McCool Travel Tips: 5 Minutes With Sandi McKenna and Rick Griffin, Midlife Road Trip

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Midlife Roadtrip: Rick Griffin and Sandi McKenna
Midlife Roadtrip: Rick Griffin and Sandi McKenna

For the eleventh profile, I am thrilled to present Rick Griffin and Sandi McKenna–the power couple behind MidlifeRoadTrip.TV. As hosts, they take you on a fun filled journey to meet amazing people, visit interesting places, taste incredible food, and attempt new challenges as they make the most of a midlife. Midlife Road Trip is the perfect therapy for a midlife crisis!
Sandi and Rick host the popular NUTS online therapy sessions every Tuesday (3:30pm – 4:30pm Eastern US) on Twitter. Rick is originally from Atlanta and Sandi from New York.

5 Minutes With Midlife Road Trip, Sandi McKenna and Rick Griffin

Always in my luggage…
Sandi:, Kushyfoot Flats-to-go, Bose Noise Cancellation Headphones, Macbook
Rick: toothbrush, deodorant, extra socks, underwear, laptop, and my ADD medicine:)
3 favorite home-away-from-home places…
Sandi: Amalfi Coast, Italy .. Seacrest Beach …  NYC
Rick: Tuscaloosa, Alabama .. Highlands, North Carolina .. Sedona, Arizona
A favorite travel memory is…
Sandi: Summers spent on Fire Island
Rick: I treasure almost every trip we took as a family when our daughters were young because we got to experience the destination through their eyes as well as out own. More recently would be a helicopter landing we did on the Ruth Glacier in Alaska.
3 favorite travel brands…
Sandi: Hartmann Luggage, American Express, Virgin
Rick: Midlife Road Trip, Princess Cruises, Southwest Airlines
3 money-saving travel tactics I use are…
Sandi: Whenever possible just travel with a carry-on, Bring a water bottle, Eat your larger meals earlier in the day (Good for your wallet and your waistline)
Rick: Make a budget and stick to it, Drink water and eat at places with walk-up service so you don’t have to tip, Avoid tourists traps and take you own photos
3 ways that I have fun while traveling are…
Sandi: People watching; eating, meeting locals
Rick: I love people watching wherever I go … and it’s FREE!, Taking pictures of major fashion faux pas in airports, Walking tours
8 word (or less) travel mantra…
Sandi: It’s all part of the adventure
Rick: Life is a journey… bring a camera
My favorite non-travel website…
Sandi: I love to entertain so one of my favorites is Party Bluprints
Rick: I love I’m a big college football fan.
Most memorable souvenir…
Sandi: A silver cross I got at Rancho La Puerta
Rick: a hat with Mickey Mouse ears that I got when I was eight years old.
Favorite cheap eat…
Sandi: Pizza in NYC
Rick: I love local hole-in-the-wall places
Recent discovery …
Sandi: Utah truly does have “The Greatest Snow on Earth”
Rick: Corned beef hash from a dive called “The Porthole” in Portland, Maine
I am fortunate to have met …
Sandi: My business partner Rick Griffin. The MidLife Road Trip has been the ultimate travel adventure!
Rick: a handful of celebrities and hundreds of twitter friends
I would like to meet …
Sandi: Every Midlife Road Trip brings serendipitous encounters. I never know who I’m going to meet, but I know it’s going to be interesting and entertaining.
Rick: I have so many friends on Twitter that I really hope to meet.
Thank you, Sandi and Rick, for sharing your thoughts with McCool Travel and may you have countless more memorable travel adventures!
Join Midlife Roadtrip on Twitter (@midliferoadtrip) and Facebook. Sandi McKenna (@SandiMcKenna) and Rick (@RickGriffin) are very active on Twitter.
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