September is just around the corner and I’m looking forward to The Norwalk Oyster Festival at Veterans Memorial Park, right on the water, in Norwalk, Connecticut. This year, the festivities begin on September 11th and go through the 13th. The festival is always delicious, and this year promises to be no different with the spotlight event being The Bar-B-Q Pit. New England’s grill masters will be competing for some pretty serious prizes while the rest of us walk around watching people and licking sauce off our fingers.Read
As senior citizens, it’s our right and our duty to seek out and utilize travel tips that save us enough money so we can go again. Here are a few I have used or read about.
The free weekends at the nation’s national parks are over, but there will be a fee-free day on Public Lands Day, Sept. 26. It might get a bit crowded, considering the zero admission charge, but those with Golden Age Passes can avoid the throngs by going any other time, and for the same price.
Some of us face mobility challenges when traveling. These can be substantially alleviated by renting small travel scooters. Most major cities offer them, but always check with either travel agencies or visitors bureaus first. It might take some planning, but the results are worth the effort.
On one of my last overseas trips, I needed access to my passport number six times and each time was a hassle because once I dug my passport out of its safe hiding place, I had to find my glasses so I could read the dinky little number. So now, I take ballpoint pen and a piece of white paper in hand, write down all the vital information (number, date of issuance, where it was issued, expiration date) in large letters and numbers and tape them on the front of the passport.Read
Dog ownership is on the rise–one-third of all Canadian households have a dog and, according to Ipsos Reid, we spend a whopping $2 billion a year in dog-related pet expenses.
With the number of short domestic excursions on the rise as well, it makes perfect sense that I have had a number of questions lately about people hitting the road with their dogs.
I am a dog lover currently between canines. My last cocker spaniel/poodle Buster–I just can’t bring myself to call him a cockapoo–and I had a number of travelling experiences together. So to help out my fellow canine lovers, here is the skinny on travelling with your dog:Read
Hate being apart from your pet? Now you don’t have to, inseparate yourselves! Check out our new site (bwff.com) where you can create hilarious images of the two of you as one! All you have to do is upload an image of yourself, one of your pet, press the inseparate button, and presto, you will…Read
Despite numerous reports of dramatic reductions in corporate travel, the Best Western Diamond 100–a group of Best Western’s most frequent guests expect to travel as much (68 percent) or more (11 percent) this autumn compared to the same time last year. Twenty-one percent say they will travel less. (Check out full survey results here http://www.bestwestern.com/unmanagedtravelers.pdf )
Many of those who are planning to travel as much or more than last fall explained how business trips are an integral part of maintaining relationships. “In a down economy, it’s worth the extra cost to get in front of my customers even more. My competitors are cutting back and I’m there to pick up the slack,” said an employee of a Utah building products company. A BWD100 member from Seattle commented that while her business overall is down, “I still have to make the same number of trips to maintain relationships and business.” Another member who works for an aerospace company in California stated, “My work has not been impacted by the recession and my travel schedule remains the same from month to month.” Another member, speaking for many, commented, “We are watching our money, but so far, thank goodness, I am still traveling the same amount.”Read
I get a lot of pleasure out of keeping my motorcycle clean. My SUV usually looks like it just came back from a race through the desert, but my bike always gleams like new.
Keeping your ride clean isn’t just a matter of vanity, it’s good preventative maintenance. As you clean your bike, you’ll have the opportunity to inspect every square inch of machine. You’ll notice any loose fasteners before they fall off. You’ll discover fluid leaks before catastrophe hits. You’ll be able to solve problems before they keep you from riding safely.
Over the years, I’ve developed a number of tips about bike cleaning that I will now share with you:Read
Since Boston’s Frederic Tudor, known as the Ice King, began introducing people around the world to ice from New England ponds, we have enjoyed cold drinks, ice-cream, and other chilled foods. We also began developing amazing recipes and products that rely on cold or frozen ingredients. Soon, almost every home, and certainly every bar and restaurant had an icebox. Today, we’ve traded in the icebox for the freezer and refrigerator and we can make ice almost anywhere and enjoy icy products year round.Read
One of the initial impressions many people have of Florence, Italy, is derived from a photo or painting of the dome of the Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Flore (Il Duomo) as it rises above the city, a giant multi-colored sphere hovering over the landscape. It’s an image that has been recorded countless times by artists using oils, acrylics and watercolors, and by photographers using slide film, zoom lenses and digital cameras.Read
In a previous blog, you may have read about the Best Western Diamond 100–a group of Best Western’s most frequent guests, most of whom spend more than two weeks a month traveling on business.
These are folks who drive more than they fly and they work for themselves or for small- or medium-sized companies. They call the shots and pick up the tab for their trips.
They don’t normally stay at 4- or 5-star downtown hotels and they don’t fly business class–or even fly that much at all. Furthermore, they rarely spend more than $100 per night for a hotel and they don’t work for giant companies that manage their business trips. Few have access to video conferencing facilities and many don’t even have a travel agent or an expense account to fall back on.
Among travel industry insiders, these types of people are known as an “unmanaged travelers” (as opposed to “managed travelers” whose large corporations dictate how business travel will be conducted).
But just how many unmanaged travelers are out there? That’s a tough question to answer. So I called in an expert.Read
When you’re piling the family into a car for a road trip it might be tempting to opt for the roomier SUV parked in your garage. But if your family’s fleet also includes a smaller car consider driving it instead because you’ll pay less for gas. Your SUV might get 20 miles to the gallon…Read