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10 Years Of Travel: Best & Worst

10 Years Of Travel: Best & Worst

It really has been a great ride! Over ten years ago my husband and I started to travel extensively, once we became empty-nesters. Looking back we have had some incredible travel experiences, and then some that were not so good. Here I list our 10 years of travel: best and worst. 2010 – Phuket &…

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By 50 Shades, October 21, 2020 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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Life and Travel After Covid-19: Will Normal Ever Be Normal Again?

Life and Travel After Covid-19: Will Normal Ever Be Normal Again?

Like most people I’m scratching my head wondering when life as I knew it will ever resume again. The simple things I took for granted in my life will possibly never be the same again. Things like kisses and hugs with family and friends, going to the cinema, attending a concert or sporting event, hopping…

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By 50 Shades, July 8, 2020 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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Book Review:The Joy Of Water

Book Review:The Joy Of Water

We’re all going nowhere at present. So for most of us we can only enjoy a bit of armchair travel and dream about our next holiday. Recently I was sent a copy of this lovely coffee table book published by Lonely Planet called “The Joy Of Water”. Once I opened it I was enchanted by…

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By 50 Shades, May 20, 2020 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 Future of Travel for Australians

The Future of Travel for Australians

As of 24th March this year the Australian government implemented a total travel ban for overseas travel to other countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here we were lazing about in Bali on a holiday when our family contacted us and said “Mum and Dad we think you should high tail it home”! You can…

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By 50 Shades, May 6, 2020 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.
Is Group Travel Right For You?

Is Group Travel Right For You?

So you’ve decided to plan that much awaited and longed for overseas trip and you’re wondering where to start. Unfortunately it’s not as easy as jumping on a plane and taking off. There are many things you need to organise, prepare and plan prior to the big day. Is group travel right for you or…

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By 50 Shades, November 13, 2019 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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Dealing With Pain When You Travel

Dealing With Pain When You Travel

As you get older, you expect to have to cope with more aches and pains as the years gradually take their toll on your body. But for some people, pain is a lot more than a bit of discomfort or stiffness. For people suffering from conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis, pain can become a…

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By 50 Shades, October 10, 2019 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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Budgeting for Gift Purchases When Travelling

Budgeting for Gift Purchases When Travelling

So you’ve saved up for that once in a lifetime holiday and headed off to your dream destination. You’ve budgeted for visas, internal transfers, meals, accommodation and tours, but what about shopping for gifts and souvenirs? Most travellers like nothing more than purchasing a memento of their travels and bringing gifts back home to their…

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By 50 Shades, August 21, 2019 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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I Plan To Live, Not Retire!

I Plan To Live, Not Retire!

For the past six months or so I’ve been contemplating retiring from my part-time job as a hotel social media and communications assistant. Everyone said that I had the dream job. I worked from home with flexible hours, my work was interesting and varied and I worked with a great bunch of women. But something…

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By 50 Shades, June 5, 2019 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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Must Have Travel Accessories For Your Next Trip

Must Have Travel Accessories For Your Next Trip

When I go on a trip there is always a lot of organisation required prior to setting off. It’s not just the packing of clothing, shoes and toiletries, but a host of other items need to be packed to make your trip comfortable and organised. Having travelled on many domestic and overseas trips over the…

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By 50 Shades, November 22, 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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5 Tips for Seniors Travelling Solo

5 Tips for Seniors Travelling Solo

Travelling the globe is a terrific way to spend time with a friend, family member or significant other. But some data suggests it’s also an upward-trending opportunity for some alone time. According to the 2015 Visa Global Travel Intentions Study, some 24 percent of people went solo on their most recent overseas luxury trip, up…

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By 50 Shades, August 23, 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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