I’m Suzanne Stavert, a podcast host, travel writer, brand ambassador, and culinary explorer who enthusiastically inspires empty nesters (and others) to #findadventure wherever they go.


I’m a foodie, wife and mother to two incredible, grown people! Adventures of Empty Nesters began as a blog when the kids left the nest and I decided to take a new adventure with my life. Read more and get to know us here.

My travels are eclectic and perfect for couples, singles or small groups.

I love exploring both the U.S. and the rest of this big, beautiful world to discover what is unique, interesting and innovative within each destination. I share these stories as a way to open doors to new ideas and experiences and inspire everyone to find their version of an exciting and adventurous life.

Collaborating is My Favorite.

I partner with luxury brands and media who are socially responsible, protect our planet and connect with cultures and community. To see the companies I work with, click here.

Suzanne, Travel Brand Ambassador, Adventures of Empty Nesters

Brand Ambassador

Truthful, upbeat and honest representation of your brand through editorial, video and social media content on my platforms and yours.


Travel Writer

I write for your business' blog or contribute to your site or publication. I offer a heartfelt, insider’s perspective of your business, tour or destination.

“Hard-working and enthusiastic,

Suzanne helped us share the joy and excitement of our one-of-a-kind culinary tours. Her thoughtful posts brought the magic of our Italy trip to life.”


Latest Podcast Episodes

Travel to Africa with Samantha Johnson of Collette

February 16, 2024

Welcome to Episode Two of our African Safari series. In Episode One, I interview and talk with my husband, Craig Stavert. We share many details of what it was really like going on safari with Collette. It is a great way to begin this series of episodes. Now, in Episode Two, you meet Samantha Johnson. …

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An African Safari to Remember

February 2, 2024

Welcome to Season Three! I so appreciate you joining me as we head into 2024 with the Travel Connections Podcast. Once again, our episodes will be filled with fascinating people sharing unique stories. You will be enlightened and entertained and gain knowledge you didn’t know you needed! This episode is the perfect way to add …

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A Conversation with Road Trip Expert – Bill Clevlen

September 14, 2023

Are road trips on your radar? Are you looking for US destinations that are “off the beaten path” and super interesting? You are in the right place. Today’s special guest will probably make you laugh as well as enlighten you with his vast knowledge of road trip destinations. Bill Clevlen of Bill on the Road, …

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The Italian Cooking School of Your Dreams

September 1, 2023

Hello, and welcome to our newest episode of Travel Connections. If you have been following me for a while, you will probably know that I discovered Tuscan Women Cook back in 2016. I had a friend in common with today’s special guest, Coleen Kirnan. Our friend Brenda connected the two of us, and boy, do …

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Enjoy The Magic of Skagit Valley with Chef Christy Fox

August 18, 2023

Are you familiar with a place called Skagit Valley? When I first visited in 2016, I honestly didn’t even know how to pronounce it! I went to see The Tulip Festival, which takes place in the Valley in April. I wasn’t even living in the Pacific Northwest on that first visit. I fell in love …

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Let’s Go Travel to Thailand!

August 3, 2023

Let’s travel to Thailand! Travel is back, and it is time to plan your next vacation! You will learn so much from my special guest, and I promise you will be well-informed and inspired for your next (or first) trip to this fantastic destination. This episode is a bright and shiny conversation with Candy Krajangsri …

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Kayaking & Island Life on Whidbey Island

July 21, 2023

Hello, and welcome to another fantastic episode of Travel Connections. In this episode, we talk with Krista Loercher, Co-Owner of Whidbey Island Kayaking in the Pacific Northwest. This interview is part three in a series where we dive deeper into tourism and the benefits of giving back to a destination when we travel.  Are you …

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Orchard Kitchen: Farm Focused Fine Dining on Whidbey Island, WA

July 6, 2023

Welcome to part two of our three-part series focusing on Whidbey and Camano Islands. In this series, we talk about how important the concept of regenerative travel can be for the destination and the visitors who spend time there. If you have not had a chance to listen to Part One, you will hear my …

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An Invitation to Discover Regenerative Travel with Embrace Whidbey & Camano Islands

June 23, 2023

Just north of Seattle, in the heart of the scenic Salish Sea, sit two of the most charming island destinations in the Pacific Northwest. Camano and Whidbey Islands offer different experiences with each season. A colorful palate of locally owned shops and restaurants provides deep and delicious connections to the community and the land. Off-the-beaten-path …

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Summer Travel News & Special Guest Updates

May 24, 2023

Welcome to a speedy episode of Travel Connections. Summer Travel? Yes, it has begun! The good news is that travel is back, and I am having a blast, but the not-so-good news is that it doesn’t leave time for much else. So instead of an entire episode, I offer you an informative summer travel update …

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Travel the World with Collette

May 12, 2023

We have another fantastic episode devoted to travel! Join me as I go behind the scenes with Jaclyn Leibl-Cote, Collette’s President & Chief Customer Experience Officer. My relationship with Collette goes back five glorious years. I have been fortunate to tour with their team on two epic trips. I traveled to Japan on the Cultural Treasures of Japan tour, …

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Let’s Talk About Cruising

April 28, 2023

So you want to learn more about cruising? You have come to the right place! My friends and fellow travel writers Ann and Steve Teget have taken over twenty different cruises – all over the world. If you need a question answered, they are just the pair to do it! Ann and Steve began writing …

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