50 by 50

So, I tuNYCrn 50 next year. September of 2016 to be exact.

Yeah, I know, I can’t believe it either. It got me thinking though…I’ve done so much international traveling over the past decade, that I haven’t seen as much of my own country as I would like.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve traveled plenty around the good ole US of A, but I think a person like me, who travels as much as I do, should see more of my own country. And it also seemed like a worthwhile “milestone” to put on my “before I turn 50” list.

So…I decided to start a thing I’m calling 50 by 50 — my quest to visit all of the 50 states by the time I turn 50. I’ve got just over a year and a half to do it.

Below I’ve listed all the states, with the ones I’ve visited in pink:

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18 left to go!

18 left to go!

I’ve been to 32 U.S. States (not counting D.C.) – more than half of them. That means I have 18 left to go!

A little bit about how I’m qualifying a state I’ve visited. Obviously, I’m not counting any states where I’ve only flown through their airports. After a lot of back-and-forth deliberation, I am counting states where I have actually driven through, spent some time (a day or half day), eaten a meal or done something there. These states include New Jersey, Vermont, Wyoming, Delaware and Indiana. However, even though I am counting them as a state I’ve visited, I would like to get back to all of those and actually spend the night, more than 24 hours. But I’m going to concentrate on the other 18 states first to fully complete my visited “50 by 50” list.

And, I’ve got my first trip planned, that will knock out 3 states! In March, my boyfriend Keith and I are taking a 10-day trip to North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. I have flown through all these states but that’s it. We will fly to Raleigh, NC and visit the Outer Banks; then drive along the Atlantic coastline down to Charleston, SC and on to Savannah, GA. I’m pretty excited to start my quest — or maybe I should say, finish it?

Stay tuned for stories about my progress and new states visited. I will file them all under the tag and category of 50 by 50.

Travel well!



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7 Comments on “50 by 50”

  1. February 2, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

    What a great idea! Best of luck 🙂

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  2. Desiree Chamblee
    August 6, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    I love this idea! I am 30 years old and about 5 years ago decided that I wanted to see all the states, by car (or the ones I can get to by car anyway), by the time I turn 50. I only have 13 down, but recently moved to Texas so that I can start road tripping to the Southern states on a tight budget (gotta love school loans and car payments!). I wanted to write a book when I finish giving little tips of off-the-beaten-path things to do, or things to avoid. The only one I have hit that you haven’t (or maybe have, your map and written states conflict) is Wyoming. The best tip I have for you is that the weather is VERY unstable in the northern part of the state in mid-April. My poor car barely made it through the 3 feet of snow! It also ALL looked the same…flat with the occasional plateau. Excited to watch your journey!

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    • August 7, 2015 at 10:18 am #

      Your journey sounds great, too, Desiree! And you have a lot more time than me. 🙂
      As far as Wyoming and any of these other northern states – they are definitely summer time states for me. I HATE cold weather!



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