New Year's Eve Celebrations

December 30 2011 by Mike Mason

NYE.jpgAs the clock strikes midnight and we ring in 2012, where will you be? We look at some at the biggest and best New Year's Eve celebrations in North America, and of course Best Westerns to stay at along the way!

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Cross-Border Flying

December 28 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000016245645XSmall.jpgOn day one of our two week winter vacation, we joined the growing group of Canadians who call Buffalo-Niagara International their home airport.

My anecdotal research, which relies on a visual scan of license plates in the long-term parking lot, confirms the more sophisticated research the Hotel Association of Canada has conducted. According to its studies, upwards of 20 percent of passengers who depart from Buffalo are Canadians.

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Your Motorcycle In Winter

December 27 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000018584330XSmall.jpgEven though I live in Southern California, I find myself contemplating how to keep my motorcycling jones fulfilled during the winter. I can only imagine the depths of despair that my motorcycling friends in the Upper Midwest are enduring right now. So I decided to collect a few random thoughts about your motorcycle in winter to help keep hope alive.

As long as the roads are dry and the skies are clear, you can conquer the cold and keep on riding.

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Visiting The Holiday Cheer

December 21 2011 by Mike Mason

iStock_000015244970XSmall.jpgHoliday festivals are exciting because they emit the feeling of the season and only come around once a year. They offer a great reason to explore other parts of the country or spend time together as a family. Here are some of my favorites across the USA:

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Hanukkah Festival Travel

December 20 2011 by Claudia Kunkel

iStock_000018285441XSmall.jpgThis year, beginning at sunset on December 20th and concluding at sunset on December 28th will be the time when many Jewish Americans will celebrate the Hanukkah holiday. Hanukkah is generally known as the festival of lights and is an eight day celebration that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple. This is recognized by the lighting of the Menorah (or candelabrum) and an exchange of gifts, along with traditional games and songs.

Each year there are many festivals that take place across the U.S. inviting people to enjoy the holiday together in celebration. Take a look at some of the festivals below and the Best Westerns to stay at along the way!

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My 2012 Travel Predictions

December 19 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000017307786XSmall.jpg'Tis the season for resolutions and predictions. As many of you know, I love to keep up-to-date with the latest statistics and travel trend data from the experts. Well this year, I thought I'd develop my own predictions. Looking ahead to 2012, here are my five travel predictions for the year ahead:

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International Motorcycle Show

December 16 2011 by Jason Fogelson

iStock_000017201836XSmall.jpgNothing warms me up like a visit to the International Motorcycle Show (IMS), which tours the United States every winter. In past years, it has been sponsored by Cycle World Magazine, but this year Progressive Insurance has taken the reins -- so the show is officially known as the Progressive International Motorcycle Show.

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December 15 2011 by Claudia Kunkel

Pam_Cambodia.jpgThose of you who follow my blogs probably know by now that I have a passion for travel. When I am not traveling, I am dreaming and plotting my next adventure. I'm happy to say that this love of travel has been passed along to our daughters and they are searching out their own new adventures to destinations either close to home or halfway across the world. This past fall, our youngest mapped out her own dream vacation backpacking through Southeast Asia.
A plan that both excited me but also made me more than a little nervous as she would be making this journey entirely by herself. Well, she spent five weeks meandering around Lao, Thailand and Cambodia and made it safely back home, to my relief. Simply put, she had an amazing time and fell in love with all of the countries she visited. For this blog post, I've decided to focus on Cambodia and three of her favorite stopovers.

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Progress, But Persistent Problems On US Roads

December 14 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000005388866XSmall.jpgBest Western's best customers tend to drive on business trips much more often than they fly, so this post should make them (and their loved ones) happy.

According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roadway fatalities and injuries fell to their lowest rates...ever... in 2010. The record-breaking decline occurred even as Americans drove nearly 3 trillion miles last year.

NHTSA says that the improvement is a result of three key factors:

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Travel Related Gifts For Seniors

December 13 2011 by Sam Lowe
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iStock_000017826601XSmall.jpgMany of us have reached that slightly-elevated age where we don't really need any more stuff, things like neckties and bracelets, knickknacks and coffee table items. But since we also have more time to travel, now that we have achieved seniordom, we can appreciate gifts that can be useful on tours, junkets and getaways.

A GPS system is a good example, particularly for those who take leisurely motor trips across the United States. They're easy on the budget, and relatively simple to operate, even for us non-nerds. Some are also small enough to be hand-held and adaptable for foreign travel, which can be a blessing for those who get confused while walking along the back streets and crowded byways of such places as Venice, Munich and Tokyo.

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Favorite Rides: Miami Beach, Florida

December 13 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000015249611XSmall.jpgWinter is about to tighten its grip on the Northern Hemisphere. What better time than to scoot down to South Beach to bask in the sunshine?

I found myself in Miami Beach on business, and decided to extend my stay for a few days. I went online to the Harley-Davidson site and booked a 2011 Softail Deluxe from Peterson's Harley-Davidson of Miami. In just a few minutes, I was out of my rental car, and back on two wheels, ready to explore the city.

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Avoiding Sneaky Fingers

December 12 2011 by Sam Lowe

iStock_000003269177XSmall.jpgThe holiday season brings out the big crowds. Shoppers and carolers. Santas and lap-sitters. Children and elves. And pickpockets.

In my travels, I have encountered a pair of quick-fingered young Russians who lifted all my unexposed film from a hard-to-open camera case, an Argentinian couple who sprayed the back of my jacket then pretended to be drying it while trying to steal my wallet, and a Ukranian who was beating his son because he hadn't picked enough pockets that day.

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Finding Rental Car Deals

December 12 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000016367470XSmall.jpgWith airlines cutting back or cutting out service to smaller towns across the US, it's increasingly likely that business travelers will be picking up rental cars at major airports, and then driving to small town destinations. While rental car prices are expected to remain relatively flat in the coming year due to increased competition, it's still smart to shop around for the best rate. Here are some tips on how to do that:

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The Happiest Province In Canada

December 7 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000002194344XSmall.jpgI was recently doing some research for a corporate client regarding a project in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (PEI) and discovered an amazing statistic. According to the Canadian Centre for Standard of Living, the happiest province in Canada is, in fact, PEI.

As we often travel to pursue happiness, this statistic would lead me to believe that PEI would make an excellent destination for travellers. Happiness is difficult to quantify, which of course makes this more of a perception index than reality, but I started to do some thinking as to what PEI offers that could make its residents happier than anywhere else in Canada.

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Travelling This Holiday Season

December 6 2011 by Bryson Forbes

iStock_000013920094XSmall.jpgIf you are like me, the (holiday) dread is just starting to sink in. The clock is ticking and with every passing minute, the pressure to find that perfect Christmas gift mounts. My routine is both predictable and dysfunctional. Every year as time winds down until Christmas, the amount of time I spend worrying increases day by day.

This year will be particularly challenging because my family, including my mother-in-law, brother-in-law and his girlfriend, my sisters' family and my parents are all spending our first Christmas away in Scottsdale, Ariz. There will be no white Christmas for us this least there better not be!

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Gifts For Bikers

December 5 2011 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000010423134XSmall.jpgIs it Christmas time again already? Then it must be time to shop for the biker on your list. Lucky for you, there are plenty of cool, affordable gifts that will put a smile on the face of your favorite motorcyclist.

Here are a few cool gift suggestions:

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What Is Your Favorite Memory Of Traveling During The Holidays?

December 1 2011 by BW Innsider
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Unusual Travel Poll Results

December 1 2011 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000017338523XSmall.jpgHave you ever wondered how your fellow Americans feel about travel? Poll Position, a new company that conducts a wide variety of scientific polls, zeroed in on travel lately, and the results are interesting.

According to a recent poll of 1,179 registered voters, 74% said that they'd traveled outside the US while 22% said they had not. Those who classify themselves as "Independents" made up the largest group of international travelers, with 80% saying they have traveled outside the US. Republicans traveled outside the US in larger numbers, with 74% saying they've taken a trip outside the US compared to Democrats, among whom 68% said they'd traveled beyond borders.

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