Birthday Challenge – Join Us!

A Special Birthday Challenge

Food Travelist Co-Founder and President Sue Reddel
Food Travelist Co-Founder and President Sue Reddel

Food Travelist Co-Founder and President Sue Reddel loves to celebrate her birthday every year. No, I mean she really loves to celebrate her birthday. She celebrates birthday month all June every June. And those of us who love her celebrate too. But this year is special. It’s a milestone birthday. This year we celebrate Sue’s 60th birthday. So no wonder we want to do something super special this year. And we want you to join in the celebration with us. It doesn’t matter where you are! We’ve created the Food Travelist Birthday Challenge so you can participate in the fun.

Sue Loves To Have Fun
Sue Loves To Have Fun

We start on June 1  and go through July 31.

60 Days

We wanted to do something fun and meaningful at the same time. So we decided that one of the most important parts of Food Travelist is encouraging people to have unique and memorable experiences.

Rocky Sue in Philadelphia
Rocky Sue in Philadelphia

You may have noticed that we added a new category to our website. That category is called “Unwind.” It’s all about ways to refresh, renew, and enjoy yourself. For us, that means a lot of things. Taking walks in nature. Getting a spa treatment or massage. Birding and wildlife watching. Playing with our cats. Dancing. Anything that gets us out of the office is fair game.

Sue and Jake
Sue and her boy Jake


Amelia Too!
Amelia Too!

So this year to celebrate Sue’s 60th – and we invite you to celebrate with us (we’ll explain how in a minute). We will challenge ourselves to do something fun, relaxing, tasty or different for 60 days in a row. We don’t have anything pre-planned except for a few trips, so we’ll be creating the birthday challenge activities fresh each day. Some may be those things you put in the back of your mind that you want to do – someday. Others will be random opportunities that arise. However they happen during the birthday challenge, we promise to share with you at least one different experience or activity every day starting June 1.

We Challenge You Too!

We’re used to challenging ourselves. But we want to challenge you too. We want you to do your best to find something to enjoy for the 60 days of the Food Travelist birthday challenge. You can decide what you want to do. Maybe you want to focus on getting out of the office like us.

Sue in beautiful Portland, Maine
Sue in beautiful Portland, Maine

Perhaps you’d like to take a daily walk. Or listen to more podcasts. Make new friends. Try new local hangouts. Dance, sing, write, read, meditate, keep a journal, get more sleep – whatever. It’s totally up to you!  Think about what would be a great way for you to unwind (you may have more than one particular way, like us) and commit to unwinding for the 60 days of the birthday challenge.

Let’s All Share

One of our very favorite things about Food Travelist is the community that surrounds our common love of food and travel.

Brooklyn Pizza Is Amazing
Brooklyn Pizza Is Amazing

Join the Food Travelist Facebook Group. We’ll be posting about the birthday challenge there, doing videos, sharing suggestions and ideas. We’d love to have you participate by sharing what you’re doing as well. Here’s a sneak peek: In June and July, we’ll be visiting Missouri, Manitoba and Idaho. That’s all we’re saying for now. But be sure to sign up and check in regularly for all the fun.

Watch the birdies!
Watch the birdies!

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

During the months of June and July, we’ll be issuing our newsletter once a week, so you can catch up on what’s happening with us and your fellow Food Travelists and Food Travel Chatters. If you haven’t already signed up, please do it now so you don’t miss any of the action.

Join The Food Travelist Facebook Group
Join The Food Travelist Facebook Group And Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Your Suggestions for Best Birthday Ever

One last thing to make this the best birthday ever for Sue. We want to hear from you! What would you like us to do? Are there restaurants or activities around Wisconsin you want to see? (Remember we are now in Madison, WI)  Is there something you’ve been wanting to see us write about on the website? Please let us know in the comments below. We’ll do our best to accommodate any request we can during the 60 Day Food Travelist Birthday Challenge!

Sue Gets Hands On
Sue Gets Hands On

Get Ready To Party!

We can’t wait to celebrate Sue’s milestone 60th birthday with this 60-day birthday challenge. We’re going to pull out all the stops to make it a memorable time.

More Fun Than Pazcki Day!
What’s more fun than Pazcki Day!


We can’t wait to hear how you take on the challenge yourself. Spread the word and get your friends to step away from the desk for a while to join you. No matter what you do, if you’re doing it with a smile on your face, then you’re doing it right.

Sue smiling in Greece
Sue smiling in Greece


Join us in the virtual world or maybe even in the real world if our paths should cross. This is going to be a great summer, so get ready to enjoy it to the fullest. I know we are! Don’t forget to sign up and join us!

We can't wait to share this special birthday challenge with you!
We can’t wait to share this special birthday challenge with you!



39 thoughts on “Birthday Challenge – Join Us!

  1. I hit 60 last year. I’m sad I didn’t think of this incredible challenge. But I’ll be joining you on this journey. Let’s party!!

    1. Never too late to celebrate your birthday, Elizabeth! Thanks for joining us on this 60 day celebration.

  2. Count me in on an extended birthday challenge and discovering new ways to unwind. Happy 60th from another June birthday celebrant!

  3. I love the 2 month bday celebration this year. This is my “speed limit” birthday and I am thinking of ways to commemorate. Probably a road trip.

  4. What a great idea and a wonderful challenge we can all join in on! Happy Birthday, Sue! Can’t wait to see you out there.

  5. I left the 60s last year. I was a little sad not because I was getting old. I was sad because I could no longer call myself by this great monicker. Welcome to your milestone, for being a SEXYGENARIAN!

  6. OK. I’m in. Our wedding anniversary is on June 6th. I’m going to tell Mr. Excitement that we’re celebrating for all of June this year. We often don’t actually celebrate on June 6th, but whenever we do something great (i.e. fun and/or fattening) all year, we say we’re celebrating our anniversary. Sue, I celebrated a milestone birthday this year too—-the one that comes with a Medicare card in the mail from Uncle Sam. Happy birthday month(s).

    1. Anniversaries, birthdays and milestones should be celebrated many, many times. In fact as often as possible.

    1. Thanks Judy! I know I’m in fabulous company.

  7. Fabulous idea for such an important birthday! Love all the photos AND the fact that you’ll be crossing the border into my country! The next 60 (days, not years?) will be so much fun! Enjoy. And remember: one Pazcki a day is good for your health and/or happiness!!

    1. One pazcki a day may not make my physician happy! Hahahahaha! I’m sure they’ll be lots of treats involved. Thanks so much Jan. xox

  8. Sounds like you had a great time, Happy Birthday. It was definitely memorable.

  9. This is a fantastic birthday challenge. I would want to do the same when I turn 60. That would really be a blast. I have to make my family cooperate with the challenge and give me the time I need to have the best 60 days ever.

  10. Happy birthday! I must be so exciting to be like you! It was nice you got to celebrate your birthday doing the things you love most. Wishing you more adventures!

    1. Thanks Annemarie! I think I’m pretty luck to be me, too. I’m so grateful for all that I’ve had the opportunity to do, see and eat!

  11. Love this. Hope you had an awesome birthday and I love that you’re challenging people to get out and make memories!

  12. That would be fun! I would love to try different kinds of food every single day for 60 days. That’s how much I love food. But I think it’s going to be expensive. LOL.

  13. This sounds amazing! Happy birthday to Sue. I am sure she will enjoy her birthday!

  14. I’ve always tried to celebrate my birthday week, and sometimes try to stretch to a birthday month, but she really goes for it! How fun!

  15. Happy birthday! So glad that you had a lot of fun!

    1. Thanks! Looking forward to the next two months.

  16. Sounds like a great birthday! I too love walks in nature. We have a lake nearby and I’m hoping to get the kids out there and just walk each morning and hopefully tone up some trouble areas.

  17. Happy birthday Sue! I love the idea of a sixty day challenge for a 60th birthday!

  18. 60 days of birthday fun? Sounds like an excellent way to celebrate a milestone birthday!

  19. Sixty is the new forty and I have no doubt that Sue is going to rock it. I love how adventurous and free spirited she seems to be.

  20. Looks like you had a blast. Happy Birthday! We will be traveling in the next few months, yay!

  21. So fun! Happy Birthday! I am all about celebrating birthdays to the fullest. I certainly do on mine! It always needs to have lots of tasty food 😉

  22. What a coincidence my daughter will be starting school at U of Wisconsin in August. Happy birthday and have a great time on your 60th year.

  23. Oh, what fun! Happy Birthday! I’m going to travel some and hopefully enjoy some unique experiences during the summer months.

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