Well, I did something I never really wanted to do.

I turned 30 back in May.

It wasn't that bad I suppose. But ideally, we'd all stay young forever.

It did get me thinking though about the most valuable resource I have:

Time.

Making money from running a business is great, but it's renewable and replaceable. If something were to happen I could start over and build another source of income.

I'm never going to be in my 20s again. As hard as I might try, that part of my life is over and it's not coming back.

The greatest thing about running my own business is that I do get more control over my own time. My days aren't spent in a cubicle waiting until I'm over 55 for a chance to see the world.

Both Amanda and I turned 30 in May. We decided to celebrate in style with a few weeks in Italy. If you're keeping track, this is our second big trip this year already. I blogged about my previous one here: The TRUE Measure of Success

As always, I took a few pictures and I wanted to share my trip with all of you.

Lake Como

We flew into Milan to start the trip and we were able to get up to Lake Como to spend some time there. It was one of the most picturesque areas I've ever seen. You can't take a bad picture here as every where you look is stunningly beautiful.


Cinque Terre

From there, we headed out to the coast to check out the five fishing villages along the water. Again, stunningly beautiful and almost hard to believe that these houses were ever constructed.


Florence

Florence was our first major city in Italy. The art, architecture, and surrounding Tuscan hills are a sight to see. Florence was also home to best cannoli I've ever tasted. I'd travel back just for dessert alone.


Vatican City

While we didn't get to see the Pope, we did tour St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums.


Rome

I have about a million pictures of Rome. Every where you turn is another historical and significant landmark. I settled on sharing one of the Colosseum.


Amalfi Coast

From Rome, we went down to the Amalfi Coast to spend some time unwinding and relaxing. Like Cinque Terre, the towns here are all stacked on cliffs down to the water. I could easily see myself spending months on the coast.


Venice

Finally, we made it to Venice and it lived up to every one of my expectations.

I am aware at how lucky both Amanda and I are. We do get to live the life a lot of people dream about, but at the same time, work is always a top priority.

Our businesses allow us to spend our time as WE PLEASE.

We get to dictate how our most valuable resource is spent.



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PDWilliams Premium
Thank you. I'm glad that you and your wife had such a great time in the beautiful country of Italy. At the same time, your post (with pictures) act as a great motivator for me. Thanks, again.
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Nice...It's a beautiful country. I'm flying to Italy next Friday for a visit and work. It's my 4th time. I never get bored with Italy.
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AnisChity Premium
You visited my city Venice! If only I knew you before man!
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MikeMartin1 Premium
Hi Steve,

Although it is interesting to see you in Italy, I've never wanted to go there....but I do want to be able to travel.

I'm interested in traveling around the United States with my grandchildren and children. When I get to do that I'll invite you and Amanda out to dinner, in the city or town that we are in watching a baseball game or football game.

Thanks for all your help.

Take care and God bless,
Mike
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andreamonti Premium
Hey lake Como is my hometown , i'm looking at it right now while working at my site. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip!!
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KNowak Premium
I would love seeing Italy .My grandfather was from Sicily so I would like to see that as well.
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JudeP Premium
That's where I had my honeymoon :)
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KNowak Premium
well I have never been there ,best I have ever traveled was to Toronto and St Louis. Really want to go to England , and Ireland.
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KNowak Premium
sounds great though!
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DeniseOlsen5 Premium
Something I want to do some day! Travel to Europe!
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nickohls Premium
Thanks for the inspiration! Happy birthday to both of you.
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Halina1975 Premium
I just saw this today- wow! It makes me want to put on my traveling shoes...
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Nazmi524 Premium
Beautiful.
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Lilivynes Premium
Happy late birthday. Best wishes to you both.
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justcruzin Premium
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, what an awesome trip that had to be.
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MNorton Premium
Hi Steve,
Happy Birthday!! My birthday was May 7, I turned 56, so 30 is nothing. It's a milestone for us all. I'm so happy for you both, that you get to travel to such beautiful places while you're young. Enjoy life to the fullest. Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures. Have a great weekend.
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Funkydunc208 Premium
I turned 55 on May 7. I have long believed that 50 is the new 30. Love the life experience that 50+ brings.
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MNorton Premium
It's nice to meet someone else who has the same B-day as myself. I think being 50+ is great!!
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Marcus1978 Premium
I can remember when I turned 30, I spent so much of 29 worrying about it, by the time 30 actually came I'd already come to terms with it like it had already happened.

What's scary is how time seems to speed up as you get older. Think back to how long your first 10 years felt, then the time between 10 and 20, and then how quickly 20 to 30 went. It's scary to think that 40 will approach more quickly than 30 did.

But you are definitely making the most of your life, Steve, that's for sure.

All the best,
Marcus
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wendyjane Premium
You guys are so cute and looks like a lot of fun. Happy birthday to you and Amanda too! My big 3-0 is fast approaching.. I think I've come to terms with it.. (mostly).
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wendyk Premium
Thank you for sharing your trip with us. Happy Birthday to you both. Yes, this business offers many freedoms. We are really blessed to be here.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks for reading Wendy!
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ShanLeigh Premium
Happy Birthday Steve and Amanda!
What a beautiful way to spend a milestone in your lives!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks for the birthday wishes Shannon!
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Ivine Premium
Hi Stevie, Happy belated birthday. Love the pics. Irv.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks for checking them out Irv!
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Colorman Premium
Happy birthday Stevie. Dont worry about turning 30. Soon you will be 40 and you will be wondering where the time went. It goes fast when you are having fun. Those pictures look magical. Am sure you have worked hard to get there. I have always dreamed of going to Florence. I know this will happen someday with WA. Thanks for your mentorship
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IveTriedThat Premium
Florence was probably my favorite stop across all of Italy. The city itself was great, but then the backdrop of the Tuscan hills made it that much better.
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FilichiaT Premium
Happy belated birthday Steve and wow, what a way to spend it. I am sure you've earned it. All the best
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IveTriedThat Premium
Years of hard work led me to this point! :)
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JewelCarol Premium
Hey Steve, Happy belated birthday! Awesome post, beautiful pictures. I went to Rome many years, very beautiful. Enjoy and have fun!!Thank you for sharing. ;))
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AchuthanN1 Premium
Your post is very inspirational. I enjoyed it. Happy belated birthday to both of you.
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whitsunday Premium
Well happy birthday to you both! The novelty really wears off when you do it for the 50-60-70th time! Ha ha
Your photos are so beautiful, I nearly sobbed!
Janelle
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IveTriedThat Premium
I've made my peace with turning 30. I'm quite content at staying at this age!
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Lbath5 Premium
Awesome. Thank you for the follow
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ecomtom Premium
Nice pics. Looks like you had a great time.
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Freedomseekr Premium
A belated Happy Birthday to you both! Beautiful pictures, Steve! It's inspiring to see, and I'm glad to hear you're enjoying your time there. It's so very true, time is the most valuable thing as it can never be replaced once it's gone.

Thanks for sharing and have fun!
Best wishes :) ~Sherry
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Funkydunc208 Premium
Great photos, Steve. I have never been to Italy so maybe it has to go on the to-do list for the years ahead.

Have a great vacation,
Duncan
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Swangirl Premium
I have always wanted to see Cinque Terre and Lake Como! Very nice!
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IveTriedThat Premium
They are absolutely beautiful. Cinque Terre was a bit crowded, as expected, but Lake Como was serene.
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Mike-Writes Premium
Awesome post, Steve. Thanks for sharing.
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EAcevedo Premium
Wow, I never thought that Italy was so beautiful. I'm Italian myself but never been there. I'm glad you and your wife had a good time.
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EAcevedo Premium
Wow, I never thought that Italy was so beautiful. I'm Italian myself but never been there. I'm glad you and your wife had a good time.
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djb445 Premium
That's awesome Steve! Inspirational. I hope to start traveling in the next couple years. I'm a bit older then you, but age doesn't matter much when you feel content. Cheers! To working on our dreams.
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MPollock Premium
Nice post and great pictures.
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HowardJaros Premium
Awesome Steve! Thanks for sharing!!
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KariLee Premium
Happy birthday Steve! You are still young! My baby just turned 30, her sister just turned 40, and I am turning 60. You still haven't experienced my favorite decade...I thought my 40s were the best!
Hope you will enjoy the next several decades.
Kari
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KatieMac Premium
Belated happy birthday and Italy is a beautiful country glad you both are enjoying it however remember it is only the body that ages you can keep the mind however young you want have fun
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gmegs Premium
Happy Birthday Steve!
... ahh, such a "young one" still.
I'm so happy for your success at this early stage of your life/career!
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LoreDonna Premium
Happy birthday to both of you! Beautiful and inspiring. . I miss Italy! I am very happy you 2 had the opportunity to visit such a beautiful place! Thank you Steve for being my mentor!
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JDunyon Premium
Such amazing motivation to push through the stalemate that sometimes can accompany starting your own business. Thank you for sharing
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DomW Premium
Happy birthday big boy.
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IveTriedThat Premium
It would have been better with whales.
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Kaciesmama Premium
What a beautiful country and happy 30th
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Pauline!
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AlejandraB Premium
Happy belated birthday!, thanks for sharing those amazing pictures, Italy is on my wish list,
Take care and enjoy the moment!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Italy is definitely one of the "musts" on anyone's travel list. The history, culture, and food can't be beat.
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JulietAA Premium
Happy Birthday to both of you. These pictures are really beautiful
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Juliet!
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Oma07 Premium
Awesome Pics. Happy Birthday to you both. I love Italy. Have a blast and be safe.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Linda!
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Rich908 Premium
Great photos - I have a daughter living in Italy which makes our trips more enjoyable. I love the Italian culture and choice of food for vegetarians is eye boggling
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IveTriedThat Premium
Pizza, pasta, gelato. That was about all we ate between shots of espresso. I regret nothing.
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AffFranE82 Premium
Happy belated Birthday glad you guys have an awesome time. Beautiful pictures!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Fran!
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AffFranE82 Premium
You're welcome!
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JudeP Premium
Firstly Happy belated Birthday! I adore Italy and that's one of the reasons I'm doing what I do here - our plan is to retire there. I've recently returned from Rimini where we spend a lot of time :)
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Jude! I have a hunch this won't be our only trip to Italy :)
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StefanC Premium
Amazing trip Steve and congrats on turning 30! I have experienced both so far :)... From your places, I just didn't visit lake Como (I visited Garda instead) and Cinque Terre. The difference was that I didn't have an online business at that time and no job... LOL so, what happened? My account went back to zero after so many corpetos, pizzas, gelatos and boat trips... LOL Travelling is the best thing in life, in my opinion... and travelling with the one we love is even better!

All the best
Stefan
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IveTriedThat Premium
Yeeeeahhh my credit card bill isn't looking too pretty at the moment LOL but the experiences were well worth it.
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StefanC Premium
Definitely! its priceless
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JeffL61 Premium
Hi Steve! Congrats on your turning 30. For me this happened years ago and I remember being overwhelmed both before my birthday and right afterwards that I had hit the milestone. That was not quite half-a lifetime ago and it is my wish that you have many, MANY more years on this Earth. You have been such a role model for people in the fact that with hard work and effort put in on their own that down the road they can achieve the type of success that you have earned in your online business ventures.

I loved the pictures of Italy. On a bus tour back in the summer of 1994 that mostly included the countries of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria one day in going from one part of Switzerland to another we hit Italy and the town of Milan. I remember we had lunch there which for me, of course consisted of pasta!

The other pictures that you included in this article to the community of some truly beautiful Italian cities are spectacular.

Best wishes to both you and your lovely wife Amanda in the future, Steve!

Jeff
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IveTriedThat Premium
I definitely hit my quota on pasta for the year. We ate pizza, pasta, and gelato almost exclusively while over there. Don't get me wrong, I love Italian food, but man was I craving a good hamburger when we got home.
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Mark Tait Premium
Hi Steve - we (Laura and I and our boys) will be following you to Italy in late July this year.

Never been - but it's one of those places to add to the bucket list - and all because we've worked hard on our online business, and really struggled through the hard times - but can reap what we sow now.

You've been an (unsung/uncredited) mentor of mine for a while - I've followed your sites and posts for a few years - so I'm really pleased to see you posting about success and what it gives to you and Amanda.

You make a lovely couple, and I wish you both all the best going forward.

Cheers, Mark
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IveTriedThat Premium
That's great to hear Mark! That's really what a lot of people miss when starting their business. You won't see instant success, but with the right amount of effort, focus, and drive, you can build something that will benefit you down the road far greater than you could ever imagine. I'm thrilled to hear you've reached that point. Enjoy Italy!
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AlexEvans Premium
Amazing trip, some excellent pictures and a timely reminder thank you.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Alexander!
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VinceHuynh Premium
Nice photo, look like you guys are having a blast. Enjoy!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Vince! Italy was a great time. It definitely surpassed my expectations.
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stevecox Premium
Fantastic article and pictures. ENJOY ! Steve
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IveTriedThat Premium
Cheers Steve, thanks for the comment
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NatNiches Premium
beautiful pictures! It's my birthday in May too -- I'm 34 and don't worry, (as many people told me and it is true) your 30's are much better than your 20's!! I'm definitely enjoying my 30's now. No doubt you will too!
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IveTriedThat Premium
That's what I hear!
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ricardo1 Premium
Steve, outstanding photos. May 20th, I turned 62 going to Italy to celebrate is something to be proud. Beautiful!
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IveTriedThat Premium
You share a birthday with Amanda. Pretty good day :)
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ricardo1 Premium
Steve, mine wasn't quite so eventful, but it all worked out well. Thank you!
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JeanR Premium
Awesome, Thanks for sharing ..
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks for reading!
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Kyle Premium
Looks like you guys had an amazing trip. All of this pictures are bringing back lots of memories from our trip through Italy (we almost hit all the exact same spots). Beauty!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Kyle!
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ConnieThomas Premium
I have no real desire to go to Italy, I thought it was amazing how they built the houses and buildings on the cliffs. Everything seem so compact. In other words to close I like the country. But, the picture make it seem so real. Hope you both had a nice birthday. That was a great gift.
Thanks Connie
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