The Journey of 49 Before 50

By Emily Kaufman, The Travel Mom

I created the brand The Travel Mom in 1996. However, I started traveling as a mom from the time my first child was born in 1990.  I was fortunate to be able to do something I truly love.  Life was full of family adventures.  We visited all kinds of destinations, met interesting people and had truly amazing experiences.  Then something strange happened… kids grew up and went off to college and I came to the realization that it was “my turn.”

In January, I turned 49 and had so much life to live.  I challenged myself to have 49 first time new experiences before my 50th birthday.  Some of them have been heart pounding, thrill seeking adrenaline rushes that have included sky-diving, hang-gliding and riding in a bobsled down the ice track at Utah Olympic Park.   Others have simply been doing something I’ve never done before such as learning to fire a gun at a shooting range, being taught by a Vegas bartender how to make a great dirty martini (my drink) and taking a snowboarding lesson.  I even pushed myself way out of my comfort zone and took a pole-dancing class.

We grow as individuals when we step out of our routines and try new things.  Wisdom is all around us if we can be quiet long enough to listen to it.  We never realize just how capable we are until we accomplish something.   That’s what 49 Before 50 is all about.


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