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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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Alaska Photo Essay (Guest Post from earthXplorer JD Andrews)

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Adventure driven visual storyteller and earthXplorer JD Andrews has covered 87 countries and all 7 continents, but who’s counting? We’re thrilled to share his stunning photo essay from a recent trip to Alaska with you. Continue reading

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Carrie Finley-Bajak Cruises the Sea Like Mighty Aphrodite

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Carrie Finley-Bajak’s goal is to visit every continent before she turns fifty years-old. Since she has always had an affinity for the ocean, cruise ships are her chosen mode of transportation. According to Carrie, cruises “offer a combination of adventure and a touch of elegance.” She shares her nautical experiences on her travel blog, Cruise Buzz. We caught up with Carrie, a Boingo member, at BlogWorld LA 2011 and learned plenty of valuable tips for traveling by sea. Check out Carrie’s top three tips below for booking the perfect cruise vacation. Also be sure to follow her on Twitter (@CruiseBuzz) to get regular updates on her reviews and adventures. 1. Cruise Myth Busters Some misconceptions about cruising are: the world is flat, the ship is to crowded, a person will get sea sick, the cabins are small, there is nothing to do, all you do is eat. All false. 2. Get It Right The First Time The number one prerequisite for a potential cruise passenger is a love for the sea. If the idea of sailing on the wide-open ocean on a ship sounds like fun, then I would suggest taking a cruise. However, I will caution that the biggest disservice

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Tuesday Travel Deals – 4/25/2011

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Want to know what it’s like to live in a castle in Ireland? There’s a special vacation package for that through Sceptre Tours. The Castles of Ireland package starts at $1099 per person and includes: roundtrip airfare, six nights in four different castles and a rental car. Travel between now and December 16, 2011. Price is based on availability. (Via ShermansTravel) Escape to San Diego and stay in a luxurious 5-star beachside resort at bargain rates. L’Auberge Del Mar Resort, a Travel+Leisure World’s Best 2011, is offering a $229 midweek rate (only $40 additional for weekends) for stays from now through June 30, 2011. The resort’s typical rates are around $400, so this is quite a fantastic deal! Stay in a room with a marble bathroom and balcony with a view, and indulge in a facial or massage at the resort’s spa. Ahhhh. (Via Travel Ticker) Tour Alaska by sea this August for seven nights aboard the Holland America for $1119. This per-person price includes an oceanview cabin (a balcony cabin starts at $1,649), meals, entertainment and a $50 onboard credit per cabin. Choose from three different departures dates: August 3rd, 6th or 23rd. Book through Frosch Travel. (Via Travel

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Meet the Vogels, a Family Journeying From Alaska to Argentina — on Bikes

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Cycling fanatics Nancy and John Vogel met and fell in love while on a bike tour. Once their twin boys, Daryl and Davy, came along, the couple figured their dream of an extended bike tour would never be realized. But in 2008, as Nancy describes it, “the planets aligned” and the family of four set forth. The itinerary: Alaska to Argentina. Two years later, they’ve traveled 18,000 kilometers and are currently in the twelfth country, Peru. Once they reach Argentina, they may very well decide to bike on. Read our interview with Nancy and learn more about how the Vogels are re-defining the concept of “family time.” What’s the background behind the Alaska to Argentina route? For one year, from 2006 to 2007, we took the kids on our first major tour biking around the U.S. and Mexico. We met a few other cyclists that were doing the Alaska to Argentina route. “Why not us?” we thought. “Let’s just continue on south!” At the time, however, we had to accept the fact that we simply weren’t prepared for a 3-year journey into the Andes so we stuck with our North American plan for the time being and set our sights