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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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Vacation rentals for savings & convenience

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With the end of the recession nowhere in sight, the country has gone into freeze mode. Hotel and airline analysts have downgraded their already grim forecasts and consumers are considering abandoning their upcoming vacation plans. Hotel occupancy rates are down, pointing to the continued growth of the vacation rental industry. Widely considered to be the new hotels, vacation rentals offer prices competitive with or lower than hotel rates, making them a more attractive option for a budget-conscious traveler during these tough times. Savings of anywhere from 25% to 50% from a traditional hotel/resort vacation are not unheard of, and when you offset that against increased airfare costs, vacation rentals offer a much more affordable vacation – and an almost unlimited selection of destinations. This is also true for short term rentals in major cities, as business travelers look for cheaper alternatives to hotels. Vacation rentals gain popularity with consumers, offering savings and value Recent studies show that almost half of vacationers now consider booking a vacation rental when researching their trip plans because they provide increased comfort and flexibility for a considerably lower rate than traditional lodging choices. Vacation rentals often offer all of the same amenities as hotels (pools,

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8 Travel Tips from a Boingo Mobile User

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From our post, 6 Tips on Managing Expenses While Traveling, one of our Boingo Mobile users posted a comment on his personal tips and tricks while traveling. Here are Nuno Povoa‘s tips and tricks while he travels. Keep track of expenses on your PDA/smart phone. No one likes to be too uptight on vacations, but nevertheless one must be responsible.
 Personally I use SPB Finance to keep track of things – I find it to be mighty handy, and you might as well just 
use it for all your expenses. The graphs and other tools come in handy at the end of the day, week and trip. If you do not want to make the full investment, you can check out iPhone’s application store or use whatever spreadsheet software that comes with the smartphone or PDA. Why is the smartphone or PDA important? Because if you record the information when you pay, you are able to skip going through receipts by the end of the day. Have I mentioned
 you should be having fun on any trip? Buy things at supermarkets whenever possible: Water, snacks, etc. Hotel stores will be over priced. Speaking of hotel prices: laundry services? I’m sure