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Going Gypsy: One Couple's Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  212 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Almost every couple faces a "now what?” moment as their last kid moves out of the house. There’s a big empty nest looming over this new and uncertain stage in their lives.

David and Veronica James chose to look at this next phase of life as a beginning instead of an ending. Rather than staying put and facing the constant reminders of empty bedrooms and backseats, a plan beg
Paperback, 232 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Skyhorse
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Jason Payne
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
First, a disclaimer: Veronica and I were classmates in elementary and one year of junior high back in Van Nuys, California. Of course that was longer ago than I'm sure either of us care to remember.

What to do when the kids are grown and have left the nest seems to bedevil a whole lot of parents. For most, it would seem, it means empty nest syndrome: a profound sense of loss and purposelessness when the last child leaves home. While not a clinical diagnosis, empty nest syndrome can lead to depres
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I hope Veronica and David James have been practicing their autographs for I have no doubt they'll be scribbling their signatures a whole lot now that GOING GYPSY (from Skyhorse Publishing) officially publishes February 3. Those who read their blog will certainly want to read the book, as will any empty nester seriously considering following their gypsy example—and those simply dreaming of doing so.

And doing so—cutting ties to a permanent residence—takes a very different sort. Or so I thought bef
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I met Veronica at the Women at Woodstock 2015 in New York. What a great story about a great adventure! Even though they are grownups with grown children, Veronica and David are still young at heart. You get a sense of who they were as youngsters getting married and then having children ... those two kids are still inside them today. It's a breath of fresh air to read that, even after all their years together, they still thrill in trying new things (overcoming fears, eating strange things) side b ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, enjoyable book for anyone! You don't have to be an empty nester or a full timer in an RV to relate to their tales but, if you are, you will get new ideas for your bucket list!
Suzanne Fluhr
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have been enjoying Veronica and David James' Gypsynester blog for several years and was looking forward to the publication of this book. I was pleased to find that it is as well written and as entertaining as their blog. They effectively use the convention of alternately each writing in their own voice, from their own point of view.

"Going Gypsy" is more than a geographical travel narrative. It is also an "autobiography" of a couple. Perhaps because I've been following along on their travels in
Jill Miller
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway -- I am SO happy that I did!! Even though I don't have any children, I loved reading about this couple who not only flew from their nest, but kicked the nest out of the tree. Their adventures and the emotions that they go through are conveyed in an amusing, yet very real and conversational, way that makes the reader feel that they're truly along for the ride. This book is worth reading just to discover the names of their vehicles -- hilarious!! ...more
Pam Lopez
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic little book! Veronica and David are like pioneers paving the way to live life even more fully after raising kids. As an almost empty nester, feelings of what to do now that my role of "helicopter parent" have come to an end can be bittersweet. Reading this book was like having a discussion with like-minded friends. Even if your goal isn't to sell the nest and go "gypsy," I recommend this book for anyone nearing the so called empty nest stage. I hope there is a sequel so we can f ...more
Mary Anne Heffernan
Loved it!

This story brought back a lot of memories for me and gave me lots to think about. I raised two boys on my own and I am in the process of taking a leap of faith be starting my own business. Not as exciting as some of the adventures in the book but still a big step into the unknown. Loved the story!
Leo Knight
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
When David and Veronica James send their third child off to college, they find themselves at loose ends. They had tried to prepare their children for a life of independence. They, and their kids, abhorred the idea of "boomerang children," adults returning to the parental nest. So, they decided to sell their home of many years, make a few changes to bring in regular income, and travel.

They begin with a trip to Italy, where David, a musician, has a performing tour. Once back in the States, they pu
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After their youngest child moves out and David and Veronica are faced with an empty nest, they consider the next stage of their lives. They decide on a plan of no plans. They decide to wander the globe. They sell their nest, buy a beat-up old RV, begin traveling across America and become Gypsy Nesters.

Going Gypsy is their story. Although the book talks about a few of their stops along the way, it is not a travelogue. It is about how they came to this decision and the steps they took to create t
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just LOVED this book! It was all about a couple and their life after the last child went off to college and they were now empty nesters. Instead of staying home, they decided to travel in an RV and become 'gypsies'. What fun adventures they had and how they dealt with no more kids at home was a great inspiration. They handled it gracefully and with adventure. All of the fun stuff they did because there were no kids traveling with them say, "how long until we get there?" and "why do we have to ...more
Terri Lynn
Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: travel, nonfiction
I always enjoy reading travel books. In his nonfiction book, David and Veronica James discuss their life up to and including their empty nest adventures. Veronica was 18 and on her own, a California Valley Girl, when she met a beanpole road musician a few years older. They kept in touch while he was on the road then she went with him to Nashville, lived with him a while then they got married and had three kids- The Piglet, Decibel, and The Boy. She began working at home so to be a helicopter mot ...more
Kirsten Marion
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this rollicking memoir written by a couple determined to make a major life transition into a voyage of enlightenment and reconnection. What do a couple do when a life full to bursting with children and all their attendant joys, sorrows and mishaps becomes – Hey! What just happened here? Downsizing (well really no-sizing), cutting purse strings and heartstrings is all part of the grand plan to revel in rather than mourn being a couple again. David and Veronica share the telling of what ha ...more
Mariam Kobras
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for a travel book–this ain't it. It's more than that. Yes, there is some travel, and there are some really nice photos, too.
But Going Gypsy is mainly a book about growing up. It's about children growing up into responsible adults, and about parents growing into a kind of freedom they never thought they would have. Giving up a life that most of us would call *normal* David and Veronica embark on a road trip that takes them first across all over America and eventually all over th
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing

The Davids, have really hit a home run with their stroll (mad dash) down memory lane. Using a backdrop of their extensive travels and a boundless supply of kid-isms, I was thoroughly entertained.
Being an empty nester / World traveler, I found myself rooting for the home team of David and Veronica. It was so easy to like them and their family. Many uplifting moments. A few "shake my head" moments as well. The clever narration by these two intrepid voyagers will have you howling. The photos are a
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going Gypsy is a delightful account of two "empty nesters" who are embracing the opportunity for adventure after their children became adults. We meet Veronica and David James, learn about their history together, tales of raising their three children, then join them in their motor home, BANF, to explore the U.S. This likable couple made me want to hear more of their stories - especially when the epilogue mentions further travels in Europe, Australia, and Asia. Veronica and David take turns telli ...more
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book for any parents who suddenly find themselves with an empty nest. David and Veronica tell a great story of the challenges and delights that come along when grown adults virtually start over again free of children, home and traditional jobs.

Their sense of humor and love for each other come shining through in this delightful account of their journey to independent living and traveling the world.
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most delightful books I've read in a while. Although it's geared towards those of us whose children are grown and have already "left the nest," it would be excellent reading for anyone who is still in the child-rearing phase of life.

David and Veronica James decided to sell everything after their last child was "launched" and began an adventure that you will enjoy as you travel with them.

I highly recommend this book as a fun and informative read for everyone.
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have been pondering selling everything and traveling now that I am about a year away from being an empty nester, so to find and read this little gem helped me to see the possibilities. I could really make it happen, maybe this next phase of life will be as fulfilling as being a mom to my little ones was.
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
* I received a free copy from Goodreads.

This book arrived at my door the day my youngest left for school! It's a very quick read of one couple's adventure with no children left. They say straight out, it's not a guide for other people to follow. It was fun to live their experience through the book and it was really well done with the two voices.
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was fun reading about a couple who has a lot in common with my husband and me. Among other things, we are empty nesters and owners of an 80s Chevy RV. I enjoyed reading about their adventures as a "nation of 2", and I liked the pictures at the end.
Patty Anker
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full of heart, humor, and LIFE - Veronica and David's story will make you think about "what next?" in a whole new way.So inspiring to think that the best adventures (in our lives and in our relationships) are yet to come, if we're willing to get up and GO!
Ilene Harris
Feb 09, 2015 marked it as to-read
Thank you for Going Gypsy, liked the book, thought it was funny.
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this as a first read. This was a fun book. A very light hearted look at a couples view of retirement. I really like the stories here. A really good read.
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Definitely a book that will appeal to current or soon-to-be empty nesters. Enjoyed it and now following them on social media so I can continue hearing about their adventures.
Michele Benchouk
Jul 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Very pertinent for me as my son goes off to college and as I plan another cross-country RV trip for next summer.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rodney by: 242
It was a very enjoyable read.
Heidi DuPree
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
Superb storytelling of an inspiring example of what life can be like for empty nesters.
David and Veronica James' youngest child is getting ready to graduate from high school and head off to college. His two older sisters had already left the nest. The difference this time is that when their son leaves, it will just be the two of them. What next? This book is that story. I appreciate their honesty in describing the emotions that come when entering the empty nest phase. There is excitement over this new phase of life. There is relief at having raised your children this far. But ther ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book details the hilarious adventures of a new "empty nest" couple who decide to go forth and explore the country in an aged motor home. Both David and Veronica James take turns telling the story and both are clever, funny and quick-witted. It's just a plain fun summer read and you are guaranteed to find yourself laughing out loud regularly!
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My husband, David, and I are very excited about our memoir Going Gypsy: One Couple's Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All! - now available wherever books are sold.

Upon sending our youngest out into the big, wide world, we set out to break the empty nest rules by selling everything and hitting the road. To become more than empty nesters, to be gypsies, GypsyNesters!


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