Eco-Tourism Thrives in Costa Rica

Eco-Tourism Thrives in Costa Rica Although it’s a small country, about the size of West Virginia, Costa Rica has incredible biodiversity with scenic beaches, lush rain forests, impressive volcanoes and exotic wildlife. As avid travelers grow tired of hotel-lined beaches and crowded theme parks, they turn to the more exotic adventures offered by ecotourism. This…

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Fit Over Fifty: Tips for Living Better & Healthier

Tips for Living Better and Healthier You moan and groan more. Your ankles and knees may crack or pop. And that gift certificate for a free workout with a personal trainer you got for Christmas … well, it’s now June. Face it, staying in shape in midlife through retirement has its challenges. Still, maintaining good…

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Team Up to Slim Down & Stay Sharp

Summer is the season to get out, break a sweat and shed some of the accumulated baggage that’s been depressing your scales since last winter. We all talk about getting more exercise as part of a healthier lifestyle, but then we let those necessary appointments and unexpected commitments get in the way. You don’t have…

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Introducing…Living Single

I’m pleased to announce that ideal-LIVING is inaugurating a new column, “Living Single.” And, I’m delighted that I’ll be your guide. Why a column devoted to singles? Let me offer several reasons: Crunch the Numbers More than half of all American adults are single, and 42 percent of people 45 and older are divorced, widowed…

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Catch the Colors in Zion National Park

Catch the Colors in Zion National Park America is blessed with 58 national parks that embrace some of the most diverse, pristine and awe-inspiring nature in the world. Designated in 1919, Zion is Utah’s oldest and most visited National Park, with around 3.5 million visitors soaking up all that it has to offer every year.…

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Quintessentially Southern… With a Twist

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Quintessentially Southern… With a Twist The Charming Coastal Town of New Bern New Bern, N.C., is a classic Southern town steeped in rich southeastern tradition with an upbeat, progressive vibe that keeps it growing. History is alive in the charming Southern town of New Bern. It gently blends with the modern nuances of renovated and…

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Net Neutrality and Why You Should Care

Net Neutrality and Why You Should Care By Steve G. Swart. Previously published in the 2015 Summer issue. Understanding the Internet and who controls it Do you even remember life before the Internet? Now we Facebook® our vacation, Pin our favorite foods, watch favorite instructional videos on YouTube®, shop on Amazon®, buy a lawn mower…

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Tropical Sustainability

Tropical Sustainability | Save Money | International Living is King in Saving

International Communities are Setting the Pace By Sam Crawford. Previously published in the 2015 Summer issue. Sustainability has become a popular buzzword with American community developers. While some may see that trend as being little more than a marketing tool, the fact is that sustainable designs and building practices are a good thing—for the planet…

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