Desert Adventure, Day Three: Phoenix, AZ to Tucson, AZ

January 31 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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_MG_8480.jpgAt some point in the middle of a motorcycle trip I always begin to feel like I've been on the road forever, and that the ride will never end. It's a great feeling, and it means that I'm getting into my groove and really living in the moment. Today feels like that.

The BEST WESTERN PLUS InnSuites Phoenix Hotel & Suites has a big, bright breakfast room right off of the lobby, and we take advantage of the hot food buffet. I don't eat a lot of eggs at home, but for some reason there's nothing better on the road.

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Desert Adventure, Day Two: Needles, CA to Phoenix, AZ

January 30 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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_MG_8463.jpgBreakfast is my thing. There's nothing better than waking up in the morning and knowing that a good breakfast is on the agenda. Breakfast at Juicy's River Cafe is included with our night's stay at the BEST WESTERN Colorado River Inn. Good, stick-to-your-ribs eggs and bacon starts our day the right way.

We check out of the hotel, load up the bike and get back on the Mother Road. We'll be tracking along a short section of the original Route 66 today, and we're excited to explore a piece of travel history.

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Desert Adventure, Day One: Los Angeles to Needles, CA

January 27 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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_MG_8426.jpgI'm always excited to go on a motorcycle trip. When my wife Robin can get the time off of work to join me as a passenger, I'm over the moon. She's great company, and the best pillion rider I've ever met. A ride with Robin is the best.

We're starting out from home this time, which is great. While I enjoy exploring the country on a bike, eliminating the travel days to and from a remote starting point gives us more time actually riding, and less time in airports.

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What's the most romantic place you've traveled to, or would like to travel to, on a date?

January 26 2012 by BW Innsider
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Product Review: Scala Rider G4 PowerSet

January 26 2012 by Jason Fogelson

scala.JPGI just got back from a week-long ride from Southern California into Arizona and back, which you'll be reading about here very soon. Luckily, my wife Robin was able to take time off from work to ride along as my passenger. We took the opportunity to test a new Bluetooth communication system, instead of using the onboard intercom system on the 2012 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic that we rode. We've used the H-D system in the past, and it works like a charm. The only downside to the H-D system, if there is one, is that it is not wireless. Bluetooth wireless systems have spoiled me. I use a Bluetooth stereo headset every day when I'm not on my bike, so I figured it would be fun to try one on this trip.

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March Break at Disneyworld (or Disneyland)

January 25 2012 by Bryson Forbes

iStock_000018766600XSmall.jpgMarch break is fast approaching and last week I highlighted a few great ski vacation options for your consideration. Thanks to everyone who shared other great ski destinations and tips to help inspire a well-planned and enjoyable March break vacation.

This week I am considering a Disney vacation and here are my top 10 tips and tricks to get the most out of a March break at Disney.

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Come on Back!

January 23 2012 by Mike Mason
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iStock_000014124342XSmall.jpgDespite an oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico coast in 2010, things are back to normal, making a vacation getaway that is a perfect way to escape the snowy North. The beaches are clean and Southern hospitality is waiting to cater to your every relaxing desire.

Here are some of my favorite beach-front cities that are sure to give you the vacation of a lifetime and a reprieve from your stress.

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Learning Some Terms Might Help

January 20 2012 by Sam Lowe
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iStock_000015675640XSmall.jpgBefore embarking upon a journey to a foreign land where English is not the primary language, my wife and I try to acquaint ourselves with some of the more common terms we will more than likely be using during the trip. Simple things, like "please," "thank you," "you're welcome," and, of course, the more important phrases like "two beers" and "where's the bathroom?"

We have found that it's a great ice-breaker because the locals respect our senior-oriented attempts and at least know we're trying. And over the years, we have also picked up more of the language because people are always willing to help us get beyond the hand-gesturing and loud-talking phases that usually accompany our attempts to communicate. Especially when asking for directions.

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Documents, Documents and Pills

January 19 2012 by Sam Lowe

pill.JPGAs we graciously move into the more advanced stages of life, we are finding that travel is no longer a simple matter of tossing some clean underwear and a toothbrush into an overnight bag and taking off. Now, every trip requires substantially more pre-planning, particularly in the areas of medicine, insurance and health care.

So before every extended trip, we create a check list of items that are absolutely vital to assure us that we'll get there and back without legal or medical problems.

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Clean At Last!

January 18 2012 by Chris McGinnis

remote.JPGWinter is here, forcing many of us into close quarters with others in planes, trains and automobiles. Unfortunately, cold and flu viruses come along for the ride, and end up infecting a significant number of travellers. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Nearly every frequent traveler has heard that the most handled thing in a hotel room is the TV remote, right? Starting this year, one of the first things you'll notice when you walk in your room at a Best Western is the new "fresh remote"--which has been specially sanitized by housekeepers, then slipped into a hygienic wrap. This is part of Best Western's new "Extreme Clean" campaign that you'll be hearing more about in coming months.

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New Year's In Scottsdale, Arizona

January 17 2012 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000014449856Small.jpgHappy New Year! We were lucky enough to ring in the New Year in style in beautiful Scottsdale, Ariz. We had two weeks of the most consistently amazing weather you can imagine. It also was the longest period of time I have avoided some form of precipitation! I found it uncanny to check the long range weather forecast on my iPhone and see a beaming sun icon with zero percent chance of rain---day after day! What do weather forecasters actually do in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area?

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MLK Memorial In Washington D.C.

January 16 2012 by Mike Mason

iStock_000017531626XSmall.jpgIn honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we take a look at the new MLK National Memorial that stands as a tribute to the great civil rights icon, Dr. King. In what has quickly become one of the must-visit sites in Washington D.C. the memorial is a mixture of water, stone and landscape that is tied to other landscapes and monuments.

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City & Slope: 4 Days, 3 Slopes, One City

January 13 2012 by Julie Drossos

A.jpgHot off the press. I just caught wind of a very cool festival about to kick off its inaugural year this February in my hometown of Vancouver!

City and Slope is a four day event jam packed with fun, music, exhilarating time on the slopes and entertainment, held on Vancouver's local mountains of Grouse, Cypress and Seymour as well as within downtown Vancouver. If you haven't already figured it out, there are two main parts to this four-day destination event.

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Cowboy Museum - OKC

January 12 2012 by James West

OKC2.jpgDo you think of Oklahoma, and an image of a cowboy is one of the top things to come to mind? Well then the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is a must see attraction for you during your visit to Oklahoma City. Formerly known as the Cowboy Hall of Fame, this museum is a great family-friendly place that everyone will enjoy.

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Must-Visit Snowboarding in British Columbia, Canada

January 11 2012 by Julie Drossos
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iStock_000002526109XSmall.jpgIt's that perfect time of the year - especially if you're a snowboarder! With the winter cold comes loads of that glorious white stuff for boarders to ride on the mountain(s) of their choice.

Since I'm located up on the west coast of Canada, and am lucky enough to live in one of the best places to ski or board in - in the world - I thought I'd share some highlights from the local spots that are near and dear to me.

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Make A Spectacle Of Yourself And Your Bike

January 10 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000017220061XSmall.jpgMost of the time, I like to pass through life without attracting attention. When I'm riding my motorcycle, though, I do my best to make sure that other motorists notice me. I don't clown around or make funny faces: I use HiViz.

In 1933, Bob Switzer sustained a head injury and was forced to spend months recovering in a darkened basement room. Bob and his younger brother Joe used the recovery time to experiment with paint that would glow in the dark under fluorescent light. In 1935, they accidently discovered a combination of pigments that seemed to glow under ordinary light. They named the color "Fire Orange," and it was the first "Day-Glo" paint color. Subsequent colors included "Saturn Yellow" and "Signal Green."

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All Roads Lead To Graceland

January 9 2012 by Mike Mason
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Front of Graceland.jpgOne of the most unique things about business travel is that it can take us to some really unique locations. While many of us dream about that summer vacation to Disney with the kids or a romantic getaway to Hawaii with our spouse, not many of us are planning leisurely trips to the more cultural places in America. Business travel has allowed me to travel forgotten highways in Pennsylvania, dine at roadside cafes in Iowa that can only be described as hidden gems, and most recently, took me to one of America's most renowned residences.

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Travel Tips With Kids On Winter Break

January 6 2012 by Claudia Kunkel
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iStock_000017572812XSmall.jpgIf you've traveled with your kids over the holidays, you know exactly how exhausting and taxing it can be for everyone involved. From deciding on whose relatives you're going to stay with this time, how you're going to travel there and how you're going to get all those presents there without ruining the surprise. It's a challenge, to say the least. It takes a lot of pre-planning and most of patience! Here are a few of my tried and true travel tips for traveling with the kids over the winter break.

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Outlook For 2012

January 5 2012 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000018680764XSmall.jpgI've gazed into my crystal ball, and here's what I'm looking forward to in 2012 on the business travel front:

1 - With the US economy improving slowly, I expect to see equally slow growth when it comes to corporate travel budgets--so don't expect your company to loosen the reins any time soon. The good news is that I don't think we will see as many budget cuts and controls as we've seen in recent years. Midscale hotels like Best Western that include extras like breakfast, wi-fi and parking along with a reasonable rate will continue to be a travel budget's best friend.

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Where Will You Travel To (Or Would Like To Travel To) In 2012 That You Didn't Get To Travel To In 2011?

January 3 2012 by BW Innsider
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Happy New Year

January 3 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000017065865XSmall.jpgI just looked back over my blog entries for the past year. One thing jumped out at me immediately: No matter how much you plan, life has a way of taking its own course.

Last year I asked, "Did you ride as much as you meant to in 2010? Me, either. Do you plan to do something about it in 2011? Me, too."

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College Football Bowl Game Travel

January 2 2012 by Claudia Kunkel
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iStock_000015332124XSmall.jpgThe holidays are over, but College Bowl Games have just begun!

It always makes for an interesting, rousing discussion at parties about the differences between college and pro football and which one is more exciting. Personally, I'll watch all of it and enjoy each and every game. But for the purpose of this blog post, I'm going to focus on the College Bowl games. It may not be too late to get your tickets, hop in your car and head out to the nearest bowl game for a real thrill of watching these collegiate athletes leave it all on the field, some for the last time of their college career.

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