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Delta Air Lines To Offer Free In-Flight Wi-Fi For All Passengers

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I’ve been a loyal American Airlines (formerly US Airways) customer for the past 20 years, with over 350,000 AAdvantage miles to show for it. In fact, this year alone, I’ve spent close to $20K on flights with American. But I might soon be switching to Delta..

Last Friday, Delta Air Lines’ CEO Ed Bastian announced at the Skift Global Forum in New York that the airline was working hard toward offer free Wi-Fi to all customers. While some of the international carriers already offer free Wi-Fi, the US carriers (except JetBlue) have left us with a hefty bill if we want to get online while in flight.

“I don’t know of anywhere else, besides in an airplane, that you can’t get free Wi-Fi,” Bastian said. “We’re going to make it free.”

I’ve got to give Delta credit for this initiative. While other airlines are trying to squeeze every last dollar out of us (baggage fees, basic economy, meals and snacks, smaller seats, etc), Delta is trying to make people’s flying experience better.

Case in point, on a recent Delta flight, we had a 1-hour delay for some reason. A gate agent brought out a cart with free sodas and snacks for everyone there. Let me tell you, that small gesture was greatly appreciated!

Here’s hoping that other airlines follow suit. Otherwise, they might see more than a few of us jumping ship, even if it means having to connect through Atlanta.

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

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  1. Zander Chance

    October 4, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Wow, this is huge news! I flew on Delta earlier this year and was thrilled to see that they offer free messaging (iMessage, WhatsApp, FB Messenger), but this really takes it to the next level.

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There’s A Summer Camp For Grown-Ups, And It’s Just As Awesome As It Sounds

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Camp No Counselors - Slip 'N Slide

Ready for the experience of a lifetime? Then you’ve got to check out Camp No Counselors, an all-inclusive, sleepaway camp for grown-ups that combines your favorite aspects of childhood fun along with all the perks and freedom of being an adult.

We first heard about Camp No Counselors on ABC’s Shark Tank a few years ago, and while the Sharks didn’t give founder Adam Tichauer a deal, I thought the concept sounded pretty cool. So when I was given the opportunity to attend Camp No Counselors over Labor Day Weekend in Northeast Pennsylvania, I was pretty excited to “Play like a kid, party like a grown-up!”

Since I was about to relive my childhood at adult summer camp, it seemed only fitting to make the drive up there in something reminiscent of my youth.. The folks at GM hooked me up with a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS Hot Wheels Edition, with a “look-at-me” Orange Crush paint job, a ton of Hot Wheels badging, and a powerful 455-horsepower V-8 under the striped hood. Needless to say, the car got lots of attention on my 400-mile roundtrip drive, with more than a few Mustangs and Challengers wanting to race. You can read more about the Camaro here.

2018 Hot Wheels Camaro

2018 Hot Wheels Camaro

Pulling into the campgrounds late Friday night, I wasn’t sure what I had gotten myself into, as the place had this Friday the 13th vibe, with the fog and rain adding to the creepiness of it all. Here I was in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by trees, with no cell service for miles. I was half waiting for Jason to jump out of the shadows, as this place looked more than a little like Camp Crystal Lake (even more so during the day). This was going to be… interesting.

After checking in, I made my way to my cabin (Amherst), and it was quite surprising. Typically when I’m traveling, I’m staying at 5-star resorts with 1000-thread count sheets and a mint on my pillow. The accommodations at Camp No Counselors are quite the opposite, with campers sleeping in rustic cabins, with creaky bunk beds with twin mattresses. Each cabin sleeps 12-20 campers, and unlike in kids summer camp, the bunks here are co-ed.

Many of the campers had arrived before me, so I claimed an empty bed, threw on some sheets (since I didn’t feel like dealing with this in the middle of the night), and headed down to the campfire where everyone else was hanging out at. This was a little unnerving at first, as I did not know anyone here, whereas most of the people here came with friends, and many of them had been to CNC before. But everyone was super friendly, and I made fast friends.

Camp No Counselors - Rock Paper Scissors

Camp No Counselors - Happy Hour

While many of the people partied till the sun came up, I decided to turn in closer to midnight, as the next 48 hours were going to be a whirlwind, and I didn’t want to miss one single minute of it. As one of the Non Counselors said, “Camp is a marathon, not a sprint.” But some people didn’t heed this advice and spent much of Saturday passed out in their bunks.

On Saturday morning, I woke up bright and early and headed to the communal dining hall for breakfast. The food is pretty much what you’d expect to find at camp. For breakfast (cold at 8AM, hot at 9AM), you could choose from eggs, waffles, bacon, French toast, bagels, cereals, coffee, and of course a few mimosas and Bloody Mary’s to start the day off right.

Afterwards, we were given the chance to sign up for as many (or as few) activities as we like. I started the day off with a game of kickball, followed by some beach volleyball. I honestly can’t remember the last time I played either of these games, and it was really a ton of fun! Some of the more hung-over campers opted for less physical activities, like doing arts and crafts, or simply hanging out at the beach. Regardless, there’s something for everyone here.

Camp No Counselors - Kickball

Camp No Counselors - Volleyball

Camp No Counselors - Kayaking

Having worked up a healthy appetite, I headed off to lunch afterwards, where they offer things like burgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, tacos, an extensive salad bar for the healthy eaters, along with plenty of beer and wine. Nothing terribly special food wise, but it got the job done. Make sure you drink enough too, as it’s easy to get dehydrated when you’re active like this.

In the afternoon, there’s more time to partake in activities. This time around, I signed up for paddleboarding, but I lost track of time (I forgot to pack my watch) and ended up missing out on that. Instead, I headed to the beach area, where they had this insane water slide, and that was pretty epic. Then I hopped into the pool for a little game of volleyball, before heading back to the cabin for a much-needed shower and nap before Happy Hour.

Camp No Counselors - Dinner

Camp No Counselors - Open Bar

At dinner, everyone chowed down on the likes of steaks, chicken, veggies, pasta, and dessert, having worked up quite an appetite from the day’s activities. And as you’ve probably guessed by now, there was an open bar, which people were actively taking advantage of before going down to the talent show.

Yes, it turns out that there were more than a few talented campers in our midst, and they put on one heck of a show for us. My favorites would have to be the person doing the incredible Napoleon Dynamite dance scene (“Nailed it!”), Ben’s amazing scene from Hamilton, and the white dude who killed it singing Notorious B.I.G.’s Juicy.

Then it was time for the first of two dance parties, with the first night’s theme being “Netflix and Chill”, and the second night’s being “Back to School”. People got very creative with their costumes (and some a little scandalous), and the DJ kept the party going till the wee hours of the morning. Turns out that nap before dinner was a smart move after all.

Camp No Counselors - Theme Night

Camp No Counselors - Theme Night

Camp No Counselors - Theme Night

Sunday morning was more of the same, with breakfast, activities (I tried archery and the ropes course), and lunch. But then came the big event.. COLOR WAR!

For those of you unfamiliar with Color War, it’s one of the most iconic aspects of the summer camp experience. All campers are broken into color teams (blue, green, red or grey), and they compete against each other in a litany of camp activities. Then the entire camp participates in a giant Apache Relay, culminating in a massive round of Slip ‘n Flip, which is, of course, slip n slide combined with flip cup. The winning team earns bragging rights (and plastic medals).

Let me tell you guys, this was so much fun, and the competition was incredibly fierce. I was on the grey team (“GREY ALL DAY! GREY ALL DAY!”), and we played our hearts out in different events like capture the flag, dodgeball, kickball, and even a talent show portion. In the end, our team came out victorious, our team celebrating with a champagne shower as we chanted all the way back to our bunks.

Camp No Counselors - Color War

Camp No Counselors - Color War

Camp No Counselors - Color War

Sounds pretty amazing, right? It really was. Color War brought everyone together with a level of camaraderie that I’d never expected. Real friendships were formed here, and it was sobering to think that we’d be going back to the “real world” the following day. That said, we decided to make our last night count, tearing it up on the dance floor before passing out in the bunks.

Coming in, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Camp No Counselors. The idea of coming into an unfamiliar environment like this made me a little uneasy at first, but I kept an open mind and met campers from all walks of like and from all over the world. And don’t let the idea of “I’m too old for this” convince you otherwise, as there were people of all ages here (seriously, I met people from 25-55 years old), and everyone had a blast.

Camp No Counselors

So what do you say, who’s ready to leave the stress of adult life behind and partake in an adult summer camp adventure that you won’t soon forget? Then round up some friends and head over to CampNoCounselors.com to register for an upcoming camp near you.

Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!

Photo credit: Amy Pinard

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The 5 Best Reasons To Live In New Jersey

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There are many advantages that come to living in the Garden State. If you’re thinking about making a move, but aren’t sure where to go, these are some of the best reasons to put the homes in New Jersey on the top of your must-see list.

The Job Opportunities

There are nearly 4.5 million people employed in New Jersey as of March 2018, according to choosenj.com. The state is home to six of the 2017 Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For list, including KPMG, Stryker, ARI, Atlantic Health System, Mars and Novo Nordisk, while many others employ residents here as well. Just a few of the other major employers here include Citigroup, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Verizon and Pfizer. There are lots of small businesses and non-profit organizations in the state as well – and, if you’re thinking about starting your own company, there over 9 million residents that live here so you’ll have plenty of potential customers.

The Location

While you’ll probably pay less for a home in New Jersey, you’ll still enjoy easy access to the city, New York City that is, with the Empire State Building practically in your backyard. Philadelphia is easily reached as well, along with major international airports that make it convenient for flying to just about any destination in the world.

You’ll Be Living in One of the Healthiest States

If you hope to improve or maintain your health, New Jersey is a great place to be. In a recent ranking published by the United Health Foundation, America’s Health Rankings, based on “complete physical, mental and social well-being” rather than the absence of infirmity or illness, the state ranked No. 12. It’s also often ranked as one of the least obese states in the country and has a life expectancy that’s in the Top 10 as well.

Outdoor Adventure and Scenery

Maybe one of the reasons New Jersey residents tend to be healthier are the many opportunities for outdoor adventure that can be enjoyed among picturesque scenery. The state offers mountains for hiking, biking and skiing, lakes for paddling and swimming, and it’s also home to some fabulous beaches for surfing. Despite it being the most densely populated in the nation, it still hosts lots of open space where one can enjoy quiet contemplation for stress-relief too.

It’s Family-Friendly

If you have a family or plan to someday, New Jersey is a great place to be with its communities like Midtown Direct offering some of the top schools in the country. They’re regularly ranked high for learning opportunities and student achievement. Plus, if you’re coming from the city, you’ll probably go from very little or no outdoor space at all to a nice backyard, and have access to fantastic parks too.

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This Dream Job Will Pay You $120,000 To Visit Luxury Beach Resorts In Mexico

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Vidanta, Mexico’s leading luxury resort company, has just posted the “World’s Best Job“, and they’re seeking a brand ambassador to leave their office life behind and vacation at some of Mexico’s most impressive resorts in places like Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Acapulco, Los Cabos, Puerto Peñasco, and Puerto Vallarta.

Essentially, you’ll be hanging out at some incredible luxury beach resorts, acting as Vidanta’s on-site social influencer, and gathering content by experiencing all of the comfort, relaxation, adventure and luxury they have to offer.

World's Best Job - Vidanta

“Considering all of Vidanta’s impressive resort amenities including gourmet dining, high-end spas, designer golf courses and our exclusive entertainment partnerships with Cirque du Soleil and Hakkasan Group, it’s an understatement when we say that the ‘perks’ of this position are endless,” said Iván Chávez, Executive Vice President, Grupo Vidanta. “In addition, the lucky applicant will fully immerse themselves in each of our resort destinations; from uncovering ancient Mayan ruins, hidden eateries and underwater cenotes to discovering the hottest new restaurants and nightclubs while attending the biggest shows and entertainment offerings in the area, this is truly the opportunity of a lifetime.”

While there is no ‘typical work day’ for the “World’s Best Job”, the winner will create engaging content and inspire travelers worldwide by experiencing both the local culture and Vidanta resort life including breakfast in bed, getting pampered at the luxurious Spatium spa, enjoying a round of golf at the state-of-the-art Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf, fist pumping to the world’s biggest DJs at OMNIA Los Cabos and soaking up the sun poolside, margarita in hand.

World's Best Job - Vidanta

Destination highlights might include starting the day by watching a just-hatched turtle begin their life journey, zip-lining through the Riviera Nayarit jungle, swimming with whale sharks in the Caribbean Sea, soaring sky high above the waves on a parasail, enjoying a culture tour through the San José art walk, admiring the famous Acapulco cliff divers, learning about the El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and ending the night stargazing along the Sea of Cortez or taste-testing amazing new dishes prepared by one of Mexico’s most buzzed-about, culinary superstar chefs.

Sounds pretty amazing, right? But wait, it gets even better. For your trouble, you will be paid a one-year salary of $120,000, plus travel expenses, dining credits, and accommodations.

World's Best Job - Vidanta

To apply for this dream job, visit www.worldsbestjob.com and submit your resume, along with an optional 60-second video telling them why you’re perfect for the job. Applications will be accepted until Sunday, October 21 at 11:50pm CDT.

While no former experience is required to apply, the ideal candidate will have previous sales or hospitality experience, a warmth in interacting with others, be willing to relocating to Mexico and have a genuine love for travel and new experiences.

Now if you’ll excuse me, it looks like I’ve got a job to apply for.. 🙂

Photos courtesy of Vidanta Mexico

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