Who's Gonna Win?!

May 31 2011 by BW Innsider
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Who Will Take the Checkered Flag?

The Sprint Cup Series is off to Kansas this Sunday and each race continues to be more exciting than the previous!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner will be in the comments below. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 iTunes gift card!

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 6/05. Winner will be announced on 6/06.

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

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.

Surviving Summer Travel

May 31 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000001636511XSmall.jpgPeak summer travel season is right around the corner. That's music to the ears of kids eager to get out of school and take a vacation. But for business travelers, it's...well, business as usual.

To make the most of your business trips during the busy, hot and hectic summer travel season, here's some advice:

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Tips and Tricks for Saving on Gas This Summer

May 27 2011 by Amy Graff
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amy_gas.jpgMy family will be hitting the road this summer. We've mapped out a week-long trip through Montana that takes us from Missoula, down into the Bitterroot Valley, up to Helena, back down to Bozeman and then onto Billings. We'll be covering about 700 miles.

We hope to make this a budget trip--limiting ourselves to only $150 a day. Sound tight? Yes, especially with gas prices expected to go through the roof this summer.

How will we ever manage to meet our budget goal and keep our gas prices low? We'll follow many of the tips and tricks offered up in a recent New York Times article, "13 Ways to Save on Gas this Summer."

Here's a look at a few of the tips:

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Marathons. Always a Spectator, Never a Runner

May 25 2011 by Bridget Daly
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iStock_000005108177XSmall.jpgWatching thousands of runners, from professional to novice, tackle 26 miles and 385 yards is never short of spectacular! I tend to always be a marathon spectator, never a runner, but the energy is exhilarating and the determination is contagious no matter if you choose to don the running shoe or the sit on the sidelines and cheer on the crowd walking shoe.

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Homosassa Springs State Park, FL

May 24 2011 by Amy Graff
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amy_manatee.jpgIn the morning I let the kids watch a little TV while I packed up. They were fully engaged in an episode of Dinosaur Train when the screen suddenly went blank and the TV started to beep loudly.

"What happened to our show?" the kids screamed.

A message about a tornado warning appeared on the screen. A tornado just east of Tampa was spotted.

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Charlotte's NASCAR Race

May 23 2011 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win in Charlotte?!

The Sprint Cup Series is racing again in Charlotte after an exciting All-Star race and we need you to predict who will take the checkered flag this Sunday!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner will be in the comments below. 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 5/29. Winner will be announced on 5/31.

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

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.

Tools You Can Use

May 23 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000001604711XSmall.jpgEven the most passive motorcycle owner will need to use a tool on their bike eventually. By their very nature, motorcycles need more attention than cars. Things vibrate, shake loose and need to be tightened all the time. Using the right tools can help avoid major problems. You don't have to sell the farm to fill your tool chest - just a few carefully selected tools will help keep your bike in tip-top shape.

Tools for the Garage

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Get a Move On, Or else!

May 20 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000010816792XSmall.jpgA new medical study by researchers at Columbia University that looks into the cardiovascular health of business travelers has been making the rounds in the media lately. The study examined data from the medical records of 13,057 employed patients engaged in a corporate wellness plan.

There's good news and bad news to report. First, the good news: Some business travel might be good for you. The study found that business travelers who are away from home between one and six nights per month are healthier and less likely to be obese than non-travelers.

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Avoid Deep-Vein Thrombosis

May 19 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000005887982XSmall.jpgI'm going to go off-topic a little bit here, but not really. This warning is about motorcycle travel, and travel in general. It's a cautionary tale that unfortunately emerges from my personal experience.

I was just diagnosed with Deep-Vein Thrombosis, or DVT. Following a cross-country flight, I noticed some pain in my lower leg. I ignored it, figuring it was just another sign of aging. I have been traveling a lot in the past few weeks, and by coincidence, getting booked in middle seats on crowded flights.

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A St. Thomas Vacation Begs Beach-Hopping

May 18 2011 by Claudia Kunkel
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iStock_000006065635XSmall.jpgI am a beach bum. Given the opportunity, I would pick going to a beach and just chillin' as my premier vacation destination. Being from an island in the Caribbean, I have developed what I describe as a connoisseur's standard for what a "nice" beach is. Some people call me a "beach snob". Connoisseur/Snob...Tomatoe/Tomato; the bottom line is that if someone in my friends' circle of friends wants advise on a beach vacation, they call me.

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World's Biggest Thank You

May 16 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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NASCAR All-Star Race Contest

May 16 2011 by BW Innsider
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Win the All-Star Prize Package!

This Saturday is the NASCAR All-Star race and it is always an exciting battle. We've put together a special "All-Star Prize Package" for the lucky winner!

Leave your guess of who you predict the winner of the All-Star race will be in the comments below. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a clear tote bag signed by Michael Waltrip filled with a signed hat and $25 Best Western Travel Card®!

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 5/21. Winner will be announced on 5/23.

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

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.

What's Your Favorite Best Western?

May 13 2011 by Amy Graff
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As the family travel spokesperson for Best Western, I've stayed at dozens of properties all over the country--and most of the time I have my kids in tow.

My children have become so familiar with the brand that they scream out, "Best Western!" every time we pass a hotel while driving.

And on our recent trip to Florida it became apparent that they're becoming hotel connoisseurs. As they were walking from a hotel to the parking lot, I eavesdropped on a conversation in which they were discussing which Best Westerns were their favorites. It was hilarious because they were comparing how many waffle makers various properties had available at breakfast and which hotels had hot tubs and which ones had fast elevators.

Later back at the hotel, I asked them to re-create that conversation and I videotaped it. The end result feels a little forced and my children certainly aren't professional actors but I still think it turned out pretty cute.

Mother's Day Getaway

May 12 2011 by Julie Drossos
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iStock_000001810717XSmall.jpgEveryone's got a mom, or someone who provides them with that loving nurturing maternal guidance in life! Mom's really are the best (especially mine!). I've come up with two very different but equally awesome ideas for sure-to-please Mother's Day getaways, whether your mom is a pamper-me-pretty "princess" mom, or more of an adventurous "bad-a##" mom.

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Ideas to Save Money to Help Offset the Price of Gas

May 11 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000005490088XSmall.jpgThe average price of one litre of regular unleaded gasoline in Toronto on October 25, 2010 was $1.04. Fast forward six months and that same litre is now $1.35. That's a whopping thirty percent increase!

Though there are many theories about why the price has risen so dramatically, relief does not appear to be in sight. In fact, prices are likely to rise as demand in North America tends to surge as more drivers hit the road in late spring and summer. The result is that we Canadians will be spending a lot more money at the pump. Gas prices will not only affect those who are driving, but fliers will also see the increase reflected in the cost of airfare. Either way, high gas prices means it will cost more to get to your destination.

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Water Skiing

May 10 2011 by Karla Henriquez
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iStock_000010067331XSmall.jpgIn 1922, a man named Ralph Samuelson created and experimented with the first ever set of water-skis. He got the idea from a pair of snow-skis he had just purchased, and wondered if the same technology could be transferred to the water. From that day on, a favorite American pastime sport was born. Now water skiing is one of the most popular spring and summer seasonal activities, and is competed in across the globe. Many different variations of water skiing now exist, from trick skiing to slalom skiing.

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NASCAR contest - Double Prize!

May 9 2011 by BW Innsider
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DOUBLE Prize Weekend!

Nobody correctly guessed the winner from last weekend's race so the prize of a Michael Waltrip clear signed tote bag will be carried over to go along with a $25 Home Depot gift card!

Leave your guess of who you predict the winner will be in the comments below. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a clear tote bag signed by Michael Waltrip AND a $25 Home Depot gift card!

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 5/15. Winner will be announced on 5/16.

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

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.

Favorite Ride: Chicago, Illinois

May 9 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000001501612XSmall.jpgI love a good ride through the countryside, a blast through the wide-open spaces that make America great.

But there's something to be said for the urban crawl. And one of the best places to ride, with some of the best destinations, is Chicago, Illinois.

Two things make Chicago a great riding destination: Architecture and Culture.

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Canada Outdoors Photo Contest

May 6 2011 by BW Innsider
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Win a $500 Best Western Travel Card!

We will be featuring various North America regions this year for photo contests. May's contest is featuring Canada. This beautiful country has so many outdoor wonders, whether you're in the majestic mountains or vibrant cities. We want you to share with us your favorite photo you have taken of the Canada outdoors.

Submit ONE photo to us that meets the criteria and you could win the Grand Prize of a $500 Best Western Travel Card®! Don't have a photo of Canada? The contest is open until May 31, 2011 so visit Best Western Canada online to find great deals and hotels to stay at this month, plus lots of great attractions and places to visit during your trip.

On the right hand side of You Must Be Trippin' is a slide show of all submitted pictures. We will select one photo that we feel best represents the Canadian outdoors. Only one photo per person will be accepted, so choose wisely! Don't forget to give us a brief description of where your photo was taken.

How to enter:

  1. Submit an email with ONE photo attached, or email: dill67chief@photos.flickr.com

  2. Make sure the subject line is: Canada Photo Contest

  3. Give us your name and email address in the email along with a brief photo description (Names & emails will not be publicly displayed. If you do not provide your name and email in the body of the email we will have no way of contacting you if you win)

Visit Best Western Canada to learn more about this amazingly beautiful country and to plan your summer visit to Canada!

Failure to follow any of the above rules will result in your removal from contest contention. Best Western reserves the right to edit submitted descriptions for length and privacy. By submitting a photo you release rights to Best Western International. Please allow 2-3 business days for your photo to be posted. Winner will be announced after verification is received. Must be a resident of US or Canada and 18 years or older to enter. Contest ends May 31, 2011.

Tulips Are in Bloom

May 6 2011 by Bridget Daly
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iStock_000006137356XSmall.jpgThere are a variety of tulip festivals throughout North America, typically found in cities rooted in Dutch heritage. Not just for flower lovers, tulip festivals are a popular spring day outing that offers a variety of activities beyond just a beautiful view for the whole family to enjoy. Most festivals take you beyond the tulip and offer fun gardening information, local inspired food for tasting, vibrant parades for watching and live music from a local band for listening.

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Defining Nonstop, Direct or Connecting

May 6 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000014979139XSmall.jpgAnswer me this: Given a choice between a nonstop or a direct flight between San Francisco and New York, which one would you take? What if a connecting flight option was thrown into the mix?

Your choice could have a big impact on the price, length and comfort of your journey.

As a travel writer, I'm frequently amazed at how many travel agents, airline employees, frequent business travelers and even fellow travel writers tend to think that direct and nonstop are interchangeable terms when referring to flights. They are not. So let's examine these three types of flights to determine which one is best for you.

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GBTA Vlog

May 5 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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Florida's Forgotten Coast

May 4 2011 by Amy Graff
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amy_beach.jpgAs I drove along Florida's north Gulf coast, I kept thinking, Where is everyone?

The flawless stretch of coastline between Cedar Key and Apalachicola was by far the most beautiful part of the state we'd seen on our trip--yet we seemed to be among only a few travelers.

I guess this makes sense. This less-touristy part of the state has miraculously remained untouched by the eager developers who have built ritzy resorts, glittering shopping centers, and exciting amusement parks up and down Florida's coastlines.

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BW Indie Films - Bart

May 3 2011 by BW Innsider
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See and experience the unique, inspiring story of a small family business backed by a large family business as a young man makes his dream of independent ownership a reality. The building of a hotel business? Watch and be inspired.

Location: Davenport, Iowa
Owner: Bart Baker

As a part of The World's Biggest Hotel Family℠, every Best Western hotel reflects the spirit of its independent owner and we are excited to share some of their stories with you. Below is one of the films about the history behind one of our hotels.

Find the hotels featured in this film >
BEST WESTERN PLUS Steeplegate Inn
BEST WESTERN PLUS Dubuque Hotel & Conference Center

Yellowstone in May

May 2 2011 by Karla Henriquez
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iStock_000015545253XSmall.jpg"Yellowstone in May? Isn't it under two feet of snow?" That's what I responded when my husband first suggested going to Yellowstone for Mother's Day. Luckily, he persevered and we packed up our four kids along with my in-laws, for one of the most memorable trips we've taken. Amazing animal sightings, crisp clear vistas, and a wonderful feeling of solitude were our reward.

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NASCAR contest - Darlington Night Race

May 2 2011 by BW Innsider
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Night Race in Darlington!

This weekend is another exciting night race in the Sprint Cup Series in Darlington. Who do you think will win? Get your guesses in before the race begins on SATURDAY.

Leave your guess of who you predict the winner will be in the comments below. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a clear tote bag signed byMichael Waltrip!

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 4/30. Winner will be announced on 5/7.

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.