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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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Travel Tuesday Deals – 5/24/2011

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Gather a group of family or friends and vacation at the luxurious Stowe Mountain Lodge in Vermont. Enjoy a 40% discount off the two-bedroom Front Four condos for six adults or the multi-level Mountain cabins for eight adults. The accommodations look classy and comfortable, and the Lodge offers a plethora of onsite activities, including: golfing on the property’s renowned course, indulging in a massage at the spa, taking a dip in the pool or jacuzzi, and dining at the top-rated restaurant. Prices start at $954/night with a two-night minimum. Book by August 31, 2011. (Via Travel+Leisure) Is it time to make the annual pilgrimage to Disneyland Anaheim? Your kids are counting on it, so get planning. Book an all-inclusive package starting at $479 per person. The deal includes round trip airfare, four nights at the Sheraton Park Hotel (walking distance to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure) and a $50 food and beverage credit per person. Travel between July 1 and August 31, 2011. Click here to book while supplies last. (Via Budget Travel) The Westin St. Francis SanFrancisco on Union Square is offering a rare discount for stays during select dates through July 7, 2011. Pay only $135-$189 per night (the regular average rate is $250)

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 5/10/2011

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Summertime in New Orleans means carefree nighttime revelry. If you’re in the mood for nonstop celebration and beads galore, consider Southwest Vacations’ New Orleans special: roundtrip flight and four nights at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel starting at $409. The deal also includes a $50 per reservation discount ($25 per person) and 1,500 Rapid Rewards points for the flight portion of the package. Book by June 24–Aug. 1, 2011 for stays between July 10 and Sept. 25, 2011 (with a Sunday departure). (Via Budget Travel) Kimpton Hotels is offering a special summer deal on all 51 Kimpton properties in a show of support to the LGBT community. The deal, which includes 15% off the best available room rate and a $25-per-night dining credit, is available to anyone. Travel from May 26 to September 5 for Thursday-Sunday stays. Use promo code “PRIDE.” (Via Budget Travel) Here’s a Vegas steal of a deal: three nights at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino (on the Strip near the Bellagio fountains) plus roundtrip airfare starting at $287 via Delta Vacations. And get this — if you find a lower price for the same trip, Delta will match it and give you $50 toward a future trip. Book by May 15, 2011 for stays

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 4/5/2011

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The Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA Considering an Easter trip with the family? Frommer’s features ten great Easter packages. Our favorite among them is the Hershey Lodge in Pennsylvania. As it’s name and geographical location suggests, this hotel is all about chocolate. During Easter, the hotel lawn is covered in chocolate — a sweet setting for the weekend’s festivities, which include “cookie decorating, egg hunts, bingo, pool games, s’mores, character appearances, a non-denominational sunrise service, and a Hershey’s Kiss Hunt.” The Easter package starts at $349 per night for a family of four. Price includes park admission, two breakfasts, and a few other area attractions. The room-only rate starts at $219 per night. (Via Frommer’s) American Airlines is giving away one million AAdvantage frequent flyer miles and 30 Barnes and Noble NOOKs in a sweepstakes. All you have to do for a chance to win prizes is download the free Android app (or update it to the most current version available in the Android Marketplace). iPhone users can also enter the contest by simply filling out an entry here. (Via Jaunted) How about a quick jaunt to Vegas? Need a little more convincing? Try these two deals on for size:

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 3/29/2011


Despite its reputation as one of the most expensive cities in the world, London does feature some great sights that are free for the taking. Check out this MSNBC list of  twenty free attractions in London. Notable places on the list that do not charge for admission include: British Museum, home to the Rosetta Stone Houses of Parliament, home to the House of Commons and the House of Lords National Gallery, which includes artwork by Van Gogh, Renoir, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Tate Modern’s permanent collection, which includes works by Pollock, Warhol, Rodin and Matisse Wallace Collection, which is “stuffed with 17th- and 18th-century art works” Most of the Hawaiian Islands were not damaged from the recent tsunami in Japan, so — as Governor Neil Abercrombie declared — Hawaii is open for business! Given that Hawaiian tourism is predicted to decline for quite some time, you may find more deals available.  According to Frommer’s, the month of May is a time for bargains. For instance, travel company Beach Destinations is currently offering airfare and six nights on Oahu and Maui starting at $832. The company’s default accommodations, which can be customized, are typically budget-friendly. The departure date is May

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 2/15/2011

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Monday, February 21st is Presidents’ Day in the U.S. and a day off for many folks in the U.S. If you’re contemplating a kid-friendly excursion, consider the Omni Parker House in downtown Boston. The hotel is offering a Wet-n-Wild Aquarium Package starting at $142 per night. Price includes hotel, breakfast buffet at the Parker Restaurant, tickets to the New England Aquarium for each registered guest, a disposable camera, and milk and cookies and a goodie-filled Omni Kids backpack. Boston is a great city for some education on American history! Book by December 31, 2011.  (Via Budget Travel) Sonoma Valley, with it’s acres of vineyards and rolling hillsides, includes some of California’s best scenery. The wine region also offers great accommodations, including the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, a luxurious spa resort not far from downtown Sonoma. Book anytime before November 2011 and pay as low as $239 per night, including breakfast. We weren’t able to determine the “non-sale” price, but we can tell you that $239/night is quite a bargain for staying in a place this nice in Sonoma Valley. (Via Travel + Leisure) What’s your plan for spring break in April? May we recommend Los Angeles, where we are headquartered?

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Gogobot, a New Social Site for Travelers


Travis Katz thinks the online travel business  is in need of innovation. The former GM of MySpace is aiming to fill that void with Gogobot, a new social network for travelers. The site is designed to ease the unknowns and tedium of travel planning by tapping into a user’s network of family and friends for more personalized recommendations. Community members can post questions about a specific place (e.g., “What are the best two islands to visit in Greece?”), share travel experiences (e.g., “We enjoyed the most delicious steak at Mastro’s in Las Vegas.”) and showcase the places they’ve been to through a visual feature (photos, maps) called Passport. As Kara Swisher of All Things Digital puts it,  Gogobot is “like Facebook for trips.” However, as Travis clarified with us in an interview, “Gogobot is not trying to replicate Facebook — we’re simply building on top of existing social networks where people already have a core group of connections.” Gogobot users have the option of logging in through Facebook or Twitter and sharing travel questions/reviews to these networks. When we asked Travis to describe Gogobot in a nutshell, he responded: “People love going on trips but hate planning them. It’s hard