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About Ian and Lesley

The kids have all left home and are making their own mark on the world as we embark on an exciting new stage in our lives.

We are a couple of Australians living on the pristine south coast of NSW who enjoy exploring the world, experiencing local cultures and visiting new places.

When we are not travelling overseas, we enjoy exploring our own backyard here in Australia with the “Pawesome Foursome”, our fur-kid family.

Life as empty nesters

Lesley is a former journalist, combining her passions for travel and writing with Ian’s love of photography, and recording some of the finer and unusual details of the places we visit.

On these pages we share with you some of the amazing places we have visited, experiences we have had along the way and information which we hope will help you in researching and planning your own trip.

We also share some serendipity on the daily life of empty nesters and books which we have found inspiring and enjoyable that we hope fellow over 50s will relate to.

Travel Stories

When researching our first European holiday, we found there was very little specific information available to us.

As we travelled around, we kept our friends and family at home updated on our adventures through a daily facebook post.

Returning home, Lesley expanded this daily post into the Empty Nesters Travel Insights blog.

Travelling overseas we found that exploring the world doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult.  It is possible to travel independently on a budget and gain a rich cultural experience.

In our Travel section we share our recent and upcoming travels with fellow empty-nesters looking for inspiration and advice on planning their next trip.

Empty Nester Stories

Here we share the stories of the daily life of over-50’s. From the challenges of embracing the rapidly changing modern technology to the family and life issues facing empty nesters.


Lesley has always been an avid reader. Through these pages we will be sharing with you reviews on great reads that we found enjoyable and inspiring.

Our site is constantly growing as we add more stories.

Advertising links

We do have a small amount of advertising on our pages to partially cover the cost of our time in maintaining our website.

The paid links to Amazon, from which we receive a very small commission, at no extra cost to our readers, are for  books or products that we have actually bought ourselves and found helpful, so we hope you will also find them useful.

We do have some links in our articles, which we hope will be helpful in planning your trip.

Coming soon

See what stories we have planned for our site in coming months here

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We are also adding a few stories on Life over 50 that we hope you will enjoy

We hope you find the information on our pages helpful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments.