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By admin on 10/24/2013
Blue Zones: How Visiting (and Learning from) the World's Longest Living Areas Can Improve Your Life

To the average traveler, Loma Linda, a small city in Southern California; Okinawa, a group of warm islands to the south of Japan, and Sardinia, a well-known island off the coast of Italy, have relatively little in common. Aside from their year-round warm climates and laid back way of life, the different destinations are rarely grouped together, and for the most part, it's for good reason.

But these destinations share a unique characteristic – one that makes them highly desirable vacation and retirement destinations for much of the population. Unlike the world's big cities, where stress is an issue and work-based lifestyles push many people towards poor health, these three destinations are considered 'blue zones' – locations with the highest concentration of long-living people.

By admin on 9/22/2013
5 World Class Budget Surf Destinations

When most people think of surfing, they think of the world's top big wave destinations – the shores of Hawaii, the lengthy beaches of Southern California, and Australia's Gold Coast. These luxurious surf destinations are the ones that constantly pop up on TV, in magazines, and as the stage for some of the world's most esteemed surf competitions.

But being popular – particularly with professional surfers – doesn't make a destination ideal for surf travelers and casual surfers. The gigantic waves of Oahu's north shore are far from ideal for newbies and intermediate surfers, while the extreme costs of the Gold Coast certainly aren't perfect for those on a shoestring budget.