.
Their maiden empty nest journey was an adventure on many levels. Not only did they learn how to live in a motor home as they discovered new areas of the country, they also came to terms with the thoughts and feelings about their new empty nest status. It was difficult and therapeutic to resolve how this new life fit in with their previous life of full-time mom and musician. David and Veronica each shared their individual takes on the activities and how they were dealing with their new empty nest status which made for interesting reading. Most of the time I empathized with Veronica but sometimes I could definitely relate to David’s point of view too.
Once their maiden empty nest journey was over, they had to decide how to play out the next chapter. With the resilience and courage they gained from learning how to go “gypsy,” they came to the conclusion that traveling has to be a big chunk of their empty nest story.
If you ever thought about leaving it all behind and taking an RV on an empty nest adventure, reading David and Veronica’s memoir is a good primer. But if you have a different type of empty nest adventure in mind, Going Gypsy is a fun read to explore while leaving the driving to someone else.