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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 – 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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Travel Tuesday Deals – 2/01/2011

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According to this MSNBC article, January and February are the slowest travel months of the year. In other words, deals abound! Below are a few that caught our eye this week. If you’re currently stuck in Chicago because of the massive snowstorm, a few Kimpton hotels are offering a “Stranded in the City” rate of $99/night. Book via phone or online at one of these hotels: Hotel Allegro, Hotel Burnham, Hotel Monaco, and Hotel Palomar and use discount code “COLD.” Offer is good today through Friday.  (Via Travel + Leisure) AirTran Airways is having a blowout sale, with one-way flights from various U.S. cities starting at $59. Book by February 8 for travel through May 24, 2011. (Via About.com) Bank of America’s Museums on Us program is way cool: cardholders get free admission to 150 U.S. museums during the first full weekend of every month. (Via About.com) It’s Restaurant Week in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles — this means participating restaurants in these three cities are offering prix-fixe three-course meals for a bargain. Click on the city of your choice for more deets.  (Via BudgetTravel) If you’re stranded at a Boingo WiFi-operated airport because of the monster storm sweeping

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A Traveler’s Guide to Tipping


Even though I’ve been a frequent traveler for many years now, I’m not always clear on tipping etiquette in various scenarios. Because I worry about offending people (and getting the evil eye), I tend to tip too often and too much. In contrast, I have friends who rarely tip outside of “traditional” situations, e.g., at restaurants — not because they’re cheap but because they don’t know better. This MSNBC article, with input from etiquette experts at the Emily Post Institute, offers great general advice on tipping: The most common tipping mistake is not tipping. 15% is the general rule-of-thumb. At restaurants, tip on the total bill minus tax. If you order wine from the sommelier, tip that person in cash at the end of the meal. If you order cocktails before the meal at your table, tip the bartender. If you’re unhappy with the service, leave the customary 15% and speak to a manager. Always tip waiters and waitresses but not: doctors, dry cleaners, dentists or therapists. There is no such thing as overtipping. However, don’t bribe “the maitre d’ to give you a better table” — that’s insulting. Leave tips on the side of the bed for housekeeping at hotels and bed & breakfasts. For