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  • Ancestry Travel – Chapter One

    Ancestry Travel – Chapter One

    As a part of Expedia’s Find Your Storybook campaign, we are exploring the theme of Ancestry Travel. We are embarking on a quest to discover where we came from by researching our ancestors, tracing their paths and visiting, the places they lived, worked, played and died. Chapter One of our journey entails research. Family records only take us back so far. So we reached out to Ancestry.com to help us discover more. They were excited that we chose to make Ancestry [...]

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  • Valentine Vino

    Valentine Vino

    So Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and you need a Valentine vino to compliment the chocolates and roses, something that’s not too expensive, something to win points in the romance department. Think red! I’m playing it safe and going with one of my favorite wines reviewed last year -  Apothic Red, a full bodied red blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. It has an intense dark fruit flavor with hints of mocha and vanilla. At $14 a bottle, [...]

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  • Midlife Road Trip named one of Tripit’s Must-Read Travel Blogs for 2014!

    Midlife Road Trip named one of Tripit’s Must-Read Travel Blogs for 2014!

    We are incredibly honored to have been named one of TripIt’s 15 Must- Read Travel Blogs for 2014!  We are humbled to be included in this impressive group of bloggers and to be recognized by a company that we love. Being in midlife we need all the help we can get in keeping our travels organized and can’t imagine traveling without Tripit’s smartphone app. Thanks for the app and the recognition!

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  • The Most Incredible Travel Year Ever

    The Most Incredible Travel Year Ever

    Without a doubt this has been the most incredible travel year ever, not just in terms of the places we’ve been, but in the friendships we formed and the personal growth we experienced. Perhaps that’s why we consider travel to be the perfect therapy for a midlife crisis (or any aged crisis for that matter). Here’s a brief recap of our incredible year. FEBRUARY Gainesville, Texas   We were honored to be the featured speakers at the annual Gainesville Area [...]

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  • There’s Nothing Touristy About Molokai

    There’s Nothing Touristy About Molokai

    Molokai is one of the most beautiful and spiritual places we’ve ever visited. It has the highest sea cliffs in the world, lush tropical vegetation, a fascinating history and a population of beautiful souls.  There is nothing touristy about Molokai. It is authentic, genuine and unpretentious. Molokai will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Some of the highlights or our journey included a visit to a plumeria plantation, a kayak trip, a tour of the Hawala Valley, and [...]

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  • Last Minute Madness

    Last Minute Madness

    Welcome to our Therapy Group! This Week’s Theme: *Last Minute Madness* straight-jacket optional, sense of humor required   This week’s Not-so Usual Therapy Session is a procrastinator’s paradise as we share our last minute madness experiences. We believe the Midlife Road Trip is the perfect therapy for a midlife crisis so each week we host a super fun online therapy session. You’re invited to join the conversation for some lively chat about a fun new topic each Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 [...]

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  • A Wino’s Guide to Holiday Wines

    A Wino’s Guide to Holiday Wines

    Choosing, gifting, and drinking wines for the holidays? Of course you are! Here is your “wino” guide for picking the perfect wine for all of the festivities. Holiday Office Party You don’t have to skimp on quality when buying in quantity for the office party. Caposaldo Prosecco is an inexpensive, Italian sparkling wine that will pair wonderfully with a variety of party finger foods. Alcohol Level:  11.5%     Suggested Retail Price:  $15 Gifting the Boss It’s never a bad idea [...]

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  • Posing with Key Lime Kermit!

    Eating Key Lime Pie in Key West

    The final port of call for our fabulous Holland America cruise aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam was Key West Florida where we got to check “Eating Key Lime Pie in Key West” off our Bucket List ! We asked around and the locals told us  that Kermit’s Key Lime Shoppe was THE place to go so we did. Not only did we get to fast some of the best key lime pie on the planet, we got to meet the famous Key [...]

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  • 7 Awesome Free Travel Apps

    7 Awesome Free Travel Apps

    Today’s smartphone technology makes travel so much more fun and easy. It’s hard to imagine how we ever got by without it. I recently received a sexy, new Motorola Droid Ultra from Verizon as #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger. It came pre-loaded with Google Maps, which is the ultimate navigation tool. But as someone who travels for a living the first thing I did before making a call or transferring my contacts was to install my favorite travel apps – all of which [...]

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  • Beer Brats with Kickoff Kraut

    Beer Brats with Kickoff Kraut

    Tailgating season is in full swing and Beer Brats with Kickoff Kraut are a great way to pimp your party! Ingredients: beer brats, beer, sauerkraut, red pepper relish (hot or sweet depending on your liking) caraway seeds and rye buns.   Kickoff Kraut 1.  Add about 1 pound of drained sauerkraut to a large saucepan over medium to medium-high heat. 2.  Pour in approximately 3/4 of an amber beer – drink the rest:) 3.  Stir in approximately 4 oz of hot [...]

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  • savoring some of the world's best sandwiches

    10 Bucket List Sandwiches

    It’s no secret that we love to eat. In our travels, we’ve been blessed to experience some of the best food on the planet. We’ve compiled a list of 10 sandwiches that should be a part of your culinary Bucket List! We have pictures of some of these sandwiches. Others were devoured before we took out our cameras, still they made a good enough impression to be included in this list. Muffuletta from Central Grocery in New Orleans, Louisiana. The famous [...]

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  • Celebrating #CabernetDay with a 2008 Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon

    Celebrating #CabernetDay with a 2008 Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon

    This year I’m celebrating #CabernetDay with a 2008 Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a old adage that wine gets better with age. The Aurielle is a higher end Napa Valley wine that if cellared for a few years will totally ROCK!   However, I have neither the patience nor discipline to wait for a wine to peak so I uncorked the bottle and poured it into a decanter. Just letting the wine breathe for about 20 minutes was a remarkable act of self-restraint on [...]

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  • A Panoramic View of Messina, Italy

    A Panoramic View of Messina, Italy

    Here’s a  panoramic view of Messina, Italy we shot with our Nokia Lumia 928 smart phone while cruising around the Mediterranean sea aboard the Carnival Sunshine. Click the picture to see a larger image and imagine how much fun we’re having.  

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  • Green Wine is Good Wine

    Green Wine is Good Wine

    Each year an increasing number of wineries are discovering that sustainability practices not only protect natural resources, they produce better wines. Yes, green wine is good wine. To achieve Sustainability In Practice (SIP) Certification, winemakers must meet a number of rigorous standards regarding soil & water conservation, water quality, air quality, fruit quality, safe pest management, energy efficiency and social responsibility, just to name a few. Wine makers achieving certification are allowed to use the SIP Certified seal in their [...]

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  • The Art of Finding Great Value Wines – 5 simple tips

    The Art of Finding Great Value Wines – 5 simple tips

            Wine doesn’t have to be expensive to to be good. In fact, there are many quality wines for under $10, but there is an art to finding these gems. Though taking a chance on an inexpensive bottle of wine is hardly a risky undertaking, following these simple guidelines will help you with the art of finding great value wines.   Research! The internet is full of awesome resources for wine lovers. One of my favorite sites [...]

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