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Boston is one of the oldest, most iconic cities in the United States. It founding predates the founding the USA by well over a century. Beginning in the 1960s, Boston has also been one of the central locations in the United States in which tech companies were brought into being.

Long before the creation of Silicon Valley, Boston was known by (the admittedly less catchy) “America’s Technology Region.” With a variety of highly regarded institutions of higher education in the area, including MIT, Harvard, and Boston University, Boston was a natural location for the birth and nurture of tech startup enterprises.

Boston experienced a bit of a slump when it came to tech startups, a downturn that roughly coincided with the Great Recession that surprised the country in 2008. Boston has moved from that slump and is once again on the road to becoming a prime location for the creation and launch of new tech ventures.

Through the years, Boston has been the launching pad for a number of successful tech startups. Seven of these startups have enjoyed considerable success in the United States and, in some cases, around the world.

Wayfair

Wayfair launched in Boston six years before the Great Recession, in 2002. Wayfair is an online furniture retailer that has turned the world of furniture sales on its head. The company exists completely in cyberspace, with no brick and mortar world presence.

Within recent years, Wayfair has taken the furniture sales marketplace across the United States by storm. The company has amassed an amazing track record utilizing a wide array of web-based resources, particularly social media.

Acquia

In many ways, Acquia become an industry leader when it comes to content management systems for businesses of different types. Indeed, launched in Boston in 2007, Acquia was the content management system before businesses fully understood what these solutions were all about.

Acquia continues to grown. It now includes among its clients a number of major players, including Mercedes Benz and Twitter.

Sure, Twitter and Facebook are fun, but the Web has millions more sites full of other great stuff. More than 4,000 big companies, including Johnson & Johnson and Quicken, use Acquia for their Content Management System to enhance their digital experiences and personalize displays for customers. Clients also include Twitter and Mercedes Benz.

Carbonite

Carbonite was a new startup in Boston in 2005. Carbonite provides cloud-based storage and backup for individuals and small businesses. Carbonite was a pioneer in the realm of cloud backup. Among small businesses, and more than a few individuals, Carbonite has become a household world, synonymous with safe, reliable cloud backup and storage.

Brightcove

2004 brought the birth of Brightcove in Boston. The company was conceived in response to the growing number of people who wanted to share video via the Internet. Brightcove leverages its cloud-based platform as a means to publish and then distribute digital media of all kinds, including video. In point of fact, a live event streamed online very well may have been distributed via Brightcove.

American Well

The medical and healthcare industry is evolving. Since 2006, American Well has been a part of that evolution. A Boston startup, American Well connects doctors with patients for consultations via secure video links Oftentimes, this protocol is referred to as tele-medicine or tele-health.

Level Up

Launched in Boston in 2008, Level Up is a unique, powerful app that allows people on the go the ability to order ahead at many popular restaurants across the country. Not only can they order ahead, but they can pay their tabs via Level Up. Level Up truly has become a powerful application as a majority of consumers now transact online business via mobile devices. Restaurants indicate they have seen a notable jump in their carryout and order ahead business when they connect with prospective patrons via Level Up.

DataXu

DataXu heads the pack when it comes to utilizing science and data to improve targeted ad placements on the internet. In other words, DataXu has designed a system that tremendously enhances the targeting of a business’ digital ads to precisely those consumers who want that particular information. In the end, both advertisers and consumers are fair happier and satisfied. The company started in Boston in 2009 and has been garnering investors and customers ever since.

As mentioned at the outset, the tech startup scene is again powering up in Boston. Industry analysts predict that more than a few of the “next best things” will spring to life in Boston during the coming decade.

Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Faxage a leading company that provides Internet fax service for individuals and businesses.

Traveling is fun but difficult, especially for families. While you’re planning those scenic outings, museum trips, and hotel stays, you sometimes forget to pay attention to nutrition. Forgetting to drink water or eat foods with the right vitamins can actually make your jet lag worse. A tired, dehydrated family isn’t exactly the fun group of people you want to be on vacation with, so figure out some strategies for staying fed and healthy while away from home.

Road trips can be especially difficult. Your options for eating on the road can be dismal when all you pass on the highway are fast-food restaurants and gas stations. To keep from snacking on candy, bring a cooler filled with goodies like hummus, vegetable sticks, and PB&J sandwiches. If you have to eat at the gas station, buy items like dried fruit or nut mixes instead of candy bars and donuts. Once you get to your hotel room, your strategy for health is simple: get a room with a kitchen and do some of your own healthy cooking!

Eating and drinking in foreign countries can cause GI issues. To prevent diarrhea, brush your teeth with bottled water. To keep from getting heartburn thanks to unfamiliar cuisines, don’t eat large meals. Instead, try new foods in snack quantities and don’t eat a lot before going to bed, since that can make reflux worse. Learn more about staying healthy while traveling from Health IQ. The Eating Hacks: Family Vacations quiz is full of great tips!

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When it comes to life skills, there is only so much that academic learning could teach a child.

This is simply because, in an academic setting, students are to learn about worldly knowledge, experiences, and differences through the interpretation of someone else.

While that “someone else” is always a highly respected entity that can transport them through experiences through their words, the actual benefits of the learned knowledge can only be obtained through real-world experience.

How Traveling Can Complement Academic Learning

Traveling is considered as one of the best learning experiences that one can benefit from. Instead of only seeing the world through someone else’s perspective, travels allow children to obtain firsthand experiences of their own. This way, they are able to form their own opinion towards a variety of aspects that they have only read or seen pictures about.

That is why taking regular vacations whenever your family can afford them is known as a wholesome practice. It helps your children learn about different places, different cultures, and different experiences all around the world. And that lets them compare their own experience to what they may have learned at school about the same subject.  

As a result, your children are able to grow with a deep respect for global history, a more empathized view of the people around the world, and an immense appreciation of how far we have all come as a species.

Making the Most Out of Free Time

Seeing the educational benefits of traveling, most families chose to go this route whenever they have free time. This free time could come in the form of a summer break, or a gap year where older children may have had to miss school for a good reason.

If your teenage child, sibling or loved one is currently enjoying some free time, then taking an education tour to one of the following places may prove to make great use of that leisure time.

Ecuador

As a country that allows you access to the magnificent Amazon, the stunning Andean highlands and the popular Galapagos Islands, Ecuador holds a promise of diverse experiences that are bound to educate anyone who visits the place. From wildlife to culture, and from food to locales, you and your family could enjoy a wide variety of experiences together. This provides you with some much needed bonding time while also learning new things along the way.

South Africa

Did you know that South Africa is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world? With rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, and cape buffalos, the country is home to some of the world’s most sought after species. With plenty of cultural and entertainment options to boot, South Africa can provide an amazing family vacation with an abundance of educating experiences.

France

France is one of those places that have a rich history in old-world culture and a magnificent roster in modern arts. Whether it is literature, movies, gastronomy or fashion, you can learn an immense amount of knowledge that could be career or life changing especially for the young members of your family. Whether you are exploring the wine region in Bordeaux with your significant other or taking a road trip through stunning Marseilles, it can prove to be an immersive, memorable and educational trip for all of your family.

How long has it been since you took your last vacation? It may be time to plan one ASAP. Vacations are not only nice, they are actually essential to your physical and mental well-being and can positively impact your productivity in other areas of your life.

It doesn’t have to be the fanciest vacation ever, and there are ways to save money. For example, I bet you didn’t know that as a mom, you qualify for things such as Avis Rental Car Coupons. Don’t forget to ask for that car seat for baby

Best Destinations

As of this writing, hurricanes have really changed things. A lot of amazing family destinations in the Caribbean are currently being repaired due to extensive damage from the winds and water.

But fortunately, the world is a big place, and two excellent suggestions for vacations for new mommies that have managed to escape are the Mexican Riviera and, of course, Disney World. A little known fact is that Mexico as a country has just about the most mature and well-developed tourism industries that you will find anywhere. And Disney World is in and of itself a major institution that also won’t let you down when it comes to customer services. Both destinations offer various price-points, so pick one that is right for baby and for you.

Another option is Punta Cana, which is all-inclusive, family-friendly, beautiful, great beaches and very stress free. It’s also chock full of activities all day long for every possible age group.

Just as an aside, when the areas that have been affected by the hurricanes re-open to the public, it would be a nice gesture to think about vacationing their soon after, as they are going to need your support.

Places To Avoid

Don’t go anywhere too exotic, or where getting there and back in and of itself is difficult. Travelling with babies is hard enough already! Especially, try to avoid flights over six hours long, as these can be incredibly taxing.

Unless you’re a real lumberjack type, it’s also probably a good idea to avoid camping trips, at least until baby is school age, at which point they can actually appreciate it. Camping means there are certain chores to be done, and if the baby is too young, it’s all on you.

This also goes for big cities like NYC, Tokyo, Mexico City, Hong Kong etc. where it’s almost impossible to get around in a car for whatever reason. Taking a baby around public transportation in an unfamiliar city is just about anybody’s definition of purgatory.