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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 – 1/18/2011

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Orbitz is offering 50% off a bunch of all-inclusive, beach hotels at destinations such as  Jamaica, London, Florida, Las Vegas, Los Cabos, Paris, and more.  Book by 1/23/11. (Via Travel+Leisure) How about some wining and dining in gorgeous Napa Valley? The Michelin-rated Napa River Inn  is offering a Wine & Foodie Package for $200 off per night plus some additional goodies, including: $100-per-night credit at various restaurants, gourmet breakfast in bed, and wine tasting. The deal is valid for travel Sunday-Thursday through January. (Via TravelZoo) Escape the winter chill and head to warm and festive Puerto Vallarta with Continental Airlines. The carrier is offering a rare discounted round-trip rate of $238 on trips (out of Houston) completed on or before March 31. (Via AJC) Alternatively, embrace the winter season and hit the ski slopes in Hayden/Steamboat Springs, CO. United Airlines is currently offering roundtrip airfare for as low as $169 from select U.S. cities, including: Boston, Philadelphia, Orlando and  Washington Dulles. Book by 1/31/11 for travel between now and 4/10/2011. (Via travel-ticker) Fly.com has the inside on getting a cheap roundtrip ticket to one of the most eclectic cities in the world, Tokyo. Currently, flights out of San Francisco and

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 1/11/2011


Despite the rise in travel costs, it’s still possible to score discount deals — if you search long and hard enough. We’d like to make that process a little easier on you by introducing a weekly post of the best Travel Tuesday deals that we find across an aggregate of sites. For Tuesday, 1/11/11, here are a few that you might find compelling: JetBlue is offering $39 one-way fares in select U.S. cities, including: San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas and New York. Book by 1/13/2011. (Via Priceline.com) Continental wants you to get your Mardi Gras on in New Orleans with round-trip discounted tickets from various U.S. cities, including: Boston ($245), Houston ($184), Los Angeles ($331), New York ($297) and Washington D.C. ($281). (Via AOL Travel) Tour the Grand Canyon in luxury with the $1447 Grand Canyon by Trail package for two. Offer includes three nights at the Enchantment Resort (breakfast included) and one day of sightseeing by mini-coach. (Via AOL Travel) If you’re a Monet fan, jet over to Paris with the Concorde Hotels & Resorts package, which starts at $265 for overnight accommodations at one of six hotels and 2 priority tickets to the Monet exhibition at the Grand

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Congratulations to Eurail.com for Winning the Mashable Award for Best Social Media Customer Service!


A hearty congratulations to Eurail.com for winning the Mashable Awards category for Best Social Media Customer Service (be sure to watch the big reveal and acceptance speech in the video below)! Eurail.Com sells Eurail train passes online to folks traveling all over Europe (I have personally used the service and it’s great). Three years ago, the company launched Facebook and Twitter accounts as a way to offer personal travel advice and customer service. Clearly, the company’s superb work is much appreciated from customers all over the world. Kudos to Eurail.com! I had the honor of representing Boingo as a finalist at the Mashable Awards Gala. The event last Thursday in Las Vegas was quite classy – a geek version of the Oscars – and it was a great opportunity to meet some of the finest folks in social media. While we didn’t take home the title, the Boingo team and I were already ecstatic we made it as a top five finalist – and we have YOU, the Boingo community, to thank. A million thank you handshakes and hugs to you for your support and votes. It’s been heartwarming to see our community rallying behind Boingo – y’all are a

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Beam Us Up, Scotty: An Interview With Gadling’s Editor

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Scott Carmichael may have one of the world’s most coveted jobs. As the executive editor for Gadling, a travel blog, he tours the globe writing about his experiences. (By the way, if you dig travel, Gadling should be part of your daily newsfeed. The site covers all things travel — helpful tips, gadget deals, recent news and entertaining anecdotes — and it makes for fun, spirited and quirky reading. ) To date, Scott has lived in five countries, logged three million miles, and spent over 1000 nights in hotel rooms. And there is no end in sight to his wanderings. We had a chance to chat with Scott about some travel-related details he’s never before shared. Read what this travel guru reveals and feel free to ask him any questions of your own. You have what many people would consider to be a dream job. How did you get into travel and blogging? I rolled into this job completely by accident. I’ve always been involved in technology through my own business, which had me traveling almost all the time. Once I settled down, I started blogging about the combination of travel and technology. In my first year of blogging, I

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11 Unforgettable Hotel Bars Around the World


The NileGuide features eleven of the world’s most unique hotel bars (stunning photos included). Seriously, these are not your everyday pubs. Hotel La Purificadora’s roof top bar in Puebla, Mexico: “One of the hotel’s most impressive features is its roof top bar which runs parallel to a long glass-walled swimming pool.” The Salt Hotel’s bar in the Uyani Salt Flats, Bolivia: “Even the bar area is built with the practicality of salt in mind. The stools, tables, chairs, benches, etc. are all fashioned out of the surprisingly useful building material…one important rule, ‘Please Don’t Lick The Walls!’” The Fairmont’s Tonga Room in San Francisco, California: “Unexpected sprinkler-produced “rainstorms” shower into the pool with booming thunder and lightening every few minutes, and the dance floor is made from the planks of the SS Forester, one of the last schooners that sailed between San Francisco and the South Seas.” Cellar Bar at the Bryant Park Hotel in New York City: “If the word “cellar” conjures up images of cold, dark, underground rooms, you’re not alone. But, Cellar Bar, with its vaulted, gray brick-facade ceiling, wrought-iron candelabra chandeliers, and blood-red bar backdrop, puts a sexy spin on the underground.” ICEHOTEL’s Absolut ICEBAR in

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Frank Eliason: the Pioneer Behind Customer Support on Twitter


I have to admit, I was at first a little star struck by Frank Eliason. After all, as the person who established a new customer support paradigm on Twitter for Comcast, he’s a celebrity among the Twitterati. But when I met Frank at BlogWorld last month, he was just as nice as can be. The next time I saw him, he was leading a conference panel about customer support via social media. I’ve been a fan ever since. A lot has changed since Frank first introduced the concept of customer service on Twitter in April of 2008. Now, many companies (including Boingo) view Twitter, Facebook, etc. as important channels for interacting with valued customers. See what you started, Frank? 😉 Unsurprisingly, Frank travels a good deal. Below are a few of this travel tips: When you travel, what is the one item you always take with you? I can’t narrow it down to just one item! I always pack the same things: iPhone, Netbook, laptop, wireless cards, toiletries and clothes. With all my electronics, you may not want to stand behind me in the security line, but rest assured I tend to be fast. What are you listening to your

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Young Woman Survives Cancer and Becomes Humanitarian Globetrotter


In support of cancer awareness in general (October is Breast Cancer Awareness month), we interviewed survivor extraordinaire, Meaghan Edelstein. Two years ago, at age 28, Meaghan was diagnosed with stage 3B cervical cancer and told her chances of survival were slim. But she waged a victorious battle against the illness and then went on to establish Spirit Jump, a “grassroots non-profit organization with a mission to provide hope and comfort” to those battling cancer. During her own ordeal, Meaghan was so comforted by the “uplifting cards and inspirational gifts” that she has duplicated this experience for other cancer victims through Spirit Jump. Meaghan, yours is a remarkable story of survival against the odds and we toast to your continued health! Good luck as you travel around the globe dispensing comfort to others battling cancer. Here are a few of Meaghan’s travel tips: 1. Is there a gadget you can’t live without? I cannot live without my iPhone! Spirit Jump runs 100% through social media and email. We have people all over the world trying to connect with us and that means at all hours of the day. With my iPhone I can stay connected no matter where I am or