School's Out for Summer - What To Do With All This Free Time?

June 30 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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Let the fun begin! Summer is here and kids across the country are ready to enjoy Canada's long days and warm nights. As we recently learned at the Best Western Leisure Travel Summit in Toronto, vacationers - and the optimism they bring - are back in a big way this year. The result is an action-packed summer full of fun, adventure and new experiences.

Here are my top five things to do with the kids this summer:

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All About Frames

June 30 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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I'm going to encourage you to think about a part of your motorcycle that you've probably never given much attention: the frame.

When a designer conceives a bike, the frame has to be one of the first elements to consider. The frame determines a bike's structure, and every decision about frame design will determine function down the line. So, if you look at your own bike's frame, you can reverse-engineer your bike, and figure out how and why it is built the way it is. Once you understand that, you'll be able to evaluate any possible repairs and/or modifications that you might consider in the future, and you'll know whether or not they are compatible with your bike's very essence: its frame.

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Car Games Only Requiring a Brain

June 29 2011 by Claudia Kunkel

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The kids are finally out of school. Now you have time to relax and the open road is calling your family to take an adventure. Whether you decide to go to another part of your home state or to take a drive from sea to shining sea, there is no more fun-filled method of travel than hopping in your car with the kids in the back seat and miles of pavement ahead.

When I was growing up my family drove thousands of miles each summer to places like Yellowstone National Park, the shore of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota and the Gateway Arch in Saint Louis. Although these trips made great memories, the younger siblings sometimes didn't get as much enjoyment from the hours of togetherness and sitting in a car. To help beat backseat boredom, we played car games that didn't require a board, cards or pieces and could begin within seconds of those younger children being on the brink of a panic attack. Here are four of my family's favorites that the whole vehicle can play together, no matter how big, small, young or old your family may be.

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Are All Fees Bad Fees?

June 28 2011 by Chris McGinnis

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Nobody likes to pay extra. Everybody hates that feeling of getting "ripped off."

That's one of the best things about Best Western...there are rarely any surprises at check out. That's because nearly anything "extra" a business traveler could need is usually included in the rate.

It's a different story with airlines. Over the last two or three years, they have changed their pricing model to offer basic air transportation only, then add on fees for what they feel are "extras." Their decision to adopt this new strategy has been a major factor in US airlines' profitability--additional revenue from fees amounted to nearly $6 billion in 2010.

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Daytona NASCAR Contest

June 27 2011 by BW Innsider
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Daytona is Back!

Daytona is ALWAYS one of the most exciting races in the entire Sprint Cup Series. We're running another contest during the race for even more prizes! Follow Us on Twitter to get the details later this week on our #bestwesternleadchange game, but make your guess for "Who's Gonna Win?" below for twice the chances to win!

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 Best Western Travel Card®

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

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 7/02. Winner will be announced on 7/05. 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.

Yep. We Are Paying More.

June 27 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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If it feels like you've been paying more for your business trips this year, your feelings are right on.

As a matter of fact, average domestic airfares increased a steep 10 percent in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year to $494 roundtrip, according to the latest American Express Business Travel Monitor. That's higher than the average $466 fare we were paying back in the first quarter of 2008 before the recession started.

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Synthetic Oil

June 24 2011 by Jason Fogelson

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A few years ago, when my Sportster was in for service at my local Harley-Davidson dealership, Tom the service manager asked me if I had considered changing over to synthetic oil.

"Synthetic oil? Isn't that for new high-tech engines?" I asked. "Doesn't my old-fashioned air-cooled V-twin need thick, sludgy 40-weight?"

Tom took the time to explain why synthetic oil was a better choice for my Sportster and my riding style, and I decided to change over. I have never regretted my choice.

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Orangeville, Ontario

June 23 2011 by Bryson Forbes



Loving it Lakeside

June 22 2011 by Bridget Daly

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This summer you don't have to go to the ocean to have a great beach vacation. For many people, especially in the Midwest, going to the ocean leads to a long car ride or expensive plane tickets. There are a variety of benefits of making your next vacation lakeside. The beaches are generally less crowded giving you a more private experience on the lake. The mild-mannered waves are perfect for boating, fishing, tubing, jet skiing and swimming. To top it off, a freshwater getaway is less expensive than their ocean side counterpart--giving you a superb vacation on the beach without making waves on your budget.

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Slipping Through the Parthenon

June 21 2011 by Sam Lowe

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ATHENS - If you come here expecting to find solitude and spend time running barefoot through the ruins while communing with the gods whose spirits are, allegedly, still hanging around the Acropolis, you will be in for a certain amount of disappointment. An estimated 12,000 people visit the site every day, and on most days, every one of them shows up. So if several tourist buses arrive at the same time, there's a potential for human traffic jams.
And that situation will be worsened if you're not wearing the proper shoes.
Since the Acropolis is an absolute must for sightseers, historians, dealers in antiquity and just plain curious folks, most are already familiar with at least some of its history. They'll know, for instance, that this isn't the only acropolis in Greece. The word is derived from akros (Greek for "edge" or "extremity") and polis ("city"), and there are many others in the country, usually situated on hilltops so the gods would have a better view of their realms.

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NASCAR Guess & Win

June 20 2011 by BW Innsider
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Face Off in Sonoma!

The checkered flag is up for grabs every week and Sonoma is no different. Do you have a feeling that a certain driver will win 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 hat signed by Michael Waltrip!

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Book with our Race Fan Rate® for exclusive discounts at Best Western hotels!


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

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 6/26. Winner will be announced on 6/27. 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.

School's Out for Summer

June 20 2011 by Bryson Forbes

iStock_000006617802XSmall.jpgWe are seemingly minutes away from the official start of summer as kids everywhere are set to put another school year in the books. Overall, as we recently heard at the Leisure Travel Summit held in Toronto, leisure travel and optimism is back in a big way this year. The result is an action packed summer full of fun, adventure and new experiences.

Here are my top 5 things to do with the kids this summer:

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Summer Solstice

June 20 2011 by Julie Drossos
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Summer solstice is coming up - June 21st to be exact! Not that the sheer fact that summer is in full swing - cue leaving work with hours of sunshine to spare, warm nights for barbecuing, playing in the park past 9 and catching late sunsets - isn't enough, but there are a lot of cool events and festivities you can partake in, in a variety of areas and communities to honor the Summer Solstice. Here are a few that are worth checking out.

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All About Traction

June 17 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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Riding a motorcycle is all about managing traction, so it's important to understand what traction is and how your riding style, choices and your motorcycle itself affect the traction that you have available.

First, some basics. As it relates to motorcycles, traction is the resistance between your tires and the ground. Traction results from friction (surface resistance) combined with your tires' footprint combined with your bike's (and your) weight. If the available traction is less than the torque that you apply to your wheel, the tire will spin. When your wheels spin without traction, handling can be unpredictable, and very bad things can happen.

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Father's Day Getaways

June 16 2011 by Mike Mason
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I love Father's Day. Mostly, because I can use it as an excuse to do whatever it is that I want to do on that day. Or if I am lucky it can extend out to a Father's Day weekend. All dads are different and I am sure everyone has their own special way of celebrating, but if I was to celebrate Father's Day with travel, these are the top spots on my wish list.

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More Free Time on the Freeway

June 16 2011 by Chris McGinnis

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School's Out For Summer!

June 15 2011 by Julie Drossos
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iStock_000010102580XSmall.jpgIt's that loved (especially if you're a teacher) yet dreaded (if you are a parent) time of year again - another school year over and another summer of finding things to occupy your kidlets and keep them out of trouble! If you don't want to send your kids away to summer camp or day camp, here are a few ideas for you to consider that can easily be coordinated at your end.

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Win Big Rewards with Your Motorcycle Photos

June 13 2011 by Jason Fogelson

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Two of my favorite hobbies, motorcycling and photography, go together beautifully. And now, Best Western has created a contest that promises to reward both hobbies.

Motorcyclists who visit a Best Western Hotel and upload a photo of their bike in front of a Best Western sign will be entered to win prizes, including Best Western Rewards points and Best Western Travel Cards. Photos must be uploaded to Best Western's Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/BestWestern) between now and July 15, 2011 in order to be eligible.

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NASCAR Contest for Race in Michigan

June 13 2011 by BW Innsider
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Start Your Engines!

The next stop in the drama-filled Sprint Cup Series is Michigan. Who will finish first when it's all said and done?

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

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

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 6/19. Winner will be announced on 6/20. 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.

Indiana Photo Contest

June 10 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. June's contest is featuring Indiana! This state will surprise you with all its many attractions and beautiful landscapes. Share with us your favorite photo you have taken of Indiana - the outdoors, the city, at one of the many attractions, anything! It just has to be your photo.

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 Indiana? The contest is open until June 30, 2011 so visit Best Western Indiana 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 like the best of Indiana. 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: Indiana 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 Indiana to learn more about this spectacular state and to plan your summer visit to Indiana!

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 and posted to Facebook and Twitter. Must be a resident of US or Canada and 18 years or older to enter. Contest ends June 30, 2011.

To Drive or to Fly. That is the Question

June 10 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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The reality of $4 per gallon gas is changing the way Americans travel this summer and there's plenty of advice out there about how to deal with it.

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Double Prize for NASCAR Contest!

June 10 2011 by BW Innsider
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DOUBLE Prize Weekend!

No one correctly guessed the winner of last week's race so we are carrying over last week's prize with this one for a DOUBLE PRIZE NASCAR WEEKEND!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner will be at the Sprint Cup race at Pocono this Sunday in the comments below. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 iTunes gift card AND a signed clear tote bag from Michael Waltrip!

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

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 6/12. Winner will be announced on 6/13. 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.

Best Beaches in Canada

June 9 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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Do you know which country in the world has the most coast line? You guessed it, it's Canada. Most people think of Canada's natural beauty to be our magnificent mountains, amazing national parks and glorious lakes, but there are some world-class beaches across this great land that can't be forgotten.

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Hoh Rain Forest

June 8 2011 by Claudia Kunkel
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iStock_000007257058XSmall.jpgA few years ago when planning our annual summer road trip with the kids, my husband suggested that we visit the rainforest in Washington state when traveling through the Seattle area. I must admit at that time, I didn't know there was a rainforest in the United States.

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Time Travel Destination Contest

June 7 2011 by BW Innsider
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Where Would You Time Travel To?

We had such a great turnout when we did this contest topic last year that we wanted to do it again. Reading all the entries is tons of fun so we want to hear your story and one lucky winner will win a $250 Best Western Travel Card®!

We all have our favorite destinations, but have you ever thought about what it would be like to visit them in a time machine? Yeah, probably not. But if you could, what destination would you visit and at what point in history would you make your trip? Leave your response in the comment section below with:

1. Where you would visit?

2. At what point in history you would go?

3. Why?

Once you leave your comment, you will be automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card®! Enter today!

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 youmustbetrippin.com and via Facebook/Twitter posts after winner is verified.

Bright Outlook for Michael Waltrip Racing Team

June 7 2011 by Mark Deyer
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183100_10150106894553371_66499758370_6652263_157647_n.jpgAfter a slow start to the 2011 season, it seems that Best Western sponsored Michael Waltrip Racing has turned it on and created a bit of luck for themselves. With high hopes going into the season, the newly semi-retired Michael Waltrip and newly refocused David Reutimann, had a bit of hard luck to kick off their year. A crash to start the season at Daytona for Waltrip and a series of mediocre finishes for Reutimann weren't what the Charlotte based team was hoping for. In a quick change of luck, however, May couldn't have been sweeter for them.

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Stanley Cup Finals

June 6 2011 by Bryson Forbes

iStock_000014431282XSmall.jpgThis is a fantastic time of the year! The weather is finally seasonal again and warm, but most of Canada is still focused on the ice. As I write this the Vancouver Canucks are only two games away from hockey's greatest prize; Lord Stanley's Cup. The Canucks are celebrating their fortieth anniversary in style, winning the President's Trophy and now on the verge of the franchise's first Stanley Cup Championship.

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Cell Phones and Business Travel

June 6 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000002956541XSmall.jpgWe've all heard the warnings and the rumors over the years, hoping that they weren't true.

But this week an international panel of experts from the World Health Organization said that cell phone use could be linked to certain types of brain cancer. The announcement re-ignited a long brewing debate about the safety of the devices.

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Transporting Your Motorcycle

June 3 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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_MG_2271.jpgI love riding my motorcycle. But sometimes I want to ride at some distant location, and it's just not practical to ride there. That's when I start to think about transporting my motorcycle.

Often, the simplest solution is the best one. If you own a pickup truck, you already own a great motorcycle transporter. A 2011 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited is 98.6" long (just over 8') and weighs 901 lbs. A compact pickup, like a Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma or Nissan Frontier is capable of hauling a big bike, but you'd be better off with a full-size pickup like a Ford F150, Chevy Silverado or Toyota Tundra, equipped with a long bed.

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Deal Meccas of America

June 2 2011 by Claudia Kunkel
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iStock_000015395495XSmall.jpgMy girlfriends and I are planning our annual 4-day getaway. We like to pick a place where we can do some heavy-duty discount shopping with a side of sightseeing. We want no distractions for the main event: finding deals.

We love outlet malls because there are so many different kinds of stores grouped together--we can all find something we love. The bargains are easy to find and we like the outdoor walkability of most modern outlet malls.

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Top Cheesy Destinations in France

June 1 2011 by BW Innsider
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guest_1.jpgThis is a guest post written by Roxanne Bridger, a travel blogger for flights comparison site CheapFlights.co.uk. If this post inspires you to travel to France, you can search lots of different dates for your flights to Biarritz, Corsica or Perpignan on their site to make sure you get the best deal around.

You do not have to be a cheese lover to enjoy France, but if you are, this is certainly the destination country for you.

Every region has its own specialty, and what is regarded as special in one place may not be so in another. A French proverb holds that "there is a different French cheese for every day of the year." Apart from the joy of taste, consuming cheese has many benefits. It's rich in protein, phosphorus, calcium, and many more essential nutrients.

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