Golf Season...Already

March 29 2012 by Bryson Forbes

iStock_000001941164XSmall.jpgIt's true, with such a mild start to 2012 in many parts of Canada, golf courses are opening up about a month earlier than normal. As an avid golfer in Ontario, Masters weekend (also referred to as Easter weekend) is when I start to look forward to the new season. In fact, I have never played in Ontario before mid-April in my life. This year, although I still haven't played, I have had offers to play in early March. What's even more bizarre is many of my friends who have played already, played comfortably in shorts!!

The other benefit of the mild weather is the fact the courses are not only opening early but they are in great shape. With the extended golf season, great weather and courses in fantastic shape this is a great time to start planning a spring golf getaway. Off season rates will still be in effect so thinking about an April or early May golf trip will combine the best of both worlds and you can enjoy mid season conditions at pre season prices!

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Southern Hemisphere Travel

March 28 2012 by Claudia Kunkel
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iStock_000016946926XSmall.jpgDoes it still feel like winter in your neck of the woods? Is spring disappointing you and the sun shining just a pleasant memory? If your thoughts are turning to summer already, don't despair. It is summer - you just have to go a little further to find it. While it may be winter here in the Northern Hemisphere, there are many exciting new destinations just waiting for you to explore in the Southern Hemisphere. So spread your wings a little and head out to countries that are in the throes of their summer. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

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Traveling With the Team

March 27 2012 by Claudia Kunkel

iStock_000014536486XSmall.jpgTaking on the planning for a traveling sports team can be overwhelming. If you know the ins and outs of making the plans and how to have a successful trip, everything will go much more smoothly and you will be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the trip once it finally arrives.

Kids are notorious for losing their homework let alone losing their important travel documents like IDs! You will want to make copies of all of the documents to have at home in case you would lose anything and need them faxed or sent to you.

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Be an On-the-Road Exercise Warrior

March 26 2012 by Mike Mason

iStock_000018330951XSmall.jpgIt's almost the end of March, you're amazed at how well you've been holding on to this year's resolutions and then it comes- your assignment to travel for work. Don't let a small business adventure put your exercise goals at risk. With some planning and preparation, you can stay in peak condition while away from home and the office.

Here are the 10 tips to stay healthy and happy while working abroad:

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NASCAR goes to Martinsville

March 26 2012 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win?!

Last week was the first time a driver repeated as the winner so far this season. What does Martinsville have in store for us on Sunday? Make your prediction of who will win and you could win too!

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 $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!

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Travel Trends 2012 from the Hotel Association of Canada

March 22 2012 by Bryson Forbes

iStock_000018426579XSmall.jpgI have just finished reading, "Advancing the Issues," the annual report that is produced by The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC). My good friend, Tony Pollard, who happens to be the President of the HAC sent me my advanced copy. This report has become THE barometer for travel intentions from Canadians from both a leisure and business travel perspective.

Each year in January the HAC get survey responses from approximately 1,500 Canadians and compare their intentions going all the way back to 2006.
Here are a few of the key highlights from this years report:

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Keeping The Home Fires Burning

March 21 2012 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000018974385XSmall.jpgHere's the second in my series on the issue of "frequent travel guilt." I'm writing these posts in response to a recent Best Western survey of 500 business travelers where 62% said that they feel guilty while on the road for work. Most say that the remorse comes from being away from loved ones. They can't stand missing special events at home like birthdays and anniversaries. They said they felt bad about unhealthy on-the-road eating habits and the disturbance to their exercise routines.

Does this sound familiar? If so, stay tuned to my posts this month, all of which will delve into the problems and solutions around "frequent travel guilt."

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What is a Touring Motorcycle?

March 20 2012 by Jason Fogelson

iStock_000013254748Small.jpgIf you've ever visited the Harley-Davidson website, you've probably noticed that the motorcycles on the site are divided into groups or families, including Sportster, Dyna, Softail, V-Rod and Touring. Each category is pretty much defined by its frame and engine, with plenty of variation within the category.

The family that I'm most interested in (most of the time) is Touring. The H-D Touring family includes the Road King, Electra Glide/Street Glide and Road Glide motorcycles, in all of their trim levels. Each bike is built around the same basic Touring frame, the latest version of which was introduced in 2009. Each bike is powered by a fuel-injected 45-degree V-Twin engine, displacing either 103 or 110 cubic inches, depending on model.

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Predictions Wanted - NASCAR contest

March 19 2012 by BW Innsider
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The Sprint Cup Arrives at Fontana

Each race so far in the 2012 season has had a different winner. Will someone get their second win at Fontana, or will we have another new driver win? Your job is to predict the winner!

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 $25 Best Buy gift card!

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Revisiting an Old Friend

March 19 2012 by Sam Lowe

iStock_000012623350XSmall.jpgIn our ongoing rush to go everywhere and see everything, we sometimes forget about the destinations that endeared us years ago but are now often ignored because they're close to home. So we tend to adopt a "been there, seen that" attitude toward them. I thought about that recently while Lyn, my wife, and I drove toward the Grand Canyon. We've been there several times, and we still marvel at its beauty, but perhaps we get a bit jaded even though it's one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

So we look for something different every time we visit. And, fortunately, they're easy to find. This time, we approached the Bright Angel Trail and looked down into the chasm below. But we didn't trod upon its well-traveled path. I did that once, many years ago when I was younger, stupider and very much out of shape. The trip down was a lark. I made it to the Colorado River in less that three hours. The return was an embodiment of everything hellish I could imagine at the time. Every step was agony and my legs grew heavier each time I plopped a foot down upon the wicked and rocky slants leading to the top. More than eight hours after leaving the river, I reached the South Rim and vowed never to (a) laugh about it and (b) do it again.

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FAMOUS IRISH PUBS

March 17 2012 by Claudia Kunkel

iStock_000015695814XSmall.jpg"La Fheile Padraig Sona Daoibh" and "Erin go Braugh". No, it's not gibberish, translated it means Happy St. Patrick's Day and Ireland Forever in Gaelic.

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, I've come up with a list of the notable Irish Pubs around the U.S. and Ireland; who knows, some of you might just be lucky enough to live by one of these popular institutions. I can attest to the wonderful pubs in the Temple Bar area of Dublin, having wandered into one or two of them. I would be hard-pressed to name my favorites, since I thought every one of those pubs were delightful, charming and perhaps offering the best draw of a Guinness that I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. For those of you that enjoy a draught or two, a Guinness is something to be savored and leisurely lingered over, while joining in on a chorus or two of Danny Boy. (Warning, singing along with Danny Boy while enjoying a Guinness may produce a tear or two).

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St. Patrick's Day in America

March 16 2012 by Claudia Kunkel
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iStock_000014696465XSmall.jpgSt. Patrick's Day is here again! What a great holiday celebrating Irish culture and heritage! Since its original parade in 1783, March 17 has evolved into feasts and festivals and celebrations of the pride and culture of Ireland - regardless of your own national heritage. As they say, "Everyone's Irish on March 17th!"

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Looking Back to Vancouver as The London Olympics Draw Near

March 15 2012 by Bryson Forbes

iStock_000015739020XSmall.jpgIt really does seem like a long time ago since Sidney Crosby's golden goal, which became the unofficial closing ceremony on Vancouver and Canada's Winter Olympics. It has been more than two full years and in the coming weeks and months memories will be rekindled as we turn our attention to London for the summer games. The games start on July 27th.

As we look back, Canada now views the Vancouver games as a cultural turning point and without fail, Canadians take great pride in what happened on the West Coast in winter of 2010. But, it didn't start that way.

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Are You a Guilty Traveler?

March 14 2012 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000015558245XSmall.jpgIn a recent Best Western survey of 500 business travelers, 62% said that they feel guilty while on the road for work--with most saying that the remorse comes from being away from loved ones. They can't stand missing special events at home like birthdays and anniversaries. They said they felt bad about unhealthy on-the-road eating habits and the disturbance to their exercise routines.

Does this sound familiar? If so, stay tuned to my posts this month, all of which will delve into the problems and solutions around "frequent travel guilt."

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Last Minute Travel

March 13 2012 by Claudia Kunkel

iStock_000017108927XSmall.jpgAre you thinking the ol' same ol' has got to go and it's time to take a little trip to get away from it all? But you don't have the time to stray too far from home, but you want to go far enough away to feel like you're not home. Who hasn't been there before?

First things, first - decide where you want to go. Are you driving or flying? Warm or cold weather preferred? Is Fido or Fluffy coming along for the trip? Well, no matter where you chose, you can be sure a Best Western hotel will be there and you're sure to be welcomed as well.

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Speeding in Bristol - NASCAR Contest

March 13 2012 by BW Innsider
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Predict the Bristol Track's Winner!

Three races, three winners. So who do you think will win this Sunday's race when the Sprint Cup Series hits the Bristol track?

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 $25 Sports Authority gift card!

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Girls Getaway

March 12 2012 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000017786859XSmall.jpgOne of the fastest growing segments that we are seeing in travel and tourism today is "Girls Getaways". In fact, according to the Canadian Tourism Commission female bonding vacations in North America have spiked by 230% over the last 6 years! No longer considered a niche, travel providers are starting to take notice and cater to this powerful group's wants and needs.

Here are just a few examples of neat ideas as spring draws near that you can hopefully use as inspiration to begin to plan a well-deserved escape.

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Book Review: The Big Roads by Earl Swift

March 9 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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bigroads_cmb.pngI just finished reading The Big Roads by Earl Swift, and I couldn't wait to write about it here. The book's subtitle is "The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways," and as a denizen of the road, it filled in many blanks, corrected misconceptions and entertained me at the same time. If you've ever wondered about those wild interchanges, long stretches of straightaway and gentle curves and the people behind them, The Big Roads will help unravel the mystery for you.

Earl Swift is an experienced journalist based in Norfolk, Virginia. The Big Roads is his third non-fiction book. In addition, his newspaper and magazine columns have been collected in a volume called "The Tangierman's Lament." I heard Swift interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered last summer, and I immediately placed an order for his book. Time being the fluid instrument that it is, The Big Roads took its place in my cue, and I just got around to reading it this winter. It was worth the wait.

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Social Media and Travel

March 8 2012 by James West
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iStock_000017466099XSmall.jpgBy now, you're either very familiar with social media, or at the very least, heard of sites like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, etc. Social networking is often thought of as boring status updates or annoying friend requests. Look beyond that, and you will discover much more usefulness with it, especially when it comes to travel.

Smart companies have a prevalent presence in social media. That can mean a number of things, but just a little research during your travel into the places you're visiting and staying at can produce surprising discounts. Take Best Western for example. They have numerous benefits to being a participant in their social media.

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Trend Report: Outlook for Spring/Summer Travel

March 7 2012 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000016876041XSmall.jpgWith the economy, the temperature and the price of gasoline on the rise, business and leisure travelers should prepare for larger crowds and higher prices during the peak spring break travel season. This year, the peak spring break travel season begins on March 5 and lasts until about April 10.

To avoid the highest prices and the possibility of sold out flights, hotels or rental cars, those planning trips in March or early April should make reservations as soon as possible--especially if you are headed to popular spring break destinations such as Florida and other destinations along the Gulf Coast.

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March Break Road Trip

March 6 2012 by Bryson Forbes

iStock_000019019144XSmall.jpgIf you are not so keen on skiing during March break,, how about a good old-fashioned road trip?

Some of my fondest memories as a child are from family road trips. My parents always stressed the importance of getting to know your local area, and now that I have my own family, I truly appreciate that advice and like to hit the road when possible.

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Seeing it From the Front Seat

March 5 2012 by Sam Lowe
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21 pen.jpgI have reached an age in which extended walking has lost most of its appeal. I'd much rather drive there.

For that reason, a recent foray into the wilds of Ohio to drive the Shawshank Trail earned my personal high marks. There are a whole passel of things to see and, more importantly, I didn't have to wear hiking boots and carry a gallon of water to enjoy them.

The Shawshank Trail came about because of a movie, "The Shawshank Redemption." It was based on a short story by Stephen King and, although set in Maine, it was filmed in and around Mansfield back in 1996. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman portrayed the major characters. The plot revolves around inhumane prison treatment, corrupt prison officials and a happy ending where everybody gets what's coming to them.

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NASCAR in Sin City - contest

March 5 2012 by BW Innsider
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Our NASCAR contest hits the Vegas Motor Speedway

The first two races of the 2012 season have not disappointed so far and the race in Las Vegas will surely be no different.

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 $25 Home Depot gift card!

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What's The Best Road Trip You've Ever Been On?

March 2 2012 by BW Innsider
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Whether it was a family vacation, a business trip or a solo adventure tell us about your favorite road trip 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. Contest begins Mar. 1st and ends Mar. 31st.

Motorcycle GPS

March 2 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000016459721XSmall.jpgI'm getting ready for my next motorcycle trip. When I'm planning a trip, I'm generally a paper map kind of guy. I like the maps from MadMaps when I can get them; they're great for discovering motorcycle roads. I've installed the Harley-Davidson MadMaps App on my iPhone, and that's great, too. But I have found that having a good handheld GPS unit with me on my ride is a great safety net.

A smartphone with a GPS application can work fine, but it's not a dedicated GPS unit. Dedicated GPS units generally have bigger screens, more useful integrated functions and quicker response times.

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Getting Ready For The Calgary Stampede

March 1 2012 by Bryson Forbes

iStock_000017270021Small.jpgFor years now we have been talking about a family trip to go to the Calgary Stampede. The only reason we haven't done the trip already is a self-inflicted scheduling conflict with our annual family camp getaway. The Stampede and our week at Red Pine Camp unfortunately are always at the exact same time. This year however, we could no longer resist the allure and will be heading west for 10 days, leaving on July 4th.

If you have never heard of the The Calgary Stampede it is an annual rodeo, exhibition and festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta. The ten-day event, which bills itself as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", attracts over one million visitors per year. Literally the city shuts down and turns into a massive 10-day cowboy and cowgirl party! And yes, you are expected to be in some variation of a cowboy hat, boots and chaps the whole time! To add even more excitement this year it is the centennial celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the first event held back in 1912!

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