Escape the Nest Travel Presents…

Italy Gal Getaway


From Empty Nester to World Traveler – Your Dream Trip to Italy!

Your travel tribe is waiting to meet you and explore Italy with you!


Escape the loneliness and boredom of empty nesting and travel the world with us…lezzgo!

Gal Getaways are where the magic happens.

And…it’s the easiest way to leap from loneliness and boredom to savvy world explorer!

If you have the right travel tribe!

Whether You…

  • Are lonely because your kids occupied such a large space in your heart
  • Are bored because family activities filled your schedule and now the house is quiet
  • Have a spouse or friends that don’t like to or can’t travel
  • Put your life on hold to raise your family and now you’re wondering what’s next

We’ve got your back! Because girl… we’ve been there. And the best part is, we’ve traveled to Italy and experienced firsthand how magical Italy can be to jumpstart your journey from empty nester to world traveler.


We’ll be there to cheer you on and celebrate with you every step of the way! Because that’s exactly what happened to us!

My Story

When my son Alex left for college, I was crushed. My baby boy, my pride and joy, my last child was gone. Ashley left three years earlier, but nothing prepared me for an empty nest. The house was quiet, and my nest was very, very empty. My kids were never going to be coming home every night or asking for help with their homework. It was the most painful period of my life.

I was driving my husband Robert crazy “mothering him” those first few months. Our marriage had a big adjustment period as I worked my way through loneliness, boredom, and wondering what to do with all my time now that I wasn’t consumed with raising my two precious chicks.

So What Happened?

My friend Martha was going through the exact same thing. She went out on limb and asked two of us to take a cruise with her. It was my first step to healing my broken heart and becoming someone other than mom and wife. I found me again.

  • * We were friends but became even closer friends after our trip.
  • * I met Martha’s sister for the first time and we’ve become so close.
  • * We saw so many sights, ate so much food, and triumphed in our first trip together.

We’ve been traveling together ever since with trips to Italy, Netherlands, France, Germany, and Greece.

My Life Changed!

That first invitation was so life changing for me that I decided to become a travel advisor. And now, many years later I’m:

  • * Owner and operator of Escape the Nest Travel
  • * Accredited through the International Air and Transport Association
  • * Certified by the Careers on Vacation program
  • * Affiliated with the Uniglobe Travel Center
  • * Member of the American Society of Travel Advisors

And now I’m giving you your INVITATION to help you rediscover yourself after putting your life on hold to raise your family.


You’re invited to explore Italy with us, your new TRAVEL TRIBE! Escape the loneliness and boredom and rediscover YOU!

October 22-29, 2022


     * Escorted small group tour of Rome, Pisa, Florence, Verona, and Venice

  • * Options to add days before and after
  • * Good balance of planned activities and free time
  • * Hotels, breakfasts, and 2 dinners included
  • * Private tour with dedicated tour guide, transportation, driver, and travel concierge
  • * Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Gondola tours included
  • * Airport transfers included


Note: Airfare booked separately

Pretty soon you’ll be taking pictures like these…

But Don’t Just Take Our Word For It

Check out what empty nest moms were saying after one of my gal getaways:

Italy was always at the top of my bucket list. The trip I finally took with Leah exceeded all my expectations. The highlights of the trip are too numerous to list them all!


~ Martha Sims

The Vatican, and the Colosseum in Rome, the Duomo in Florence, and the canals in Venice. We kept saying we needed a new word for WOW.


~ Susan Salter

After not traveling for over a year my girlfriends and I were going stir crazy. We booked a 7-day Greek Isles Cruise with Leah and it was the trip of a life time!


~ Jennifer Andrews

I went on a Woman’s Retreat in Arizona with Leah and 7 other wonderful ladies this past week. The setting was perfect for us! It was so beautiful in Scottsdale.


~ Deb Schaufler

Here’s what we’ll be doing before
and during our Italy Gal Getaway:

July-October: Monthly Meetups

  • * Meet each other
  • * Get travel docs ready
  • * Bon Voyage Party!

Oct 21-22: Travel to Rome

  • * Check into hotel
  • * Option to add an extra day before
  • * Option to add tours to Naples, Pompeii, or Amalfi Coast

Oct 23: Free time in Rome

  • * Optional pre-tour and dinner available
  • * Welcome party! Meet each other and our tour director

Oct 24: Guided Tour of Rome – the Eternal City

  • * St Peter’s Square, Vatican, Sistine Chapel
  • * Caius Cestius Pyramid, Aurelian Walls, Caracalla Baths
  • * Circus Maximus, Arch of Constantine, Colosseum

Oct 25 : Guided Tour of Pisa

  • * Drive through Tuscany
  • * Visit Square of Miracles, Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • * Arrive in Florence

Oct 26: Guided Tour Florence – the Cradle of the Renaissance

  • * Piazza Santa Croce
  • * Signoria Square
  • * Palazzo Vecchio
  • * Loggia dei Lanzi
  • * Giotto’s Gothic Bell Tower
  • * Baptistry’s Gate of Paradise

Oct 27: Guided Tour of Verona – Setting for Romeo and Juliet

  • * Roman Arena
  • * Via Mazzini
  • * Arrive in Venice

Oct 28: Tour Venice

  • * St Mark’s Square
  • * Venetian glassblowing workshop
  • * Gondola ride

Oct 29 Depart Venice

  • * Arrive home

Ready to accept your invitation to a life changing trip?


$2995 per person double occupancy

$250 deposit refundable for 7 days

Final Payment not until August 1st


  • Photo -ready iconic sites and experiences in Rome – Florence – Venice
  • Monthly meet-ups and informative sessions with your fellow travelers
  • Your very own travel tribe!
  • Private tour with dedicated tour director, transportation, driver, onsite travel agent
  • Customize with optional tour experiences, flights, extra days
  • FREE Travel Energy Management Workshop – get ready physically, mentally, and emotionally – valued at $1500
  • FREE Travel True Colors Workshop – meet your fellow travelers through this tried-and-true relationship building workshop – valued at $500
  • Airfare priced separately

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