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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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Boingo and Friends at BlogWorld Expo LA 2011 [Photos]

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This week, we’re reuniting with Boingo friends and meeting new ones at BlogWorld Los Angeles. If you’re here and we haven’t had the pleasure of your company, give us a holler on Twitter (@boingo) or look for Baochi and Lauren (pictured above with travel blogger Gary Arndt) of our social media team. They’re giving away gifts of free Boingo Wi-Fi — while they last! So hunt ’em down and introduce yourself! Check out our video:

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The Uncornered Market on Five Berlin Favorites


Meet Dan and Audrey, the husband and wife team who have been “measuring the Earth” by way of sixty-five countries in over four years. They’re adventurers with a love of street food (guinea pig excluded), traveling by public transport (yes, even chicken buses) and meeting people from all walks of life all over the world. They’re accustomed to wearing many hats, often shedding their dusty traveling clothes for professional presentations, conferences and projects. The love of travel is only one reason that keeps Dan and Audrey on the road. The couple also aims to “humanize” the places they visit by sharing articles, photos, videos and audiocasts on their blog, Uncornered Market. Equally important is their hope that through personal interactions with people all over the world, they will “alter the view of America that people get from” the media and pop culture. They consider these efforts to be a form of public diplomacy. Find out more about Dan and Audrey’s journey, learnings and recommendations on their blog. You can also follow along with their journey on Twitter and Facebook. Currently, Boingo members Dan and Audrey are touring Berlin, and they were kind enough to share their top five recommendations for

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5 Travel Tips on Singapore, By Author and Traveler Chris Guillebeau

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Chris Guillebeau is among a small but growing community of folks who have taken the road “less traveled” by opting out of the 9-to-5 office career and making a living through full-time travel. Guillebeau’s on-the-road entrepreneur ventures have ranged from exporting Jamaican coffee, founding a publishing business in Africa, to authoring the bestselling book, The Art of Nonconformity. He’s been featured in The New York Times and Business Week, and he also writes for CNN, the Huffington Post, as well as his own travel blog. So besides the fact that Chris Guillebeau leads an enviable life of full-time travel, what makes the guy so special? Because he’s built an existence around the philosophy of non-conformity. “You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to,” Guillebeau advises. His inspirations and instructions for leading an unconventional life, changing the world, and achieving personal goals are followed by people all over the world. Chris Guillebeau has traveled, communicating the gospel of non-conformity, to 150 countries and counting. We’re delighted to help keep Guillebeau connected along the way. “Boingo is helping a lot with my worldwide travels,” he recently told us. “I had no idea you guys had so many hotspots.” One place

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Up in the Air With Flight Attendant, Sara Keagle


You’d think seventeen years as a flight attendant would turn Sara Keagle into a blasé traveler. Fortunately for Sara and her charmed passengers, this is far from the case. In fact, Sara is so passionate about travel that she writes a blog, The Flying Pinto, in which she dispenses “advice on making your travels through the friendly skies….. well, more friendly!” Check out her insider tips below. When you travel, what is the one gadget you can’t live without? The gadget I can’t live without is my MacBook, which I use for blogging, keeping up with other blogs I enjoy, tweeting, bidding for my monthly schedule, and trip trading with other flight attendants. What is your favorite city in the world and why? My favorite city is my hometown, Boston, MA. I love all European cities, and Boston definitely has that flair. I was a tour guide in Boston for three years and know it like the back of my hand. Boston has the best of old and new, the architecture is amazing and it’s small enough to call quaint. With so many colleges and universities, it’s an extremely young and diverse city. If I had my way, I’d be

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Enter Our Green-Themed Haiku Contest!


Here at Boingo, we have an active Green Initiative that has made environmental awareness part of the workday. We recycle everything from newspapers to soda cans to batteries. We turn off power strips at night. We’ve switched to CFL’s in many of our light fixtures. And whenever possible, we also participate in community initiatives such as Heal the Bay’s Coast Cleanup Day On September 19th, Boingo folks were among 14,038 southern California volunteers who “scoured beaches, parks, alleys, creeks, highways and stormdrains” and “removed a record-setting 300,413 pounds of debris and recyclables… a 65% increase from last year’s total.” While Coastal Cleanup Day was successful by any measure, as a one-day event it falls short of solving the ongoing problem. It’s stunning that there is so much debris littering our beaches in the first place. Clearly, there is an opportunity to raise awareness of the need to keep our beaches (and cities and towns and countrysides) tidy. So in honor of our commitment to a better environment, we’ve cooked up a green-themed haiku contest, sponsored by our friends at Goodjoe. For the next two days, submit a haiku in homage to the environment for a chance to win a green-themed

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Wi-Fi Powered Homeless Girl Lands Job at Elle


Never underestimate the power of a laptop and Wi-Fi. Two years ago, Brianna Karp of California lost her job and then her home. Like most twenty-somethings, she had no savings to fall back on. Brianna didn’t even have parents she could turn to for help. What Brianna did have was a laptop, which she refused to sell. Instead, she used it in cafes with free Wi-Fi to write a blog called “The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness.” Brianna “didn’t think anyone would actually read it,” but she was wrong. Her readership included a formerly homeless blogger who eventually became her boyfriend, the folks at CNN, and even the editors at Elle magazine. She now writes a fashion blog for the magazine. The lesson? No matter what happens in this crazy economy, keep your laptop. Of course, we also recommend you keep your Boingo account, because not all Wi-Fi is free, and Boingo gives the best value for unlimited access. Read the entire story here.