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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 – 08/16/11


Play unlimited golf and stay in a rustic log cabin in Northern Michigan for $149 per night (or $238 for two nights). Rates are for stays Mondays through Thursdays, September 12-October 13, 2011 at the Garland Lodge & Resort. Rooms feature cathedral ceilings and stained glass windows, and the surrounding grounds hold four full golf courses (72 holes).  (Via Lonely Planet) End your summer with a bang and go ziplining between the trees in Portland, Oregon! Seriously — and bring the kids. The adventure takes place at Tree to Tree Park, “a playground in the trees featuring aerial ropes courses, zip lines and tree-top obstacles.” Admission is $45 per adult and $25-35 per child. Stay at a participating hotel and add some wine touring along the Sip 47 wine route. Hotel accommodations range from $109 to $249. (Via Frommer’s Travel) Enjoy a two-week Mediterranean cruise that will be a feast for the eyes, as well as fodder for the brain. Swan Hellenic is offering a tour of the most historic ports in Athens, Greece, Sicily and Italy that will be curated by experts in ancient history and geology. The price per person starts at $1899, and the cruise departs on October 14, 2011 from Athens. (Via Sherman’s Travel)

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Bestselling Author Karen Essex Travels With Dracula


I’ve read every book by historical fiction author Karen Essex and never thought I’d have the opportunity to connect with her. As it turns out, Karen travels all over the world and relies on Boingo Wireless to keep her online! So thanks to Boingo, I had the chance to chat with the bestselling author about two favorite topics, books and travel.  As Karen explains, traveling is an important part of her book writing process: “As an historical novelist, nothing informs my work like travel.  I love to walk in my characters’ footsteps, breathing in the air that they breathed, literally sharing molecules with them.” I had just finished reading Karen’s latest masterpiece, Dracula in Love, and was fascinatedby the fact that Karen had visited the novel’s various settings, places that had lived vividly in my imagination during an all-consuming three-day read. Luckily, Karen obliged me with an interview. Check out the Q and A below with Karen Essex and ask her your own questions in the comments section. The first twenty-five folks to post a note to Karen will receive a free copy of Dracula in Love. What inspired you to write the literary thriller Dracula in Love? I’d first read Bram Stoker’s Dracula when I was fifteen

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10 Cool Outdoor Cinemas Around the World


Watching a movie on a big screen al fresco ranks among our most memorable travel experiences. We’ve watched films under the night sky and stars in Munich, Paris and Denver — each experience was unique in its setting and cultural flavor. All three were festive outings that included friends, picnics and wine. Unfortunately, there aren’t an abundance of outdoor cinemas around the world (maybe this will change over the years), but below is a list of ten that are just beginning to launch their summer screenings (note that locations in Australia, which offers several outdoor cinemas, are not included as their summer season is over). Have you watched a movie at any of the open-air cinemas below or elsewhere? 1. Athens, Greece – Zefyros Outdoor Cinema The scene: Screenings are located in a courtyard behind a bright pink building View of lovely garden Chairs available Movies: classics (mainly American) in original language with Greek subtitles Ticket price: €8/person Food and drink: bring a picnic or purchase snacks from concessions Showtimes: two showings, one at 9 PM and another at 11 PM Opening months: June through September Click here for more info 2. Barcelona, Spain – Montjuic Castle The scene: Open

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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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Meet the World’s Worst Flight Attendant: A Travel Interview With Comedian Pam Ann


Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome aboard the airplane. Your flight attendant today is the zany, the glitzy, and the outlandish Pam Ann. She may fail to give you the right safety instructions or bring you that Bloody Mary, but if you’re up for some laughs, sit back and enjoy the ride! Pam Ann, née Caroline Reid, is a well-loved comedian who poses as a fictitious flight attendant regaling her audience with the vulgarities and quirks of airline travel. Her subjects of parody include airline crews, travelers, and the laughably absurd shenanigans that arise within the confines of a plane’s cabin. Pam’s stand-up routines are in high demand anywhere airplanes fly, which means she pretty much travels around the globe. Below, she shares some of her travel tips. Is there a gadget you can’t live without? I can’t live without my Blackberry; it is very addictive. When you travel, what is the one item you always take with you? Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. Great for long haul flights. What are you listening to your on your iPod these days? Jay Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind” What is your favorite city in the world and why?