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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 – 6/7/2011

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Cirque de Soleil is coming to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles! If you don’t live in any of those cities, consider a travel package through Amtrak. The New York package starts at $539 and includes: round trip train travel, two nights at the Belvedere Hotel, and orchestra seating for the Zarkana show. The Chicago package starts at $385 and includes: roundtrip train travel,  two nights at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, level 1 seating for the OVO show. The Los Angeles package starts at $535 and includes: round trip train travel, two nights at the Renaissance Hollywood hotel, and orchestra seating for the Iris show. Use promo code AV-CDS and book by June 24, 2011 to receive the discounted rate. (Via Amtrak Vacations) Planning a getaway for the American Independence holiday? Frommer’s features a top ten list of July 4th travel specials. Our favorite is the “July Fourth Star Spangled Beach Party” package through the Mountain Creek Inn in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Rates start at $159 per night, with the following inclusions: choice of inn, secluded cottage or luxury villas for accommodations; Beach Olympics and circus performance; miniature golf and BBQ; breakfast on July 4th; fireworks; and admission to the garden center. Offer valid for stays between July 2nd through July 4th. (Via Frommer’s)

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 5/24/2011

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Gather a group of family or friends and vacation at the luxurious Stowe Mountain Lodge in Vermont. Enjoy a 40% discount off the two-bedroom Front Four condos for six adults or the multi-level Mountain cabins for eight adults. The accommodations look classy and comfortable, and the Lodge offers a plethora of onsite activities, including: golfing on the property’s renowned course, indulging in a massage at the spa, taking a dip in the pool or jacuzzi, and dining at the top-rated restaurant. Prices start at $954/night with a two-night minimum. Book by August 31, 2011. (Via Travel+Leisure) Is it time to make the annual pilgrimage to Disneyland Anaheim? Your kids are counting on it, so get planning. Book an all-inclusive package starting at $479 per person. The deal includes round trip airfare, four nights at the Sheraton Park Hotel (walking distance to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure) and a $50 food and beverage credit per person. Travel between July 1 and August 31, 2011. Click here to book while supplies last. (Via Budget Travel) The Westin St. Francis SanFrancisco on Union Square is offering a rare discount for stays during select dates through July 7, 2011. Pay only $135-$189 per night (the regular average rate is $250)

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 5/17/2011

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We keep flagging Hawaii deals because so many crop up week after week. Our favorite Hawaii special this week is a Kauai package through www.offtohawaii.com that includes: five nights at the Sheraton Kauai Resort on Poipu Beach and roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles (departure dates: May 28, 29, 30, 31) or San Francisco (departure dates: May 28, 31). The total cost is $839, a 40% savings on regular rates. (Via Travelzoo) It’s a one-day JetBlue sale extravaganza! For today (May 17, 2011) only, JetBlue is offering one-way fares starting at $29 for travel between May 24 and June 22, 2011. Choose from various destinations such as New York City, Nantucket, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica, Bermuda and lots more. Book at least seven days before travel and depart on a Tuesday or Wednesday for the lowest possible fares. Sale ends at midnight today. (Via Smarter Travel) Vancouver Island is a great destination for 3-day mini-vacations. For Memorial Day weekend, the lovely Inn on Long Lake is offering the third night free after the first two paid nights. Breakfast is complimentary, and you have the option to enjoy the meal on your private patio. Own a pet? Bring the precious thing with you because the inn

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Tuesday Travel Deals: 5/03/2011

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  If you’re going to Florence, Italy in the next couple of months and you’re a fan of Picasso, Miro and/or Dali, then be sure to stop by the Palazzo Strozzi for the Birth of Modernity exhibit featuring over sixty early works of these artists. Tickets are a bargain at only €10 (kids under the age of six get free admission; senior citizens and university students get discounted admission of €8.50). The exhibit is open from now until July 17, 2011. Book online. Feeling a pull to relax on a beach in Latin America? Continental Airlines is offering roundtrip tickets to Latin America for as low as $278. Fly from select U.S. cities including: Austin, Boston,  Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Orlando, Portland, San Diego and more. Destinations in Latin America include: Cancun, Cabo, Belize, Costa Rica and more. Fares are non-refundable and subject to specific travel dates. (Via Travel+Leisure) Explore Germany with Rail Europe’s Rail ‘n Drive 25% off discount on rail and rental car travel. Travel is unlimited, meaning you get to ride by rail and/or drive a car as many times and as far as you want within your  choice of 2, 3, or 4 days within 1 month, consecutively or not. Price starts at $255,

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 1/18/2011

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Orbitz is offering 50% off a bunch of all-inclusive, beach hotels at destinations such as  Jamaica, London, Florida, Las Vegas, Los Cabos, Paris, and more.  Book by 1/23/11. (Via Travel+Leisure) How about some wining and dining in gorgeous Napa Valley? The Michelin-rated Napa River Inn  is offering a Wine & Foodie Package for $200 off per night plus some additional goodies, including: $100-per-night credit at various restaurants, gourmet breakfast in bed, and wine tasting. The deal is valid for travel Sunday-Thursday through January. (Via TravelZoo) Escape the winter chill and head to warm and festive Puerto Vallarta with Continental Airlines. The carrier is offering a rare discounted round-trip rate of $238 on trips (out of Houston) completed on or before March 31. (Via AJC) Alternatively, embrace the winter season and hit the ski slopes in Hayden/Steamboat Springs, CO. United Airlines is currently offering roundtrip airfare for as low as $169 from select U.S. cities, including: Boston, Philadelphia, Orlando and  Washington Dulles. Book by 1/31/11 for travel between now and 4/10/2011. (Via travel-ticker) Fly.com has the inside on getting a cheap roundtrip ticket to one of the most eclectic cities in the world, Tokyo. Currently, flights out of San Francisco and

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 1/11/2011


Despite the rise in travel costs, it’s still possible to score discount deals — if you search long and hard enough. We’d like to make that process a little easier on you by introducing a weekly post of the best Travel Tuesday deals that we find across an aggregate of sites. For Tuesday, 1/11/11, here are a few that you might find compelling: JetBlue is offering $39 one-way fares in select U.S. cities, including: San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas and New York. Book by 1/13/2011. (Via Priceline.com) Continental wants you to get your Mardi Gras on in New Orleans with round-trip discounted tickets from various U.S. cities, including: Boston ($245), Houston ($184), Los Angeles ($331), New York ($297) and Washington D.C. ($281). (Via AOL Travel) Tour the Grand Canyon in luxury with the $1447 Grand Canyon by Trail package for two. Offer includes three nights at the Enchantment Resort (breakfast included) and one day of sightseeing by mini-coach. (Via AOL Travel) If you’re a Monet fan, jet over to Paris with the Concorde Hotels & Resorts package, which starts at $265 for overnight accommodations at one of six hotels and 2 priority tickets to the Monet exhibition at the Grand