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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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Wellness Traveling: Stay in Shape and Achieve Your Fitness Goals

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As would be expected, many folks try to maintain healthy habits while vacationing. Some do it to maintain a level of fitness, some to take advantage of the gift of free time and many simply want to avoid vacation weight gain. There are plenty of opportunities available to vacationers when it comes to healthy vacations. But there are other folks who have specific athletic goals (ie running a10K or a marathon; finishing a sprint triathlon or an Ironman). For these athletes, it takes a bit more planning to stay on-track while still enjoying a vacation. Continue reading

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Boingo Voted Best Wi-Fi Service by Global Traveler Community!


For the second time in three years, Global Traveler readers have named Boingo “Best Wi-Fi Service.” Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. More than 36,000 savvy travelers contributed to Global Traveler magazine’s 2011 GT Tested reader survey. Readers chose the best of the best for sixty-six travel-related categories, including: airlines, hotels, loyalty programs and travel products. Click here to view a list of fellow winners. Awards are awesome to receive. But we think the most meaningful awards are those granted by the user community, so this means a lot to us. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. As you can see from the photos above featuring a few superstar members of our marketing team, we had a delightful time at the Global Traveler awards ceremony. Read the press release here.

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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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Jaunted Editor Cynthia Drescher on Making Business Trips More Enjoyable


Business travel can be a drag, even if it’s an opportunity to see and experience new places. So how can a frequent jetsetter bring some joy back into traveling? For answers, we went to travel connoisseur Cynthia Drescher, editor of Jaunted and contributing editor of HotelChatter. Drescher — who works, breathes, and lives almost exclusively on the road — says it’s about finding pleasure in the small things. Below are her three simple business travel tips. Got a tip of your own? Please share them with us in the comments section. 1. Love your luggage: Every single time I finish re-packing my rolling carry-on at the end of a trip, when everything fits just so and I can shove last-minute purchases in without endangering the safety of my gadgets, I step back and look down at my bag and say, “I love this bag.” There is no excuse for traveling with bad or mediocre luggage. This is of one of my little missions, to educate travelers on the importance of having the right travel accessories. You need to get to a point with your luggage (preferably always carry-on), where you’re in awe of its pure awesomeness. It should be a

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Personal Assistants: No Longer Just For the Rich and Famous


Even the best optimists have to admit that life can be hard. Work and family obligations leave us little time to take care of the necessary details in life – bills, appointments, birthday presents, phone calls, etc. If only personal assistants weren’t just for the rich and famous… Well, I’ve got news for you: it is possible to have a personal assistant without being a glamorous movie star. Recently, I learned about a company, AskSunday, that offers various online personal assistant packages starting as low as $37 per month. What can a virtual secretary accomplish for you? Turns out, plenty! Tasks include: Booking appointments (doctors, salons) and reservations (restaurants, hotels) Coordinating travel plans Making calls (clients, vendors, your mama ;)) Doing online research and reading emails Entering and analyzing data Ordering flowers, books, and gifts With the 24/7 Service, you can have an assistant at your beck and call, day and night (hmmm, wonder if it’s possible to request a lullaby over the phone during those nights of insomnia). Another service, Dedicated Assistants, allows you email or phone access to an assistant from 10:30AM EST to 7:30PM EST, Monday thru Friday. With this kind of help, you might actually have

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5 Questions with Laurent Vernhes, TabletHotels

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1. How often do you travel: I have to be disciplined because I have a family and a business here in New York. I usually travel about 8 days per month whereas in my ‘previous life,’ I used to travel 20 days per month. 2. Favorite Hotel: I spend my professional life ever challenging my list of favorite hotels so this is a difficult question. The best way to answer this question is to defer to my most recent hotel stay at Nimb hotel in Copenhagen. Another one of my all time favorites is Como Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri in Bali – a truly amazing setting. It’s a place where you can really rest your mind. 3. Dream Trip: Namibia – I want to see the red dunes, surf on the coast, and take a safari. I’d also love to see the German ghost towns. 4. Worst Travel Story: I was working for Michelin in the early 90’s and was on a sales trip at a gold mine in the Philippines. Suddenly, some guys with guns came in and took me to a bungalow and kept me hostage and warned me I wouldn’t be going anywhere for a while.

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Etiquette in Travel

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I seem to travel non-stop for work these days. Sometimes it’s hard—travel delays, anyone?—but most of the time you find a rhythm, responding to e-mails in hotel lobbies, working on a proposal in an airport terminal or—if you’re me—writing thank-you notes on a tray table during a flight. This kind of flexible work style functions best when you have convenient services and places to keep you in your groove. From easy-to-use WiFi in airports to credit card machines in taxis (thank you New York City!), hotels and airports are adapting to serve working travelers. It’s why Hyatt Place Hotels and I created a website for business professionals — www.TheEtiquetteEffect.com. There are so many etiquette questions about how to handle yourself (and your technology) when working on the road—questions that have answers which will make you more confident and successful. One of my favorite travel questions is how to ask for an upgrade. You know it’s worth asking, but you also know you have to strike the right tone—it’s all in the how. (So much of etiquette is, as it turns out.) You want the person you’re asking to want to help you. The key here is never to bluster or