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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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  • 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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  • Austin’s Famous “Bat Bridge”

    Austin’s Famous “Bat Bridge”

    Seeing 1.5 million bats take flight is an amazing sight. While in Austin, Texas  we visited the famous Congress Bridge – home of the largest urban bat colony in the world!

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  • Austin Texas is Weird and we love it! #SXSW

    Austin Texas is Weird and we love it! #SXSW

    Austin, Texas is weird and we love it! Austin is known for incredible food and fantastic music and #SXSW … Take a behind the scenes peek at what weird about Austin! And .. another check off our Bucket List!

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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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  • Happy Hump Day! Rhino’s Playing Leap Frog

    Happy Hump Day! Rhino’s Playing Leap Frog

    Happy Hump Day!! It’s not every day you get to see rhinos playing leap-frog! If you love animals, you’l love our behind the scenes look at Lion Country Safari, in West Palm Beach Florida.

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  • Hollywood’s 12 Lessons for the Ultimate Road Trip

    Hollywood’s 12 Lessons for the Ultimate Road Trip

    We saw this fun infographic from our friends at Wish.co.uk and couldn’t resist sharing Hollywood’s 12 lessons for the ultimate road trip. Enjoy!

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  • It’s a Chocolate Kind of Day

    It’s a Chocolate Kind of Day

    We enjoyed more than a few of these chocolate covered cake balls  at the Jambalaya Jam in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  They came in a variety of flavors, so naturally we had to sample them all to make sure we didn’t miss anything. The red velvet was Rick’s favorite while Sandi preferred the chocolate. Chocolate cheers to you and yours! What’s your favorite chocolate dessert? 

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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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  • 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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  • National Chocolate Cake Day! Celebrate with Chocolate Cupcakes!  #Recipe

    National Chocolate Cake Day! Celebrate with Chocolate Cupcakes! #Recipe

    It’s National Chocolate Cake Day and we are celebrating with Chocolate Cupcakes! Because we’re a mix and match kind of group, we like to take a little of this, a pinch of that and see what we come up with. This is never more fun than experimenting with one of our favorite desserts; cupcakes. Armed with a recipe for dark chocolate cupcakes (that are supposed to be stuffed with peanut butter filling) found on www.howsweeteats.com, the Midlife Road Trip test kitchen decided to see just how much chocolate we could stuff into a cupcake. Is there ever such a thing as too much? Our sweet tooth voted ‘No’.

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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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  • 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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