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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 update

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With just a few weeks left to the beginning of my journey to visit 50 places I’ve never been the year I turn 50, I wanted to give you a trip update on the progress and planning. I have one of two reactions when I look at my calendar these days. I’m either like a…

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6 words that should go in the parenting manual: A milemarker parenting moment

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Betrayal at any age hurts. When you are a teenager, it is devastating.  So when my daughter found out a girl she thought was a friend said something about her that wasn’t true, the world erupted into a fury of angst. Shortly thereafter, I learned that when it comes to parenting sometimes all we need…

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Why I push my daughter to do hard things

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I’m not a sky diver but I’ve jumped out of a plane. I’m not a runner but I’ve run every single mile of a half marathon. Every once in a while I set a crazy goal and push myself out of my comfort zone. It wakes me up and reminds me of what I am…

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3 travel apps worth adding for frequent travelers

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When I was little my family would load up in our big wood-paneled station wagon with a luggage carrier on top. Us kids took turns sitting in the middle seat or by the window. Sometimes you got to hold the Atlas. For all you youngins’ that’s a big book of maps. That’s how we used…

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When time stands still…

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They move in unison to a rhythm all their own. Other people can hear the music too, but they seem locked in their own song. There is a twinkle in their eyes, perhaps a reflection of shared experiences that we will never know. When I watch my mom and dad dance, time stands still for…

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An update on my big adventure

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I am a bit of a planner. Ok, maybe more than a bit. After all, I’ve been planning to visit 50 places I’ve never been the year I turn 50 for months now and the adventure doesn’t start for another 11 months. I like to be prepared, what can I say? God finds this funny.…

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It’s a Wonderful Life…

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The twinkling lights on the Christmas village illuminate the front window of my parents’ small home. Stepping inside from the cold Indiana air,  I am greeted by the colors of the tiny buildings resting on a blanket of indoor snow.  The sight of my Father’s Christmas village has always been a source of comfort for…

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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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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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