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Follow my journey with updates and behind the scenes photos from the places I visit, travel hacks I learn along the way and what it’s really like to cram a lifetime of travel into 1 year!

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Trip 10: The battle of the beaches

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I like what I like. At my age, I don’t always find it necessary to find a new,  insert whatever you want (mexican restaurant, grocery store, beach) if I already have one I love.  That’s been my relationship with Sunset Beach.  I love everything about it. I’ve been going there for 16 years, at least.…

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Trip 9: The dreaded Plan B

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I’m not a fan of Plan B’s. Actually, let me clarify that. Plan B’s make me nervous. Now, I am getting more comfortable with them since my life has felt like a giant Plan B for the last few years but they aren’t my preference. See, Plan B means something went wrong with Plan A……

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Trip 8: Cut short by coronavirus

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When your phone begins to vibrate incessantly at 2 o’clock in the morning it’s usually the precursor to big news. In this case, it was a flood of texts from family and friends determined to let me know that the President had just announced a travel ban and I needed to get out of Europe…

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Trip 7: A “pinch me” moment in Paris

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I stood there staring at the Eiffel Tower. I had seen it so many times before. It’s an iconic image, the star of travel photos and bucket lists. And there I was, staring at it in real life. It was weird. The wide base almost disguised the height of the structure, making it feel shorter…

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Trip 6: Dinner with Strangers in Joshua Tree

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What would you do if you were asked to sit with total strangers and have dinner? In Joshua Tree, you say, “Sure”, and are quickly reminded we are all more alike than not. The wait at the Joshua Tree Saloon was at least an hour. My friend Jill and I were starving after a day…

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Trip 5: Small touches in Palm Springs

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Every trip is a lesson. It’s like God is trying to talk to me with every stop on these 50 places I’ve never been the year I turn 50. In Vermont, he told me to let go of control.   In Key West, he reminded me of who I am.  In Miami, he showed me…

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Trip 4: 24 hours in Tullahoma, TN

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For my list of 50 places I’ve never been the year I turn 50, I’m hitting some big tourist destinations like Italy and Iceland. I’m going to ‘best of’ spots like Jackson Hole, Wyoming and ‘girlfriend getaway’ favorite Key West. And then there is trip number 4…  Tullahoma, Tennessee. It’s ok if you’ve never heard…

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Trip 3: The perfect view in Miami

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I love a good view. The front row of a concert, the top of a mountain, watching the waves from a hotel balcony. As I travel to 50 places I’ve never been the year I turn 50 there is no shortage of awe-inspiring views. A good view almost always resets my perspective on life. It makes…

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Trip 2: A magical night in Key West

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The tiny white lights on the large Victorian house caught our attention. Had it not been for them, we might have missed the massive front porch nestled behind the crowds of people who walked by without blinking an eye. Drawn by our curiosity we wandered into the little courtyard. It appeared out of place amid…

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Trip 1: What I learned in Burlington, Vermont

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It’s official. I am out of my comfort zone. Trip number 1 is in the books. My visits to 50 places I’ve never been the year I turned 50 kicked off with a surprise trip. I know. It was hard for me to grasp too. Actually, it turned out to be the PERFECT way to…

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Why Mile Marker 50

We all have mile markers that profoundly shape the way we see the world. What matters is how you choose to rise above them. My mile marker was the perfect storm: the end of my 23- year marriage, a change in career, and a daughter becoming a teenager all while I was staring at 50. I needed to set my sights on a better future. Now I’m traveling to 50 places I’ve never been the year I turn 50…

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