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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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10 Film Festivals and the Boingo Hotspots in Those Cities

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If you’re a film buff, check out Cheapflights.com’s list of top ten film festivals worldwide.  To help you stay connected online while you’re enjoying the cinema experience, we’ve provided links below to the Boingo hotspots available in each festival’s city. Have you attended any of the film festivals on this top ten list? Tell us about your experiences! 1. Sundance Film Festival – Park City, Utah, United States Click here to see a list of 29 Boingo hotspots in Park City, Utah 2. International Film Festival Rotterdam – the Netherlands Click here to see a list of 177 Boingo hotspots in Rotterdam, Netherlands 3. Cannes International Film Festival – Cannes, France Click here to see a list of 348 Boingo hotspots in Cannes, France 4. Guadalajara Film Festival – Guadalajara, Mexico Click here to see a list of 175 Boingo hotspots in Guadalajara, Mexico 5. Rooftop Films – New York, New York, United States Click here to see a list of 877 Boingo hotspots in New York, New York 6. Toronto International Film Festival – Toronto, Canada Click here to see a list of 264 Boingo hotspots in Toronto, Canada 7. Venice International Film Festival – Venice, Italy Click here to see a list of 63 Boingo hotspots in Venice, Italy 8. Hong

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Boingo Summer Travels 2011: A Photo Slideshow With Animoto

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Click play on the video above and check out the array of destinations visited by the Boingo community this past summer in 2011. Just a word of caution: the photos could trigger or exacerbate the post-summer blues. If you’ve seen our videos before, you might recognize that we often use Animoto to produce our videos. Unlike standard photo slideshow programs with static presentations, Animoto creates polished and animated visual stories that look polished and professional. The company says the foundation of their platform is a “patent-pending Cinematic Artificial Intelligence technology that thinks like an actual director and editor.” We couldn’t tell you what that means exactly but we can guarantee that the resulting production — complete with a music soundtrack — will make you look like a cinematic genius. Animoto offers a range of pricing plans, including: Lite for free, Plus for $30/year, Pro for $249/year and a Reseller option for $499/year. Here’s a quick tutorial on the Animoto user interface: Step 1: Choose a template. Animoto offers various background templates, some of which are available to free accounts. There are also several holiday themes. Step 2: Upload photos and/or video clips. You can retrieve media from your computer, Facebook,

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 7/10/2011

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Climb aboard Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas for a seven-night cruise along the Adriatic Coast. Prices start at $479 per person for sail dates in August, September and October 2011. Depart from Venice, Italy and stop off in Italian cities such as Ravenna, Bari, as well as Koper, Slovenia and Dubrovnik, Croatia. If you go, we’re jealous. (Via SmartTravelDeals) Southwest Airlines has your post-summer travel covered! Starting today, the airlines is offering one-way tickets between select U.S. cities starting at $59. Purchase by August 1, 2001 for travel between August 23 and December 14. Note that the cheapest fares are available for flights Monday through Thursday. (Via USA Today) Want to take a tour of Asia? Check out Cathay Pacific’s All Asia Pass, which gives you twenty-one days of travel to Hong Kong and your choice of up to four listed Asian cities starting at $1,329. Departure cities include Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Book by July 31, 2011 for travel between August 16 and November 29, 2011. (Via Frommer’s) If Istanbul is on your travel wishlist, head over to ShermansTravel to find roundtrip deals starting at $545. Soak in all the history and ancient architecture and eat some exotic food! Low fares valid

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Meet a Few of Boingo’s Superfans on Facebook


Here at Boingo, we aim to design our Wi-Fi service and apps around the best customer experience possible. That’s why social media engagement is so central to our efforts — the customer feedback on social networks helps to guide us on improving and updating our offerings. Since our community shares common interests in travel and technology, we also strive to curate interesting conversations on those topics. Obviously, the success of these initiatives relies heavily on community participation, which is why it warms our hearts when members converse regularly with us via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube and the Hotspot blog. To express our gratitude, we honor two individuals each month — one via Twitter and one via Facebook — as superfans of the month. Join our social communities today and let us get to know YOU as a Boingo superfan! Meet Boingo’s superfans on Facebook. We are so thankful for the great conversation and support from our superfan community! Adi Wresniyandaka Senior Principal IT Consultant Charity of choice: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Best city to Boingo: Tie between San Francisco, California and Minneapolis, Minnesota Favorite tech quote: “There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don’t

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 4/19/2011

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Westin St. John Resort & Villas Close your eyes and imagine a  private 1200-foot-long white sand beach, a gentle breeze and the faint sound of Caribbean music. If you like that image, then check out the Virgin Island vacation package offered by CheapCaribbean.com. The $649 starting rate includes roundtrip airfare and four nights at the Westin St. John Resort & Villas. Travel between May 1 and August 19 (excluding May 13-15) and book by May 31, 2011. (Via CheapCaribbean.com) Virgin America is having a May sale for travel to and from major U.S. cities, including: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Orlando, Boston and New York. Airfare from one west coast city to another, e.g., Seattle to San Francisco, starts at $59, while travel from New York to the West Coast starts at $149. If you’re interested, hurry up and book by Wednesday, April 20th at midnight. Fly anytime in May and book at least seven days in advance. (Via Virgin America) Going to London for the Royal Wedding? Check out Lonely Planet’s Royal London Audio Walking Tour app for the iPhone, which is currently FREE for a limited time. (Via Lonely Planet) In honor of National Park Week, over

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Couple Gets Married 85 Times Around the World — And They Boingo’d All The Way

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Denise and Mark Thomas are on pace to go down in Guinness World Record history. Their feat? They have exchanged wedding vows eighty-five times at eight-five different locations around the world — and all within the span of six months. Now that’s commitment! Denise, a native Australian, met Englishman Mark while she was working in London. The couple fell in love and decided to tie the knot…in a very unconventional way. Denise and Mark were chosen out of 30,000 couple-applicants by travel company Runaway Bride and Groom to “test” wedding and honeymoon locations around the world. As The Official Honeymooners, Denise and Mark weren’t just drinking champagne and feeding each other cake for six months straight. The couple’s official job was to document their experiences at each of the wedding and honeymoon venues. This meant daily blog updates, hundreds of photos, hours of video and countless tweets — not to mention the various challenges they faced navigating their way through unfamiliar languages and cultures. Since the special couple depended on constant Internet connectivity to do their  job, the Boingo team reached out to them early in their nuptial adventures and donated Boingo accounts. We’re thrilled to have been a part

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 2/22/2011

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Southeast Asia, anyone? Singapore Airlines, one of our favorites because of its superb customer service, is having a sale on roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, and New York to twenty-six major southeast destinations including: Singapore, Manila, Bangkok, Phuket, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Saigon and more. The price? Around $949 if booked by March 2 for departures from March 1 through May 18. (Via Frommer’s) According to Travel + Leisure, “a ski trip to the spectacular Italian Dolomites is…as affordable as a trip to the Rockies” with the World on Skis package. Starting at $1095 per person, this special includes roundtrip airfare between New York, Boston, or Chicago and Venice, roundtrip airport transfers between Venice and Cortina d’Ampezzo (a mountain town located two hours by car from Venice), seven nights’ hotel accommodations and daily breakfast. Book by April 9, 2011 for travel between March 19 and April 9. (Via Travel + Leisure) Want to visit all four major Hawaiian islands? The bad news is that inter-island airfare will run you at least $100 per person per island. The good news is the Cruise Experts are offering a  cut-rate price from $762 to $794 per person for a seven-night cruise

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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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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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Around the World With DJ Boingo


We don’t know about you, but we ‘re not embarking on a trip around the world in the near future (although rest assured, it’s on our bucket list). In lieu of actual travel, we’ve created several playlists, each featuring a major city with plenty of Boingo hotspots. It’s not the same thing as hiking behind San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge or sampling that buttery croissant from a Parisian patisserie, but perhaps it will ease your wanderlust a bit. Enjoy! São Paulo (Click here for Boingo hotspots) Tokyo (Click here for Boingo hotspots) Shanghai (Click here for Boingo hotspots) Moscow (Click here for Boingo hotspots) London (Click here for Boingo hotspots) Paris (Click here for Boingo hotspots) San Francisco (Click here for Boingo hotspots) New York (Click here for Boingo hotspots)