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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

#tripofalifetime Twitter Party - Monday 5th December - 8pm (GMT)

I'm co-hosting the iExplore #tripofalifetime Twitter Party tonight at 8pm. We're going to be talking about adventure travel, active family holidays and 'thrillaxing'.  I'm joining @KidFriendly_UK and @iExploreUK to discuss travelling with kids and maybe even dreaming about adventures without the children.

If you join in the Twitter party there's chances to win some brilliant prizes!  Just respond to the tweets from @iExploreUK and join in all the discussions.  Here's a sneaky peek at the prizes:

  • 5 x Kodak disposable underwater cameras
  • 3 x Wallpaper Travel Guide book collectinos
  • 2 x Olympus VG-120 compact HT digital camera, 14 megapixel, wide angle lens
  • 2 x Mulberry wash bags (each worth £120)
  • 1 x Samsonite luggage (worth £179)
  • 1 x GRAND PRIZE of each of the above listed prizes

We will also be giving you more information about how you can win a £5000 Trip of a Lifetime by uploading your 'thrillaxing' photos to the competition app on the iExplore Facebook page.

Twitter parties are really easy to join in with.  Make sure you're following @iExploreUK and all the co-hosts (listed below).  When tweeting use the hashtag #TripOfALifetime and follow the stream on Twitter or use the specially designed hub which houses all the related tweets 

See you at the party!