Saskaboom!

April 30 2010 by Bryson Forbes
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saskatchewan.jpgSaskatchewan is a province in the heart of Canada that's traditionally been known for being really flat and for producing two of our country's key resources: wheat and hockey players (most notably, Haley Wickenheiser, Wendel Clark and some guy named Gordie Howe!)

The name (try saying it ten times quickly) gets its origin from the Plains Indian word, "kisiskatchewan", which means "the river that flows swiftly". For most of its history, more people left Saskatchewan then stayed. In fact, according to Statistics Canada, between 2001 and 2006, more than 10,000 people left the province for their oil-rich neighbour every year. But that's all changed recently. The Saskatchewan business community is experiencing a significant boom, as their natural resources are being tapped like never before to meet international demands for gas, potash and nuclear energy. These days, everyone wants what Saskatchewan's got!

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Ole' Kentucky Derby

April 29 2010 by Claudia Kunkel

horse-race.jpgI just returned from a trip to southern Ohio with my oldest daughter, where we had the good fortune to have a day to wander over the border into Kentucky for a little impromptu sightseeing. I really started out to wander the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, but got sidetracked into the Kentucky bluegrass country and the thoroughbred horse farms scattered all around the Bourbon Trail.

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A Big Bargain in the Bustle of Tokyo

April 28 2010 by Chris McGinnis

Earlier this month, I took a business trip to Asia and checked in at the new Best Western Shinjuku ASTINA Hotel in Tokyo. It's currently the only Best Western in town and offers a great value to travelers visiting one of the most expensive cities in the world.

A few unusual touches to check out in this video: Pajamas and buckwheat pillows, smoked trout and miso soup on the breakfast bar and heated toilet seats!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgONunfdG7U

Nascar Who's Gonna Win Contest

April 27 2010 by BW Innsider
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Let's play "Who's Gonna Win...

Leave a comment below with your prediction of who's gonna win the race in Richmond this weekend. If you guess the winner correctly you will be entered for a chance to win a $25 Travel Card.

*Entries must be in before the start of the race on 04/25, and winner will be announced on 05/02.

Don't forget to check back before every race to play Who's Gonna Win!

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Limit only one entry per person. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US or Canada to be eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected from all correct answers posted in the comments below.

Exploring London Parks and Gardens

April 27 2010 by Bridget Daly
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wellington-arch.jpgWith the onset of spring and summer just around the corner, my favorite place to be in London is in one of the many outdoor parks and gardens. What better way to get a sense of the people and take in the history along the way?

Hyde Park is one of the most popular parks. On a beautiful day you will see boats and even swimmers in Serpentine Lake. I found it particularly charming to see horse and riders roaming this central London Park. Also, if you like to "get on your soapbox" then you have to visit Speaker's Corner near Marble Arch where anyone can get up on a soapbox and address the crowds. The kids will love the Princess Diana Memorial Garden playground at Kensington Gardens, a continuation of Hyde Park.

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Decorate Your Garage

April 26 2010 by Jason Fogelson

organized-garage.jpgYou've spent a lot of time setting up your garage. You've cleared out the clutter. You've arranged your tools. You've stowed your gear in a convenient, secure spot. You've made space for your motorcycle(s). Everything's perfectly functional.

Now it's time to have some fun. It's time to decorate your garage.

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9 Things to Do with Kids in Boston

April 23 2010 by Amy Graff

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1) Walk the Freedom Trail. Follow this 2.5-mile painted path and you'll pass by Boston's most historic sites including our country's first public school, Paul Revere's house, and the site of the Boston Massacre. You can pick up free maps at the tourist information booth at Faneuil Hall, where the Sons of Liberty once met.

2) Fill up on mac n cheese at the Quincy Market. Adult tastebuds will be tempted by the lobster rolls and clam chowder at this famous food market, but little tummies much prefer the creamy cheesy pasta served at MMMac & Cheese, where the stuff is made-to-order in a skillet.

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CAA - Still Relevant to Canadians

April 22 2010 by Bryson Forbes

road-trip-canada.jpgThe Canadian Automobile Association (or CAA as many of us fondly refer to it) was founded in 1913 as a non-profit federation. Today it remains relevant and continues to thrive with more than five million members, nine clubs and 148 offices throughout Canada.

But how has it remained so strong?

The answer is simple. It achieves its mandate of providing exceptional value to members every day.

Here are 10 things you might not know about CAA:

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Jettisoning Jet Lag in Japan?

April 21 2010 by Chris McGinnis
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jet-lag-jet.jpgThe older I get, the more I'm affected by jet lag which is not a good thing for someone who makes his living as a travel writer and consultant.

Over the years, I've tried every drug from Ambien to Xanax. I've gone the homeopathic route with various herbs, I've tried starving myself, I've avoided alcohol and of course, I've always kept myself hydrated.

I've tried sleeping with hotel room drapes open and taking long walks in the sunshine upon arrival. I've even tested an oversized visor with a battery-operated light under the bill that was supposed to offer some sort of "light therapy."

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What to Pack, What to Pack!

April 20 2010 by Claudia Kunkel

packing-suitcase.jpgIf you've traveled at all recently, then you must know the challenges we all face trying to pack your suitcase to: a. avoid paying baggage fees, b. stay under the 50 lb. weight limit, c. not pack anything that causes you to be pulled aside and have your personal belongings rifled through (yes, it is sometimes embarrassing). I could go on and on and on, but I think you get the idea. Traveling has become more and more difficult with the increased security measures that are well intentioned and put in place to keep us all safe. I should add that my goal when traveling is to only pack what I can carry on the plane with me. Easy on, easy off.

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Ride Atlanta

April 19 2010 by Jason Fogelson
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atlanta-georgia.jpgOne of my favorite cities in the United States is Atlanta, Georgia. And it happens to be a fantastic motorcycle city.

Atlanta is a sprawling metropolis, with a wide range of attractions and activities. I love the contrast of modern business center, with gleaming skyscrapers and sparkling glass towers, mixed with the elegant, verdant charm of the Old South. Riding around Atlanta can feel like traveling through time, with stops in every century from the eighteenth on.

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Guess the Winner for Chance to Win $25 Tavel Card

April 19 2010 by BW Innsider
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Here comes Dega, one of the most well known races out there! Let's play "Who's Gonna Win...

Leave a comment below with your prediction of who's gonna win the race at Talladega this weekend. If you guess the winner correctly you will be entered for a chance to win a $25 Travel Card.

The rules are simple:

  • Leave a comment below letting us know which driver you think is going to win the race.

  • If you are correct, you will be automatically entered in to a drawing for a chance to win a $25 Best Western Travel Card.

    *Entries must be in before the start of the race on 04/25, and winner will be announced on 04/26.

    Don't forget to check back before every race to play Who's Gonna Win!

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    Limit only one entry per person. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US or Canada to be eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected from all correct answers posted in the comments below.

  • Six iPhone Travel Apps That I Love

    April 16 2010 by Casey Bower

    best-western-to-go.jpgI am addicted to my iPhone. I got it about 6 months ago and I was sure that the initial awe would where off by now but it hasn't...I use it for everything; it has become my go to device. No more laptop, no more iPod, no more digital camera, just the iPhone...When I cook, I Google the recipe, when I hear a song I like, I point at it and download it, when I run, I track my speed, distance and route.

    So, you can imagine that when I travel, my iPhone is involved. I was thinking today about how "smart phones" are changing the way we travel. There are GPS apps with turn by turn directions, Apps for flight details, apps to handle entire travel itineraries and apps for just about anything else you can imagine. Below are a few apps that I marvel at every time I hit the road, hope you like them.

    6 iPhone apps that I love when I'm on the move:

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    NASCAR: Going Local

    April 15 2010 by Mark Deyer

    nascar-racing-track.jpg"..but you've gotta see a race in person!"

    Like many NASCAR fans, I was a casual observer until I took the advice of a friend and decided to ditch the tube one Sunday and made my way to a NASCAR Sprint Cup race in person. From then on I went from casual observer to total race junkie.

    The thrill and excitement of travelling to a race and experiencing "the scene" is what keeps me coming back to races time after time. It wasn't until recently, however, that I realized that I could still get my racing fix without waiting months for NASCAR to come within a few hundred miles of me, or dropping the big bucks to fly to Bristol and Martinsville for a weekend.

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    We Love the Bus!

    April 14 2010 by Amy Graff

    bus-travel.jpgLast spring break, my kids and I took the Amtrak train between Oakland, Calif., and San Diego. We had a great trip and you can read about it in this past blog post.

    This year over the kids' vacation we decided to try out a different mode of transportation -- the bus. We traveled between Boston, New York, Philadelphia and D.C. via Greyhound.

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    Wake Up, Sleeping Bike

    April 13 2010 by Jason Fogelson

    motorcycle-awake.jpgLast season, we talked about "Putting Your Bike Up for the Winter." Hopefully, you were a good student, and you took some time to make sure that your bike has a safe, uneventful hibernation. Now that the weather is turning pleasant again, it's finally time to bring that sleeping beauty back to life. It will take more than a kiss, but not much more.

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    What is YMBT's 'Place to Be' this Summer? You Tell Us

    April 12 2010 by BW Innsider
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    PlacetoBe.jpgNominate the You Must Be Trippin' 'Place to Be' this summer and you could win a FREE NIGHT* stay for your summer travel.

    There are a wide variety of summer travel locations, but what is your 'Place to Be'? Where is that amazing beach, breath taking vista, serene escape or exciting adventure? In short, what's the summer place you long to visit?

    Post a comment to nominate your locale and at the same time enter for a chance to win a FREE NIGHT stay* at a Best Western hotel. In addition, the winning location will be featured on You Must Be Trippin' as the 'Place to Be' this summer. Contest ends May 1, 2010.

    *Free night stay is awarded as a $200 Best Western Travel Card. Travel card amount is equivalent to cost of average night stay at a Best Western hotel.

    Eco Vacations

    April 12 2010 by Julie Drossos
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    green-travel.jpgIt's cool to be green, no doubt about it. From cars to homes to schools, we're all making efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. That said, most of still like to enjoy a vacation once or twice a year, and with the green movement gaining more and more momentum by the day, there has been a marked increase in options for vacations that are a little more socially responsible. Here are a few eco-vacation ideas worth checking out.

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    Chance to Win a Hat Signed by Michael Waltrip

    April 12 2010 by BW Innsider
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    This Sunday, NASACAR comes to Texas baby! Let's play "Who's Gonna Win...

    Leave a comment below with your prediction of who's gonna win the Samsung Mobile 500 and if you're could win yourself this great hat signed my Michael Waltrip.
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    The rules are simple:

  • Leave a comment below letting us know which driver you think is going to win

  • If you are correct, you will be automatically entered in to a drawing for a chance to win a signed hat.

    *Entries must be in before the start of the race on 04/18, and winner will be announced on 04/19.

    Don't forget to check back before every race to play Who's Gonna Win!

    Follow Us on Twitter I Become a Facebook Fan

    Limit only one entry per person. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US or Canada to be eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected from all correct answers posted in the comments below.

  • Slide into Summer Fun at the Sand Dunes

    April 9 2010 by Bridget Daly

    sleeping-bear-sand-dunes.jpgAs warmer weather approaches, the quest to find a fun, family get-away heats up. One of my favorite childhood memories is climbing up the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes in Glen Arbor, Michigan and rolling back down. Kids of all ages love the Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, not to mention swimming and picnicking on the sugar sand beaches of Lake Michigan.

    My family loved exploring and learning about the shipping history of this area. South and North Manitau Islands form a passage with the mainland that was often dangerous for ships passing through the shallow waters when the winds were fierce. At the Glen Haven Maritime Museum and Life Saving Station children are encouraged to participate in a daily reenactment of a ship wreck rescue using a tool called the Lyle Gun.

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    Staying in Shape on the Road

    April 8 2010 by Bryson Forbes

    hotel-exercising.jpgIt's not easy to have the discipline to stay in shape if you're an on-the-go business traveller. For a lot of us, eating well and working out are part of our routine, and traveling challenges that routine at every turn.

    Here are a few pitfalls to avoid so you can in shape while on the road.

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    Personalize Your Helmet

    April 7 2010 by Jason Fogelson

    motorcycle-helmet.jpgWhether you live in a state with a helmet law, or in one where helmet use is optional, I advise you to wear a helmet every time you ride. And if you're going to follow my advice, take it one step further, and wear a full-face helmet. You will never regret it.

    A full-face helmet doesn't have to be plain and boring. By adding some simple, inexpensive enhancements to your helmet, you can create a piece of equipment that not only protects your noggin, but also expresses your personality. And some of the changes and additions you can make will have the added bonus of making you safer on the road.

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    Newsy in New York

    April 6 2010 by Chris McGinnis

    good-news.jpgEarlier this month, I took a business trip to New York City where I hosted Best Western's Business Travel Summit, an annual event that brings travel industry execs and travel industry media together to network and discuss trends. I was also in the Big Apple to attend the Strategic Travel Symposium, which was organized by the National Business Travel Association.

    Over the course of my three-day trip, I picked up a mountain of news and insight that might interest the readers of this blog. Here's a download:

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    Wickedly Cheap Tickets

    April 5 2010 by Amy Graff

    wicked.jpgA night at the theater is not part of the typical bargain trip to New York City. And when my kids and I visit the Big Apple next week over spring break, we'll be on a tight budget of about $200 to $250 a night.

    Can we afford to catch a show?

    Maybe if we get lucky.

    Lottery Rush tickets for $26.50 are sold on the day of the performance for Wicked.

    Here's how it works: Each day, two hours prior to show time (11:30 AM for 2 PM matinees; 12:30 PM for 3 PM matinees; 4:30 PM for 7 PM performances; 5:30 PM for 8 PM performances), people who present themselves at the Gershwin Theatre box office will have their names placed in a hat. Thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for 28 front-row seats at $26.50 each. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of 2 tickets per person, cash only. Photo-ID.

    I think we might give it a try...

    Who's Gonna Win at PIR- Enter for a Chance to Win

    April 2 2010 by BW Innsider
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    This week, NASCAR comes to Phoenix International Raceway, it's going to be a wild, crazy race in the desert!

    Do you think you have an idea as to who's gonna win?

    Leave a comment below with your prediction and you might win yourself this autographed race bag...2010-04-01 10.11.57.jpgIf you are correct, you will be entered in to a drawing for a chance to win this signed race bag.

    *Entries must be in before the start of the race on 4/10, and winner will be announced on 04/12

    Don't forget, we'll have a team tweeting live updates from the race. Make sure that you tune in and follow @tweetcrewteam on Twitter for details.

    Don't forget to check back before every race to play Who's Gonna Win!

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    Limit only one entry per person. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US or Canada to be eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected from all correct answers posted in the comments below.

    Scribbles Deciphered From a Wander's Notebook

    April 2 2010 by Sam Lowe

    scribbles-notebook.jpgFOR OLD SEA DOGS -- The Erie Maritime Museum in Erie, Pa., is not only a great destination for history buffs and seniors, it's also a classic example of what to do with an old building that no longer serves its original purpose.

    The museum presents the story of Oliver Hazard Perry's warship, the U.S. Brig Niagara that won the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. The exhibits explain the area's role in the war and the origin of Perry's infamous declaration, "Don't give up the ship!" A reconstruction of Perry's flagship is berthed at the museum and offers public daysails, guided tours and seamanship training programs.

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    Newest Trend in Hoteling: To the Moon!

    April 1 2010 by Mike Mason
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    view-from-moon.jpgFuture predictors of space travel have the hotel industry gearing up for a future of space tourism.

    "And where there is tourism, there is going to be hotels", says Jackson Porterlie, head of the Space and Moon Hotel Exploration Association (SMHEA).

    The association represents a number of forward thinking industry experts, mapping out what could be coming faster than most people think -- hotels on the moon. With the news of NASA planning fresh moon missions and with China, India and Russia each upping their entries into the space race, the next 10 years will see real developments for many hotels in their race for the next prime lunar hotel locations.

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