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Thursday Flakes: Dark Starry Nights, Hot Air Balloon Rides and Flying First Class

Let’s look up to the sky as we enjoy this week’s Travel Flakes.

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The disappointing Husker football season is over but the Husker volleyball postseason gets underway this weekend. It’s crazy to time that the last Husker volleyball title was in 2017 which is the same year that the Husker football started its streak of not going to bowl games. It’s crazy to think that we could be trending towards the volleyball team having two volleyball national titles in the same time span of the football team having no bowl games. Nebraska really is a volleyball school.

How optimistic do you feel about Husker volleyball winning it all this season?

Are you planning any ski trips this winter?

How often do you travel with your kids?

What is your favorite airport lounge?

Have you ever ridden in a hot air balloon? If so...when and where?

Have you ever been to a dark sky reserve? If so...when and where?

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


Nebraska WBB 77 Florida Atlantic 53 Recap | Women’s Basketball | Corn Nation

Markowski and Potts both registered double doubles with 18 points; 10 rebounds and 12/12 respectively. Callin Hake also scored in double figures (11 pts). Darian White had eight assists and Hake four. Both teams shot 41% from the field, but Nebraska took 20 more shots than the Owls (29-71 and 19-46 respectively). Nebraska only committed nine turnovers while FAU had 18. The Huskers outrebounded the Owls 39-31.

Revisiting My 15 Preseason Predictions for the 2023 Nebraska Football Season - Through the Entire Season | Football | Corn Nation

Well we are through an entire season. Sometimes I feel dumber after making any predictions at all. Each prediction will get a outlook or verdict of some type. If you would like to see what I wrote about each prediction back on August 31st then you can find that here.

Nebraska Football: Matt Rhule Breaks Down the Current Quarterbacks and Whether the Transfer Portal is an Option | Football | Corn Nation

Probably the biggest elephant in the Nebraska Football room is the quarterback position and where they go from here when it comes to that position group. When asked if he plans on addressing the position through the transfer portal, Matt Rhule made a couple interesting points. To Rhule when going to the portal (regardless of position) he wants to find guys who have multiple years of experience who can be an instant impact upgrade and who can make a difference.

Benhart, Scott Earn All-Big Ten Accolades | Football |

Junior right tackle Bryce Benhart and junior center Ben Scott each earned honorable-mention accolades from both the league’s coaches and the media panel. Benhart and Scott were the leaders of an offensive line that helped Nebraska rank second in the Big Ten by averaging 176.8 rushing yards per game. The Huskers were among the nation’s most improved rushing offenses and led the conference in runs of more than 40 yards.

Dale Selected Mac Hermann Trophy Semifinalist | Soccer |

Husker senior Eleanor Dale is one of 15 selected by NCAA Division I women’s soccer coaches. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most coveted individual honor in NCAA Division I soccer and has been awarded annually since 1967. Most recently, Michelle Cooper (Duke) received the award for her outstanding intercollegiate performance last season. Three women’s finalists will be named for the award on Wednesday, December 6th.

Huskers Garners All-Region Accolades | Soccer |

Three Nebraska soccer players were honored by the United Soccer Coaches as they were named to the 2023 All-North Region team. Senior Eleanor Dale was joined by junior Sarah Weber on the first team, while junior Jordan Zade landed on the third team.

Takahashi Named Nebraska Women’s Amateur of the Year | Women’s Golf |

The junior from Nasu-machi, Japan is the first-ever international winner of the Nebraska Women’s Amateur Golfer-of-the-Year award, which dates back to 1997. Takahashi claimed the award after winning the 49th Nebraska Women’s Amateur Championship at the Fremont Golf Club with a three-round total of 225 (+12) that included an even-par 71 in the opening round. The victory made her the first international player to ever win the Nebraska Women’s Amateur, a tournament that began in 1975.


US Senate Launches Investigation Into Airline Fee Transparency | Travel | Travel Pulse

“U.S. airlines increasingly charge ancillary fees that obscure the actual cost of air travel,” Blumenthal told Reuters. “These itemized fees are often not disclosed to customers until well into the ticket purchasing process or after a ticket has been purchased, making it difficult for customers to know the true, total cost of a ticket and comparison shop prior to purchase.”

Top Winter Travel Trends | Travel | Travel Pulse

The report indicates most Americans (76 percent) will take one or two trips this winter, while nearly one-quarter (24 percent) are planning three or more, which is well above the average of other global markets surveyed.

Best Travel Brands for the Luxury Traveler | Travel | Travel Pulse

Here we dive into the world of luxury travel and highlight some of the industry’s top brands that specialize in catering to the demands of today’s high-end travelers. From opulent on-land accommodations and spectacular cruise ships to the most decadent and exclusive tours, these brands’ products have earned a reputation for delivering utterly exceptional experiences and unparalleled service.

20 Do’s and Don’ts of Traveling with Kids | Travel | Travel Pulse

If you’re planning a trip with children in tow this year, there are a range of steps you can take, and things to avoid that can make the entire experience a lot more fun. Read on to learn the 20 do’s and don’ts of traveling with kids before you pack up the family and hit the road.

Copy My Trip: A Serene, Off-Season Road Trip Along France’s Breton Coast | Travel | Lonely Planet

French writer Julien Marsault recently enjoyed an off-season adventure on the Brittany coast in northwestern France. Here he shows you what you can see and do on a gentle road trip filled with wildlife spotting, excellent seafood and rejuvenating coastal walks.

How to Plan a Ski Trip for 2024 Without Breaking the Bank | Travel | Lonely Planet

It’s true that skiing and snowboarding don’t come cheap – but for those of us who don’t plan on ordering room service to our luxury ski-in suites, there are many ways to lighten the costs. These 10 budgeting tips can have you hitting the slopes without having to take out a second mortgage.

The Best First Class Seats You Can Fly Right Now | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

While many airlines have folded their first class into business entirely, making biz the most premium cabin you can fly on their planes, other carriers have pushed their first-class suites to soaring new heights to differentiate themselves from the pack and attract those willing to pay those sky-high fares (or cash in their miles) for them. If you’re looking for the best in the sky, these first-class airplane seats are everything and more.

The Best Ways to Gain Airport Lounge Access | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

Suffice it to say that the lounge game is getting more cutthroat. But even with ever-growing restrictions, you should be able to find a way to score a coveted spot in one of these peaceful havens—as long as you plan ahead. Here are some useful strategies for accessing airport lounges around the world, no matter where you’re flying next.

Uber Launches Hot Air Balloon Rides in Turkey | Travel | Travel + Leisure

The ride, which costs €150 (about $158) per person, takes travelers 3,000 feet above the ground over the course of about an hour and a half. The balloon rides are of course dependent on weather conditions, and customers are “encouraged” to book at least 12 hours in advance.

Lyft Guarantees Airport Rides Will Be On Time Or They Will Pay Up | Travel | Travel + Leisure

Lyft will pay travelers up to $100 if their scheduled ride is late thanks to a new on-time pick up promise — just in time for holiday travel. The rideshare company is now promising travelers who schedule a ride in advance that their car will be there — but if the driver is more than 10 minutes late, Lyft will pay them $20 in Lyft Cash, the company shared with Travel + Leisure. Travelers who are not automatically matched with a driver in 10 minutes after their scheduled pickup time will then receive $50 in Lyft Cash.

The Last Places on Earth to See Truly Dark Starry Nights | Travel | BBC

Astrophysicist and documentary photographer Jordi Busqué shares 11 photos of the night’s sky that transcend the boundaries of science and venture into the realm of pure wonder.

The New Orleans Landmark That Almost Became Napoleon’s Retirement Home | Travel | BBC

It doesn’t appear in textbooks and isn’t included in the much-anticipated movie Napoleon – but the French politician had bold plans to start a new life in the US.

Brazil’s Mysterious Tunnels Made By Giant Sloths | Travel | BBC

These tunnels were once believed to hide religious fortunes deep in their chambers, but the real treasure is found in who – or what – created them.

What Can We Learn From Colombia’s Remote Kogi People? | Travel | BBC

For more than 500 years, the Indigenous Kogi people have lived in relative isolation. Now, a new tourism initiative is revealing their unique worldview.

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