Viking Sky Sets Sail on Maiden Voyage

VIKING SKY SETS SAIL ON MAIDEN VOYAGE Third Ship for Viking Ocean Cruises Expands Award-Winning Destination-Focused Exploration Los Angeles (February 28, 2017) – After dominating the Cruise Critic® 2017 Cruisers’ Choice Awards earlier this month, Viking Ocean Cruises®...

Behind the Scenes at the Michel-Schlumberger Winery

  We went behind the scenes at the Michel-Schlumberger winery in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma, California where we learned a thing or two about organic farming from winemaker and vice president of production, Mike Brunson. We saw everything from vine to bottle,...

20 something amazing photos from our Alaskan Adventures

If you were to look on the hard drive of my computer, you would probably find more photos from my adventures in Alaska than from anywhere else in the world. With mountains, glaciers, rainforests, rivers, waterfalls, wildlife, and countless opportunities for adventure,...

15 Favorite Photos from Our California Adventures

It’s no surprise that California is one of our favorite destinations. Over the years we’ve been fortunate enough to make several trips to the Golden State. Whether we’re road tripping up the Pacific Coast Highway; experiencing wine country; checking bucket list items off our list in San Francisco; or shooting video for Disneyland, California never fails to amaze us…

7 Best Hidden European Gems

Europe nests some of the most incredible destinations in the world such as London, famous for its nightlife, shopping, and museums, Amsterdam for its narrow canals or Barcelona for its vibrant Catalonian heritage. But apart from these world-famous tourist destinations, Europe is also home to many gems which the mortal is yet to unearth entirely. Let’s uncover some of these most alluring unknown destinations in Europe.

Priceless Experiences in Los Angeles #PricelessExperiences #ad

IHG Rewards Club recently hosted me on a trip to Los Angeles to help kick off and promote their #PricelessExperiences promotion. I was super excited about the assignment because: I love Los Angeles. The IHG Rewards Club member event included incredible food, great...

Photo Album of Venice, Italy a Top Tier Bucket List Destination

Here is an album of some of our favorite photos from Venice, Italy. With an endless parade of boats, gondolas, and water taxis navigating the labyrinth of canals, Venice is one of the most unique, charming, and romantic cities in the world. Throw in the city’s rich history, architecture, food, and wine, it’s no wonder that Venice is a top-tier Bucket List destination.

Cruise Misconceptions Debunked

For those who have never cruised before, it is not uncommon to fall victim to myths and misguided assumptions. The best ways to dispel these misunderstandings are to talk to a seasoned sailor and ultimately embark on the journey yourself. My first cruise was a seven-day trip out of New York, New York to Bermuda on Norwegian Cruise Line’s infamous Breakaway. Going into the trip, I had many misconceptions that were thankfully debunked by NCL Gold Member and Mid-Life Road Trip correspondent, Kaelyn Mostafa.

Panama City Beach: Carillon Beach Girls Getaway #RealFunBeach

Few things can compare to going on a beach vacation with a girlfriend. Panama City Beach proved to be the perfect combination of great weather, delicious food, with ample outdoor activities to cancel out any calorie intake and enough downtime for good conversation and plenty of laughs!

Pictures from Paris Photo Album

Here is an album of some of our favorite photos from our adventure week long adventure in Paris, France. Of course we took in all the major tourists attractions, but what we loved most was staying in the Montmarte neighborhood where we were able to experience the city like locals…

Win a 7-day cruise on the Norwegian Escape #CruiseSmile

October is Plan a Cruise Month, and there's no better time to plan your next cruise vacation. Since we're all about the Bucket List, when Cruise Smile approached us to write about Norwegian Cruise Line, we thought we'd design a Bucket List cruise, and our Norwegian...

Behind the Scenes in Talladega #NASCAR

We always love tagging along with others when they get to fulfill their Bucket List dreams. Here’s a fun behind the scenes look at the Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama with our friend Max Akins, where we drove real NASCAR race-cars at speeds of 174mph!

College Football Game Day

Here’s a behind the scenes look at our college football game day adventures in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Be sure and watch the out-takes at the end of the video:)

Win one of 31 cruises during Plan a Cruise Month! #CruiseSmile

If you’ve followed us for any time at all, you know that we love cruising. That’s why we are super excited to partner with the cruise industry to promote the annual #CruiseSmile Sweepstakes where during the month of October, you have a chance to win one of 31 featured...

VIDEO: Tailgating Tips

Tailgating is one of our favorite fall activities. There’s something about meandering through large enthusiastic crowds with the smell of charcoal, lighter fluid, and grilled meats permeating the air that guarantees a good time. Even if you’re not particularly a fan of football, the experience is worthy of any bucket list.

We met some incredible people, tasted some amazing food, and picked up some great tailgating tips before a college football game at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Chicago on $40 a Day #ShareForever #ad

It’s no secret that Chicago is one of my favorite cities in the United States. The city is so layered with history, architecture, sports, shopping, art, museums, parks, and food that I never get tired of visiting. So when IHG Rewards Club offered to sponsor me on a...

Road Trip to Waco, Texas and Magnolia Market

My wife, Denise and I are huge fans of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. The show features a couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines, from Waco, Texas who specialize in turning problem homes into showcase homes - inside and out. The couple own Magnolia Market, which is frequently featured...

Photo Album of Memphis, Tennessee

Here’s a photo album of some of our favorite photos from Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis is rich in history and is known as the birthplace of rock ’n roll, home of the blues, and quite possibly the BBQ capital of the universe.

Great Picnic Spots in South Australia

Pristine wilderness, heavenly vineyards and stunning sunsets over the ocean: nothing can beat the immense natural beauty of South Australia. The unbelievably beautiful landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and traces of the continent’s Aboriginal past have captured the imagination of travelers from all around the globe for centuries.

That’s why we’re eager to share with you some of the most exciting picnic destinations where you can grab a blanket, a bottle of wine, and some fantastic gourmet treats to experience the most memorable picnic of your life.

Photo Album of Florence, Italy

Here is an album of some of our favorite photos from Florence, Italy is an absolute must for anyone who loves food, wine, art, and history.

Making Burgers at Sea

Making Burgers at Sea Carnival Cruise Lines conspired with Food Network megastar, Guy Fieri, to open an instantly addictive eatery called Guy's Burger Joint on the lido deck of the Carnival Sunshine. Though many cruisers just ask for a plain burger and some fries...

Maui Photo Album

Here’s a photo album featuring some of our favorite photos from our bucket list adventure in the tropical paradise of Maui, Hawaii. Our experiences included a helicopter ride, outrigger canoeing, paddle boarding, hiking along lava trails, learning to make poke, road tripping on the famous Road to Hana, and watching mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets.

Special thanks to…

My Atlanta – Hot Spots Worth Seein’

Hotlanta – capitol of the peach state, land of Coca-Cola and home of the Braves. But I’ll let you in on a local secret – despite sweltering summer temps and hair raising humidity, we natives don’t really call it that. No, to us it’s just Atlanta. Or the ATL. Or A-town. Depends on who I’m speaking to and how much rap I’ve listened to that day.

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...

Behind the Scenes at Lion Country Safari

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.

Travel with Purpose in National Parks

What better way to vacation than to Travel with Purpose in National Parks . And who better to show us how than ARAMARK Parks and Destinations. There’s no better way to welcome warmer weather than with travel to the great outdoors. America offers vast wilderness for people to explore from the grandest of National Parks, to undisturbed forestland. If this isn’t inspiration enough to lace up your hiking boots

Carnival Cruise Line partners with Carrie Underwood

I was fortunate enough to attend the news conference announcing announcing the partnership between Carnival Cruise Line and seven-time GRAMMY-winning mega-star, Carrie Underwood to support military families through Operation Homefront.  I admit that it was quite...

Riding in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

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.

The Travel Bar is Set High for the New Year

We admit that we feel more than a little blessed to have careers that allow us to travel for a living. Ever since Midlife Road Trip first began, each year has been filled with more exciting destinations and bucket list adventures than the year before. This last year...

Something’s Brewing in Denver

Something’s Brewing in Denver and I got to experience it first hand! Denver was one of the first cities in the United States where craft beer really caught on. I was treated to a guided Denver Microbrewery Tour in Denver’s historic LoDo and RiNo Art Districts where we visited several breweries, sampled lots of beer, and learned all about the beer making process.

Tailgating Texas Style #TexasToDo

As a fanatical football fan and foodie it should come as no surprise that tailgating is one of my favorite activities. Mingling with fans who are as passionate about their food as the they are their football teams is worthy of any Bucket List.

5 Vienna Restaurants to Complement Your Winter Vacation

When you think of Austria, you may think of the stunning peaks of the Alps and the cozy towns and cities around them; here, you find hearty meals accompanied by delicate pastries. There’s top-quality wine, beer and abundant good company. The good news is that you’ll...

Passionate about Portland #JoyOfTravel

Visiting New England in the fall has been on my Bucket List for as long as I can remember. So when Holiday Inn offered to sponsor me on a trip to any of their hotels in the United States, I chose Portland, Maine. Of course I wanted to see a little fall foliage, but my...

Pawn Stars ……

No road trip is complete without a shopping excursion. So on a recent trip to Florida’s east coast, we became Pawn Stars at this unique boutique.

Impressions of Portugal #VikingSocial

Prior to receiving an invitation from Viking River Cruises to participate in the #VikingSocial cruise on the Douro River, I knew very little about Portugal. I was aware that Port wine was made in Portugal, and that cork trees grew there. Anything else I might have learned was surely forgotten as soon as I put down the pencil after taking whatever high school or college test I had bothered to study for in the first place.

This trip afforded me the opportunity to learn of Portugal’s history, witness her beauty, experience her culture, and taste her wine. As a result, Portugal is now in the upper echelon of countries I would love to visit again and again.

Of the 1,121 photographs I snapped along the journey, here are a few that summarize my first impressions of Portugal.

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