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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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Pay attention, people!

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I never paid any attention to the lock screen photos on my computer. That is until I started planning the 50 places I want to go the year I turn 50. Suddenly those Microsoft stock photos on my PC had me interested every time I went to log on. So many beautiful colors and stunning…

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How I’m going to save for the biggest trip of my life

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Going to 50 places the year I turn 50 sounds so extravagant. After all, I have bills to pay and there are seemingly more practical things to spend my money on. But I don’t intend to fly first class on every trip and stay in $1000 dollar a night hotels. I’m a single mom with…

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Creating my list of places to go

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I thought I had been to a lot of places. That was before I started planning this trip. Sure, I’ve done some of the biggies: London, Los Angeles, San Francisco. I’ve been to attractions like Disney World and Broadway. I’ve sipped wine in Napa and eaten hot dogs in Chicago. I’ve gambled in Vegas, hiked…

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Who are you going with?

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“Who are you going with?” It’s one of the first questions people ask me when they hear I am planning to go to 50 places I’ve never been the year I turn 50. My answer is always, “that depends.”  The older I get the more I realize that the way you see the world –and…

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Mile Marker 50 For 25 years I did not have one dream that was solely my own. Not one. Jobs, vacations, projects around the house—my dreams revolved around my husband and eventually my child. Some people may think there’s nothing wrong with that and cheer my dedication to my family. Others may think ‘How sad.’…

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