Want a Year of Free Flights from JetBlue? Delete All Your Instagram Posts

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Allison Joyce, Getty Images

For those who love to travel, the chance to win a year's worth of free, unlimited flights from JetBlue Airways is perhaps an even greater reward than winning cold hard cash. There's a catch, though. As The Hill reports, anyone who enters JetBlue's ongoing "All You Can Jet" sweepstakes will have to delete every photo from their Instagram profile first.

That's right: Every selfie, #latergram, and picturesque plate of food must be purged, per JetBlue's official rules. In addition, entrants are asked to use a photo tool on JetBlue's website to create an image with the following overlay text: "All you can [insert word of your choice here]." For example, other entries say things like "All you can relax," "All you can explore," and "All you can ski." To finish entering, upload the photo to Instagram, and be sure to tag @JetBlue and use the hashtag #allyoucanjetsweepstakes. (Also, keep in mind that your Instagram page must be public, not private.)

Posing what is perhaps an even greater challenge, entrants must also refrain from posting other photos to Instagram until the sweepstakes ends at midnight on March 9. (However, entries must be submitted by 9 a.m. on March 8.) Only one entry per person is allowed, and the contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Puerto Rico who are 18 or older.

At the end of the contest period, three grand prize winners will be selected randomly. Each winner will receive free air travel for themselves and a companion—a deal worth roughly $20,000. If you're fine with wiping your Instagram clean, third-party apps like InstaClean and Cleaner for IG let you delete photos en masse. And if you don't want to lose your images, TechJunkie has a post explaining how to download Instagram photos.

[h/t The Hill]

New Jersey's Anthony Bourdain Food Trail Has Opened

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Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Before Anthony Bourdain was a world-famous chef, author, or food and travel documentarian, he was just another kid growing up in New Jersey. Earlier this year, Food & Wine reported that Bourdain's home state would honor the late television personality with a food trail tracing his favorite restaurants. And that trail is now open.

Bourdain was born in New York City in 1956, and spent most of childhood living in Leonia, New Jersey. He often revisited the Garden State in his books and television shows, highlighting the state's classic diners and delis and the seafood shacks of the Jersey shore.

Immediately following Bourdain's tragic death on June 8, 2018, New Jersey assemblyman Paul Moriarty proposed an official food trail featuring some of his favorite eateries. The trail draws from the New Jersey episode from season 5 of the CNN series Parts Unknown. In it, Bourdain traveled to several towns throughout the state, including Camden, Atlantic City, and Asbury Park, and sampled fare like cheesesteaks, salt water taffy, oysters, and deep-fried hot dogs.

The food trail was approved following a unanimous vote in January, and the trail was officially inaugurated last week. Among the stops included on the trail:

  1. Frank's Deli // Asbury Park
  1. Knife and Fork Inn // Atlantic City
  1. Dock's Oyster House // Atlantic City
  1. Tony's Baltimore Grill // Atlantic City
  1. James' Salt Water Taffy // Atlantic City
  1. Lucille's Country Cooking // Barnegat
  1. Tony & Ruth Steaks // Camden
  1. Donkey's Place // Camden
  2. Hiram's Roadstand // Fort Lee

Chernobyl Creator Craig Mazin Urges Visitors to Treat the Exclusion Zone With Respect

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Following the success of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, one tour company reported that bookings to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone located in Ukraine rose 35 percent. Now, series creator Craig Mazin is imploring the new wave of tourists to be respectful when snapping selfies at Chernobyl, Gizmodo reports.

A 2500-square-kilometer exclusion zone was established around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant shortly after its reactor exploded in 1986 and flooded the area with harmful radiation. The abandoned towns are still too radioactive for people to live there safely, but they have been deemed safe to visit temporarily with the supervision of a guide.

Chernobyl has supported a dark tourism industry for years, but thanks to the miniseries, photographs taken there are gaining new levels of attention online. News of influencers posing for irreverent selfies at the site of the nuclear disaster quickly went viral. Mazin tweeted:

Regardless of why people are visiting the site, being respectful in the presence of tragedy is always a good idea. It's also smart to resist leaving a tour group to snap the perfect selfie in some abandoned building: Tour companies warn that breaking rules and wandering off approved paths can lead to dangerous radiation exposure.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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