Can't Leave Home Without It

September 30 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000016610956XSmall.jpgThis week I am expecting the delivery of my new MacBook Pro and needless to say, I am very excited! The last two times I have upgraded my laptop I have been tempted to make the switch to Apple, but at the last minute I have chickened out. This time, however, I finally made the plunge.
The decision became much easier now as I have three years of experience with an iPhone and a full year under my belt with an iPad. In fact, the last year with the iPad has truly changed how I travel. Whenever possible, my iPad is my default travel device and I leave my laptop at home.

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Secrets Of The Long Distance Riders

September 29 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000016979093XSmall.jpgI've been on a few long rides in the past few months. I've been all by myself on most of them, but I've been part of a group on others. When they are not riding, riders talk about riding. Where they've ridden, what they've ridden, how they've ridden. Who they've ridden with.

And frequently, riders talk about how far they've ridden.

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We Brought Our Dog!

September 28 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000014720976XSmall.jpgWe were nervous - but we did it! On our recent trip to London (see my last blog - would like to create a link once it's posted) we decided that Ellie, our 8-month-old pup Bernedoodle was ready to make the trip with us. And if I'm being honest, we decided we were ready to bring Ellie.

The decision was actually very easy for a number of reasons:

First, Ellie is the best dog that ever lived. That may be a slightly biased exaggeration but we are very lucky. She is well trained and gentle and given that she now weighs 67 pounds, that's very important.

Second, we were staying at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre and Best Western is the best hotel chain for catering to pets and pet owners! In fact, there are more than 1,600 hotels worldwide ready to welcome you and your pet. Lastly, this was the perfect time to test the traveling with your dog concept as we were relatively close to home and only away for one night.

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Points Pay With Being Loyal

September 27 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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bwrcard.jpgI am really good at collecting points with reward programs, but, aside from my local coffee shop that rewards patrons with a free cup after ten purchases, I have not been as good about cashing in on my loyalty points. Last weekend, however, that all changed!

I have been a member of Best Western Rewards now for four years and until last week had not cashed in a single point. If you are not a member, you should enrol now, as it's quick and easy! My work with Best Western, its timely and valuable promotions and my travel schedule have allowed me to accumulate quite a few points over the past four years.

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The Chase Continues - NASCAR contest

September 26 2011 by BW Innsider
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Stewart Dominates the Cup

Tony Stewart has won back to back races so far in the Chase for the Cup. Will he make it three in a row? Who do you think will win the race in Dover this Sunday?

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a signed copy of Michael Waltrip's book In the Blink of an Eye!

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Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 10/2. Winner will be announced on 10/3. 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.

New York: September 11th Memorial

September 26 2011 by Mike Mason

iStock_000017277570XSmall.jpgThe ceremony and attention of the 10th anniversary of September 11th has passed and the official memorial in New York now stands as a permanent marker. Many Americans will reflect at the site and remember those who lost their lives on that tragic day 10 years ago. There have been many tributes and memorials over the years, but probably none more anticipated than the memorial now at ground zero, where the World Trade Center twin towers once stood. The memorial opened to the public on Monday, September 12th 2011 in New York City, and features a bronze engraving of victim's names around the edges of two waterfalls that cascade down into two acre-sized pools below.

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Fan Swap Winner

September 23 2011 by Mike Mason

Congrats to the Moak family, winners of the Best Western Michael Waltrip Fan Swap! They were able to travel with the Michael Waltrip Racing Team, have lunch with David Reutimann and Michael Waltrip, and may have even been the good luck for David to win the Richmond pole! Check out the video from their time with the team.

TSA Relaxes Rules For Screening Kids

September 21 2011 by Amy Graff

TSA.jpgGood news for traveling families: Today, the TSA announced that it's relaxing rules for screening children.

The organization is beginning to pilot programs that don't require children under 12 to take off their shoes or endure thorough pat-downs, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano shared before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

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Happy New Year

September 20 2011 by Bryson Forbes

iStock_000014299760XSmall.jpgLabour Day feels like the start of a whole new year - especially for students and parents of students (like me!). Labour Day is also the unofficial end of summer and the start of fall and in my neck of the woods, Mother Nature agreed as we woke up to a chilly morning with a temperature of only 12 degrees.

For Canadian travellers, fall is when most of us start to think about a winter getaway. For people with kids in school, it's important to think about travel and act sooner than later before popular school breaks like Christmas and spring are all booked up. Just last week we booked our first Christmas vacation in the desert and are looking forward to a big family get together in Arizona. We are leaving in 105 days, but who's counting!

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Loudon Hosts The Chase - NASCAR contest

September 19 2011 by BW Innsider
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The Chase for the Cup!

After a rain delay, the first Chase race is in the books with Loudon on the horizon. It's still anyone's game and you can join in on the intensity!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race 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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Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 9/25. Winner will be announced on 9/26. 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.

Harley Davidson Road Trip Through Canada

September 19 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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Check out the video of the latest Harley Davidson Canada Road Trip!

Canadian Border Trip Day Four/Five: Coeur d'Alene, ID to Kelowna, BC and Home Again

September 16 2011 by Jason Fogelson

BBB.jpegOkay, so this morning I don't have fruit for breakfast. I break down and have some eggs, bacon and toast. So shoot me. The breakfast at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Coeur d'Alene Inn just looks too good.

I check out of my room, noticing again just how friendly and efficient the staff at the hotel is. This is a very well run establishment, and I will definitely be back again for a third visit in the future. I'm a little bummed that we won't get a chance to explore downtown Coeur d'Alene, which is so charming and interesting. I really enjoyed wandering around there on my last visit -- it's like an unspoiled Spokane, hip and cool without the attitude. Oh, well -- next time.

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Cesar Millan's Pet Travel Tips

September 15 2011 by BW Innsider
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Do you travel with your pets? Let Cesar Millan, the dog whisperer, share his 7 tips on traveling with your pet. If you haven't traveled with your pet, these tips will help you and your pet enjoy traveling together. Be sure to then book a pet-friendly room at one of the over 1,600 pet-friendly Best Western hotels nationwide.

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Canadian Border Trip Day Three: Kalispell, MT To Coeur d'Alene, ID

September 14 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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_MG_7312.jpgWe've got some serious riding to do today, so we have all agreed to get up an hour earlier than usual, and meet at 7:00 am in the breakfast room of the BEST WESTERN White Oak Grand. I stoke the fires with fresh fruit and some yogurt, knowing that I'll need long-lasting energy for the road ahead. We check out of our hotel rooms, and meet in the parking lot.

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Canadian Border Trip Day Two: Trail, BC To Kalispell, MT

September 13 2011 by Jason Fogelson

IMG_2075.jpgBreakfast at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Columbia River Hotel is served in the dining room, and it is delicious. I'm feeling good this morning, and I also feel virtuous, because all I have for breakfast is a big bowl of fruit, while my Canadian friends all seem to be carbing up with eggs, pancakes and other heavy foods. I'll wait for lunch and dinner before I fill up.

The sun is shining as we saddle up to ride, and the skies are clear and blue. We're going to be crossing the border into the United States today, and I'm kind of curious how that will work on a group of motorcycles. I suddenly realize that I've never crossed an international border on a bike, so this day will mark a significant occasion.

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The Chase for the Cup Begins!

September 12 2011 by BW Innsider
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Chicago Kicks Off The Chase!

It's finally here, the Chase for the Cup! While the field of drivers who can win the championship is smaller, the races from here on out are only going to get bigger in intensity! Every race counts now with the playing field much more even. Who do you think will win the first race in the Cup in Chicago?

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!

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Canadian Border Trip Day One: Kelowna, BC To Trail, BC

September 12 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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_MG_7261.jpgThis is going to be a different kind of road trip for me. I'm going on a group ride with Deeley Harley-Davidson of Canada and a group of Canadian journalists. We're going to be riding a collection of 2012 Harleys, starting off in Kelowna, British Columbia and dipping down below the border into my home country of the United States. We'll be staying at BEST WESTERN hotels along the way, both in Canada and in the U.S.

I'm looking forward to the ride. We'll be riding through some beautiful areas, including one of my favorite spots on Earth, Montana's Glacier National Park. I'm very excited to return there, as it was the highlight of one of my trips last year.

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Georgia Photo Contest

September 9 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. September's contest is featuring GEORGIA! We want to see the best photo you have of the Peach State. It can be of you enjoying some outdoor activities, visiting historical monuments, scenic shots...anything!

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 Georgia? The contest is open until September 30, 2011 so visit Best Western Georgia 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 Georgia. Only one photo per person will be accepted, so choose wisely! Don't forget to give us your name, email address and a brief description of where your photo was taken. With no name and email we will have no way to contact you if you win.

How to enter:

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

  2. Make sure you include your name and email address in the body of 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)

  3. Make sure the subject line is: Georgia Photo Contest

Visit Best Western Georgia to learn more about this exciting southern state and to plan your next trip to Georgia!

Failure to follow any of the above rules will result in your removal or disqualification 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 September 30, 2011.

Splurging On Wetsuits In San Diego

September 9 2011 by Amy Graff
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bbb.jpgHotels rooms under $100, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, cheap flights with long layovers and strange departure times. I'm used to seeking out deals when traveling. Our family can only afford to travel on the cheap.

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Business Travel Season Begins!

September 8 2011 by Chris McGinnis

Ahh September, the traditional kick-off to peak business travel season. Road warriors everywhere can now reclaim their space at airports, on planes, on freeways and at hotels. But given recent fluctuations in financial markets and economic uncertainty . . . what is it going to be like out there over the next 4-6 months? Are travelers cutting back? Are fares and rates rising or falling?

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Behind The Scenes At The Raceway With Michael Waltrip

September 7 2011 by Chris McGinnis

In my post a few weeks ago, you read about my recent business trip that included an overnight stay at the swank BEST WESTERN PREMIER Ivy Hotel in Napa and a fun-filled morning with two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip.

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Night Race in Richmond - NASCAR Contest

September 7 2011 by BW Innsider
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Night Race at the Richmond Track!

After a delay in Atlanta, there is short break between races. The cutoff for the Chase will happen soon so each race is getting more intense! This Saturday night, drivers will battle it out in Richmond.

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 Home Depot gift card®!

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Georgian Bay: Canada's Number One Hidden Gem!

September 2 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000010179944XSmall.jpgIt's true, only 90 minutes north of Toronto lies a hidden gem of Canada - Georgian Bay. My wife, kids and I recently spent a weekend along with a couple of great friends on Georgian Bay in Midland, Ontario. After our weekend there, I can sure see why it was voted "Best Hidden Gem in Canada" by The Canadian Tourism Commission's Local's Know campaign from 2010. Okay, so you've got me - it may be closer to a 120 minute trip if you leave on a Friday after work, but it's worth the drive!

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It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

September 1 2011 by Bryson Forbes

iStock_000014355001XSmall.jpgSummer break is coming to an end for students in Canada and the Tuesday after Labour Day, we'll see everyone back in school for another year. Weather wise, this year was the warmest and driest in recent history. Although it went quickly, as it always does, I think we all can agree that we had a true summer!

As it comes to an end, parents are scrambling to make sure their kids are ready to go back to school in style and the annual shopping ads are taking over. One of my favourite ads is from Staples. If you have seen the commercial, you know it has become cult-like in the suburbs and can make even the Tiger Moms and Dads chuckle .

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