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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We’re happy to announce that you can now use PayPal when buying Boingo Wi-Fi access. And we have to give credit where credit is due: Boingo customers suggested we add PayPal as a purchase option, and we thought that was a brilliant idea. Thanks to the community for the guidance! Hopefully, PayPal will ease the payment process for our international customers, who voiced the strongest desire for this option. Also, we think the addition of PayPal will help those of you purchasing Wi-Fi on your mobile devices, which can be more challenging to navigate because of smaller screen sizes. Now, you can simply select the PayPal option, log in to your PayPal account, and you’re done! No additional account information required. Read the Boingo press release on PayPal. Please let us know if you have any questions. As always, we get some of our best ideas from our customers, so send us your suggestions!
In the last decade, people have come to associate airports and airplanes as places of stress and inconvenience. Moreton Binn, however, remembers a time when air travel was enjoyable, even glamorous. Call him nostalgic, but he aims to bring back the allure of travel. He can’t control security lines and flight schedules, but he can make your layover comfortable, relaxing, and even luxurious. Introducing XpresSpa, an airport spa service — founded by Moreton and his wife, Marisol — that offers massages, reflexology, facials, waxing, and mani/pedis while you wait for your flight. Globetrotters in their own right, Marisol and Moreton designed the XpresSpa experience to accommodate various travel scenarios — from quickie foot rubs for short connections, to indulgent 60-minute massages/facials for long layovers. Besides a pampering at one of XpresSpa’s twenty-six airport locations, how else does Moreton travel in comfort and style? Find out in our interview below. What is your favorite city in the world and why? My hometown, New York City. It’s an international cultural city with everything you could possibly want. What is your favorite dining spot in the world? New York City with its 15,000 places to eat. An offbeat favorite is a Shanghai Chinese
You asked for it, and we’ve delivered! Boingo Mobile, our Wi-Fi service for mobile devices and smartphones, is now available on the Blackberry® Curve 8900, Blackberry Curve 8320 and BlackBerry® Bold. For just $7.95 per month, Boingo Mobile gives you a high-speed alternative to cellular data so you surf the Internet, download large files, upload pictures, and stream video — all on your Blackberry. Usage is unlimited and you can connect all over the globe. That’s right, surf to your heart’s content while you travel for business or pleasure and save on international roaming costs. To get Boingo Mobile, first download our free login software directly to your Blackberry. The software tells you when you’re in a Boingo hotspot and automatically connects you. Next, sign up via the software; or alternatively sign up on a PC. We’re constantly working to expand our portfolio of smartphone support, which now includes the Android™, iPhone®, Symbian™ Series 60, and Windows Mobile™ platforms. We know how much y’all love those mobile devices of yours! To download the free Boingo software for Blackberry, click here. To download Boingo software for other mobile devices, click here. To sign up for Boingo Mobile Wi-Fi for your Blackberry,
Get advice from a travel health professional. Four to six weeks before departure, consult a travel medicine specialist for the most up-to-date immunization, malaria recommendations and consultation to prepare for a safe and healthy trip. It’s important to get your immunizations early, as some of the vaccines take time to effectively protect you. Protect yourself from disease-bearing insects. Wear protective clothing and use products containing 20 to 30 percent DEET, the insect-repellent permethrin and bed nets. Never go barefoot, even on the beach. Make sure your water is purified. Do not use tap water when brushing your teeth. Consume only well-cooked food. Fruits and veggies? Peel it, boil it or forget it! Pre-fill your prescriptions, as they may not be available at your destination. Take extra, in case your trip is extended. In some countries counterfeit medications can be a problem. Carry medications in their original packaging and pack in your carry-on luggage. Don’t swim in rivers, lakes, ponds or streams. Well-chlorinated pools and salt water are usually considered safe. Take a basic first aid kit. Include medications for pain relief, such as ibuprofen and Tylenol, topical preparations for minor skin wounds and infections, and medications for allergic reactions (like