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Choosing the right Cruise

Choosing the right Cruise

A cruise can be one of the best holiday experiences ever. It all comes down to choosing the right cruise for you and your particular preferences.

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By 50 Shades, July 11, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Winter Whales on the Gold Coast

Winter Whales on the Gold Coast

Winter and Whales go hand in hand on the Gold Coast. Every year these giants of the ocean migrate north along the East Coast of Australia seeking warmer waters to breed and give birth. As a population we have become obsessed with getting up close and personal with our amazing marine life, and there is…

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By 50 Shades, July 5, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Out & About in June on the Gold Coast

Out & About in June on the Gold Coast

You would think it being winter and all that I would be bunkered down, so to speak, for the cooler months. However the past month has been the exact opposite. It has been a huge one for me socially and I have been out and about in June on the Gold Coast like an excited…

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By 50 Shades, June 28, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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The Truths of Being a Travel Blogger

The Truths of Being a Travel Blogger

The truths of being a Travel Blogger (not all what it’s cracked up to be!) It’s interesting that when I meet people for the first time and they ask me what I do for a living, their reaction when I tell them I’m a Travel Blogger and Freelance Writer. For some reason they automatically think…

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By 50 Shades, May 31, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Preparation: Secret to Stress Free Travel

Preparation: Secret to Stress Free Travel

“Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”. I’m sure you remember your teacher uttering those words from way back. Maybe before your dreaded exams. At least I know I do. Well, while old Mr Stevens might’ve had a weird moustache, and looked at the girls in a bit of a creepy fashion, I certainly can’t fault…

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By 50 Shades, May 24, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Making a Sea Change?

Making a Sea Change?

Sea changing, tree changing, downsizing, moving on? Making a sea change? All the above seem to be considered, in one combination or another, to be a natural progression for those planning retirement, or already retired. Of course the reality is different for some retirees who choose to ‘retire in place’. Whatever your choice, I don’t…

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By 50 Shades, May 17, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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7 Ways to Spoil Mum on Mother’s Day on the Gold Coast

7 Ways to Spoil Mum on Mother’s Day on the Gold Coast

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and this year takes place on Sunday 13 May. I know every year I struggle to think of something to do with my Mum to indulge her for the day. Usually I try to take her out for lunch somewhere nice. However being a Mum myself I would absolutely love…

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By 50 Shades, May 3, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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How To Have Fun and Stay Safe in the Sun

How To Have Fun and Stay Safe in the Sun

Summer’s over but we still need to know how to have fun and stay safe in the sun! We have just experienced a sizzling summer here in Australia, with high daily temperatures and UV ratings to match. But Australia’s long love affair with the beach has taken its toll: bronzed Aussies now have one of…

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By 50 Shades, March 1, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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How to Keep Healthy and Enjoy Your Travel Experience

How to Keep Healthy and Enjoy Your Travel Experience

You have finally booked that longed-for holiday or trip and are now counting down until departure date. It is an exciting time but if you aren’t physically and mentally prepared then you may find that you don’t enjoy the trip as much as you thought you would. The first thing to remember is there is…

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By 50 Shades, February 8, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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My Updated Travel Bucket List

My Updated Travel Bucket List

In December 2014 I prepared this travel bucket list of all the places I would like to travel to in the world. During the past 18 months I have been fortunate to tick two more of my original 16 places off my list of 25.

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By 50 Shades, February 1, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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