Welcome to the Gap Year For Grown-Ups podcast, hosted by Debbie Weil

A podcast for those in midlife and beyond who want to explore, to reinvent, to find purpose and to figure out what comes next – and why. Relevant to this unprecedented time.

What Listeners are Saying

I’ve just binged on the first dozen episodes of Debbie’s Gap Year for Adults podcast. It’s a fantastic introduction to the range of Gap approaches one can take at any age. I’m looking forward to getting caught up and making it part of my regular listening. Reviewer on iTunes

So approachable and inspiring. I’m not yet 50 but I just love the approachable, inspiring advice this podcast offers. It makes me look forward to becoming increasingly inventive as I age. Reviewer on iTunes

What about a gap five years? Good interviewer keeps it moving. Makes me think. Reviewer on iTunes

Very interesting and well-produced podcast on a great topic. Reviewer on iTunes

I’ve listened to all of the podcasts and want more. What a fascinating concept for any of us at midlife and beyond. Reviewer on iTunes

Debbie facilitates the telling of fascinating, empowering stories.

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Debbie has a fun and insightful way of inviting her interviewees to share gems of wisdom! Reviewer on iTunes

I love this show. As a 39 year-old dude, I am not the target audience, I’m sure. But I learn in every episode from the interviews. Debbie’s style as the host does such a great job at bringing out great specifics and details from her guests.

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About Season 1

Can grown-ups in mid-life and beyond take a timeout from real life: for a reset, for renewal, to find meaning and purpose – and yes, happiness? The answer is yes, but it’s a bit more complicated than it is for students who only have to sling a backpack over their shoulders. Debbie talks with her guests, including her husband Sam Harrington, about the money question, decision-making, the process of change, bucket list adventures and the pursuit of happiness.

About Season 2

The term gap year symbolizes so much more than taking a time out. It is a frame for examining such topics as reinvention, a new purpose, aging with wisdom, trying new things, bucket list travel, a new approach to health and well-being, and more. All the topics that relate to living well in this stage of life.

My guests in Season 2 are a mix of inspiring individuals who are taking or have taken grown-up gap years along with well-known authors and experts on the topics above. All episodes below.

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Thanks to our media partners

Encore.org, our newest media partner, is an ideas and innovation hub tapping the talent of those 50+ as a force for good. Founder and CEO Marc Freedman is an award-winning social entrepreneur and author, most recently, of How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations. Looking for a great gap-year transition program? Check out Encore Fellowships, which match skilled, seasoned professionals with social-sector organizations in high-impact, paid assignments.


Modern Elder Academy is a program dedicated to navigating mid-life transitions. MEA, based in Baja California, Mexico, provides the place and the tools to start reframing your lifetime of experience. Grow whole, not old. Founder Chip Conley is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning hospitality entrepreneur and a rock star of the mid-life transition movement. His newest book is Wisdom @ Work: the Making of a Modern Elder.


Next For Me is an important new resource for the 50+ crowd focused on rewriting life. Taking a gap year or timeout may be the best way to figure out "what's next" when you're in this stage of life. Founder Jeff Tidwell explains, Next For Me "connects and inspires our generation to evolve our post-50 lives through new work, a new purpose, or a new social contribution."