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How are your toughest moments going to change you?

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There are moments in every life that change you. Some for the better.  Others for the worse. But some moments could go either way and it’s up to us to decide. Promotions, moves, weddings, deaths, births, birthdays, divorce, they aren’t as black and white as they may seem. Life is messy. We all have mile markers…

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Travel pros spill the secret on getting around in a foreign country

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My list of 50 places I’ve never been that I plan to visit the year I turn 50 is starting to take shape. Some of those trips will keep me in the U.S like Seattle and Maine. But many of the trips will take me abroad to Italy, Spain and beyond. Traveling in a foreign…

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Travel pros share their best advice for getting anywhere cheaper, faster, and better

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The more I research places to go and how to plan for my visits to 50 places I’ve never been the year I turn 50 the more I realize I have a lot to learn when it comes to the actual process of traveling. Traveling is more than just picking a place to go. It’s…

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The life-changing revelation I had 14,000 feet in the air

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When you grow up in a big family, getting everyone to agree on anything is no small victory. My four sisters are some of the most opinionated women you will ever meet. Yet, we all agree that one of the best days of our lives happened 14-thousand feet in the air. Most people think you…

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Guess It’s Time to Get a Will

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I don’t know about you, but just reading that headline ‘Guess It’s Time to Get a Will’ makes me feel uneasy. Although I suppose it would make me feel worse to think that something could happen to me before I had all my ‘stuff’ in order.  Evidently, I’m not the only one who has been…

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The eating out solo experiment

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So there I sat. Alone. It was a big move for me. I love going out for dinner with friends. I love talking about what to order and then talking about how the food tastes. I love recounting the good and bad of any given day. I love laughing over a glass of wine. I…

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The place I’ll go again and again

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For months, I’ve had my sights so set on the ‘unknown’ and the ‘new’ that I almost lost sight of the beauty in the familiar. Then I took a trip to Sunset Beach, a place I’ve been going for almost 16 years with my family.  The sky seems bigger the closer you get to the…

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Why you should start planning a trip right NOW

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I have been missing out. I just didn’t realize it before. When I started this pledge to visit 50 places I’ve never been the year I turn 50 I thought that the reward would be in the actual travel. I had no idea the rewards would start long before that first trip. In recent years,…

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What’s for dinner? The adventure of eating when traveling

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I  tried a new recipe for dinner. Cuban Beef Bowls. It was delish! The marinade used the juice of a whole orange. I love trying new food or using food I’ve eaten before in new ways. I think I can count on one hand the food I don’t eat, unlike my college roommate who can…

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I’m not too old for this

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It might seem like traveling to 50 places I’ve never been in one year would be better for a 20-something aged kid than a 50-year-old working single mom. Sometimes when I think about it, it does sound more a like a “gap year” idea than a practical plan.  Even my mom was a little hesitant…

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