About The Traveling Empty Nester
About The Traveling Empty Nester
If you want to know a little about what got me here, we have to back it up... a lot. Blogging wasn't even an option when I left college and had to get a real job. In fact, the internet hadn't even been invented yet! Kids have it so easy these days!
Folks in my generation were raised to get a job, get married, raise some kids, buy a house... you get the picture.
Well, I did those things. I got that steady (read: boring) job, I raised three kids, and my husband and I own a home. I've been working for my family's IT business for the last 25 years. Yes, that's not a typo. This was just before the internet became a thing.
There were still many years before apps like Facebook or Instagram or anything resembling social media came to be. I think the first big site was Myspace. Does anyone remember that one? Yeesh.
After Kid #3 went to college, I found myself with a lot more time on my hands. I was also turning the half-century mark. The Big 5-0. Fifty. 50.
I figured I had two choices. I could wallow in my misery that I was old enough to have three kids college-age, let alone graduate from college as Kid #1 did.
Or I could book some trips. This sounded a lot more fun. I booked the trips I had on my bucket list. Dubai ? Check. The Maldives? Check. Solo trips? Check.
I find as I get older, I don't care what I look like if I'm at a restaurant by myself asking for a table for one. My younger self would have been horrified.
I never realized how much I would enjoy traveling solo. It actually became necessary because I could not always find someone to travel with me. Rather than stay home, I went anyway.
This blog has been a passion project that has been simmering on the back burner for a number of years, but I finally decided to start pulling it together.
I've always loved photography and I've always been the one in the family who planned our trips, so it made sense to originally mash all that up into a travel blog with pretty pictures and travel tips.
But I believe this blog has evolved into a community of like-minded folks who are here for the journey, supporting not only me but each other in their transition into empty-nester life.
If you are looking for someone who aims to visit every country, I am not your girl. I'm someone who will return to a location she likes several times to really get to know its charm.
What you will get is someone who sincerely wants to help anyone who is chasing their dreams, no matter their age. If any of that appeals to you, I hope you stick around and enjoy the ride.
Where I got married - Oahu, Hawaii
Where I currently live - Sugar Land, Texas (Yes, it's a real place)
Countries visited - Over 30
Favorite ice cream - Rocky road
Kid #1 - Married his high school sweetheart and they live in Austin, Texas
Kid #2 - Finished her degree at the University of Texas in Childhood Development and is currently working in Sugar Land, TX.
Kid #3 - Senior at Ole Miss (The University of Mississippi) and will graduate in May 2020.
Pets - Dexter, the Lab; two cats - Phantom and Nugget
Grandpets - Camper (cat), a Hurricane Harvey survivor and Lady Bird (dog), a every-dog-disease-you-could-imagine survivor