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Plan

This is the backstory of how I planned my Midlife Escape, a career sabbatical to travel with my family!  We lived in Valencia, Spain for 9 months and are now back at home in Kansas City.

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The Money Pit

I have a financial goal and a deadline for my Midlife Escape…but all financial hell has broken loose at home: Garage door repair. $500 Ventilation problems on the upper level…

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Twenty-six and 7

Twenty-six months remain until we launch our 7-month Midlife Escape! My original goal was to be ready to leave for a full year by November 11, 2019 (my 50th birthday)…

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$599 to Prague!

I started this blog in November of 2017 to plan a midlife career sabbatical to travel with my family in 2020.  Then I started thinking about two years of squirreling…

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Good News!  We don’t need $100,000.

Good News!  We don’t need $100,000 to travel for a year. A quick Google search shows various sites listing $4,000-$4,500 as the average cost of a one-week domestic vacation for…

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Worry, Fear & Guilt

I have started this blog to share my journey to plan for and take a midlife career sabbatical.  I dream of escaping the fatigue, stress, and over-work that is considered…

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The “Worrier” Gene

Some of us were born with a “worrier” gene and I am one of them. Women, in particular, seem to share this tendency and our conversations with one another reflect…

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Dreaming is Free

We were getting ready for work this morning and I must have been smiling. My husband asked what I was thinking as I slid into my nylons and heels. I…

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First World Problems

This whole conversation is admittedly the babbling of an educated white upper middle-class suburban female. The problems I describe are First World problems.  Wahhh, right? Millions of people in this…

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The Midlife Crisis

I heard about a 50-year-old guy today who cleaned out the bank account and moved to Thailand. He left behind a wife and 3 kids. She managed to reach him…

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The Ultimate 50th Birthday Gift

It’s not really my birthday but it will be on November 11, which is Veteran’s Day.  In the United States, Veteran’s Day is a day to remember those who have…

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Looking Back

I have recently announced my goal to save for, plan and take a midlife career break to travel with my family.  We are calling it a “Midlife Escape” but the…

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Midlife Maggie

My name is Maggie and I am 48.  I am too old for a gap year and too young for retirement. But I want to run away to far-flung places…

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