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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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5 Travel Tips on Singapore, By Author and Traveler Chris Guillebeau

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Chris Guillebeau is among a small but growing community of folks who have taken the road “less traveled” by opting out of the 9-to-5 office career and making a living through full-time travel. Guillebeau’s on-the-road entrepreneur ventures have ranged from exporting Jamaican coffee, founding a publishing business in Africa, to authoring the bestselling book, The Art of Nonconformity. He’s been featured in The New York Times and Business Week, and he also writes for CNN, the Huffington Post, as well as his own travel blog. So besides the fact that Chris Guillebeau leads an enviable life of full-time travel, what makes the guy so special? Because he’s built an existence around the philosophy of non-conformity. “You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to,” Guillebeau advises. His inspirations and instructions for leading an unconventional life, changing the world, and achieving personal goals are followed by people all over the world. Chris Guillebeau has traveled, communicating the gospel of non-conformity, to 150 countries and counting. We’re delighted to help keep Guillebeau connected along the way. “Boingo is helping a lot with my worldwide travels,” he recently told us. “I had no idea you guys had so many hotspots.” One place

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San Antonio Opens Expanded River Walk

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San Antonio recently unveiled a much-anticipated extension to its celebrated River Walk, one of the top tourist attractions in Texas. This 1.3-mile, $72 million addition nearly doubles the site in length, connecting even more museums, restaurants, hotels, theaters and historic sites with meandering pathways that border the spring-fed San Antonio River. Attractions along the extended River Walk, include the San Antonio Museum of Art and the historic Pearl Brewery, an eco-friendly urban village that offers top restaurants and shopping that borders on a gallery tour. Onboard treks and boat rides through this enticing addition, visitors will enjoy public art displays, water features, pocket parks and even a lock and dam system reminiscent of the Panama Canal. The lock and dam acts as an elevator to raise and lower boats between varying river levels. An additional architectural highlight is the grotto, an artificial cave designed by San Antonio artist Carlos Cortes that acts as a pocket park and natural art gallery while allowing pedestrians to stroll behind a waterfall. Like other art installations along the River Walk extension, the grotto’s unique design blends seamlessly with the river and its surroundings. There’s more River Walk to come. Plans are underway to extend

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The Tax Deadline: Are you ready for April 15?

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As a tireless business warrior and traveler, this time of year can be a bit perplexing with the April 15 breathing down your neck. Here’s a list of the 11 most overlooked tax deductions for 2008 and some clarity around what business travelers can deduct on their taxes this year: State sales taxes: This write-off makes sense primarily for those who live in states that do not impose an income tax. You must choose between deducting state and local income taxes, or state and local sales taxes. There is big savings here if you’ve purchased big-ticket items in the last year. Reinvested dividends: This isn’t really a deduction, but it is a subtraction that can save you a lot of money. If, like most investors, you have mutual fund dividends automatically invested in extra shares, remember that each reinvestment increases your “tax basis” in the fund. That, in turn, reduces the taxable capital gain (or increases the tax-saving loss) when you redeem shares. Out-of-pocket charitable contributions: It’s hard to overlook the big charitable gifts you made during the year by check or payroll deduction. But the little things add up, too, and you can write off out-of-pocket costs you incur

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Stay Safe and Healthy While Traveling

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Know the Risks – Different countries’ health and safety risks change all the time. Just recently, we’ve seen spikes in malaria in the Bahamas and yellow fever spread in Brazil far beyond the regions previously considered risk areas. Educating yourself before you go will help ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trip. Products like International SOS’s country guides will provide you with the most current information on everything you may need to know, including travel tips and information on health risks, medical care standards, and security alerts. Plan for the Unlikely, But Possible – Take measures ahead of time to ensure you know how to best safeguard your health and safety when traveling to foreign lands. Find out what immunizations you need and ensure that you get them. Leave detailed copies of your itinerary with friends and family back home. Purchase a translation dictionary in the language of your destination. Enlist the services of a travel assistance company who can help you locate credentialed medical or security providers. This includes the ultimate failsafe of evacuating you when the medical or security situation puts you in harm’s way. These bits of planning will make all the difference when the

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“Top 10” List on What to Take Along on Ski Trips

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Don’t Pack the Kitchen Sink, but Don’t Forget Key Items for Ski Trips! No matter where you go, when, or for how long, the details can make the difference between a fun-filled, relaxing trip and misery. For a trip full of (good) memories, don’t forget to pack: Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses: Higher altitudes, sunny days, and reflection from the snow can produce severe sunburns, even with temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Moisturizer: Higher altitudes, especially in the western United States, bring very dry air. Bring along a favorite moisturizer and use it liberally. Layers: Weather can change in minutes, literally. When you’re out in it all day, be prepared to take layers on and off to stay comfortable and dry. Focus on wicking fabrics and avoid cotton to stay warm. Water bottle: When you’re active and at altitude, it’s easy to become dehydrated and not know it. Fill your bottle with water on your way to the slopes – in the car, train, bus, or plane – and keep drinking throughout your trip. Plenty of water also helps to prevent headaches often associated with visits to higher altitudes. Toys, books, and games: If you’re traveling with the family, be

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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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Tips and Tricks from a Gen Y Traveler

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On planes, organize your carry-on bag for easy access to things like reading materials, work papers or reading glasses to make life less obnoxious for your traveling neighbors. Two words, “Emergency Exit.” With a packed plane, it won’t matter if you choose window over aisle because either way, you’re going to be uncomfortable once everyone’s on-board. Emergency Exits offer more leg and surrounding room. For commuting around the city, or to other cities, I usually pack a few healthier snack options. It’s less expensive than grabbing rest stop or fast food fare and it is less likely to make me want to curl up for a nap like I would want to after a fatty, sugary snack binge. I pack along Elations, a liquid joint supplement drink. I actually work for a company that represents Elations, but this stuff has really helped cease the snap, crackle, pop my joints seem to suffer through – loudly – when I’m on the move. Combined with a few road-altered yoga poses, drinking Elations has kept me feeling active, even if my daily schedule might be keeping me glued to my seat. If you’re stuck in tight spots having Elations shipped to your client’s

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6 Travel Tips from Maria Libertati


How often do you travel? How many days are you on the road? I travel every 4-6 weeks and am on the road at least 150 days out of the year. Wouldn’t leave home without … My mini bottle of olive oil – for emergencies – to add flavor to food. Also a must have is a good pair of walking shoes or sneakers; walking is the best way to discover new sights and flavors. Favorite hotspot or haunt (club, restaurant, hidden gems)? My favorite winebar in Orvieto is La Champagneria. You will find this in Piazza Marconi, which is the principal piazza in Orvieto. When you go, ask for Gian Luca and Velia. Gian Luca is very knowledgeable about wines and liqueurs from all over the world, and the antipasti that Velia whips up to go with the drinks is heavenly. Grab a table outside under the stars (if it is not too cold outside) and you will have a splendid view of the whole piazza. If you are not knowledgeable about wines, tell Gian Luca the taste you are looking for and he will make a perfect choice and tell you all about your selection. Gian Luca is