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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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Have Pets, Will Travel: Boingo Employee Tips and Tricks

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We love our furry friends! Taking good care of our pets while traveling can be a challenge, but here are a few tips and tricks from animal-savvy Boingo employees that will make your trip a breeze. Continue reading

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The Uncornered Market on Five Berlin Favorites


Meet Dan and Audrey, the husband and wife team who have been “measuring the Earth” by way of sixty-five countries in over four years. They’re adventurers with a love of street food (guinea pig excluded), traveling by public transport (yes, even chicken buses) and meeting people from all walks of life all over the world. They’re accustomed to wearing many hats, often shedding their dusty traveling clothes for professional presentations, conferences and projects. The love of travel is only one reason that keeps Dan and Audrey on the road. The couple also aims to “humanize” the places they visit by sharing articles, photos, videos and audiocasts on their blog, Uncornered Market. Equally important is their hope that through personal interactions with people all over the world, they will “alter the view of America that people get from” the media and pop culture. They consider these efforts to be a form of public diplomacy. Find out more about Dan and Audrey’s journey, learnings and recommendations on their blog. You can also follow along with their journey on Twitter and Facebook. Currently, Boingo members Dan and Audrey are touring Berlin, and they were kind enough to share their top five recommendations for

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Tips for Safer and Easier Winter Travels

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Today, a monster storm is bearing down on as many as thirty U.S. states. According to this CNN article, airlines have canceled more than four thousand flights. If you’re currently gearing up to travel, consider these CNN tips for an easier/safer journey: Air Travel Consider re-booking. In general, airlines will allow free ticket changes during major storms. Sign up for airline alerts and go online to check your flight before heading to the airport. Bring a charged cell phone in case you need to rebook a canceled flight while at the airport. Bring an overnight carry-on packed with essentials in case you get stranded overnight. Dress for warmth and comfort in case you’re forced to sleep at the airport. Bring food and entertainment so you don’t have to spend too much. At the gate, ask about food vouchers and sleeping areas. Car Travel Your best bet is to stay off the road. Pack a kit with the following items: “a bag of abrasive material (sand, salt or cat litter), a snow shovel and brush, traction mats, an ice scraper, booster cables, a flashlight, window washing liquid, cloth, warning flares or triangles, a cell phone, gloves and a blanket.” Try not

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Traveling Abroad? Avoid a Hefty Phone Bill With These Tips


A few years ago, when I was just a little grasshopper, I went overseas with my smartphone. While I didn’t make any calls, I did continue to receive push email. Imagine my shock when the phone bill arrived a few weeks later with a $700+ balance. Smartphones are now a pervasive part of our everyday lives — so much so that we get separation anxiety when we leave our devices at home. The unhealthy implications of this aside, there are very practical reasons to bring along a smartphone when traveling: navigation, eatery recommendations, phone calls, etc. So what’s a traveler married to his/her smartphone to do? The New York Times provides a helpful guide for reaping the benefits of smartphone travel without incurring hefty bills: Get a GSM phone Check with your carrier for special deals on international roaming Buy a local SIM card Subscribe to Boingo Mobile Wi-Fi for $7.95 for online connectivity and to make VoIP calls Buy an old-fashioned calling card I’ve employed all the above tips and am happy to say I’ve not since been faced with an exorbitant communications bill. (That means extra money for fun stuff, e.g., clothes and shoes, while I’m in a

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Travel with Earth Day Network

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While traveling, it is possible to come up with green alternatives and to make the world a greener and better place. A few tips are: Water purification tablets: Instead of carting around water bottles – and the waste that they create – use tablets. With the tablets, people are able to purify available water for drinking. Recently, a friend was climbing Machu Picchu in Peru and noted that all the other tourists would bring water bottles, and just leave them on the mountain side. Many of the most treasured tropical paradises on Earth are among the places most imperiled by climate change, and most vulnerable to tourists’ consumption. The Three R’s: When in your hotel, keep in mind the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. Reuse your linens and towels; if you’re only there for two nights, for example, you cut back on your laundry by 50 percent – painlessly. Ask the concierge if the hotel participates in any recycling programs; if so, find out how you can contribute. Hybrid rentals: Renting a car? Get a hybrid. Now’s the perfect time to test-drive that Prius you’ve been thinking about buying. If you’re in a rural area, investigate local walking and biking

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Top Ten Health Tips for International Travel

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Get advice from a travel health professional. Four to six weeks before departure, consult a travel medicine specialist for the most up-to-date immunization, malaria recommendations and consultation to prepare for a safe and healthy trip. It’s important to get your immunizations early, as some of the vaccines take time to effectively protect you. Protect yourself from disease-bearing insects. Wear protective clothing and use products containing 20 to 30 percent DEET, the insect-repellent permethrin and bed nets. Never go barefoot, even on the beach. Make sure your water is purified. Do not use tap water when brushing your teeth. Consume only well-cooked food. Fruits and veggies? Peel it, boil it or forget it! Pre-fill your prescriptions, as they may not be available at your destination. Take extra, in case your trip is extended. In some countries counterfeit medications can be a problem. Carry medications in their original packaging and pack in your carry-on luggage. Don’t swim in rivers, lakes, ponds or streams. Well-chlorinated pools and salt water are usually considered safe. Take a basic first aid kit. Include medications for pain relief, such as ibuprofen and Tylenol, topical preparations for minor skin wounds and infections, and medications for allergic reactions (like

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Top Ten Packing and Travel Tips

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1. Everyone has a black bag and those cute little ribbons we tie to our luggage fall off. Buy a bag in a color or pattern so that no one will accidentally take your bag. Plus, it will be easy to spot on the carousel. 2. Get used to it — the quart-size clear bag is here to stay. Invest in one that won’t fall apart after three uses (save the sandwich bag for your lunch). When you are not traveling, you can use it to store things in your purse or beach bag. 3. Always throw a small expandable bag in your luggage. You never know when you’ll need it — and it can hold some of those extra items you buy on your trip home … 3-foot Toblerones anyone? 4. Always “break in” new shoes before traveling with them. But just in case, carry a back-up in your purse (Come on, the 4” stilettos are not that comfortable no matter what we tell him). 5. Remember before you dress for your flight you’ll have to do the security “strip tease.” That means shoes and all outerwear (jackets, cardigans, zippered hoodies, etc.) will have to come off before you

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How To Travel Less Expensively

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Take a single-destination trip. Instead of a driving trip incorporating several stops, head for one destination. Cities where attractions are accessible by foot or public transportation can help cut costs. Examples: In Grand Junction, Colorado’s major western slope vacation destination, for instance, a $1 shuttle runs from major hotel areas to downtown attractions. In Telluride, Colo., visitors have no need for a car at all once they arrive, thanks to the town’s free shuttle bus system and the world’s only energy efficient free gondola. Consider going all-inclusive. Staying at one resort that offers a multitude of services, amenities, and activities can mean significant savings. For families with children (or adults!) who like to try their hand at many activities – and then get tired or bored – it can be especially helpful. Dude ranches are increasingly popular all-inclusive options for singles, couples, and families, and can range from rustic adventures on working ranches to world-class resorts. Example: Dude & Guest Ranches of Grand County, Colo. Bypass the rental car. If you won’t absolutely need a car when you arrive at your destination, use public transportation to get there when possible. Airport shuttles, buses, and trains offer good alternatives. If you’re

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5 Questions with Laurent Vernhes, TabletHotels

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1. How often do you travel: I have to be disciplined because I have a family and a business here in New York. I usually travel about 8 days per month whereas in my ‘previous life,’ I used to travel 20 days per month. 2. Favorite Hotel: I spend my professional life ever challenging my list of favorite hotels so this is a difficult question. The best way to answer this question is to defer to my most recent hotel stay at Nimb hotel in Copenhagen. Another one of my all time favorites is Como Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri in Bali – a truly amazing setting. It’s a place where you can really rest your mind. 3. Dream Trip: Namibia – I want to see the red dunes, surf on the coast, and take a safari. I’d also love to see the German ghost towns. 4. Worst Travel Story: I was working for Michelin in the early 90’s and was on a sales trip at a gold mine in the Philippines. Suddenly, some guys with guns came in and took me to a bungalow and kept me hostage and warned me I wouldn’t be going anywhere for a while.

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Simple steps to improving your journey


I was thinking back on my favorite travel stories, trying to find a common thread. What was it that allowed me to shop at a flea market, complete with vintage clothing sellers and vendors of chicken feet and assorted edible bugs, at 1:30 in the morning in Taiwan? Or to have the best steak au poivre of my life served to me by my new very good friend, the head chef of a restaurant in St. Maarten? Or to wander off from the rest of my group and have a life changing experience in Smoot, Wyoming? In every case, I was able to have these incredible experiences by breaking out of the routine and doing something different. Now maybe that sounds obvious, but as long as I’ve listened to the advice of others, gone with group decisions, stayed to the printed itinerary, I’ve had, well, routine experiences. It’s only from busting out and doing something deliberately different that I got to have some of the best travel experiences of my life. Walk, walk, walk I was in Brussels on business, and my girlfriend was along for the trip. We were staying at the Metropole, a 19th century landmark hotel in