- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: February 3, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RY9MEEK
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Going Gypsy: One Couple's Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All Audible – Unabridged
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And doing so—cutting ties to a permanent residence—takes a very different sort. Or so I thought before reading GOING GYPSY. Funny thing is, GOING GYPSY, chapters written alternately by Veronica and David, shows they're actually very much like any average baby boomer couple whose kids have grown and flown. They aren't outlandish thrill-seekers or uninvolved parents who didn't give a hoot about their kids. Nor are they heirs to family fortune that afforded their desire for an unconventional lifestyle. Nope, David and Veronica are like most of us. They were committed to one another, to parenting, to raising responsible and caring kids. Unlike most of us, though, once the parenting was done, they chose a lifestyle filled with new experiences free of the entanglements of a traditional empty nest couple.
GOING GYPSY, in fact, features far more about parenting and marriage than it does travel. You can get details about their travels on their blog. In their book, though, Veronica and David tell the story of how they first met and fell in love when David played in a band and Veronica became a groupie. They take turns telling bits and pieces of what took them from being newlyweds to raising kids as helicopter parents (at least in Veronica's case—which made me want to hug her for being so much like me) to saying farewell as each of their two daughters then son left for college.Read more ›
I enjoyed the writing format where each writes from their own point of view, in their own distinctive voice. This book is not just the story of their travels from place to place, but also chronicles their journey as a couple from itinerant musician and 18 year old Valley Girl, through the raising of their three children with Veronica in frenetic helicopter parent mode, the "spawns'" dispersal out into the world, and David and Veronica's rediscovery of their own relationship over the "gaping hole where the children used to be". While most of us ease into empty nesterhood by not changing everything all at once, David and Veronica found themselves suddenly together pretty much 24/7, living within the confines of an RV named BAMF (Bad Ass Mo Fo). Within the close quarters of the BAMF, they had to figure out how to meld their seemingly incompatible travel styles. David wanted to be on the road,determined to see every "weird, cheesey attraction", while Veronica wanted to savor a more slow paced travel experience. At the same time, they had to figure out how to long distance parent their now adult offspring. Their story is a well written, satisfying read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Going Gypsy was a fun read about a couple who face empty nest syndrome head on by taking advantage of the time to get to know each other again and embark on fun travel adventures. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Mary
Warm, moving, real people account of my own bucket list. First I need to find someone to travel with who can change a tire and cook.Published 29 days ago by Carol Stanley
I rarely do a review, mostly lack of time, however I had to review Going Gypsy! We became empty nesters 2yrs ago and I did a search in Twitter and Google about the topic of Empty... Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Pegram
What wonderful read!! New role models for our baby boomer generation! It helped that I knew David James in high school and so enjoyed his wicked wit. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary Pangburn
Still reading, plan on it being one of my pool books.
I love to read about different life styles.
“Going Gypsy” is a great fun book much like the fun couple that wrote it. We all should be inspired by David and Veronica James’ adventures. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Reader
Thank you to David and Veronica for sharing your funny, heartfelt, compelling, human story! The 'what's next' question is high on our minds and you've given my husband and me a lot... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bobbi Palmer
Full of heart, humor, and LIFE - Veronica and David's story will make you think about "what next?" in a whole new way. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patty Chang Anker