When planning a family vacation, you can cut costs and avoid being caught unprepared with just a little advance planning. Have fun and remain within your budget by following these steps before you go. 1) Plan in advance what you will do for dining Decide before you leave how many meals you will be eating out. Prepare some food along the way, saving dining out for special occasions. If you pack lots of snacks, easy-to-prepare meals and plenty of drinks […]
Is living the dream impossible? We think not! We would like you to meet Brian and Marianne, two very inspiring friends we met on Twitter. They changed course, charted a new route and are now living their dream.
Here’s their story ….
We are Brian and Marianne, owners of Le Couloumé and Le Fournil, our newly-refurbished vacation cottage in South West France. A couple of years ago we
Brian and Marianne
Brian and Marianne
decided to make a long- held dream reality: quit the stresses of commuting to London and start a new life in the French Pyrenees.
Brian, originally from Cornwall/England, is a keen road cyclist and found a cyclist’s nirvana here. He also brews a variety of beers of excellent quality, as anyone who tries them will attest, and is a talented guitarist and musician as well. Marianne, a Berliner by birth, with an inborn wanderlust, is a natural linguist speaking three and a half languages: German, English, French and a bit of Spanish. She is also passionate about vegetarian cooking, many ingredients coming from our potager, the typical French kitchen garden, where we grow a lot of our own fruit and vegetables.
Here is our story: For many years, working and living in London we had felt (like many people) that there should be more to our lives than feeling constantly exhausted by demanding, stressful jobs which left so little quality time.
Unlike many people we decided to do something about it and the desire to move to another country, either Italy or France, took hold. The much simpler life style and the slower pace of life that draw millions of people like us for their holidays was a powerful incentive to choose one of those countries to live our dream.
A Guide to Time Travel
What if you could travel back in time? Where would you go?
And this isn’t some theoretical exercise. Time travel is real. Or at least, there is a form of it being offered on the north banks of the St. Lawrence River this summer.
In a sleepy corner of eastern Canada two major anniversaries are converging to offer visitors a unique glimpse of the past.
Two hundred years ago, Pride & Prejudice was first published, while a war raged here in North America. The first attracts fans from all over the world, while the second is part of a well-funded commemoration for the War of 1812. Together, the two anniversaries are creating a brilliant world of living history along the St. Lawrence River this summer.
Recipe For Success: Rachelle Lucas, a.k.a. @TravelBlggr, a freelance writer, videographer and spokesperson with a focus on travel, food and social media who believes the best way to learn about a destination is through its flavors.
There’s nothing ‘Average’ about Average Jo Magazine ! Average Jo Magazine’s focus is to encourage and equip the average American woman to achieve a physical, mental, and spiritual life balance by providing useful everyday resources and tips. Our hope is that together, we can begin to celebrate more of life’s moments, build on our core values, and encourage each other along the way. At the end of the day, each Average Jo hopes to put her feet up, tilt her head back, exhale and feel like she has made a difference.
Robert Reid is the US Travel Editor for Lonely Planet. He appears regularly on the Today Show, CNN, Fox, MSNBC and the Weather Channel sharing travel stories and trends. In addition to writing two dozen Lonely Planet guidebooks (New York City, Eastern Europe, Central America, Southeast Asia), he has written for publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ESPN, CNN and World Hum.
You can also check him out on Reid on Travel
This week #NUTS spotlight shines brightly on Roni, Weiss, a travel industry connector, social media consultant and travel/events blogger.
He is the organizer of the New York Travel Festival, a new consumer travel event, a co-founder of Destination Accelerator (education and networking for destination marketers) and Travel Talk on Twitter (the world’s biggest Twitter travel chat).
He’s spoken about social media in a variety of places, including a roundtable at NYU, Africa Travel Association‘s World Congress in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe, and Miracle Corners of the World‘s youth leadership retreat in Vermont.
Roni was born in Oceanside, Long Island, New York and grew up in Snohomish County, Washington. He was active in sports and music, with his sports emphasis being ice hockey and his musical focus being the trumpet.
At the ripe old age of 10, Roni began attending Edmonds Community College, receiving an Associate’s Degree with Honors in 1996 at the age of 12. He graduated from Lynnwood High School in 1999 at the age of 15.
From 1999-2002, he attended the University of Washington, graduating with double degrees in English (with a Literature emphasis) and Drama. During his time in the UW School of Drama, he was highly active in acting, writing, directing and producing. Roni’s “Big Idea” festival was a week-long, multiple-venue festival in which he served as the Executive Producer.
In 2004, Roni began what became a series of global trips. Over the course of less than a year , Roni visited 6 continents. He has taught English in Italy, Taiwan, France and Chile and has visited 70+ countries, including every country in Europe.
The inaugural New York Travel Festival weekend will take place April 20-21, 2013. Tickets are now on sale.
On Saturday, they’ll be at Bohemian National Hall, featuring an array of speakers, panelists, tastings, and other experiences. On Sunday, there will be a variety of opportunities to experience local and international culture by venturing out into New York City’s varied neighborhoods and boroughs.
The goal of the NY Travel Fest is to reinvent the consumer travel show for a crowd seeking more interaction and a better sense of NYC and beyond.
This week’s #nuts spotlight shines on Debra Cincioni, @momsofamerica. She been part of our #nuts community since its inception and her humor and zest for life make every day a joy!
When asked to provide a biography by the amazing folks here at Midlife road trip, I thought ok…I can say that I am the President and co-founder of Moms of America, a membership-based organization for moms and women.
Or I could stick with the mundane…I’m a mother of four and a businesswoman with experience in Internet ventures and list out all of my accomplishments both in business and in life…such as one I am extremely proud of… I graduated with Honors about 8 yrs ago with a Bachelors degree in Integrative Studies comprised of Psychology, Management and Information Technology …I have often used the principles gained from this academic discipline as a consultant for start-up and early-stage companies….
- or I could simply be myself and speak from the heart….
The most fun that i have had in the social media arena has been in meeting and supporting people.
It has caused my world to both contract and expand. Contract by bringing people from across the globe into my life, and expand by making my small world a much larger and enriched place to dwell. I have had the honor of meeting a lot of my online friends in person or through skype
I have found out the things that embarrass me the most, have been the things that have shown me the most about myself. That the term “playing in traffic” took on new meaning as i spoke at a @JeffPulver event with some friends Beth : @BethFrysztak and Carol: @ProjectQuinn about this very subject and its relevance to our online emergence into the social media world.
That I had to close my eyes to hit the enter key on tweet deck to post the link to an article by Bit Rebels listing me as one of Twitters Top 75 Badass Women .
Because of that article I was asked to do an interview with several people and finally chose to be interviewed by Tony Hastings : @TheTop10Blog in a very fun yet open way! The interview can be found here!
And now…look how far I’ve come! I can be a #Nuts Therapist, post some of the funniest questions that can be- and are !- erroneously interpreted… All just because I love to support my friends Sandi and Rick… and that support of my friends has become far more important to me than simply hiding behind an Avi. We grow.
Though my website is in the final stages of completion, my blog is completed on the site and can be found at http://www.momsofamerica.com/blog/ I hope to see you all soon and thank you for taking the time to read this! : )
Henie Reisinger, photographer, artist AND #NUTS Guest Therapist! As a photographer and mixed-media artist, Henie Reisinger smiles when people praise her vision. Unknown to all but a few, Henie sustained a serious eye injury at one-year-old, leaving her left eye completely blind and her right eye with limited vision. As an artist, Henie considers her work post-visual; her focus is tapping into the core of matter, meaning and experience.
Henie’s recent artwork encompasses sustainable and environmental pieces that utilize recycled elements from culturally relevant sources. Rich in texture, these pieces are highly evocative. Through her assemblage of words, pictures and contours, the artist structures her pieces by touch, trusting that the iconic imagery—so resonant with sense memory—will tell the story.
Iain Mallory a.k.a. Mallory on Travel ‘s twitter bio says: Engaging with the World in 140 or less; Traveller(√) Writer(√) Photographer(√) Wannabe Stormchaser(√) Caffeine addict(√) Adrenaline junkie(√) Good guy (erm) ~We have enjoyed our many exchanges with Iain on Twitter and thought we would ‘share’ him with you. He’s this weeks #Nuts Guest Therapist of the Week!
Looking for a Healthy Snack? This almond and date delight T is inspired by Larabar, a popular line of whole food bars that feature dates. This version mimics the taste of the beloved Almond Joy. While it wouldn’t be considered a low-fat snack, the combination of fruit, nuts and chocolate is much healthier than any candy bar. Recipe below.
Sunday Supper! It’s a tradition in so many families, including our good friend Vicky Akins. When we found out this weeks #SundaySupper theme was All Things Orange we knew this we just had to share Vicky’s family recipe for Hungarian Apricot Walnut Pastries. This recipe has been passed down from generation to generation and is as rich in memories as it is ingredients….
Tired of the same old, same old? Wings, Beer & pizza left you uninspired? Why not Kick Up Your Next Cocktail Party with Craft Beer Cocktails and Pairings .
Ashley Rouston, a.k.a. The Beer Wench is well known amongst the craft beer community. She is a self-proclaimed craft beer evangelist and social media maven on a mission to advance the craft beer industry through education, inspiration and advocacy. (Be sure and listen to our fun interview with Ashley on Road Trip Radio.)
JD Andrews has spent more than 20 years traveling around the globe ~ 76 countries across 6 continents, shooting and editing travel/tourism videos for various cruise lines, airlines, and tourist boards. In addition being the creator of Going Social TV, JD consistently ranks in the top 3 Online Travel Influencers in the world. “These projects presented several amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiences and the chance to see the amazing world we live in” JD Born and raised in […]
Travel Writer & Columnist, Kathy Witt wrote the following story about the MidLife Road Trip for McClatchy-Tribune. Another reason that not a day goes by that we don’t count our MidLife Blessings. Bucket List Adventures: Hitting the (midlife) road By KATHY WITT To eat a Belgian waffle in Belgium. Cuddle a koala bear. Meet snack maven Little Debbie. Tug on Carol Burnett’s ear. If you’re going to dream, you’ve got to do it big. And some of the biggest dreams are […]