Travel Faceoff Final!

March 31 2011 by BW Innsider
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Thumbnail image for blog bracket.jpgFor those who aren't following Best Western on Facebook (and if you aren't this is a good reason to remedy that quickly), Best Western's Travel Faceoff contest is down to the final two destinations: Honolulu vs. Rome! Over the last few weeks, Best Western followers have narrowed down 64 potential travel destinations to 2, following a playoff style bracket.

Once the final winning destination is selected by voters, one lucky follower will be selected as the winner of a trip to the winning destination. So, if you haven't signed up and voted for the Travel Faceoff Championship there is still time. Voting for the final two destinations goes until Monday. See the "Travel Faceoff" tab on our Facebook page for full contest details.

Spring/Summer Outlook

March 31 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000003052294XSmall.jpgWith winter blahs and collegiate spring break nearly behind us, it's time for frequent travelers to start contemplating late spring and summer trips. Here are some things to consider:

Airfare: There's no doubting that airfares are on the rise this year. Depending on whom you ask, average fares are up 10% to 20% over last year. This is due to three factors: rising demand, higher fuel costs, and a reduction in the number of seats flying.

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Orlando for Spring Break

March 30 2011 by Bridget Daly
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iStock_000008732496XSmall.jpgNo surprise here but Orlando is the #1 US destination for "family spring break". If you're planning your spring break in Orlando, there's a lot to see and do - all perfect for families of any age and size.

Most associate Orlando to Disney World. But there is so much more to this beautiful city of Orlando. There's SeaWorld and Discovery Cove and Aquatica Water Park, and a chance to see performances by Cirque du Soleil and the Blue Man Group. Splash down at one of the two water parks in the area, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach - you and your family will love the water slides, wading pools, there's even a water play area for small children.

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Motorcycle Camping

March 29 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000006093013XSmall.jpgMy cousin Adam and his wife have a favorite vacation. They load up Adam's Harley-Davidson Road King, and go motorcycle camping. Last year, they went for a two-week tour of Nova Scotia, pitching a tent and cooking on a campfire all the way.

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Predict and Win!

March 28 2011 by BW Innsider
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Martinsville Showdown!

Who is going to win the next Sprint Cup Series race this Sunday at Martinsville?

Leave your guess of who you predict the winner will be. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Best Buy gift card!

*Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 4/03. Winner will be announced on 4/08.

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The Right Bag

March 28 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000009225484XSmall.jpgOur youmustbetrippin.com blog scored another big hit in the mainstream media last week when the Washington Post Style section called to ask for advice on choosing luggage.

My advice? Don't skimp! Paying a premium for high quality, durable luggage is always worth the extra cost for a frequent traveler. That's because you use it nearly every week. It takes a beating. And it's something that you don't want to break down in the middle of a long trip. (Have you ever tried to maneuver a rollaboard with broken wheels or missing handle through an airport? Ever had your bag show up on the luggage carousel wrapped up in a large clear plastic bag because its zippers failed in the cargo hold?) Also, choose brands that offer strong warranties--many offer lifetime guarantees that will repair or replace broken bags.

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My Accidental Encounter With Scotty's Castle

March 25 2011 by Sam Lowe
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scotty's castle.jpgON THE NEVADA BORDER - While driving south on U.S. 95 between Reno and Las Vegas, I spotted a small sign that read "Scotty's Castle" with an arrow pointing west. It might not have drawn my attention except for this one factor:

Several years earlier, I read a newspaper story about an old desert rat who used empty wine and beer bottles to build a house somewhere in the California desert. Always on the lookout for things of an unusual nature, I instantly figured that this must be the bottle place so I turned west on Highway 267 and went to take a look.

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March Madness Travel

March 24 2011 by James West
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iStock_000013568583XSmall.jpgIt's the most, wonderful time of the year! These words may make you think of an old Christmas song, but I am not referring to December 25th. It is the NCAA basketball tournament and this, for me, is by far the best time of the year. Not only is it just a pleasant time of year with spring starting to come around, but it is the sports that make it the best, and the absolute best of the best is March Madness, the Big Dance, the Tournament. Today kicks off the Sweet 16 and you better believe I will be glued to my TV tonight and tomorrow to catch all the action.

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A Book for Your Saddlebag

March 24 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000015268295XSmall.jpgA few months ago, I wrote about a few new books about motorcycling that I was planning to read. When I got back from my recent trip to the Gulf Coast, I finally got a chance to sit down and read one of the books on the top of my list, and I just had to tell you about it.

Big Sid's Vincati by Matthew Biberman is subtitled "The Story of a Father, a Son and the Motorcycle of a Lifetime." It's the true story of how motorcycling helped to bring a family together, and how the love of a motorcycle can help to heal old wounds.

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The Best of You Must Be Trippin' - Part 1

March 23 2011 by Claudia Kunkel

iStock_000001855377XSmall.jpgYou Must Be Trippin' will celebrate its third year of blogging this summer. It's been a lot of fun featuring up great travel ideas and tips; but the best part of this travelogue journey has come from reading all the wonderful comments from readers.

We have written about summer vacations, business trip tips, traveling with the kids, best music for your driving travel, Harley Davidson road trips and the list goes on. There have been some great contests too. We've asked our readers to send in their favorite fall photos, vote in the "Who's Gonna Win" NASCAR races, best romantic vacation, time travel machine and our latest, "Where's the Ultimate Travel Destination". If you missed any of these posts, take some time and go back and read through some of them. You'll find they're even better the second time you read them!

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Rising Airfares: How to Beat Them

March 22 2011 by Amy Graff

amy_plane.jpgOver spring break, our family is traveling across the country to Florida in search of sun. Our plan is to fly into Miami and then trace the edge of the Gulf Coast, finishing our trip in Fort Walton.

When I first started mapping out our trip two months ago, I checked flights from San Francisco to Miami. I remember seeing a $200 flight. When my trip plans were finally confirmed last week and I booked the tickets the cheapest airfare I could find was $430. Ouch!

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High Prices With No End in Sight

March 21 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000013528423XSmall.jpgIf you are waiting and wondering if business travel prices might fall...you might be in for a long wait.

This week American Express released its latest Business Travel Monitor (BTM) report for 2010 showing that airfare continued to climb in 2010 and is just 6 percent shy of the airfare highs of 2008. Also, domestic hotel rates were steady overall in 2010 while reaching their highest levels all year in the fourth quarter of 2010.

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NASCAR contest

March 21 2011 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win at Fontana?!

Who is going to win the next Sprint Cup Series race this Sunday at the Fontana track?

Leave your guess of who you predict the winner will be. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Sports Authority gift card!

*Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 3/27. Winner will be announced on 3/28.

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Video Conferencing

March 18 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000001792812XSmall.jpgThe Hotel Association of Canada recently released the results of their annual travel intentions survey. Overall it indicates a very positive year ahead for both business and leisure travelers indicating that they will be on the road more this year than they were in 2010, and well ahead of 2009.

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Custom Paint for Your Bike

March 17 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000001776673XSmall.jpgA motorcycle is not just a form of transportation. It can also be a form of expression, an extension of your personality and a way to let the world know who you are.

After you have bolted on all of the handy accessories and cosmetic add-ons to your scoot, after you've tweaked the ergonomics and made your bike as comfortable as your La-Z-Boy recliner, you may still be looking for a way to make your bike stand out from the crowd.

It's time to explore the world of custom paint.

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St. Patrick's Day in Dublin

March 17 2011 by Bridget Daly
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iStock_000004197723XSmall.jpgMost Americans take St. Patrick's day for all its worth, wearing green on that special day, pinching friends who aren't wearing green, eating corned beef and cabbage and drinking a green beer at the local pub. Something to consider is how the real Irish spend their favorite national holiday, and the answer is very enthusiastically.

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Milton, Ontario Skiing

March 16 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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Check out our Canada travel expert hitting the slopes in Milton, Ontario. He stayed at the BEST WESTERN Milton which has a great location and great amenities.

Business Travel Summit 2011 in Canada

March 15 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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Bryson Forbes, our Canada travel expert, was the moderator of the Business Travel Summit in Canada for 2011. Check out the video to learn about what the panel of experts discussed and predicted for this year in travel.

Five States in Six Days: Day Six: Fort Walton Beach, FL to New Orleans, LA and Home Again

March 14 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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38_FortWaltonBeach.jpgI wake up bright and early, the sound of the Gulf waters drifting gently into my sixth floor room. It's a bittersweet day - the last day of my six-day ride through the South. I'll be glad to get home, but I'll miss my time on the road.

I make time for breakfast in the BEST WESTERN Fort Walton Beachfront Hotel lobby. Hey, it's free, after all. It's also hot and delicious. The lobby is very cool, with terrazzo floors and mod furniture. It has a great beach feel, with nautical accents, and kind of a Miami vibe with pastel colors and interesting geometry.

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Who's Gonna Win

March 14 2011 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win?!

Who is going to win the next Sprint Cup Series race? This is a weekly contest that we will run every week before the weekend Sprint Cup race.

Leave your guess of who you predict the winner will be. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a large die cast car signed by Michael Waltrip!

*Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 3/20. Winner will be announced on 3/21.

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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.

Top 10 Speed Traps in the U.S.

March 11 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000003238047XSmall.jpgI'll never forget how I learned about speed traps.

Our family was on the way from Atlanta to Florida in our new Chevrolet Caprice station wagon (yes, wood-paneled!) for spring break way back in the 60's or 70's. Back then there were long stretches where interstate freeways were still unfinished and motorists had to detour for miles on local roads.

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Five States in Six Days: Day Five: Midway, FL to Fort Walton Beach, FL

March 10 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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37_PompanoJoeDestinFL.jpgI manage to avoid the waffles this morning at breakfast. I do not manage to avoid the biscuits and sausage gravy that the BEST WESTERN Capital Inn & Suites provide, however. Delicious, and quite filling. I'm ready to ride.

I'm growing quite attached to this Electra Glide Classic. A fellow guest buttonholes me in the parking lot while I'm gearing up to ride, and we have a great conversation about his work for Harley-Davidson, as a supplier for electrical parts. We both stand and admire the bike in the morning sun. "I bet that'll do just about anything you want it to," he says. He's right. I feel like I could ride around the globe on this bike, just in time to start another loop around again.

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Five States in Six Days: Day Four: Columbus, GA to Midway, FL

March 9 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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28_RiverWalkColumbus.jpgI wake up, get ready and load the Electra Glide for the day, then head to the lobby of the BEST WESTERN Columbus for breakfast. I decide to make myself a waffle this morning. I probably haven't had a waffle in 10 years, and I can't figure out why. Delicious and filling. I'm ready to ride.

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Five States in Six Days: Day Three: Demopolis, AL to Columbus, GA

March 8 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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22_RosaParksMuseum.jpgI wake up an hour before the alarm this morning. I can't go back to sleep - too eager to ride. So I get up, get showered and dressed, and pack my gear. I load the Electra Glide, and then go back in to the BEST WESTERN PLUS Two Rivers Hotel & Suites for the free breakfast. Fried eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, all on tap. A real Southern breakfast, and it's included with my night's stay. Now that's BEST WESTERN PLUS.

While I check out, I ask the manager, Jay, for advice about what I should see before I leave Demopolis. Jay is a virtual Chamber of Commerce, whipping out a sheet of paper and drawing a map to several highlights in town. I asked the right guy!

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Travel Faceoff

March 7 2011 by BW Innsider
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Where's the ULTIMATE travel destination?

In the spirit of March bracketology, Best Western presents Travel Faceoff! We have 32 world destinations and it's up to YOU to vote and determine which is the best destination. Every day we will present a new matchup on Facebook and we need you to vote on which destination is better. For the first and second rounds of matchups there will be two face-offs each day. Be sure to check our Facebook page daily to vote on the new matchup. Become a fan of Best Western, then register your info on our "Travel Faceoff" tab because each day, we will select 2 random fans to win 5,000 Best Western Rewards® points! With Best Western Rewards® points, you can buy airline tickets, get free rooms, buy gift cards to stores like Target and Best Buy and so much more! Learn all about how to spend points.

And it gets better...

We will select one random Facebook fan as the Ultimate Winner and that fan will win a trip for two to the winning destination! The destination that wins the entire bracket based on your votes will become the prize destination for one lucky fan! Visit our Facebook page today to become a fan and enter your info on the "Travel Faceoff" tab to become eligible for a chance to win! Then make sure you vote on daily matchups to help us find a winning destination.

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Ultimate winner prize will be fulfilled by airline and hotel credit through 650,000 Best Western Rewards® points. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US or Canada (excluding Quebec) to be eligible to win. Winner will be randomly selected from among all entries from the "Travel Faceoff" tab on Facebook and announced in the comments below and on Facebook and Twitter. Contest ends April 4, 2011. Visit our Facebook page for full contest rules.

2011 NASCAR Cup Winner

March 7 2011 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win the Cup?

Who's Gonna Win is back for NASCAR 2011! Our first edition will be a contest to be fulfilled at the end of the season. There have been a few races for the 2011 Sprint Cup Series where we've seen who has won and led races. So...

Who will win the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series?!

Leave your guess of who will be the overall winner of the cup at the end of season in the comments below. This contest is open for this week only so enter your guess BEFORE Sunday March 13, 2011. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card®!

*Entries must be entered before 3/13, and winner will be announced at the end of the 2011 season.

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Five States in Six Days: Day Two: Jackson, MS to Demopolis, AL

March 7 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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21_MontgomeryAL.jpgThere is frost on the Electra Glide while I load the saddlebags with my gear. The poor bike has sat outside the BEST WESTERN Executive Inn in Jackson while I slept inside, nestled in a very comfortable bed. I feel a little guilty.

Even though the BEST WESTERN Executive Inn serves up a very nice free continental breakfast, I heed the siren call of the Waffle House across the street for a freshly cooked omelet. We don't have Waffle House at home, and I passed at least a dozen of them on my ride yesterday. I can't resist the greasy goodness, and I'm not alone. There are over 1,500 Waffle House locations in 25 states. There's even a Waffle House Museum in Avondale Estates, Georgia, where the chain was born. The Jackson Waffle House is packed with a mixture of locals and cowboys this morning, relics of the Dixie National Rodeo from last night.

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Five States in Six Days: Day One: New Orleans, LA to Jackson, MS

March 4 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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07_Mississippi.jpgThe good news: Clear skies, not a cloud in sight.

The bad news: The temperature is 27 degrees Fahrenheit outside when I wake up at 7:00 am in my room at the BEST WESTERN PLUS St. Christopher Hotel in New Orleans.

I can't pick up my motorcycle until 9:00 am this morning, so I get ready, pack my things, and head down to the lobby for breakfast. I keep it light, just a bagel and some coffee (okay, and a muffin). The lobby cafe is abuzz with activity, a nice mix of young and old, tourists all sharing stories of their nights on the town, making plans for the coming day.

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Five States in Six Days: Travel Day, Home to New Orleans

March 3 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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01_NewOrleans.jpgI've spent the last week watching the weather. I don't mind cold; I don't mind rain. I've got good gear, and I can stay warm and dry. But combine cold and rain, and it spells trouble for a motorcycle trip.

I have installed a couple of weather apps on my iPhone - WeatherBug and the Weather Channel. I check them obsessively over the past few days, and it appears that the cold front that has been moving through the South is on its way out. Hope it keeps moving.

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Youmustbetrippin.com on National News!

March 2 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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Fox News interviewed yours truly regarding the summer airfare situation from right here in my San Francisco office.

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Canadians Flying Out of the US

March 1 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000004428681XSmall.jpgI have the distinct pleasure to be able to call Tony Pollard (President of the Hotel Association of Canada) a friend. If there is one thing I know for sure Tony, it's that Tony is passionate about travel and government policy. If something is out of whack, he's a man that will let you know.

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