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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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Melanie Waldman’s Eclectic Guide to LA 2012: Roller Derby, Dumplings and Pop Art

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Melanie Waldman, writer/editor extraordinaire of Travels With Two, deftly inspires workaholic couples to use their limited vacation time to travel. While she’s often traveling for work, she always looks forward to returning to her home in Los Angeles, a sprawling, vibrant city full of opportunities for exploration. Below, she’s shared her top spots and tips for having a fun, rewarding trip to the City of Angels. (Good for travelers and locals alike!) Continue reading

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Like Boingo’s Wi-Finder App? Nominate Us For Best iPhone Travel App!


  If you’ve been using Boingo’s Wi-Finder app to access hotspots on your Apple iOS device, would you do us the honor of nominating Boingo for Best iPhone Travel App for About.com’s Reader’s Choice Awards? Our aim with Wi-Finder for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad is to help you find and connect to Wi-Fi hotspots, whether you’re around town or traveling on the road. We also want to help you keep down your monthly smartphone bill by offering you the option of connecting to Wi-Fi so you don’t run the risk of surpassing your cellular monthly megabyte limit and/or racking up roaming fees. So if Wi-Finder is doing its job for you, we’d be grateful if you took a minute to nominate Boingo. Click here to get started. Simply login through Facebook or About.com and cast y our vote. Many thanks!

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Dave Graveline of “Into Tomorrow” Interviews CEO Dave Hagan at CES 2012 [Video]

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According to Dave Graveline of “Into Tomorrow,” “Boingo saves the day!” Graveline, an award-winning broadcaster covering technology, has been a longtime Boingo member since the days when we had just over 10,000 hotspots. In the video above, Graveline interviews Boingo CEO Dave Hagan on the company’s progress over the last decade — from the growth of our Wi-Fi ecosystem, the apps we’ve built for easy online access, the Wi-Fi operator partnerships we’ve forged, to how we’ve met the insatiable demand for Internet bandwidth on mobile devices. Watch the video to take a walk down memory lane with Boingo and hear CEO Dave Hagan discuss his vision for the company going forward. We’re especially charmed that Dave Graveline is such a fan of Boingo Wi-Fi. Our favorite Graveline quote: “Travel requires not just Wi-Fi; it requires Boingo.”    

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A Playlist of City-Themed Tunes, Created By The Boingo Community


In celebration of the new year and the travel adventures ahead, we asked the Boingo Facebook community to suggest songs entitled with cities. We compiled the great suggestions into a playlist on our YouTube channel. We limited the playlist to one song per city so that additional songs can be added to represent as many worldwide cities as possible. That means we’d love suggestions from YOU! Surely, you must know a city-themed song or two not yet on the playlist. We hope these city-themed songs spirit you away, and we wish you many happy travels in 2012 and beyond. To scroll through the playlist, click on the square at the bottom of the screen.

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Nashville Airport Wins 2011 Best Airport Concessions Program — Hooray!

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Congratulations to Nashville International Airport (BNA) for winning the 2011 Richard A. Griesbach Award of Excellence, an annual ACI-NA accolade that recognizes the best overall airport concessions program! Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) evaluates airports in Canada and the U.S. across seven concession categories, including food, retail, and customer service. There are three winners in each category but only one victor for the best overall airport concessions program. We’re thrilled for Nashville Airport — and not just because Boingo manages the Wi-Fi network there. Through our frequent visits to BNA, we’ve experienced for ourselves the all-around awesomeness of the airport’s concessions. We’ve indulged in Memphis-style barbecue at the award-winning Neely’s Bar-B-Que, and we’ve sipped on cocktails during music performances at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Live music, in fact, is what makes BNA extra-special: their “Arts at the Airport” program features a full calendar of live jazz, blues, and good ole country music. The program also showcases a revolving collection of visual arts. Additional nice touches are BNA’s health clinic and green initiatives. We could spend all day exploring the gems at Nashville Airport. Congratulations, BNA team! We’re honored to manage your Wi-Fi service. P.S. If your gadgets are low on battery power, Boingo’s got you covered with charging stations

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Tech & Travel Gift Recommendations From Boingo Superfans


Looking for last-minute holiday gifts, either for yourself or a special someone? We polled expert techies and travelers — Boingo superfans — for some super-fabulous tech and travel gift ideas. Got gift suggestions of your own? Help out the Boingo community and post your recommendation in the comments section! “My favorite travel bag is the Deluxe Rolling Tote with Computer Sleeve for all your carry-on essentials. You can find it at www.travelproluggageoutlet.com and receive an extra 15% off by using my discount code: THEFLYINGPINTO15.” –Sara Pinto Keagle “I’m currently in love with the ZaggSparq portable power charger. When I travel or when I’m at work, I don’t have to SEARCH for a plug!! I also have the Zaggfolio iPad keyboard, which “fits” well and comes in cool colors.” –Shelby Meredith Rogers “One of my favorite gadgets that is in my travel case at all times is the handy power bar/surge protector by Belkin. It turns any hotel room outlet, even the one on the desk lamp, into three power outlets. It also gives you two USB outlets to charge all those electronic devices that travel with you. Playbook, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry can all be charged and they are protected from power surges while they

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Boingo Voted Best Wi-Fi Service by Global Traveler Community!


For the second time in three years, Global Traveler readers have named Boingo “Best Wi-Fi Service.” Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. More than 36,000 savvy travelers contributed to Global Traveler magazine’s 2011 GT Tested reader survey. Readers chose the best of the best for sixty-six travel-related categories, including: airlines, hotels, loyalty programs and travel products. Click here to view a list of fellow winners. Awards are awesome to receive. But we think the most meaningful awards are those granted by the user community, so this means a lot to us. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. As you can see from the photos above featuring a few superstar members of our marketing team, we had a delightful time at the Global Traveler awards ceremony. Read the press release here.

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3 Merry Apps for Holiday Cards

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Holiday print cards are always a nice gesture, and they make for great decorations around the house. But e-cards are just as delightful, far more convenient, and environmentally-friendly. Plenty of website and smartphone apps allow you to create e-cards that are personalized and shareable on social networks. So if you’re looking to mix up the season’s greetings, consider our three favorite apps below. Which apps or websites do you recommend for creating and sending holiday ecards? 1. JibJab (Free or $12/year for premium membership) JibJab has been one of our longtime favorite websites for e-greetings. The eCards and videos are funny, and they can be customized to include photos of your recipients. Card and video themes cover the gamut of occasions, including: holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, thank yous, and everything in between. The greetings, many of which are free, include audio, e.g., songs, dialogue, and/or animation. Once you’ve created a card or video, you have the option of sending via email, posting to Facebook, or downloading. We highly recommend the $9.99/year membership, which gives you unlimited access to JibJab’s entire library of creatives, discounts on any videos you wish to download, and the ability to schedule the delivery of a greeting for a later date/time. Members

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A Special Boingo Customer Event at the Washington State Ferries

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Boingo is in the business of keeping you connected, and (in case you haven’t noticed) we crave connections with our community. That’s why we’re on social networks like Twitter and Facebook taking in your feedback, troubleshooting any hiccups and curating discussions about travel and tech. But the best is when we meet and thank our customers in person. And that’s exactly what we’ve been doing at the Washington State Ferries this week. Today (Thursday, 11/17/2011) is the final and biggest day of our customer celebration event at the Washington State Ferries. We’re giving away goodies that include complimentary Wi-Fi passes, free coffee, Boingo schwag, and more. Find us at the Colman Dock from 8:30AM – 5:30PM today, Thursday the 17th. Come by and give us a chance to shower you with appreciation. And of course, we’re all ears for feedback or troubleshooting requests. As always, thank you for being a Boingo customer.