Texas is Third to Last NASCAR Race! - contest

October 31 2011 by BW Innsider
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Three Races Left!

With only three races to go in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series, each race becomes more and more important. Got an inclination of "Who's Gonna Win?"

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. 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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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 11/06. Winner will be announced on 11/07. 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.

Travel Superstitions

October 31 2011 by Mike Mason
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iStock_000016765894XSmall.jpgOften it's the little things that make a big difference. And for those who are superstitious, one superstitious blunder or forgotten lucky item is believed to begin a shower of bad luck. With so many components and moving parts when traveling, it's no surprise that travel can invoke an extra superstitious nature in many individuals and companies. Take a look at some of the superstitious measures taken by travelers and travel companies I've seen during my travels.

Unlucky 13

If you fly Continental Airlines, Air France, AirTran, or KLM you're boarding pass will never see row 13. All of these airlines go from row 12 to 14. But even those who aren't particularly suspicious say if given the option they'd prefer not to sit in row 13. So why not eliminate the row altogether?

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Pumpkin Carving Contests

October 28 2011 by Claudia Kunkel

iStock_000017571912XSmall.jpgThe costumes are ready. The candy bowl is full. And the jack-o-lanterns are set--glowing like a beacon to Halloween lovers nearby. While most people look at carving pumpkins as a fun and gooey family activity, for some individuals it's a serious competition.

Some competitions are regional and require all participants to carve their pumpkins at a pumpkin carving showdown. Others merely require a photo to be sent before an appointed deadline. Here are a few favorite contests:

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Hockey Is Back In Winnipeg!

October 27 2011 by Bryson Forbes

iStock_000011703960XSmall.jpgAs you very well may know, Winnipeg is the capital and largest city in the province of Manitoba. In fact, Winnipeg is the seventh largest city in Canada based on population. In relative terms, the seventh most populated city in the United States is San Antonio. The number seven is especially meaningful this year as the city welcomed back Canada's seventh NHL hockey team, The Jets, after a fifteen-year hiatus!

The city has been abuzz all summer and that excitement finally boiled over on Thanksgiving weekend as The Jets hosted their first home game. It was the hottest ticket in the country and many famous Canadians were on hand including Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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Martinsville NASCAR Contest

October 27 2011 by BW Innsider
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The Final Stretch of the Cup!

Each week brings new drama to the Chase for the Cup. This week, NASCAR travels to the Martinsville track which is a very intriguing race. So....Who's Gonna Win?!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. 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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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 10/30. Winner will be announced on 10/31. 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.

Perfect Timing!

October 26 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000013246520XSmall(1).jpgAll business is cyclical. You heard that in business school and see it in how your company's fortunes rise and fall in patterns over time.

The travel industry is no different. Throughout the year, there are predictable peaks and valleys in demand and pricing. Travelers who study them save the most money and have the most comfortable trips.

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Buying A Used Motorcycle

October 25 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000016724777XSmall.jpgAs far as I'm concerned, the best time to buy a used motorcycle is right now -- at the end of the riding season, when owners are considering winter storage. The holidays are right around the corner, and that used bike looks a little like an ATM sitting in the garage. The weather hasn't turned so much that you can't get in a good test drive, and if you buy now, you'll have the whole winter to make any alterations that you have in mind before spring rolls around.

Doing some homework before you start shopping for a used bike will help make the experience better. First, examine your finances, and figure out how much you want to spend on a bike. If you're planning to finance your purchase, go to your lender and get preapproved for a loan amount. Talk to your insurance agent, and find out what factors you should consider in order to make sure that you can afford proper motorcycle insurance. Engine size, motorcycle style and other factors can greatly affect your insurance bill -- so find this out before you buy.

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Pointsapalooza!

October 24 2011 by Chris McGinnis

bwrcard.jpgLast month the folks at Best Western challenged me to spend as many Best Western Rewards points as possible on a business trip. The idea behind the exercise was to illustrate just how diverse loyalty programs can be.

While most frequent travelers prefer to use points for free nights, there's a whole world of redemption opportunities out there -- just check the "spend points" tab on the Best Western Rewards website and you'll see what I mean. And if you are earning double rewards points this fall, it should be easier than ever.

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Save Gas While Riding Your Motorcycle

October 21 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000004322888XSmall.jpgMotorcycles can be incredibly fuel efficient, especially compared to cars. Still, even the most efficient bikes (and riders) can stand some improvement to make sure that they are getting the most out of every drop of fossil fuel.

Get to Know the Enemy

You won't know if you're improving your gas mileage unless you track your fuel usage. Start keeping a log of fuel purchased and miles driven. Keep notes of driving conditions, special situations and other information that will help you interpret your data. Make a habit of recording data with every fill up, and continue to record data as you make changes to your bike and your riding habits so that you can figure out what works and what doesn't.

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Get Lost In A Corn Maze

October 20 2011 by Amy Graff

CornMaze1.JPGScary movies and haunted houses--they're overrated. At least that's how you'll probably feel when you're lost in the middle of a gigantic corn maze. It's the ultimate Halloween thrill. These labyrinths cut into fields of corn are cropping up all over the country and there's probably one within driving distance of your home. To find one near you log onto the Corn Maze Directory or The Maize.

Happy Thanksgiving, Eh!

October 18 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000011753567XSmall.jpgCanadians just finished celebrating Thanksgiving on October10, and for most of the country, we did so in unseasonably warm weather. In fact, I read many accounts on Twitter of families, for the first time ever, having their big turkey dinners outside! I also observed that the weather acted as a catalyst for people to express what they are thankful for.

It also helped inspire this blog - my top five travel-related things that I am most thankful for this year:

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Get FREE Best Western Rewards Points!

October 17 2011 by BW Innsider

bwrcard.jpgWe recently launched our "Fastest Way to a FREE Night" Facebook promotion where we're giving away 10 MILLION Best Western Rewards points! Who couldn't use more loyalty points, right? All you have to do is Visit Us on Facebook and take a spin on the virtual accelerator. Participants will get anywhere between 100 and 100,000 Best Western Rewards points for FREE!

If you're not a Best Western Rewards member, you can sign up through our Facebook page; it's free! We still have millions of points left but nobody knows how long they'll last so grab your share of the 10 million stash today!

Talladega NASCAR Contest

October 17 2011 by BW Innsider
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The Showdown in Talladega!

It will be an exciting race in Talladega this Sunday and we've got multiple ways to win this weekend!

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

2 - Follow Us on Twitter and during the race, tweet the name of the driver in the lead each time there's a lead change with the hashtag #bestwesternleadchange. For example: "David Reutimann #bestwesternleadchange" That's it! We will track all hashtag tweets and each one gets you an entry for a chance to win prizes like signed copies of Michael Waltrip's book, signed hats and gift cards! It's a fun way to make the race more entertaining and rewarding. You can also find other NASCAR enthusiasts.

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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 10/23. Winner will be announced on 10/24. 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.

Motorcycle Financing

October 17 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000003759566XSmall.jpgBuying a motorcycle can be a significant investment. While generally less expensive than cars, the tab for a new, fully featured bike can easily approach figures that eclipse the price of a mid-size sedan. In the best of all possible worlds, you've got enough cash put aside so that you can buy your next bike outright. In the real world, that's not always the case. Does that mean that you have to put your dreams on hold? No, it does not. There are sensible ways to finance the purchase of a motorcycle.

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Should You Buy a Classic Bike?

October 14 2011 by Jason Fogelson

iStock_000002591373XSmall.jpgI've always dreamed of owning a classic motorcycle. Not just any classic: I've always dreamed of owning a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo-Glide. It was the first Harley with a genuine rear suspension, so it was the first H-D that I would consider "touring-ready." It is supremely comfortable, and remarkably smooth in operation. The Duo-Glide is a gorgeous bike, with elegant lines and striking details, the kind of bike you can spend as much time admiring as you can riding it.

But I've never bought a Duo-Glide, even though I've come across many affordable, well-maintained examples over the years.

Why not?

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Italy!

October 13 2011 by Claudia Kunkel
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iStock_000015986585XSmall.jpgI'm packing my bags again and this time we're off to Italy. I've been busy planning our itinerary down to the last detail. The planning is almost as fun as the actual travel in my book. Once I decided which country to visit the rest was easy as this would be our third time traveling to the country that is full of history and culture.

Our first destination after landing in Rome will be Florence, located in the heart of Tuscany. It's a quick and easy train ride out of the Roma Termini Station to Florence, just about 90 minutes. Florence is known as the "cradle of the Renaissance" because of the many treasures it holds - Santa Maria del Fiore, probably better known as the Duomo, the Medici Chapel which holds the remains of the most powerful family in Florence from the 15th to the 18th century, the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia housing the famous statute of Michelangelo's David. There are so many historical places to see in Florence not to mention making time for the shopping and dining. Yes, pasta, pasta and more pasta! If you need a break from the museums, the hills of Tuscany are waiting just outside the city.

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Rock Cities Suspended In Air

October 13 2011 by Sam Lowe

93 met.jpgKALAMBACA, Greece - The ancient ruins at Athens, Delphi and Olympia are impressive, awe-inspiring, and everything I had expected from reading about them as far back as grade school, which was several years ago, maybe even longer ago than that. But the site that affected me the most was the Meteora, located on the plains of Thessaly in the northeastern sector of the country.

It is mind-boggling, and that's putting it mildly.

Basically, the Meteora is a number of monasteries that were built on top of huge rock pinnacles centuries ago by monks using nothing but hand tools, ropes and pulleys. Alexander Eliot, writing for the Life World Library, described them as "monasteries perched upon the pinnacles like storks' nests on chimney pots."

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Washington State Road Trip: Video

October 12 2011 by Jason Fogelson

Check out the video footage of Best Western's Travel Blog writer Jason Fogelson and his trip through Washington state!

Dive In!

October 11 2011 by Claudia Kunkel

iStock_000015663524XSmall.jpgIf you think you've seen the sights and sounds of the world, you haven't seen anything unless you've experienced life under water. More than 70 percent of the earth is covered by ocean occupied by 230,000 forms of marine life. Scuba diving is truly awe inspiring and should not be missed during coastal travel.

To fully experience the world below the surface, you better plan ahead. Although some tourist destinations have scuba adventures for non-divers, you'll be able to explore more of the underwater world when you become scuba certified before your coastal vacation. If you don't live near the ocean, don't worry, there are scuba certification courses available in many landlocked states. By certifying before your trip you'll be able to become familiar with scuba safety and equipment before you dive into another world.

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Washington State DAY SIX: EDMONDS TO SEATTLE

October 11 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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IMG_2212.jpgAfter a good night's rest, I wake up for a quick breakfast in the BEST WESTERN PLUS Harbor Inn's dining room. They have a cool, build-your-own egg sandwich system that everyone is trying, and I can't resist, either. An egg fried in the round, a sausage patty, a slice of cheese and an English muffin, assembled and tossed in the microwave for a minute, and you've got a breakfast that McDonald's can only dream about.

I check out of the hotel and load up the Electra Glide for the last time. I'm pretty proud of my packing this time. I have worn every item of clothing that I packed. The only way to get more efficient is to start wearing clothing twice, or a mid-trip wash. For a six-day ride, I'll stick with the "just enough" system. Next, I'll need to hone the other junk I carry.

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Changes In College Football Is Opportunity For New Travel Destinations

October 10 2011 by Mike Mason

iStock_000013986668XSmall.jpgThose following college football have probably noticed change is in the air for conference allegiances. Most of the changes, so far, are in the West and Mid West, but as I write this Oklahoma is considering a move from the Big 12 and Texas A&M seems to be headed to the SEC and the ACC is adopting Syracuse and Pitt. The PAC-10 (now PAC-12) had Colorado and Utah join their ranks and the Big 10 now has Nebraska. Boise State, Nevada, Fresno and Hawaii left the WAC to join the Mountain West and Brigham Young University shunned a conference all together as an independent in football.

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Cup Chase Continues in Charlotte

October 10 2011 by BW Innsider
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Night Race in the Chase!

It's still anyone's game in the Chase for the Cup. The next race is a night race on Saturday in Charlotte, so who do you think will take the checkered flag?

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Saturday's race will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select one random winner from all correct guesses to win a $25 Sports Authority 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 10/15. Winner will be announced on 10/17. 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.

Washington State DAY FIVE: LEAVENWORTH TO EDMONDS

October 10 2011 by Jason Fogelson

IMG_2181.jpgThe BEST WESTERN PLUS Icicle Inn sets out a great breakfast buffet in J.J. Hills Fresh Grill, and the great model train runs the whole time. By the way, Jerome James "J.J." Hill was the head of the Great Northern Railroad, and pressed for its route to pass through Leavenworth. So there's some logic to the restaurant's name and railroad theme -- not that it needs logic, anymore than Leavenworth itself needs logic. It's just fun and cool, that's all.

I load up the Electra Glide under the big hand-painted sign that bids me "Auf Wiedersehen," then bid farewell to the BEST WESTERN PLUS Icicle Inn. If I were a snow skier, I'd be marking this location on my map. I'll bet it is stunning in the wintertime.

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Washington State DAY FOUR: OTHELLO TO LEAVENWORTH

October 7 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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IMG_2159.jpgThe heat wave seems to have broken when I wake up this morning at the BEST WESTERN Othello Inn. I share the hotel's breakfast room with a group of power company linemen, and we all compliment the morning's fare. Excellent biscuits and gravy, just the kind of stick-to-your-ribs food to keep you going as you climb poles all day -- or ride a motorcycle through beautiful countryside.

I load up the Electra Glide, and depart town in the direction of the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is a 30,000-acre area administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Refuge was established in 1944, and much of its land is that unique canyon and eroded hillside that was formed by the great floods that created the Columbia River Basin. The area is an important stopover for migratory waterfowl, and is famous for its population of Sand Hill Cranes. I didn't see much wildlife during my ride through the Refuge, but I did see great, unspoiled natural beauty in every direction, miles and miles of land untouched by human habitation. It's a fascinating place, a desert terrain that seems to have abundant water at the same time. I've never seen any other place like it.

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Washington State DAY THREE: OMAK TO OTHELLO

October 6 2011 by Jason Fogelson

IMG_2146.jpgIt's already hot in Omak when I wake up this morning. The weather lady is calling for temperatures in the upper 90s. I hope she's wrong, but I'll be fine either way. I just have to remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

After a fortifying breakfast in the elegant breakfast room/library of the BEST WESTERN PLUS Pepper Tree Inn at Omak, I'm ready to move on. I'm getting an early start today, on account of the heat. I kind of wish I could hang out in Omak for another day, and swim in that great pool while I wait for the heat to pass. Oh, well.

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Share a Spooky Travel Destination

October 6 2011 by BW Innsider
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Share a Spooky Travel Destination and You Could Win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!

With Halloween right around the corner we ask "What's The Spookiest Place to Travel?" Share a spooky trip in the comment section below and you will be automatically entered for a chance to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!

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. All eligible entries must be submitted before 11:59 pm PST October 31, 2011.

Texas Photo Contest

October 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. October's contest is featuring TEXAS! We want to see the best photo you have that best represents Texas. It can be of you enjoying some outdoor activities, visiting historical monuments, scenic shots...anything! Send us the best one you have and our Texas hotels will determine the winning 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 Texas? The contest is open until October 31, 2011 so visit Best Western Texas online to find great deals and hotels to stay at this month, plus lots of great attractions and places to visit during your trip. It's a beautiful time of the year to visit the Lone Star State!

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 Texas. 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: Texas Photo Contest

Visit Best Western Texas to learn more and to plan your next trip to Texas!

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 October 31, 2011.

Washington State DAY TWO: BELLINGHAM TO OMAK

October 5 2011 by Jason Fogelson

_MG_7375.jpgToday is a big day on my Washington State ride. I'm meeting up with a group of riders at Mt. Baker Harley-Davidson, and they're escorting me on a ride and joining me for lunch along my route.

First, I fuel up with a delicious breakfast in the Oboe Cafe at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Lakeway Inn. A choice of several breakfast meals is included with my stay, and it's a luxurious change over the usual buffet. Sometimes it's nice to relax and let someone take care of you.

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NASCAR Contest for Kansas Race

October 4 2011 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win?!

Tony Stewart's streak was broken this past race by Kurt Busch, but whose turn is it now? The Chase for the Cup's next stop is Kansas this Sunday. Who do you think will drive away with the win?

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 $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 10/9. Winner will be announced on 10/10. 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.

Washington State DAY ONE: SEATTLE TO BELLINGHAM

October 4 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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_MG_7342.jpgI pack my gear carefully for this trip, as always. I'm honing my gear down with each trip, trying to do more with less. Everything must have a purpose, and anything that didn't get used on the last trip gets left at home on the next one. I have this down to a science now.

I used to carry a tool roll on every trip, an old habit from the days when motorcycles were much less reliable. This time, I'm only packing a small flashlight, a Leatherman multi-tool, a roll of duct tape and the universal tool - my iPhone. I probably won't ever use the first three.

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