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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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8 Adventures on the Island of Kauai


I recently vacationed on Kauai, the fourth largest of the Hawaiian islands. The island — with its waterfalls, canyons, rainforests, caves and secret beaches at every turn — is a nature lover’s paradise. Since I’ve had the pleasure of multiple visits to the “Garden Isle,” I’ve compiled below my top adventures on Kauai. Also, watch the video above for a visual feast of Kauai. What’s your favorite Hawaiian island, and what are your recommendations for activities there? 1. Take a Hike According to travel website GoHawaii, 90% of Kauai is inaccessible by road. That’s why hiking is the penultimate activity on Kauai. There are a seemingly endless number of trails of varying distances and difficulty. I have frequently stumbled upon deserted beaches, deep canyons, and waterfalls of all sizes. You’ll encounter stunning scenery on any hike you choose but a must-see is Waimea Canyon on the west side of the island. 2. Go Kayaking Rent single or double kayaks and paddle through breathtaking scenery accessible only by boat. I rented kayaks through a tour group led by a knowledgeable guide. We paddled down a river, docked our kayaks, and then hiked to a massive waterfall and watering hole. Lunch was included. Check out

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 6/21/2011


Do you have your heart set on an ultimate cruise vacation in 2012? Luxury line Crystal Cruises has launched a sale on seven sailings departing between January and April 2012. Fares have been discounted to as low as 62% off the brochure price and start at $3215 per person. The price includes airfare from locations in North America, a $500/person shipboard credit, and ten to sixteen nights aboard the ship. Destinations include Miami, Costa Rica, Brazil, Buenos Aires and Caldera. Book by August 31, 2011. (Via USAToday) To commemorate the first day of summer on 6/21/2011, the U.S. National Park Service is offering free admission to over 100 parks. Additional free days this year include September 24 for Public Lands Day and November 11-13 for Veterans Day weekend. For accomodations, check out Frommer’s top picks for national park lodges. Southwest Airlines is celebrating forty years of service with $40 fares! The sale includes all cities in the Southwest network, as well as routes via AirTran. The $40 fare applies for one-way flights within 450 miles from the originating destination. Flights over 451 miles cost $80 each way. Book by June 23, 2011 for travel between August 23, 2011 and November 14, 2011. Note

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 5/17/2011

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We keep flagging Hawaii deals because so many crop up week after week. Our favorite Hawaii special this week is a Kauai package through www.offtohawaii.com that includes: five nights at the Sheraton Kauai Resort on Poipu Beach and roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles (departure dates: May 28, 29, 30, 31) or San Francisco (departure dates: May 28, 31). The total cost is $839, a 40% savings on regular rates. (Via Travelzoo) It’s a one-day JetBlue sale extravaganza! For today (May 17, 2011) only, JetBlue is offering one-way fares starting at $29 for travel between May 24 and June 22, 2011. Choose from various destinations such as New York City, Nantucket, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica, Bermuda and lots more. Book at least seven days before travel and depart on a Tuesday or Wednesday for the lowest possible fares. Sale ends at midnight today. (Via Smarter Travel) Vancouver Island is a great destination for 3-day mini-vacations. For Memorial Day weekend, the lovely Inn on Long Lake is offering the third night free after the first two paid nights. Breakfast is complimentary, and you have the option to enjoy the meal on your private patio. Own a pet? Bring the precious thing with you because the inn

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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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Tuesday Travel Deals: 5/03/2011

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  If you’re going to Florence, Italy in the next couple of months and you’re a fan of Picasso, Miro and/or Dali, then be sure to stop by the Palazzo Strozzi for the Birth of Modernity exhibit featuring over sixty early works of these artists. Tickets are a bargain at only €10 (kids under the age of six get free admission; senior citizens and university students get discounted admission of €8.50). The exhibit is open from now until July 17, 2011. Book online. Feeling a pull to relax on a beach in Latin America? Continental Airlines is offering roundtrip tickets to Latin America for as low as $278. Fly from select U.S. cities including: Austin, Boston,  Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Orlando, Portland, San Diego and more. Destinations in Latin America include: Cancun, Cabo, Belize, Costa Rica and more. Fares are non-refundable and subject to specific travel dates. (Via Travel+Leisure) Explore Germany with Rail Europe’s Rail ‘n Drive 25% off discount on rail and rental car travel. Travel is unlimited, meaning you get to ride by rail and/or drive a car as many times and as far as you want within your  choice of 2, 3, or 4 days within 1 month, consecutively or not. Price starts at $255,

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 4/12/2011

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Check out the newly launched Expedia app for iPhone! According to various news sources, the free app will also be available on additional smartphones (e.g., Android) and tablets in a few weeks. According to the New York Times, the Expedia app “uses the device’s location-based service to search hotel availability, but travelers can also input a destination. The results are displayed on an interactive map or in list form. Each hotel listing includes a slide show tour, along with its features and star rating. Once the hotel is booked, the details can be shared via e-mail or text, and added to the device’s calendar.” Download the free app here. Take yourself to a summer ballgame with AirTran Airway’s baseball special! The airlines is offering discounted airfare to and from various destinations in the U.S., including: Atlanta to Washington, D.C. $198, Baltimore to Boston $86, San Francisco to Jacksonville $308. Book by April 14, 2011 for travel through November 2, 2011. A ten-day advance purchase is required and blackout dates apply. (Via Frommer’s) Anyone like the sound of a 12-night cruise in the Mediterranean? Royal Caribbean International is offering a tour by sea of Italy, Greece and Turkey starting as low

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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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Frommer’s Top 10 Airports For Business Travelers


Travel guide company Frommer’s has named their best ten airports for business-friendly travel. Their criteria for this list centered around the efficiency of an airport, rather than whether it is a “major global hub.” “Bonus points” were awarded to “airports with alluring in-terminal hotels, streamlined baggage claim service, and snappy train service to vital business districts.” Do you agree with Frommer’s list? Which airports would you add or omit? Changi (SIN) in Singapore: Catch a nap in a sleep room or a flick at one of the movie houses. *Chek Lap Kak (HKG) in Hong Kong: Two downtown train station allow you to check baggage and print boarding passes. A nine-hole golf course is available as a fun diversion during flight delays. *Haneda, a.k.a, Tokyo International (HND) in Tokyo: This airport is closer to central Tokyo than Narita is, and a new international terminal offers an array of food options. Ronald Reagan National (DCA) in Washington D.C.: Separate security lines at each terminal make getting through security an efficient process . Plus, there is plenty of seating throughout the airport. *Kastrup (CPH) in Copenhagen: According to Frommer’s, this is the “most-connected” of Nordic airports, with electronic signs posted throughout the

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 3/1/2011

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See the Paul Gauguin exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC: 120 of Gaugin’s post-impressionist works will be on display February 27–June 5, 2011. And admission is FREE! (via  Concierge.com) Save 25% at Orlando World Center Marriott Resort: Still figuring out where to take the kids for spring break? Easy answer: Disney’s Magic Kingdom! Stay at the 200-acre Orlando World Center Marriott Resort, which includes: six swimming pools, a 106-foot waterslide, daily poolside activities, a sand play area, an arcade, a spa, golf, nearly a dozen restaurants and lounges, and courts for tennis, basketball, and volleyball. Book by September 30th to receive 25% off the regular rate of $229. A minimum of four nights is required, and black-out dates apply.  (Via Frommer’s) Three days of Disneyland Anaheim and California Adventure Park for $169: This one’s for those of you who prefer to enjoy Disney adventures on the west coast. Tickets are available for visits from January 4 through April 14, 2011. (Via Fodor’s) West Coast Flights from $54 Each Way on American Eagle: American Eagle, owned by American Airlines, is celebrating the launch of ten new routes to and from Los Angeles with this west coast fare