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I live in downtown Chicago and grew up in Wisconsin. I am a senior level web designer/developer. I use to be married to an Engineer. We both love the water and enjoy going scuba diving and snorkeling. We also enjoy a more rugged, hiking vacation during the summer.
My number one priority in picking a tropical vacation spot is great snorkeling with a good value... I do a lot of research.
During the summers, we also would go on a week or two long adventure vacations to mostly the National Parks.
I plan on continuing this schedule. Winter vacation down in the tropics and a summer vacation at a National Park.