Touring the Chernobyl exclusion zone a generation later

The former USSR, now present-day Ukraine holds one of humanity’s top dark tourism destinations in the world. Chernobyl and Pripyat and the surrounding areas have been off-limits due to the human-made nuclear disaster in 1986. Dubbed the “Chernobyl Exclusion Zone,” this destination has been on my bucket list for the better part of a decade. I’ve watched and read every documentary about …

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How to calculate MQDs from the flight receipt

Delta Airlines was the first of many US air carriers to add a revenue requirement on top of distance flown to earn (and maintain) elite status. Delta’s elite tiers are Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond – each has varying benefits and earning requirements.  For frequent fliers, the difference between each elite tier is massive and can mean the difference between a …

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Delta Fare Classes

A human-readable explanation of each Delta Air Lines fare class, booking code and their associated class of service on Delta Air Lines mainline and code share flights. This fare class information will help frequent flyers maximize their earnings and score valuable upgrades to premium cabins on domestic and international flights with Delta Air Lines. Basic Economy Fare Classes Main Cabin …

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Travel myths

Traveling is expensive Yes, traveling can be expensive – if you let it.  Airlines love last-minute shoppers and people who don’t understand the system. The key to keeping your budget is flexibility in how, when and where you travel to AND FROM. You can find some domestic flights cheaper than gassing up your car and driving (and it’s definitely quicker).  …

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A reflection of the events of 9/11/2001

I was working for an engineering company in West Palm Beach, FL and was on my way to work listening to Power 96 (a Miami radio station).  The typical light-hearted morning show banter was quickly interrupted by the radio host Bo Griffin saying “something bad has happened in New York City,” words I will never forget. Through the rest of my drive …

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