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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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Johnny Jet’s Top 5 Travel Tips on New York City


Travel expert Johnny Jet, né John Einar DiScala, has been blogging about travel tips for well over a decade. His website has been named “one of the top best money-saving web sites for travel” by Budget Travel Magazine, and the L.A. Times calls it “one of the top 10 essential travel resources on the internet.” Johnny has even authored a popular travel guide book, You Are Here Traveling with JohnnyJet.com: The Ultimate Internet Travel Guide (You Are Here, 4). And to think that this travel guru once had a fear of flying! A frequent Boingo user, Johnny Jet has experienced the delights of too many cities to count (to date, he has visited over sixty countries). Yet ask him to name his favorite city in the world, and he answers with no hesitation: New York City. Below, Johnny provides his top five tips on traveling in the Big Apple. Have you explored these Johnny Jet recommendations on New York City? 1. Take Public Transportation From the Airports Pack light if you plan on taking public transportation from the airport. When I land alone at LGA, I take the M60 Bus to 125th Street and then either take the subway down to my family’s apartment or the

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Is ‘Luxury Layover’ an Oxymoron? Not According to Moreton


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

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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?

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Top 10 (+1) Travel Innovations


Budget Travel magazine just announced their 2009 list of top 10 travel innovations that contribute to an “easier, more enjoyable and more affordable” travel experience. Drum roll please… Kayak.com: the discount travel site added new features, including “search sharing, a real-time map of available airfare and an iPhone application.” New York City: the Big Apple gets kudos for creating “new public spaces like making Times Square car-free and turning an abandoned railway into a walkway called the High Line.” Apple: the company continues to get recognition for the iPhone 3GS and its “built-in applications store for anything you might need on the road.” American Airlines: the “One-Way Flex Awards loyalty program…helps occasional travelers earn rewards.” JetBlue: it’s the little amenities, “like the Re:Vive bar kiosks at JFK airport,” that differentiates this popular airlines. Intrepid Travel: the adventure travel site is “carbon-offsetting all of its itineraries by early 2010.” Google: “Street View mapping feature for theme parks and trails” makes family vacations much easier to navigate through. Delta: customer service is friendly and stylin’ with the Red Coats, “agents dedicated to troubleshooting at a number of airports.” Hyatt: the ubiquitous hotel chain makes a habit of announcing “new surprise perks to