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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 – 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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What’s Your Travel Discrimination Story?


One of the true beauties of travel is that it exposes us to diverse people and experiences. It is an opportunity for us to learn about cultures we’re otherwise not privy to in our everyday lives. But there is a vulnerable side to journeying past the threshold of our familiar settings — we risk being scrutinized for our individual characteristics, especially physical ones. Perhaps being stared at a second too long for looking different is harmless. But what about being treated unfairly because of your skin color, gender, sexual preference or physical disability? The July 2010 issue of Business Traveler Magazine features readers’ stories of discrimination during travel. We’ve re-posted three experiences from the article below and added some stories from the Boingo Facebook community. The accounts range from “disturbing” to “heartening,” and many are “thought-provoking.” Gym Off Limits to Women: “While visiting Jeddah in Saudi Arabia for a global economic conference, my colleagues and I were staying at the Hilton. Naturally, I understood that as a woman in Saudi, I would need to respect the cultural norms, wear an abaya outside of the hotel, etc. However, I expected that within the confines of the Hilton, a leading American hotel

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A Spontaneous Lifestyle of Unplanned Migrations and Gastronomic Adventures


Mark Wiens attributes his wandering spirit to a nomadic childhood living in a variety of countries including France, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, and the USA. He settled down briefly while obtaining a college degree in Global Studies but upon graduation, he set forth on a life of migrationology, a term he coined to mean “long-term travel.” Now, Mark is living the travel dream, migrating from country to country, absorbing the unique offerings of each culture. You can read all about his sundry experiences via his blog. But today, we’re singularly focused on Mark’s gastronomic adventures. Below, Mark shares his five favorite Southeast Asian dishes. I’m officially handing Mark the mic. In his own words… 1. Dampa Seafood Extravaganza- Manila, Philippines Seafood Dampa in Manila, the Philippines, is a sensational encounter with absurd portions of all food items hailing from the sea. The drill works like this; stroll through the raw seafood market, pick out kilos of your favorite seafood (from fish, to crab, to oysters, to mussels, to sea cucumbers), walk into one of the many restaurants located right next door, have a chef artfully transform your raw seafood into an unbelievable delicacy like chili crab, stir