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  • Ten Commandments of an Authentic Italian Meal

    Ten Commandments of an Authentic Italian Meal

    Anybody who follows our adventures knows that we love to eat. We believe the best way to appreciate and embrace a culture is through its cuisine. I was recently hosted on a trip to Gargano, Italy by a local tourism group called Gargano OK. Gargano is the “spur of the boot” jutting out into the Adriatic Sea. It is a popular destination among Italians but it is not nearly as touristy as many of the other regions in Italy. Therein […]

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  • Frolicking in the Foothills of the Smoky Mountains #CanAmSpyder

    Frolicking in the Foothills of the Smoky Mountains #CanAmSpyder

    I love living in Atlanta. After all, Atlanta has professional sports, big name concerts, a colorful history, bustling nightlife, world class museums, and an extraordinary food scene. I could live a full and happy life here without ever leaving the city. But, as someone with the wanderlust gene and a having access to a midlife crisis mobile, getting out of town is something I have to do – even if it’s just for a day. So for my most recent […]

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  • The Luxe Insider

    Midlife Road Trip Among 2014 Best Travel Blogs

    We are honored to be included among The Luxe Insider luxury travel magazine’s 2014 Best Travel Blogs! Here’s an excerpt from the article. PUBLISHED BY FRANCOIS LE HECHO  SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 Luxury travel blogs are very numerous on the web, it can be sometimes difficult to find reliable and personal content from authors who really travel and visit what they are reviewing. We decided to highlight here our selection of best travel blogs in which we trust and that will allow you to […]

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  • THEN: NOW:

    Travel Essentials Then and Now #VZWBuzz

    As co-hosts of Midlife Road Trip, we are frequently interviewed about a variety of travel topics. We are almost always asked which items we consider essential when packing for a trip. Our answers have changed over the years primarily because of experience and technology. We thought it would be fun to compare our travel essentials then, and now. THEN: Laptop – Whether traveling by planes, trains, or automobiles, bringing a laptop was essential for turning travel time into productive time. […]

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  • Riding in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile #BucketList

    Riding in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile #BucketList

    It may seem a bit strange that a grown man would put “Riding in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile” on his bucket list, but life has no spice without a little quirkiness. Besides, ever since I first learned of the Wienermobile as a kid, it’s been something that I’ve wanted to do. When the opportunity finally knocked, I answered the door. It happened like this: I was recently participating in a travel centric twitter chat. One of the chat questions asked […]

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  • first zombie killed in AMC's The Walking Dead

    In search of Zombies on a #CanAmSpyder

    It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of road trips. I’m also a huge supporter of our men and women in uniform and a huge fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead series. So when I learned that a ladies riding club, called the Bomber Girls LRC, was sponsoring the Biking Dead Tour to raise money for our troops, I couldn’t wait to hit the road in search of zombies on a #CanAmSpyder!  The ride was from Newnan, Georgia (located […]

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  • Road trip to Stone Mountain on a #CanAmSpyder

    Road trip to Stone Mountain on a #CanAmSpyder

    The day had finally arrived to take my first road trip on my #CanAmSpyder (my midlife crisis-mobile)! Since I had little experiencing driving anything with less than four wheels, I had to promise my wife that I would stay off the interstates, obey the speed limits and be back home in time to fix dinner. Yes, as a writer and foodie with a job that doesn’t require regular hours, I’m the one who usually has to fix dinner.  … and […]

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  • Have Spyder, Will Travel #CanAmSpyder

    Have Spyder, Will Travel #CanAmSpyder

    I have always considered road trips to be the perfect therapy for a midlife crisis. The long awaited arrival of my Can-Am Spyder (my midlife crisis-mobile), marked the day that my road-tripping would take on a whole new dimension! I haven’t been this excited about my personal mobility since I was 10 years old and got a brand new 10 speed Schwinn bicycle for Christmas. I remember it raining for three consecutive days that Christmas. It was pure torture not […]

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  • taking the polar plunge in Glacier Bay, Alaska

    Taking the Polar Plunge

    Taking the polar plunge into the icy waters of Glacier Bay, Alaska was yet another exhilarating moment on our Un-Cruise adventure aboard the Safari Endeavour! It was literally the “coolest” item we’ve checked off our bucket list to date.

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  • Celebrating Chardonnay Day

    Celebrating Chardonnay Day

    Chardonnay is the world’s most popular white wine grape and is celebrated each year on May 23 in what is now recognized as National Chardonnay Day.  I’m not sure how National Chardonnay Day came into being, but any grape that is planted on over 400,000 acres worldwide and in more wine regions than any other grape, including Cabernet Sauvignon, certainly deserves it’s own day. It wouldn’t be right to celebrate National Chardonnay Day without sipping on an excellent Chardonnay. So […]

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  • Popping the Cork  #WineWednesday

    Popping the Cork #WineWednesday

    It’s #WineWednesday and nothing says celebration like the sound of a Champagne cork popping. Wine is fine anytime, but if you want to turn a party into a celebration you’ve gotta bring the bubbles! Barefoot Wines produces a Brut Cuvée and Pink Moscato Bubbly that have been a part of my family’s celebrations for the last few years.  One interesting observation from our celebrations is that most of the guys seem to prefer the crisp Brut Cuvée with hints of green apple, while the […]

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  • Celebrity interview with Danica Patrick

    Celebrity interview with Danica Patrick

    We got to interview one of our favorite celebrities, Danica Patrick! Danica Patrick is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing. Danica is one of the most searched athletes on all of Google. She has hosted the Country Music Awards, been on the cover of Sports Illustrated, been featured in numerous iconic Super Bowl commercials for GoDaddy.com and is currently a celebrity spokesperson for Can-Am Spyder (Which Can-Am is providing Rick for his Midlife-Crisis-Mobile). Her love of food […]

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  • Can-Am Spyder – the perfect midlife-crisis-mobile

    Can-Am Spyder – the perfect midlife-crisis-mobile

    I’ve long said that a road trip is the perfect therapy for a midlife crisis. There’s something about hitting the road to explore a new destination that rejuvenates your spirit and fuels your wanderlust.  I’ve always wanted to take an open air road trip on a motorcycle but I never have, for several reasons. I don’t own a motorcycle, I don’t have a motorcycle license, my wife, Denise, thinks they are unsafe, and she’s afraid I might get a tattoo […]

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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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