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Gillian Young discovers California’s Santa Cruz the perfect place to keep fit on holidays.

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Writer Karen Asp visits two fitness camps while in California and learns that you can still enjoy yourself while getting in shape while on vacation.

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TraveLife contributor Steve Taylor discovered the 'real' Hawai'i when he checked into the Kā’anapali Beach Hotel on Maui - a cultural oasis for guests.

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Three months after it was reported his city suffered its lowest tourism numbers in three decades, Mayor Frank Gilliam stood proudly on the steps of the brand new Ocean Resort Casino and boldly proclaimed: “As you look out and see the beautiful backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and the infamous boardwalk, Atlantic City is truly back in the game.

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WILLIAMSBURG, VA. — History surrounds me in this cradle of America. Everywhere I look, the past looks back. Over there is where an Indigenous village thrived 7,000 years ago. A few metres away is where Revolutionary and Civil War battles were fought. On the spot I’m standing next to the James River is where Virginia’s first settlers made landfall and declared, “This is paradise!”

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FORT BRAGG, CA. — In the tree canopy above our campsite, a group of silky black ravens are entertaining us. As the unofficial welcome crew at MacKerricher State Park tucked along the California coast, they are chattering on with their deep-throated croaks and caws. When they make a noise that sounds exactly like crashing bowling pins, we can’t help but smile in wonder.

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BILOXI, MS — He’s a lifelong resident of the area, a well-known businessman, and current mayor of Biloxi. So, there aren’t too many people more qualified to speak to the tremendous growth and popularity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast than Andrew Gilich.

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TOPPING, VA. — Travis Croxton sticks out his meaty, calloused hand and welcomes me with an enthusiastic emoji smile. His ruddy, boyish face makes him look much younger than his 40-something years. His attire — untucked pink and grey plaid shirt, faded blue jeans and worn sneakers — is not the usual uniform of a business tycoon. But then again, Travis Croxton is not your usual titan of business.

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CHICAGO — My love for for this Windy City started more than a decade ago. The Magnificent Mile wooed me with its shiny, multi-level flagship boutiques and I was giddy with finds at Nordstrom Rack.

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CHICAGO — During my inglorious days as a player in the Toronto Men’s Press League (women were welcome, by the way), I can’t recall ever being stationed out in left field.