Sunday , April 21 2019
Home / Blogs / Abby Tegnelia / Travel The World With David And Veronica James, The “Gypsy Nesters”

Travel The World With David And Veronica James, The “Gypsy Nesters”

Why settle into a quiet empty nest life when you can sell the house and travel to see the world instead? Exactly.

Talk about the road less traveled.

Travel-Going-Gypsy-BookDavid and Veronica James—known as the Gypsy Nesters to their fans—like to call themselves “the collision of baby boomer and empty nester.” Instead of unwinding into a quiet life after sending their third child off to college, they instead sold everything (including the house) and hit the road. “As a recovering ‘helicopter mom,’ my original idea was to take a temporary break—kind of a victory lap—after raising the kids,” Veronica says. “But after a year, we found we loved traveling so much that we kept going.” After visiting friends all over the US, they took off on their first big trip to Sardinia and never looked back.

David and Veronica, married for more than three decades, represent a growing number of empty nesters that turn their focus on travel after the last child leaves home. Of course, not all potential jetsetters jump in feet-first like the James family. “Since we currently don’t have a home, we’re always traveling,” David says. “ We stay in our motorhome when we’re in North America. When we book an overseas trip we either park the RV at a Park & Fly hotel, or put him in storage. Those trips are completely variable, but generally between two weeks and a month.”  Adds Veronica, “It’s hard to explain how it all works; it just does. We don’t plan very far in advance, and we try to stay flexible, so we’re free to jump at opportunities as they arise. We came up with a saying back when we first set out on this journey: ‘The plan is no plan’ and I think we’re doing a pretty good job of living up to it.”

Despite Veronica’s admitting to having been a hovering, hands-on “helicopter mom,” a certain carefree attitude has long permeated their lives. They had been living in the Caribbean for eight years when their son (who has two big sisters) graduated high school. The girls now live in New York City, and their brother is a bush pilot in Alaska and David, a musician, traveled often with the kids to various gigs.

The couple now work full-time on their Web site and are eagerly awaiting the publication of their first book, Going Gypsy, “A wonderful side effect of our new lifestyle is that we’ve been able to rediscover in ourselves the fun-loving youngsters who fell in love three decades ago,” David says. “By seeing new things every day, we never are at a loss of things to talk about!”


The Gypsy Nesters’ Six Favorite Hotels

Travel-Gypsy-Nesters-02Complejo Tango (Buenos Aires): Complejo Tango is a boutique hotel built in the 19th century and offers an immersion into the world of tango. “The hallway outside of our room served as backstage for the dancers in the nightly show in the theater below, and there are lessons available for the guests in the evenings,” Veronica says. “Even a two-left-footed man like David managed to step out suave and debonair.”

The Shack Up Inn (Mississippi): Deep in the heart of the Delta, along the Mississippi Blues Trail, The Shack Up Inn is a whimsical shout-out to the past. “Just outside of Clarksdale, about a mile from the legendary crossroads, the inn is a grouping of actual sharecropper shacks decorated with antiques from the surrounding area,” David says. “Live blues music is featured on site in the lounge.”

The Library Hotel (New York City): Housed in a historic sliver (25’ x 100’) building, The Library Hotel is a reader’s paradise. “The hotel is based on the Dewey Decimal System,” says Veronica. “For example, our room was 905, based on 900.005 in the famous library-organizing system, which is the travel and geography category. Absolutely a perfect fit for us, we fell asleep blissfully reading of far-off places every night. For added inspiration, we hit the Writers Den and Poetry Garden on the rooftop overlooking Manhattan.”

Parador Resort and Spa (Costa Rica): The stunning, eco-friendly, Parador Resort is built into the surrounding jungle. “Due to the remarkable efforts of the owners, who have worked hard toward the goal of a zero environmental footprint,” David says, “we saw more monkeys, tree frogs and sloths on the grounds than we did at the nearby national park!”

Morning at the Panda Hotel

The Panda Hotel (Hong Kong): The iconic namesake bears are everywhere at Panda Hotel. “One might even call it Panda-monium!” jokes Veronica. “Actually, quite fittingly, Pandamonium is the name of their gift shop. We stayed in one of the themed rooms, made up to look like a set in the Transformers movies!”

Peppers Broadbeach (Gold Coast, Australia): Peppers Broadbeach is set in a sleek high-rise overlooking the beach and the Coral Sea. “It’s the perfect place to stay while exploring the many wonders of Queensland’s Gold Coast,” says David. “At the foot of the building are some of the tastiest, romantic eateries the city has to offer. After dinner, the elevator to our luxurious 14th floor balcony—or the private movie theater—was only steps away.”

Check Also

Prevent Loneliness

3 Simple Methods You Can Use To Prevent Loneliness

Loneliness is dangerous. According to a Time magazine publication, it can increase chance of death ...


  1. Apple does not offer an advertising version of the subscription service, and Apple currently has more than 50 million paying users worldwide. But Apple’s global growth is growing at a rate of 2.4% to 2.8%, while Spotify’s growth is 2% to 2.3%.

  2. ltldskfney,We have a team of experts who could get you the correct settings for Bellsouth net email login through which, you can easily configure your email account with MS Outlook.

  3. ejdmwmo Yeezy 2019,If you are going for best contents like I do, just go to see this web page daily because it offers quality contents, thanks!

  4. ksokyuy,This website truly has alll of the information and facts I wanted about this subject and didn?t know who to ask.

  5. Game Killer Apk Download Latest Version for Android (No Ad) … Guess not because Game killer full version app is not available on Play store.

  6. tkigqw,This website truly has alll of the information and facts I wanted about this subject and didn?t know who to ask.

  7. Get Generic Free Shipping Amoxicilina 250mg Medicine Tablet Kamagra France Livraison Rapide viagra online Levitra Purchase Online Buy Doxycycline Online Overnight Levitra Generique En Bretagne

  8. I have read some good stuff here. Definitely worth bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how much effort you put to create such a fantastic informative website.

  9. As a Newbie, I am permanently searching online for articles that can be of assistance to me. Thank you

  10. A few months generic diflucan prices During a discussion about the importance of good grammar, Jackson is asked by the writer, Stephen Rebello, about his thoughts on a “society that views graduating from college or grad school as elitist, or one in which President Obama or other highly educated Americans consciously drop gs off the ends of words to sound like Joe Average?”

  11. Wow! This could be one particular of the most helpful blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Wonderful. I’m also an expert in this topic so I can understand your hard work.

  12. I really enjoy examining on this web , it has got great posts .

  13. Great article and right to the point. I don’t know if this is really the best place to ask but do you guys have any ideea where to hire some professional writers? Thank you 🙂

  14. Hi there would you mind letting me know which web host you’re working with? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you suggest a good hosting provider at a honest price? Thanks a lot, I appreciate it!

  15. It is perfect time to make a few plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I may just I desire to recommend you few interesting issues or advice. Perhaps you could write next articles regarding this article. I desire to learn even more issues approximately it!

  16. I do love the manner in which you have presented this specific matter and it really does give me personally a lot of fodder for consideration. Nevertheless, because of what I have seen, I simply trust when the remarks stack on that folks continue to be on issue and don’t get started upon a tirade regarding the news of the day. Still, thank you for this fantastic point and though I can not really concur with the idea in totality, I value the standpoint.

  17. What do you do? methocarbamol dosage human The White House had expressed deep reservations withBoehner’s plan for a debt ceiling increase that would haveextended only to Nov. 22 and other demands that would haverequired a series of negotiations to continue under the threatof default and government shutdown.

  18. wohh just what I was searching for, regards for posting.

  19. Hello, i believe that i saw you visited my web site
    so i came to return the want?.I’m trying to find things to improve my website!I guess its adequate to use some of your ideas!!

  20. 50 Discount For All Private Proxies! Elite quality, Endless bandwidth, 1000 mb/s superspeed, 99,9 uptime, Non constant IP’s, Number consumption restrictions, Numerous subnets, USA or Europe proxies – Buy Now –

  21. Great post and list of your top hotels! The one in Costa Rica sounds exciting with all the wildlife so close! Thanks for sharing!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *