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  • You’re never too young to check things off your bucket list! Sedona, Arizona CHECK!

    You’re never too young to check things off your bucket list! Sedona, Arizona CHECK!

    You’re never too young to check things off your bucket list! Midlife Road Trip contributor, Sabrina Kathleen went to Sedona, Arizona and tells you why!

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  • Romantic Destination:  Hawaii Island

    Romantic Destination: Hawaii Island

    Rick and I have an amazing partnership. We have been business partners for many years and have over 50 years of marriage between us, to other people! There is in fact, a Mrs. Griffin and a Mr. McKenna. Our spouses, Denise and Ralph, are the often-unsung heroes of our business partnership, keeping the home fires burning as Rick and I jet around the world writing about incredible places.

    So, when Expedia released the results of the 2015 Expedia Heat Index, it got me thinking about romantic destinations, and a Hawaiian vacation I took with my mister that conjures up memories of love, luaus and leis.

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  • 5 Smartphone Food Photography Tips #vzwbuzz

    5 Smartphone Food Photography Tips #vzwbuzz

    It’s no secret I love to eat. The only thing I like better than eating is taking pictures of my food. I’m not sure if it’s a passion or an obsession, but I have amassed quite a catalog of food photos taken with my smartphones over the years. Suess Pancakes
    Here are a 5 smartphone food photography tips to get your creative juices flowing

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  • Limited-edition amenity kits pay tribute to American’s heritage airlines

    Everything old is new again: American Airlines collector’s item amenity kits

    The older I get the more nostalgic I become. I love when something old is new again. So, when American Airlines announced their collector’s item amenity kits, I took notice! This month, the First Class and Business Class kit on most international and transcontinental flights, will contain an improved collection of personal care products selected specifically for the modern traveler. According to Fernand Fernandez, American’s vice president – Global Marketing. “Customers will also identify with the historic logos and colors of the companies that now form […]

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  • #Travel highlighted in  #Superbowl Commercials

    #Travel highlighted in #Superbowl Commercials

    #Travel highlighted in 2015 #Superbowl Commercials. There were three stand-out Superbowl commercials that put travel in the spotlight. Of course, they caught our attention. We love cruising and found the Carnival Cruise Lines super bowl commercial inspiring. It combined beautiful visuals and the words of John F. Kennedy: “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.” Then, they invited us to come back to the sea. We accept!

    The Doritos commercial was just downright funny. As frequent travelers, at one time or another, we have all sat next someone who has done one or all of those things.

    Jeep’s super bowl commercial featured the 2015 Jeep Renegade around the world in amazing places, with “This Land is Your Land, this land is my land” rolling acoustically in the background. Anyone ready for a road trip?

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  • The Dish on #SuperBowl Party Do’s and Don’ts

    The Dish on #SuperBowl 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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  • Buffalo Chicken Dip #Recipe #Superbowl

    Buffalo Chicken Dip #Recipe #Superbowl

    Cheese, is like crack to me. I can’t eat just a little. With me, it’s all or nothing! So what better dish for me to make for a Superbowl than Cabot Cheese’s Buffalo Chicken Dip. It’s quick, easy and really cheesy!

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  • Travel without Research makes for a Unique Adventure

    Travel without Research makes for a Unique Adventure

    Travel without research? Sure! Why not? To many people this may sound like an uncertain, risky, and not-so-planned-out..“plan”. However, life is full of uncertainties, and sometimes that’s where all the excitement comes from! And, it always makes for a unique adventure.

    Such was the case when we set out for the Danville Bed and Breakfast, a destination we knew very little about. Traveling onward down a rural road in Geneva, Florida, we were just beginning to question the guidance from our GPS, when we finally approached a sign and a long driveway. The driveway led us to an airplane hangar, on a rather large piece of property. Immediately we were greeted by two warm, smiling faces — one of them being the mayor of Danville himself, Mr. Dan Shaw.

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  • Memphis, Graceland and Elvis

    Memphis, Graceland and Elvis

    We went to Memphis to visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. What an amazing place. And, while we were there we took a side trip to visit Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home.

    It is one of those things you must do in Memphis. Graceland has been beautifully maintained throughout the years and looks exactly like it was when Elvis lived there. As you stroll through the house and the impeccably manicured grounds, you can’t help but think about what it must have been like in it’s heyday.
    So, next time you find yourself in Memphis, check out Graceland!

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  • A Journey to Healing

    A Journey to Healing

    A Journey to Healing is a very personal account of a life changing event.

    When Rick and I began the Midlife Road Trip years ago we truly believed in our mission of “Travel as Therapy”. We have since traveled all over the world by air, road, rail and sea and everything was moving along swimmingly. And then, there was a knock on my door that would change my life forever.

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  • Five Awesome Gifts for the Traveler in Your Life

    Five Awesome Gifts for the Traveler in Your Life

    Black Friday … The first sign that the holiday shopping season is in full swing. The older I get, the more I hate to venture out into the crowds and the madness. Black Friday has become more of a spectator sport for me, watching the shenanigans on the news from the comfort of my couch, pie in hand.

    That doesn’t mean I don’t like to shop. In fact, I consider myself a ninja in the gift buying arena. There is nothing more satisfying that finding THAT perfect gift for those special someones in your life.

    Take the frequent traveler. I have selected five of my favorite travel items that will make perfect gifts for the person who love to travel.

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  • Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey Bolognese #Recipe

    Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey Bolognese #Recipe

    If you’re anything like me by the time Thanksgiving is said and done, I have had enough of the ‘fixins’ so I went in search of an un-turkey like recipe and found a simple & quick one by Giada. Buon Appetito!

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  • Leftover Turkey: Turkey a la King #Recipe

    Leftover Turkey: Turkey a la King #Recipe

      There are so many great dishes to make from Turkey leftovers it’s almost impossible to narrow it down to one. Turkey a la King is simple, filling and can be put together in minutes. It may be called Turkey a la King, but it’s fit for a Queen! 

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  • Austria farm-to-table is a way of life! Gemütlichkeit! #MyAustrianEvening

    Austria farm-to-table is a way of life! Gemütlichkeit! #MyAustrianEvening

    In Austria farm-to-table is not just a movement, it’s a way of life. It’s all about Gemütlichkeit! Gemütlichkeit, is about fellowship and hospitality enjoyed with friends old and new. It is a table beautifully set, with flowers, fine china and crystal. It is about food, expertly and lovingly prepared from the best ingredients. It is about wine, free flowing and toasts to friendship and good times. Gemütlichkeit embodies what Austria is all about.

    We had the pleasure and privilege to experience Gemütlichkeit first hand at a dinner hosted by the Austrian Tourism Office in Brooklyn’s Red Hook,. The dinner, so artfully prepared by Austrian Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner, was one of the most memorable we have ever had. The setting was a gorgeous waterfront loft with views of the Manhattans skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Every intricate detail was carried out to perfection, from the wines selected by Leo Schneemann to the gorgeous tablescape to the sounds of Mozart and Haydn played by the Brooklyn Symphony. Saying it was magical would be an understatement.

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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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