Staying Healthy While Traveling

November 30 2011 by Matthew Clyde
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iStock_000016423713XSmall.jpgWith business travel back in full swing and with countless travelers traversing the airports and highways soon for holiday travel, the spread of germs and sickness become almost inevitable. Many people will become exhausted from travel, thereby weakening their immune system and increasing the risk of travel induced illness. Some travelers will tend to not eat as well as they might at home and may also get off track with exercise goals and sleep habits, which can also increase the risk of getting sick. So what can you do to combat illness and make sure you stay healthy during your travels?

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Film Festivals

November 29 2011 by Claudia Kunkel

iStock_000016277762XSmall.jpgAs the weather turns cold, now is the perfect to time to visit a film festival. There are many great film festivals coming around the corner. So silence your phone and prepare yourself for new, innovative and often independent stories on the silver screen.

Sundance Film Festival
Park City, Utah
January 19-29, 2012

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Tips From A Road Warrior

November 28 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000006612131XSmall.jpgI had a great conversation last night with a hockey teammate who is definitely what one would consider a "road warrior." He works in sales for a manufacturing company and spends more time in his car than anyone I know covering his territory of Ontario. In fact, he racks up nearly 40,000 kilometers every year working!

Last night I got the chance to probe him for some tips and tricks he deploys along his business travels. Here are some of his recommendations for anyone who is on the road often:

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Thanksgiving Food Traditions across America

November 23 2011 by Mike Mason

iStock_000004723851XSmall.jpgWhile it's usually a given that most families across America will be enjoying turkey this Thanksgiving, there are some regionally distinct Thanksgiving foods you may not be aware of. Depending on what part of the country you reside in, these unique dishes can range from fried Southern fare to classic Italian favorites.

With many people traveling to different regions for the holiday, we examine some of what you can expect at the dinner table this Thanksgiving, wherever you may be.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts

November 22 2011 by Claudia Kunkel

iStock_000017509725XSmall.jpgThe changing of the seasons and the approach of Thanksgiving always bring to mind the history and charm of the New England states and in particular the picturesque village of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Also known as "America's Hometown", Plymouth offers a glimpse into the United States' early history as well as a sophisticated, thriving community offering many diverse outdoor recreational and cultural activities.

I must admit that I mainly associate Plymouth with the pilgrims' voyage across the Atlantic aboard the Mayflower and the landing at Plymouth Rock. When I visited the area several years ago, I was surprised to discover the town and surrounding area have so much more to offer. As Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, I thought it would be a good time to check out a few of the seasonal celebrations surrounding this holiday.

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Best Travel Apps for Business Travelers

November 21 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000015945410XSmall.jpgI am officially an "Apple" guy after two recent purchases. The first purchase was my new MacBook Pro (which I am using to write this blog) and the latest was my new iPhone 4S, my third generation. I was one of the 4 million consumers who rushed out on the first weekend and bought the new device.

Apple and iPhone have a done a masterful job lately demonstrating that their products are not just fun toys but well suited for the business crowd. I remember having a debate a while back with a friend who happens to be a lawyer. At the time, she felt that the white-collar crowd would never embrace the iPhone. I actually took a picture about a week later as our doctor used his iPhone to create a prescription, which he then sent wirelessly to a printer - and voila a literate prescription!

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Traveling Through Tough Times

November 18 2011 by Mike Mason

iStock_000014121535XSmall.jpgI am no economist (you only need to look back to my Economics course in college to verify that), but you also don't have to be a financial genius to know there is plenty of anxiety about the economy. And that is felt everywhere, including in the way we approach travel. But maybe these times provide an opportunity to think about our travel differently or at least take a different approach. Here are a few ideas for tackling travel in the midst of tougher times:

Make Loyalty Points Your Traveling Companions: Cash in points from air miles, credit cards and of course, Best Western Rewards points and use them to get discounts, vouchers and even free stuff for the trip. If you haven't jumped on the loyalty points bandwagon, now is a good time to start storing them up.

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Book Review: The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing by Melissa Holbrook Pierson

November 17 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000013809182XSmall.jpgYou will probably never ride a thousand mile day on a motorcycle. Neither will I. But if you're eager to understand why some people ride a thousand miles a day and more -- indeed, if you're eager to understand why people ride motorcycles at all, The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing by Melissa Holbrook Pierson gives valuable insight into the practice of long-distance motorcycling.

Ms. Pierson is an essayist and non-fiction writer. I have recommended a previous book of hers, The Perfect Vehicle: What It Is About Motorcycles (1998), many times.

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Rock Out In 2012

November 16 2011 by Bridget Daly
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iStock_000016962742XSmall.jpgAs 2011 comes to an end, concert fans start buzzing about what concerts will be the "must-see" concerts of 2012 and therefore, worth traveling for, no matter how far you may be from the venue. U2, The Rolling Stones and Guns N Roses have all held the title in the past and here's what us live music lovers can expect for big shows in 2012 worth traveling for...

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Home Or Hotel For The Holidays?

November 16 2011 by Chris McGinnis

thanksgiving_fam.jpgFrequent travelers typically look toward the peak holiday travel season with equal amounts of joy and trepidation.

The joy, of course, comes with the increased likelihood of spending time with friends and family.

The trepidation comes in the form of worry about high prices, travel hassles, traffic, crowds and ... I'll go ahead and say it ... too much time with friends and family.

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That Old Bag

November 15 2011 by Chris McGinnis

Bags.jpgAre you tired of lugging around that scuffed up wheelie bag with a missing zipper tab, a tear mended by duct tape or a handle that pinches when you grab it the wrong way?

Maybe it's time to consider investing in a new bag--and a good one at that. After all, your luggage is often your closest, most relied upon companion when you are on the road.

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The LAST Race & NASCAR Contest - LOTS of Prizes

November 14 2011 by BW Innsider
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Multiple Winners for the Last Race!

It all comes down to this! Sunday's race will determine the winner of the Cup and we've got lots of prizes to give out! We have signed hats and books from Michael Waltrip and we're giving you TWO chances to win.

Leave a comment below with TWO guesses:
sample: "(Driver 1) will win the race and (Driver 2) will win the Cup"
You only need to get one of them right for a chance to win a prize.

Leave your guess in the comments below before the start of Sunday's race. We will select six random winners from all correct guesses to win a signed copy of Michael Waltrip's book In the Blink of an Eye or a Michael Waltrip signed hat!

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

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 11/20. Winner will be announced on 11/21. 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.

Tips For Small Business Owners To Save Money On Travel

November 14 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000001263418XSmall.jpgI was asked last week by PROFIT magazine to provide tips for small business owners to save money on their corporate travel budgets. As the owner of a corporate travel management company who deals with small and medium-sized businesses every day, my list of tips came pretty easily. Here are some of the money-saving highlights I shared with PROFIT:

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Washington State Photo Contest!

November 11 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. November's contest is featuring WASHINGTON State! We want to see the best photo you have that best represents Washington. It can be of you enjoying some outdoor activities, visiting historical monuments, scenic shots...anything! Send us the best one you have and our Washington 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 Washington State? The contest is open until November 30, 2011 so visit Best Western Washington 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 this state in the Pacific Northwest!

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 Washington. 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:

  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: Washington Photo Contest

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

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 November 30, 2011.

Rider Training

November 11 2011 by Jason Fogelson

iStock_000012539948XSmall.jpgI'm a big advocate of motorcycle rider training. I took my first motorcycle training class, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Experienced RiderCourse, after I had already been riding for a decade. When the one-day class was over, my head was spinning. I realized how little I actually knew about riding a motorcycle, and how lucky I was to have survived without proper training. I decided then and there to devote myself to being a better, safer rider, and to make sure that I kept on top of my skills at all times. I view each and every ride as a training session, and I pay constant attention to my riding while I'm in the saddle. Between rides, I read articles and books about motorcycle safety, and I seek out new inspiration for safe riding.

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Parks Canada Celebrates 100th Anniversary

November 10 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000017483193XSmall.jpgI was a very lucky child growing up with easy access to a number of national historic sites just outside of Ottawa, Canada's capital. I also spent most of my summers at my grandparents' cottage on the St. Lawrence River in the 1,000 Islands region, near one of Canada's oldest national parks: St. Lawrence National Park.

Yellowstone National Park in the U.S. was the first designated national park in the world, established in 1872. Almost 30 years later in 1911, Canada was the first country to create an agency specifically devoted to its national parks. This agency, Parks Canada, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and is responsible for assigning, managing and preserving these glorious landscapes. Its scope now includes 42 national parks as well as 167 of the nation's 950 national historic sites, and four national marine conservation areas.

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Five Tips To Make "Biz Travel" Relationships Work

November 9 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000016177144XSmall.jpgBest Western's most frequent guests spend days, weeks or months on the road, often leaving loved ones behind as they carve out a living in far-flung places.

With that in mind, I thought I'd share some tips and advice from consultants, authors (and frequent business travelers) Doug and Polly White on keeping the spark alive under the strain of a long distance relationship.

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The History Of The Chopper

November 8 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000009374256XSmall.jpgThe latest Chopper craze has waxed and waned, but that doesn't mean that the Chopper is dead and gone. In fact, the 2012 Harley-Davidson lineup includes several bikes that I would consider "Factory Choppers": The Nightster, Iron 883 and Forty-Eight from the Sportster family, the Street Bob from the Dyna family and the Blackline from the Softail family.

But where did this whole Chopper thing come from? And what is a "Chopper" exactly?

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Phoenix Showdown - NASCAR Contest

November 7 2011 by BW Innsider
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Chase for the Cup!

It's the second to last race in the Chase for the Cup and the stakes have never been higher! There are multiple drivers that could still win so who do you think will win Sunday's race in Phoenix?

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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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 11/13. Winner will be announced on 11/14. 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.

Scenic Drives for Stunning Fall Foliage

November 7 2011 by Claudia Kunkel

iStock_000017144829XSmall.jpgFall has arrived! A time for nostalgia, personal reflection and the beauty of Mother Nature at her finest in the changing landscape from summer to fall. Although living in the Southwest sometimes makes it difficult to tell the difference between one season and the next. Personally, I love the fall and the way the light plays out across the sky in the early morning and evening. Every year, I plan a trip back to the Midwest just to see an Iowa Hawkeyes football game and to experience the display of changing leaves near the banks of the mighty Mississippi. It is a breathtaking sight.

This year, I thought it would be nice to have a change of scenery and branch out to other locations around the country to see how this fall ritual plays out across the United States. Below are several outstanding scenic drives worth considering this fall:

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Running New York

November 4 2011 by Mike Mason

iStock_000001389283XSmall.jpgA trip to New York can be the experience of a lifetime, but your trip to the Big Apple doesn't have to be all about eating and watching shows, but instead about setting healthy goals or seeing the limits of human endurance. Around the world, the word "Marathon" describes images of runners running through the streets of all five of New York's boroughs, over the Queensboro Bridge and to the finish line in Central Park. On your mark, get set, go!

The ING New York City Marathon, which will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2011, has gone from a humble beginning 127 runners running in circles around Central Park in 1970 to over 100,000 enthusiasts entering a lottery each year to participate in the world's most prestigious race. It has become a staple of New Yorkers and visitors who endure chilly November weather to see people from all over the world take life to the limit.

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Summer Trip to Helsinki

November 3 2011 by James West
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IMG_2089.JPGWhen thinking of summer vacations, one typically doesn't think of Helsinki, Finland. Nonetheless, it is one of the most beautiful places to visit during summers. While it doesn't have the wildly famous attractions as a Paris or London, there is plenty to see, do and experience in "The Land of a Thousand Lakes."

One of the coolest things about being in Finland in the summer is that because it is so far north, the sky is lit up long into the night. The "night" isn't really that dark at all. It's more like dusk. This gives the locals an energy that is much needed after long, cold, dark winters. The Finns appreciate summer because of the dismal winters and it shows. People are out on the streets until 11 pm and midnight just to enjoy the light and beautiful weather. Because Finland isn't a huge tourist country, all the people outside are locals so you're guaranteed to get an authentic experience.

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Celebrating The Harvest

November 1 2011 by Mike Mason
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iStock_000017374530XSmall.jpgWhether it is lower temperatures, the changing colors of the leaves or the abundance of the harvest, fall is a favorite among travelers of all ages. It might be the crisp feeling in the air or those scents we've come to love, but around the country, there are sights to see and fun to be had. Here are a couple family-friendly festivals to enjoy in this nostalgic season of the year.

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What You Would Do With a $250 Best Western Travel Card and Who Would You Give it to as a Gift?

November 1 2011 by BW Innsider
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travel card.jpgTell Us and Enter for a Chance to Win TWO $250 Best Western Travel Cards

Share your answers to the following two questions in the comment section below and you will be automatically entered for a chance to win two $250 Best Western Travel Cards!

  • "What would you do with a $250 Best Western Travel Card?"

  • "Who would you give a $250 Best Western Travel Card to as a gift?"

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 and via Facebook/Twitter posts after winner is verified. Contest begins Nov. 1st and ends Nov. 30th.

What To Look For In a "Stop-Over" Hotel

November 1 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000017536501XSmall.jpgAs we head deeper into fall and temperatures start to require a heavy jacket, many Canadians are planning their winter escape. For many of us, a week away on a tropical beach in the dead of winter makes the harsh weather somehow bearable.

I get asked all the time for tips to make this escape an even better experience, and for those who live more than an hour from the airport, I often suggest staying at a "stop-over" hotel. There are a number of reasons why you should consider this but the main reason is that either the outbound or return flight, or sometimes both, can have you at the airport very early in the morning. A "stop-over" hotel can help reduce stress, save you in tricky driving winter conditions and ultimately make your overall experience much better. Here are some things to consider when looking for a good play to stay:

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