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  • Regal Princess to debut Night Sky Lounge this fall

    Regal Princess to debut Night Sky Lounge this fall

    The top-deck Retreat Pool will transform into the new Night Sky Lounge one night during each cruise, inviting guests to enjoy an upbeat and modern, South Miami-style nightclub vibe, including atmospheric pool and furniture lighting, glowing drinks and a DJ spinning tunes on a state-of-the-art audio system

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  • Carnival Cruise Lines serving Cigar City Brewing’s craft beers

    Carnival Cruise Lines serving Cigar City Brewing’s craft beers

    Capitalizing on the growing popularity of craft beer in the U.S., Carnival Cruise Lines has entered into an exclusive agreement to offer Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing’s craft beers on all of its Florida-based ships. Beginning July 13, 2014, Cigar City’s Florida Cracker Belgian-Style White Ale and Invasion Pale Ale will be available on 13 Carnival ships sailing from five Florida ports.  Combined, those ships carry more than two million guests each year.  The agreement — the first partnership of this […]

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  • A trip to Molokai is an elixir for your mind, body and spirit #SeeMolokai

    A trip to Molokai is an elixir for your mind, body and spirit #SeeMolokai

    A trip to Molokai is an elixir for your mind, body and spirit. It is a great stress reliever, a delicious departure from day to day life, an escape to the extraordinary. It is a place to experience new things, challenge your limits, come face to face with your fears, soak in tradition and history, bask in the the sunlight, meditate in the mist, culture, breathe in the beauty of the island and its people, soul search or simply relax.

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  • Kalaupapa National Historical Park: Bittersweet Beauty #SeeMolokai

    Kalaupapa National Historical Park: Bittersweet Beauty #SeeMolokai

    Kalaupapa National Historical Park is bittersweet, not the kind of place you travel to buy souvenirs. It is the kind of place from which you bring back lasting memories. Novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer, Robert Louis Stevenson described it as a prison fortified by nature. It is not easy to get to but so worth the effort. On the Hawaiian island of Molokai, it is surrounded by the crashing waves of the pacific ocean on three sides and 1,700 ft high sea cliffs on the other. There is to say the least, limited access to the peninsula. You can fly in by small plane, hike or ride on mule back down the 2.9 mile steep trail with 26 switchbacks and the most breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Unless you are a guest of one of the few residents, the only way to visit is with Damien Tours. Very exclusive, only 100 people are permitted to enter daily, and that includes resident’s guests.

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  • An Intimate Look Alaska’s Inside Passage

    An Intimate Look Alaska’s Inside Passage

    One of our very favorite summer vacations last August (and perhaps of all time) was a trip aboard the Uncruise Safari Endeavor giving us an intimate look Alaska’s inside passage.
    Uncruise specializes in small group travel. In other words, each ship carries under one-hundred passengers making it easier for them to get in and out of places large cruise ships can’t go.

    On our cruise we got to explore Alaska’s inside passage without ever stopping at a port for the week we were on board. While at first we thought we might lose our minds being unplugged for seven days, we quickly embraced the notion and were able to experience the real Alaska. Life onboard the ship was like no other. The passengers and crew became acquainted quickly and everyone seemed more like friends than strangers.

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  • PJ (Pack) McKenna at Sloppy Joe's in Havana , Cuba 1930

    A Storybook Journey: Ancestry Travel

    As a part of Expedia’s Find Your Storybook campaign, we are exploring the theme of Ancestry Travel. My Storybook journey is taking me backwards, through decades of family history. I haven’t traveled a single mile since my search began and yet my Storybook is taking me around the world. Of course that won’t be the case for long. The more research I do, the more interesting stories I read about my kin, about the places they have lived, breathed and […]

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  • Do you have what it takes to be a great Phonetographer? See and hear what you’ve been missing!

    Do you have what it takes to be a great Phonetographer? See and hear what you’ve been missing!

    Do you have what it takes to be a great Phonetographer? Perhaps you’re not even sure what a phonetographer is?

    The urban Dictionary defines Phonetographer as “One who is always taking photos with the camera in their phone. Most often artsy photos that end up posted on social network sites like Facebook.” Ever since camera phones came into existence we have been sharing everything from the food we eat to every move we make in the infamous selfie.

    What are some of the benefits of being a phonetographer?

    Regardless of where you are, your phone is usually with you. If it’s not, more than likely you are in the throws of a severe panic attack.

    It’s easy to carry. Slip it in your pocket and you’re good to go.

    The technology is king and while it’s pretty sophisticated even I can use it, and use it well. It’s idiot proof. Take the Nokia Lumia Icon. It takes HD video and it has four built in speakers. Add to that a 20-megapixel camera with a single–finger zoom and you’ve got a pretty darn good chance at taking some fabulous photos.

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  • Video: Vail Tips from the Mountain Top #NokiaIcon

    Video: Vail Tips from the Mountain Top #NokiaIcon

    I went to Vail and got “Tips from the Mountain Top” on my Nokia Icon.

    If you don’t know how to ski (and I don’t) navigating with the weight of the layers of clothes, boots and skis is challenging enough. Add to the mix balancing with a camera and all bets are off. Enter Nokia Icon, a game changer for me. I slipped it into my jacket pocket, hopped on the gondola and headed up the mountain to meet my ski instructor Christy Remeta, a 16 year veteran on Vail mountain. Christy was amazing. She immediately got my focus on where it should be, skiing, versus the “what ifs” that were running rampant through my helmeted head. What if I fall? What if I break something?

    Under Christy expert tutelage I focussed, my fears subsided and I was able to enjoy the moment, the mountain and the learning to ski experience. The Vail Ski School is on top of the mountain which is absolutely amazing! Even if you never progress from the bunny hill, you get the same breathtaking view of ‘real skiers’. It was gorgeous and the perfect backdrop to ask Christy for a few tips about skiing Vail.

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  • The Daytona 500

    The Daytona 500

    The Daytona 500

    Guest Post: Vicky Akins

    I don’t understand the love of racing. I watch it on TV and this is what I see: Go very fast, turn left and repeat. I just don’t get it. But because my husband is a HUGE fan, and a very thoughtful young man, who is a friend of our son’s bought him and 5 of his friends Daytona 500 tickets, we found ourselves on our way to Daytona Beach, Florida. This was my husband’s fantasy trip while I was certain it was going to be my nightmare.

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  • When I was a kid I time traveled with Mr. Peabody and Sherman #MrPeabody

    When I was a kid I time traveled with Mr. Peabody and Sherman #MrPeabody

    When I was a kid we had three television channels, children were the remote control and Saturday mornings were dedicated to cartoons. One of my favorites, and where I caught my first dose of wanderlust, was the adventures of Rocky the flying squirrel and Bullwinkle the moose, his dim-witted sidekick. It was during an episode of Rocky & Bullwinkle that I was first introduced to Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Peabody’s Improbable History took me around the world and introduced me to the likes Alexander Graham Bell, Shakespeare and Napoleon. I was mesmerized by the WABAC and dreamed of traveling to far off places and meeting fascinating characters.

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  • Has the weather got you down? We have got the Rx with our warm weather favorites!

    Has the weather got you down? We have got the Rx with our warm weather favorites!

    Has the weather got you down? Have you got cabin fever? Well, have we got the Rx for you with some of our warm weather favorites. It’s time for an adventure and you don’t even have to leave the house to find inspiration! Every week we host a radio show, Road Trip Radio where we chat about food, travel and adventure. Of course, between midlife memory loss and ADD we often go off track and you never know where that […]

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  • Meet Eric Post

    Meet Eric Post

    We are so pleased to introduce the latest addition to the MidLife Road Trip family, the very talented Eric Post. Eric will be joining us as in intern while he attends the University of Tampa and we could not be more thrilled to have such a talented and accomplished young man on our team.

    Meet Eric Post

    Eric is incredibly excited to be climbing aboard the MidLife Road Trip team this year! Having been bitten by the travel bug shortly after birth, Eric considers himself incredibly fortunate to have traveled across the United States and abroad to four countries throughout his busy life. But, a mission trip to Haiti in the spring of his freshman year in college is what he considers to be the defining moment in learning what the many beautiful faces and places of this earth have to offer and teach us.

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  • The Dish on Super Bowl Party Do’s and Don’ts

    The Dish on Super Bowl Party Do’s and Don’ts

    Bring your A game to the party this weekend. We’re getting the Dish on Super Bowl Party Do’s & Don’ts. When in doubt ask an expert and we did just that. Who better than etiquette expert and mom of two boys, Patricia Rossi to tell us how to navigate the Super Bowl party!

    Tip #1:Do bring a dish to share to the Super Bowl party. Even if the host says not to bring anything, bring something anyway. More food choices and variety make the party memorable. Try to bring something you can eat with one hand and also consume in a few bites.

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  • Epicurean Hotel, a Grand Awakening for Food and Wine Lovers

    Epicurean Hotel, a Grand Awakening for Food and Wine Lovers

    For traveling foodies like us, Tampa’s brand new Epicurean Hotel, a 137-room boutique hotel devoted to extraordinary culinary experiences might be as close to nirvana as you get.

    To kick things off, they had a Grand Awakening Reception, a celebration to Awaken Appetites Unknown™.
    We applaud the Epicurean for not only an amazing party epicurean hotel but, their cutting-edge concept, a marriage of all things we love. Food, wine and a hotel who’s rooms feature an in-room personal artisan pantry stocked with premium liquors, locally crafted beers, Perrier, a selection of San Pellegrino and a diverse selection of 5 1/2 bottle varietals with suggested pantry pairings such as, prosciutto, chocolate and sea salt caramels and chévre.

    Part of the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc., you get bet your favorite Bordeaux that we’ll be back to try a stay at the Epicurean Hotel.

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  • Do you have a a bucket list, a wish list or a vision board?

    Do you have a a bucket list, a wish list or a vision board?

    Call it what you will, a bucket list, a wish list or a vision board but we should all should have one. Every year we put together a list of things we want to ‘check off’ and 2014 is a doozy. The thing is, you need to be specific, know what you want and know where you’re heading. After all, you wouldn’t take a road trip without directions, right? Think of this list as your GPS!

    And most important, let us know what’s on your list! We may have missed something!! The older we get, the Bigger we DREAM!

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