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Thursday Flakes: Travel Apps, Overhead Bins and Banning Influencers

Some places are starting to ban influencers and implement tourist taxes for good reasons.

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Bright Fall leaves around Sleepy Hollow Farm on Cloudland Road Woodstock Vermont
This town is banning influencers.
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Last weekend, there was a solar eclipse visible across much of North America. As an astronomy enthusiast, I walked over to the planetarium in Guadalajara where they were hosting a special event open to the public. There were plenty of telescopes and cameras with solar filters for people to view the eclipse safely. There were also plenty of people making a makeshift viewing apparatus using a shoebox and empty toilet paper roll to view the annual eclipse safely. You could even just cut a small hole into a piece of paper to view the reflection of the eclipse on the ground. #14 Welding Glasses will do the trick as well. I’m looking forward to the total solar eclipse that will be visiting in the United States and Mexico on April 8, 2024.

Did you go out and see the annular solar eclipse last Saturday?

Have you seen a total solar eclipse before? Do you plan to see the one happening in April?

What do you do if your bag doesn’t fit in the overhead bin?

What are your favorite travel apps to use on your phone?

What do you think about some places banning influencers?

Will you travel to see fail foliage this year?

Do you have any friends or family who have no interest in sports at all?

Feel free to answer and discuss all, some or none of these questions in the comments below. Anyways...onto Flakes.


#2 Huskers Cruise to 3-0 Win Over Northwestern | Volleyball | Corn Nation

The #2 Huskers made this match short and sweet for Husker Nation tonight with a fast 3-0 win at Northwestern. They really never ran into any trouble tonight with the Wildcats coming close. Northwestern only came close in the third set. Lindsay Krause was ruled out about an hour before the match started with a twisted ankle. She is currently wearing a boot too. Hopefully she will be available for Saturday’s match against #1 Wisconsin, but we will just have to wait and see the rest of this week.

Nebraska’s Heinrich Haarberg is the Starting QB Going Forward | Football | Corn Nation

Consistency within an offense, especially in the first year of a new install, is absolutely crucial. It helps build trust and continuity, which in turn improves the overall performance (theoretically). Injuries have destroyed most of what was already seen as an offensively weaker unit, but the recent play of the quarterback position has led Nebraska to wins and a more positive outlook on the rest of the season.

How Are Matt Rhule’s First Year Recruits Playing Compared To Scott Frost’s? | Football | Corn Nation

New coaches usually get hired 2-3 weeks before signing day so their first signing class may be a bit of a knuckleball. However, you can definitely piece together some quality talent!

Fans Welcomed to Memorial Stadium on 100th Year Dedication Anniversar | Soccer |

Nebraska Athletics is opening the historic East Stadium entrance to fans on Friday, Oct. 20 from 4:30–7:30 p.m.. Fans will have the opportunity to get a professional picture under the original stadium rotunda and “Through These Gates Pass the Greatest Fan In College Football” sign. Professional photographers will be on site to take photos of families and groups free of charge. On October 20, 1923, Memorial Stadium was officially dedicated. Follwing the ceremonies, Nebraska and Kansas played to a 0-0 tie.

#25 Huskers Look to Purdue, Illinois | Soccer |

With a four-match winning streak and tie for second in the conference standings, the No. 25 Nebraska soccer team (11-2-3, 5-1-2 Big Ten) aims to continue its momentum as the Huskers wrap up regular season play at home against Purdue and on the road at Illinois. The Huskers host the Boilermakers (3-11-2, 0-6-2 Big Ten) on Thursday starting at 7:05 p.m. (CT) and battle the Fighting Illini (6-6-3, 2-4-2 Big Ten) on Sunday at 12 p.m. (CT) at Demirjian Park in Champaign, Illinois.

Huskers Announce Wrestling TV Coverage | Wrestling |

Nebraska’s home duals against Iowa (Jan. 12) and Michigan (Feb. 9) and its road duals at Minnesota (Jan. 19), Wisconsin (Jan. 28) and Penn State (Feb. 18) will all be carried on the Big Ten Network. In addition, BTN will also air the first session, semifinals and the championship of the Big Ten Wrestling Tournament from College Park, Md. The consolation and seventh-place matches in session two and three will be aired on B1G+.

Nebraska Football Sees Long-Term Benefit in Getting Freshmen on the Field | Football | Football | Lincoln Journal Star

No player arrives on campus as a finished product. Developing from an 18-year-old freshman into an all-conference senior is a process that takes time — and it’s why the Nebraska football program has a long-term approach to player development. As much as Husker coaches talk about winning the day, focusing on individual reps and not looking ahead, there has to be a plan in place for getting players from point A to point B.

Raiola Talks Nebraska’s Steady Offensive Line, Nouredin Nouili’s Impact and More | Football | Football | Omaha World-Herald

“We focus on our execution of the offense and then improvement in the technical areas, fundamentals,” he told the Huskers Radio Network. “It’s an ever-evolving, nonstop, every day kind of deal, and it’s just little details here and there. The non-negotiable for us is playing with effort, and that’s something that we preach every day, and that’s the standard for our room.”


The Creepiest Places to Visit This Spooky Season | Travel | Travel Pulse

While haunted happenings can be had all across the U.S. this October there are a handful of creepy and downright dreadful destinations that stand out. Embrace the eerie in these otherworldly places.

The Current State of Traveler Satisfaction With Industry Apps, Websites | Travel | Travel Pulse

In terms of travel apps, Alaska Airlines ranks highest in overall satisfaction among airlines with a score of 688, followed by Southwest Airlines (687) and JetBlue Airways (680).

Chase Sapphire Review: A Card For Travelers | Travel | Lonely Planet

There’s a world of silver linings and benefits when you travel with the right credit card; here’s how Sapphire Preferred could fit well into your credit card rewards strategy.

Copy My Trip: Nature, Luxury and Mind-Blowing Cuisine in the USA’s Pacific Northwest | Travel | Lonely Planet

My quick trip struck the ideal balance of adventure and relaxation. Following my footsteps, though, it would be easy to favor one over the other.

Iceland Is the Latest Destination to Add a Tourist Tax | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

Iceland has become a victim of its own popularity. As travelers continue to be drawn to the island nation’s dramatic and Instagram-friendly natural landscapes, the impact on its environment is growing. In an attempt to curb that mounting pressure, the country’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir announced late last month that a new tourist tax with specifics still being discussed will be implemented in 2024.

Japan Airlines Is Getting Rid of Overhead Bins in First Class | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

Instead, first-class passengers will have more storage space within each suite, including wardrobe storage for jackets and other areas to stow personal belongings. Without the large bins cluttering the overhead space, first-class fliers will be able to stand and move more freely inside their suites without crouching or worrying about hitting their heads.

11 Destinations With Affordable Airfares Over Thanksgiving and Christmas | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

Even though airfares to these locales are trending downward, you’ll still want to lock in any holiday flights as soon as possible, as the ideal booking window for Thanksgiving and Christmas is quickly closing. Here are 11 destinations with affordable airfares for travel over Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to data from Priceline, Kayak, and Hopper.

These Are the Best Southwest Airlines Flight Paths to See the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse | Travel | Travel + Leisure

There will be plenty of spots across the United States to watch the next total solar eclipse in 2024, but one of the best viewing spots may be from the sky. Southwest Airlines recently shared that it will operate three flights next year that have the greatest likelihood of giving customers on board a perfect view of the event

Florida’s Brightline Train Launches All-Station Shared Pass | Travel | Travel + Leisure

The All-Station Shared Pass, which starts at $1,199, offers access to each of Brightline’s stations — including its newest in Orlando, according to the company. The pass comes with a total of 12 rides over the course of 90 days and travelers can share the pass with others. The new pass doesn’t include unexpected fees or blackout dates.

Pomfret, Vermont: The Fall Foliage Town That Banned Influencers | Travel | BBC

As hordes of photographers began descending on a small, rural community to capture its vibrant autumnal colors, local residents fought back – and won.

America’s Ancient Sky Watchers | Travel | BBC

On October 14th, an annular solar eclipse swept over North, Central and South America. But for Indigenous people across the region, the phenomenon has long held additional significance.

The Mysterious Monoliths of Meghalaya | Travel | BBC

Hundreds of standing stones, some 8m tall, stand sentinel in Nartiang, Meghalaya, with their origin shrouded in fantastical folklore.

A Road Trip to the Edge of the Earth | Travel | BBC

Barely 1,000km north of Antarctica and home to just two people, Caleta Eugenia in Chile is the southernmost point to which you can drive on the planet.

Last But Not Least

I guess we’re called the Corn Hookers now.

Do you think this number is too high?