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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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10 Travel Gifts For Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is celebrated in many parts of the world, most commonly in March, April or May (source: Wikipedia). This warms our hearts since mothers deserve to be honored as much as possible! If Mother’s Day is coming up in your part of the world (here in the U.S., it’s on May 8th this year) and Mom is a travel enthusiast, check out our top ten travel-themed gift picks below. 1. Comfy flat shoes: Mom will breeze through airport security with comfortable slip-ons that double as socks to keep her feet warm during the flight. These classy shoes caught our eye: a) Collette Parisian Ballet flats (suede) for $62.98 via TravelSmith. b) Cole Haan Air Bandon flats (leather) for $79.92 via Zappos. c) Naturalizer Creston flats (leather) for $69.99 via FootSmart. 2. Crushable hat: Mom is always on the go, whether it’s around town or on a jet plane. Provide her protection from the sun (or a bad hair day) with a fashionable hat that can be packed with baggage without losing its shape. Check out these crushable hats: a)  Roxy cotton canvas bucket hat for $28.00 via Athleta. b) Sur la Tete straw hat for $20.95 via  VillageHatShop.com. c) Alejandra Sky straw floppy beach hat for  $39.00

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Happy Earth Day 2011!

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Happy Earth Day, fellow Earthlings!!! We hope you all are taking a special moment today to honor and appreciate our special planet in whatever small or big way you can! Here at Boingo, we’re very passionate and serious about preserving, healing and respecting the Earth. Our in-office green efforts are guided by the Boingo Green Committee, which meets monthly to monitor the company’s progress on increasing efficiency in a variety of areas. We score our efforts using the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) green assessment guide, and we’re always implementing new methods to improve. We’re proud of our employees for faithfully participating in the various everyday green initiatives at the office. Click here to read more about the green program at Boingo. While Earth Day is a great opportunity to formally celebrate our precious planet, we strive to practice green living each and every day. But there is so much more to be done, which is why we continue to research and learn more about new habits, initiatives and technologies that drive sustainability. Our hope is that more people and organizations across the globe will join us. How do you practice greener living on a daily basis? Here’s how ten members

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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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What’s Your Travel Discrimination Story?


One of the true beauties of travel is that it exposes us to diverse people and experiences. It is an opportunity for us to learn about cultures we’re otherwise not privy to in our everyday lives. But there is a vulnerable side to journeying past the threshold of our familiar settings — we risk being scrutinized for our individual characteristics, especially physical ones. Perhaps being stared at a second too long for looking different is harmless. But what about being treated unfairly because of your skin color, gender, sexual preference or physical disability? The July 2010 issue of Business Traveler Magazine features readers’ stories of discrimination during travel. We’ve re-posted three experiences from the article below and added some stories from the Boingo Facebook community. The accounts range from “disturbing” to “heartening,” and many are “thought-provoking.” Gym Off Limits to Women: “While visiting Jeddah in Saudi Arabia for a global economic conference, my colleagues and I were staying at the Hilton. Naturally, I understood that as a woman in Saudi, I would need to respect the cultural norms, wear an abaya outside of the hotel, etc. However, I expected that within the confines of the Hilton, a leading American hotel