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We’re so glad you dropped by.

Welcome to thetimeofourlives – a site primarily designed to provide inspiration to those who are free from the day-to-day responsibilities of raising a family. In short … empty nesters.

Don’t worry if that doesn’t describe you. Plenty of others (including the daughters that have flown our nests!) have told us they love following our travels.

So who are we and why are we doing this?

We’re Nigel and Jane – two empty nesters from the Cotswolds in the UK. You can read our individual stories here. With four daughters between us who have each found their own nests, we’re taking every chance we can to explore the world.

It all kicked off in 2016 with a two month whizz round the world and since then we’ve been doing trips every couple of months. And we LOVE sharing our stories and providing inspiration to others who enjoy independent travel to places away from the obvious holiday haunts.

How to find posts that interest you

There are well over 100 blog posts on the site, so it’s not always easy to know where to start. Which is why we’ve created this page. It’ll give you a jumping in point to some of our most popular posts … and some that are simply our favourites.

If you are looking for a particular destination:

Click on the Blog tab in the menu above. Everything is organised by continent and then country.

If you are looking for a particular type of trip:

Take a look at our Blog Posts by Category section in the bottom left of this page.

If you’re looking for honest reviews of accommodation and attractions:

Click on the Reviews tab in the menu above.

By the way …

If you see this at the beginning of a post, it was written by Nigel:

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Popular Posts

We avidly keep an eye on what appeals to people and Nigel always loves a good stat! So here are links to our most popular posts:

Cake Vienna
Eating our way around Vienna
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A summary of our Round the World trip
2emptynesters
A video review of 2016
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Top 10 travel-inspiring films
Rocky Mountaineer
Review of the Rocky Mountaineer
Sapa
Faces of Sapa, Vietnam

 

 

 

Humpback whale Tonga
Swimming with whales in Tonga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our favourites

These are the posts that we love.

Maybe we’re just really proud of the writing or they stir up some real emotion or they have some great photos.

Casa di Giulietta Verona
What makes a place romantic?
Reunification Express
Life & death on the Vietnamese railways
Great Wall China Mutianyu
The puzzle of China

 

San Francisco
A video from Hong Kong
Aberdovey
Sharing a place you love with a partner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonga
The real Tonga

Join us on our journey

If you like what you’ve seen, the best way to join us is to follow this website. Just hit the ‘Follow’ button on the top right of this page. You’ll be the first to hear (by email) when we’ve published a new post.

We use Twitter to keep people up to date with what’s happening to us ‘right now’. If you are a Twitter user, follow us … @2emptynesters.

If Facebook is more your thing, take a look at our Facebook page. As well as indicating that we’ve published a new blog post, we put up various bits of news up and we love getting feedback. If you ‘like’ our page, then updates will appear in your timeline. You can find our page here.

Finally, there is Instagram. We use this for two purposes. When we’re not travelling, Nigel posts a couple of his favourite travel photos every week. They’ve become really popular and are worth checking out. Secondly, when we are travelling, Nigel puts up a new pic every day, which acts as a bit of a photo diary of the trip. You can follow us on Instagram here.

And finally …

We love to interact. You can do that by:

  • Commenting on our posts
  • Chipping in on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
  • Spreading the word to others who might enjoy our site
  • Dropping us a line via our contact form

Come along for the ride! It’ll be fun!

Nigel & Jane.