So another week of the #travel1k charts is out — last time we checked in we were down at #164, and for the week of September 5th climbed back up to #122. Still a three digit number, but we keep working on improving that!
We welcome one new travel blogger the Good Life with IQ (1414th) to the #travel1k Top 1000+ Travel Blogs scorecard.
David James was born in Wichita, Kansas, and grew up on the prairie and in the mountains of Colorado. He made his way in the music business as a performer, recording artist, songwriter, and radio personality in Nashville, Tennessee, and St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. After parenting and sending three kids out into the big wide world, he currently lives with his bride of thirty years, Veronica, in a state of perpetual motion. The couple writes about their travels since becoming empty nesters on their popular website, GypsyNester.com.
Veronica James was born and raised in Southern California and was like, totally, a Valley Girl. Against any sane person’s better judgment, she ran off with a musician at age eighteen. After procreating, she became Earth Mama, then Helicopter Mom, hovering over every detail of her children’s lives. She and her husband are the creators of the popular website GypsyNester.com. She has held approximately thirty-three different jobs including writer. She is never bored.
They’ve got a book out, Going Gypsy: One Couple’s Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All:
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 began to develop to sell the nest and hit the highway. But could a homebody helicopter mom learn to let go of her heartstrings and house keys all at once?
Filled with a sense of adventure and humor, Going Gypsy is the story of a life after raising kids that is a celebration of new experiences. Pulling the rip cord on the daily grind, David and Veronica throw caution to the wind, quit their jobs, sell their house, put on their vagabond shoes, and go gypsy in a beat-up old RV found on eBay…
And they’ve done a job of wandering, there’s stories from just about everywhere here; let’s check out for instance
Towering 5,895 meters above sea level, the highest mountain in Africa, is Kilimanjaro. In Kiswahili this name means “shining mountain”. Located in the northern region of Tanzania just south of the equator, where the weather is tropical, this mountain stands with it snow-capped peak throughout the year. A true natural wonder of the world. But this mountain, which is a dormant volcano, has become known as the “Everyman’s Everest”. It is with no wonder that mountain is one of the best treks in the world, with around 50 000 people each year trying to reach Kilimanjaro’s summit of Uhuru peak. Uhuru is the Swahili word for freedom. Although the mountain has become the symbol of Tanzania’s independence from colonial powers, in today’s terms it has become a personal journey for so many showing that they too can reach one of the highest summits in the world…
p dir=”ltr”>Yes, if you’re going to climb a big mountain, that’s definitely the one. We’ve seen it in the distance, that’s pretty good for us though; at this point we’re mostly interested in going up mountains if we’re going to paraglide off the top. People do that at Kilimanjaro? Well, look at that, why yes they do. OK, that’s one to put back on the revisit list then!
Technically, BuiltWith tells us it’s a standard WordPress setup, and as always we recommend Dreampress as your best choice for that, free Jetpack Professional and all; and a rather streamlined plugin selection, running a nice lean site here.
So we’ll put these folk on the follow list, pretty wide-ranging experiences they’re having here … good role models for what we want to be when we grow up!