Their strategy might sound cruel but it worked. I’ve grown into an adult who loves spending weekends walking a trail, and now that I have my own kids I find myself bringing my own children–and using my parent’s same no-nonsense approach. (It’s frightening how we all turn into our parents.)Details
According to a recent PhoCusWright study that looks at Canadian online travel trends, the number of trips booked online continues to rise. In fact, the penetration level for online travel bookings jumped by more than one third in 2009 amid a global recession. Although the total travel spend for Canada was down by 7 percent, the actual number of online transactions rose.
Here are three things to expect as more Canadian travelers not only look–but book–trips online:Details
I love a nice long ride on my motorcycle. Over the years, I have gotten smarter about how far I go on any given day. I’m also in better touch with my body and my motorcycle, which really helps. If you’re interested in taking long rides on your bike, I’ve got a few tips that may help make your riding more enjoyable, safe and fulfilling.
You’re a good rider. I’m going to skip over the obvious stuff, like wearing the right gear, making sure that your motorcycle is in top condition, and getting enough rest before your rides.Details
Operating for over 100 years is Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market. When I heard they were starting renovations in April of 2009 in order to preserve the history, I figured I had to visit, surprised that I hadn’t been there already. The Market consists of nine acres of historic buildings all housing an eclectic array of meat purveyors, bakers, farmers, fishmongers, artists and musicians. My kind of place.Details
$50 Prize Still Up For Grabs! Hey NASCAR fans, despite an AMAZING turnout of “Who’s Gonna Win” entries, nobody guessed that Jamie McMurray would win in Indianapolis last weekend. But don’t worry, we are still keeping the $50 Travel Card prize for this week’s winner! Leave your guess below and if you guess correctly, you…Details
As I write this blog entry, the mercury has just hit triple digits outside for the first time this summer. In this kind of weather, automobile air conditioning systems struggle to keep up, as temperatures inside vehicles can hit 140 degrees or higher in direct sunlight. On a motorcycle, you don’t have to deal with the greenhouse effect of a car cabin, but you do have to contend with direct sunlight and radiated heat from the road surface, as well as heat rising from your own engine. Ignore the heat at your own peril.
So, what is a rider to do?Details
TIs the season to be swimming! Since it’s summer, chances are you’ve already made quite a few trips to the pool. Sure, it’s nice to take a quick dip in your backyard pool, but sometimes you need something just a little bit more, something a little more exciting. You need to visit one of the amazing waterparks in your area. It’s a great escape for families or friends and lets you truly experience summer in a whole new way.
There are more than 1,000 waterparks across the nation and chances are, you are probably closer to one than you think. Look up your local waterparks, but check out some of these famous parks to get you excited about taking your summer excitement to the next level.Details
The biggest party of the year for bikers is the Black Hills Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the rally that everyone knows as “Sturgis.” I wrote some tips for riders headed to the rally last year on this blog, and most, if not all, still apply. In rereading last year’s tips, the only thing I might change is more of an emphasis on safety. The atmosphere at the Sturgis rally can be very seductive. You’ll see many riders who feel that a tank top, shorts and flip-flops represent proper riding gear. You’ll see novelty helmets that wouldn’t protect you in a chair tip-over, let alone a highway speed get-off. You’ll see outrageous burnouts and impaired riding. I hope you’ll maintain the safe gear and riding habits that you practice at home, and not be swayed by the crowd. Some behavior makes a better spectator sport than a participant’s event. ‘Nuff said.Details
Who’s Gonna Win is Back! Since there was no race last week, we are celebrating the return of “Who’s Gonna Win” by DOUBLING the prize! If you guess correctly, you will have a chance to win a $50 Travel Card! So…. Who will take the victory this week at the track in Indianapolis? Leave your…Details