All Aboard!

February 28 2011 by Julie Drossos
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iStock_000010832414XSmall.jpgThere's something special about train travel. You can stretch out, relax, or walk around while often taking in some beautiful scenery. Train travel is not only calming, pretty much stress-free and "old world: romantic, but did you know it is also very "green"? In fact, train travel releases 10 times fewer greenhouse gases per average passenger journey than flying! Even better, you don't have to go through such a long-winded and aggravating experience with security checks (security for train travel is pretty much a breeze in comparison to airport security madness), and you can readily bring your bottle of water of newly purchased bottle of wine onboard with you.

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How to Customize Your Hotel Room

February 25 2011 by Amy Graff
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amy_hotel.jpgAre you allergic to smoke? Sensitive to noise? Traveling with a newborn? When you make your hotel reservation, don't hesitate to speak up. Most hotels happily meet special requests--all you have to do is ask. You're on vacation after all and a hotel's job is to keep you happy and comfortable.

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Biz Travel: It's Worth It!

February 22 2011 by Chris McGinnis

chart.jpgThe link between the investments you make in people or equipment and the expansion of your business is pretty clear. But have you ever wondered about the return you get on your company's investment in travel?

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Have You Heard of the Isles of Scilly?

February 17 2011 by Amy Graff

amy_scilly.JPGUntil recently the Isles of Scilly were unknown to the average person. But now thanks to some royal wedding buzz this collection of British islands just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall are suddenly in the spotlight. Rumor has it that Prince William and Kate Middleton might be honeymooning here, and now the destination's tourism Web site is busier than ever, according to USA Today.

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Describing Best Western

February 15 2011 by Chris McGinnis

Starting this month, every Best Western hotel in the U.S. and Canada will fall into one of three different categories: BEST WESTERN PREMIER®, BEST WESTERN PLUS® and BEST WESTERN®.

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2010 Contest Wrap Up Report

February 14 2011 by BW Innsider

BWtravelcard.JPGIn 2010, we gave away quite a few prizes. We love having contests where we can hear your travel ideas, dreams and experiences. Over the course of the year, we gave away about 175 gift cards, totaling approximately $11,500! However, this doesn't include all of the signed NASCAR items we gave away each week, (sometimes multiple per week) of tote bags, hats and die-cast cars in our "Who's Gonna Win" weekly contests.

We look forward to 2011 where we have started more contests and given away some prizes already. The end of February will kick-off the start of the new NASCAR season with some exciting contests and we always try to feature a contest per month here on You Must Be Trippin'. Our goal is to have engaging contests about travel and award prizes to help you travel more and travel often. Keep checking back with us here on our travel blog to get daily updates on business, family, pet, and leisure travel, plus exciting news from our partners at NASCAR, Harley-Davidson and AAA.

Best Western Introduces Descriptors

February 11 2011 by Amy Graff
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Capture.JPGBest Western hotels are individually owned and each property has its own unique flavor. I know because as Best Western's leisure travel spokesperson, I've stayed in a range of properties all over the country, from the sleek President Hotel at Times Square in New York City to the rustic chic Kentwood Lodge in Ketchum, Idaho. The variety is the beauty of the world's biggest hotel family.

Now Best Western is introducing a new "descriptor" program to meet travelers expectations so they can find the right hotel in the Best Western family, at the right price, for any type of trip they are taking. Hotels will be identified as BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS®, or BEST WESTERN PREMIER®.

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The Month of Romantic Travel

February 10 2011 by BW Innsider
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Romance Destinations

Valentine's Day makes February the month or romantic travel and inspires people to take romantic vacations. These getaways will vary from over-the-top luxurious vacations to simple stay-cations in local areas to just steal some time away from it all. Whether you traveled this Valentine's Day or not, we want you to tell us what are the most romantic destinations to travel to? Tell us where you've traveled to for Valentine's Day and how it stacked up against other destinations.

Share your opinions in the comment section below and one randomly selected entry will win a $250 Best Western Travel Card®! Contest ends Feb. 28, 2011 so enter today!

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Limit 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 entries posted in the comments below. Winner will be announced via comment post on and via Facebook/Twitter posts.

Best Western Turns 65, Offers Spring Promotion

February 9 2011 by Amy Graff

Best Western Logo.jpgBest Western is 65 years old, and The World's Biggest Hotel Family℠ is offering members of its rewards program several opportunities to stay, earn and win. Here are details:

Register at, stay three separate times during the promotional period, and earn a voucher for a free night toward a future stay.

Vouchers can be redeemed at any of the brand's 2,200 hotels in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean before June 30, 2011. Pay for the three stays with your Best Western Rewards MasterCard® and earn an additional 1,000 bonus points.

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Bike Week Preview

February 4 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000007739370XSmall.jpgIt has been a particularly harsh winter across much of the country. Record snow storms, frigid temperatures, frog-drowning rainfall. There have been times when it seemed like we'd never get to ride again.

Hope is on the horizon. Bike Week runs from March 4 to March 13 this year in Daytona Beach, Florida.

This year is the 70th Annual Bike Week in Daytona, and they're pulling out all the stops for a great celebration. Here are just a few of the events to look forward to:

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Best Western's New Announcement

February 3 2011 by BW Innsider
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Since the fall of 2010, some small snippets of news have leaked out about Best Western introducing three new types of hotels. This week, the launch of BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS® and BEST WESTERN PREMIER® was made official. Visit our website to learn more. Enjoy!

The Lazy Man's Winter Adventure

February 2 2011 by Julie Drossos

iStock_000008967855XSmall.jpgThe cold weather is no reason to hole up indoors. In fact, one of the most fun and thrilling activities I've ever tried is one that can only be done in cold and snowy conditions! Especially great for those of you who are not skiers/boarders/snowshoers (or like me, admit to being a bit lazy come wintertime), snowmobiling is an exhilarating activity that gets your energy and excitement going but still allows you to sit back and enjoy the ride. So it's time to cure that cabin fever and get your adrenaline pumping!

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Biz Travel Boom Ahead

February 1 2011 by Chris McGinnis

iStock_000013025819XSmall.jpgThe rosy outlook for business travel revealed late last year in our survey of Best Western's Diamond 100 Advisory Board is coming home to roost. We were right!

Growth in business travel spending is expected to increase five percent in 2011, in sharp contrast to the 14 percent drop in 2009, according to the National Business Travel Association's (NBTA) latest Business Travel Quarterly Outlook.

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