New York City

May 31 2012 by Bryson Forbes

iStock_000015374278XSmall.jpgI really do love being in Manhattan. I'm not sure I can articulate exactly what it is, but it is definitely palpable.

I have been very fortunate to host the Leisure Travel Summits for Best Western in both Toronto and New York the last two years and in mid May I was back in the big apple for the annual event.

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Five State Motorcycle Marathon: Day Five, Tulsa, OK to Dallas, TX and Home Again

May 30 2012 by Jason Fogelson

D5 5.jpgI wake up early in Tulsa. I want to get on the road before the heat of the day hits, because I've got some miles to cover before I reach my hotel in Denton, Texas tonight.

The staff at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Tulsa Inn & Suites impresses me as a very cheerful, friendly group. Everyone I encounter, from housekeeping to front desk to the gardening crew out front, shoots me a big hello and a sincere smile. Is that the way people behave in Oklahoma, or just here at the BEST WESTERN?

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Guess and Win!

May 29 2012 by BW Innsider
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Who Will Win at Dover?!

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is back at the Dover track this Sunday for another action-packed race. Will you be tuning in? Make your guess here then follow along to cheer on your driver!

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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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 6/3. Winner will be announced on 6/4. 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.

Five State Motorcycle Marathon: Day Four, Kansas City, KS to Tulsa, OK

May 29 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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D4 4.jpgI wake up fully rested this morning in my room at the BEST WESTERN PREMIUM Speedway Inn & Suites. There's nothing like a touch of luxury to add to a pleasant night's sleep. After a filling hot breakfast in the hotel's modern lobby bar, I'm ready to load up the Road Glide and ride off.

My first stop today is not far away, but it is back over the river on the Missouri side of Kansas City -- a slight bit of backtracking. I don't mind. I'm headed for a tour of Harley-Davidson's Vehicle and Powertrain Operations factory in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Canadian Leisure Travel Summit

May 25 2012 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000016555156XSmall.jpgFor the 7th year in a row Best Western brought together a panel of industry executives to discuss the state of leisure of travel in Canada. Once again I had the pleasure of moderating the discussion that was held at the Board of Trade in downtown Toronto. My task was made much easier with the strength of the panel. Dorothy Dowling, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Best Western participated in her seventh summit along with Tony Pollard, the President of the Hotel Association of Canada who was here for his fifth. Joining Dorothy and Tony as a panel rookie was Brenda Kyllo, Vice President of Travel at CAA.

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Five State Motorcycle Marathon: Day Three, Branson, MO to Kansas City, KS

May 24 2012 by Jason Fogelson

D3 2.jpgI wake up at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Landing View Inn & Suites still thinking about meeting Jim Stafford last night, and seeing his show. I never would have believed that riding a Harley-Davidson would lead me here, but that's part of the magic of motorcycling. You never know what might be around the next bend.

I pick up a bunch of brochures in the lobby of the hotel before loading up my plate with hot eggs, sausage and toast. While I drink my coffee, I plot a route through Branson that will take me past some more of the theaters and attractions.

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Five State Motorcycle Marathon: Day Two, Hot Springs, AR to Branson, MO

May 23 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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D2 12.jpgToday, I get to cross off two destinations on my travel bucket list: Hot Springs, Arkansas and Branson, Missouri.

I'm already in Hot Springs, after a long ride yesterday from Dallas. After a good night's rest at the BEST WESTERN Winners Circle Inn, I stroll across to the hotel's breakfast room for a good hot breakfast. As I shovel in some eggs, sausage and toast, I study my maps and try to plan my day. It's going to be another hot one, but that's okay. I don't have a very long ride today, and I'm getting an early start.

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Travel Apps and Gadgets

May 22 2012 by Mike Mason
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iStock_000017233306XSmall.jpgAdvancements in travel gadgets over the past ten years have made business travel a lot less stressful and no gadgets have had a bigger impact than smart phones and tablets. Armed with the right apps these devices can provide their owners with tools that once would have taken an entire suitcase to fill. Here are few great travel apps that will help you get the most out of your smart phone or tablet:

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Small Business Week Contest on Pinterest

May 21 2012 by BW Innsider
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Pintrest contest blog image.jpgIn honor of Small Business Week, we are launching a contest via Pinterest where one person will win a $500 Best Western Travel Card when you share with us the small things that you enjoy while out on the road traveling for business! Many people have to travel for work, but everyone seems to have certain ways to make the actual traveling part of travel, enjoyable.

If you travel by car, maybe it means renting a convertible. When traveling by plane, maybe it means bringing along your tablet full of games or doing some online shopping from 30,000 feet! Whatever it is you do that helps you "Enjoy the Traveling, of Travel," pin it to your board titled "How to Enjoy the Traveling, of Travel" and post a link to it in the comment section on our Pinterest Contest board at: http://pinterest.com/thebestwestern/how-to-enjoy-the-traveling-of-travel/

We are also very excited to provide a large amount of printables and DIY travel items in the near future so give us a follow to join the fun! Plus, if you've got a great travel board you want to show off, link to it in the comments below and we'll follow it!

It's easy to participate, just visit our Pinterest page to get started and HAPPY PINNING!

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Cruisin' in Charlotte - NASCAR contest

May 21 2012 by BW Innsider
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Back to the Track!

With all the excitement and drama from the All-Star race over, the Sprint Cup Series heads back to the track in Charlotte.

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 iTunes 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 5/27. Winner will be announced on 5/28. 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.

Low Gasoline Prices Leading To Summer Travel Boom

May 21 2012 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000016300158XSmall.jpgRapidly falling gasoline prices are prompting Americans to cast away their economic fears and hit the road on vacation this summer... in droves! As a matter of fact, advance bookings for trips from June through August at Best Western are up a whopping 22% compared to this time last year.

Across the US, gas prices are tumbling. Remember back in April when the price per gallon neared the psychological limit of $4? Everyone was predicting that it could reach $5 by the peak summer driving season...

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North Dakota Travel

May 18 2012 by Claudia Kunkel

iStock_000016177373XSmall.jpgThis year, I've decided to break out of the old routine and pack my bags for a road trip to new places that are slightly off the beaten track. Having grown up in the Midwest, my family traveled to surrounding states, but North Dakota got left out of the plans. I thought it was way past time to check out the state for myself and see what I missed seeing.

The first step in planning a road trip is to do your research and for me, that is learning about the state's past as well as the present. North Dakota sits in what is called the "Great Plains" - something I know I was taught in grade school, but it wasn't until now that I actually was interested in that bit of information. One other interesting fact is that North Dakota is considered to be the "Geographic Center of the North American Continent." This is actually a good piece of information to keep in mind for the next trivia game.

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Five State Motorcycle Marathon: Day One, Home to Dallas, TX to Hot Springs, AR

May 17 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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A1.jpgTime for another ride.

It seems like this time of year, everything collides, and this trip sneaks up on me quite quickly. I get a late jump on my planning, and an even later jump on packing. I hope I didn't forget anything important.

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Trend Report: Outlook for Summer Travel

May 16 2012 by Chris McGinnis
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iStock_000019705709Small.jpgIncreasing consumer confidence in the US, moderating gasoline price increases and the release of pent up demand for vacations will likely lead to an extremely busy summer travel season. This means business and leisure travelers should be formulating plans and making reservations now to avoid high prices or sellouts later this summer.

This year, the peak summer travel season begins around June 15 and lasts until about August 24.

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Great Meals On the Road

May 15 2012 by Sam Lowe
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iStock_000019456187XSmall.jpgIn those halcyon days I still longingly refer to as "my youth," dining while on the road was rarely more than a burger and fries, or a Twinkie with a chocolate shake. But as I continue the march into 'seniorhood', my away-from-home eating habits have undergone drastic changes. Now, rather than rush into a convenience market or a fast food outlet, I look forward to sit down, white napkin experiences that are a far cry from candy bars and salted peanuts (although they remain at least a minor part of my diet when traveling alone).

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2012 NASCAR All-Star Race

May 15 2012 by BW Innsider
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Who Will Win the 2012 All-Star Race?!

It's time for one of the most exciting races of the year...the All-Star Race! The driver who wins gets a one million prize so it's guaranteed to be a tight race. We can't give away one million dollars to our winner, but we will give one person a prize!

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 Home Depot 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 5/19. Winner will be announced on 5/21. 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.

Let's Celebrate Mother's Day!

May 11 2012 by Claudia Kunkel

iStock_000019781956XSmall.jpgThe first Mother's Day celebration was held on the 2nd Sunday of May in 1908 and in 1914 US President Woodrow Wilson declared the 2nd Sunday in May Mother's Day. The rest, as we say, is history.

Mother's Day is this Sunday and if you haven't made plans for Mom's big day - time is quickly running out. Trust me; if you just put a little planning into the day, everyone wins by seeing mom so happy.

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Business Layover Activities

May 9 2012 by Mike Mason
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iStock_000019482663XSmall.jpgFor most of us, airport layovers can be almost unbearable. Spending several hours in a packed and uncomfortable airport lounge flipping through a magazine or fiddling with a smart phone just isn't the most enjoyable part of business travel. The good news is it only takes a little bit of prior planning to turn that dreaded layover into a fun and entertaining way to start your business trip.

The first step to planning a successful layover activity is figuring out approximately how much time you will have on the ground between flights. Obviously, flights aren't always on time and the exact time you have may be more or less than you planned, but at least you'll have a general idea of what activities will work for you.

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A Soup Spoon Vs The Center of the Earth

May 8 2012 by Claudia Kunkel
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iStock_000016031396XSmall.jpgI remember in my younger years, thinking that if I could dig a hole all the way to China and jump through it, I would fall all the way through and end up standing on my head. You know, because it's on the other side of the world and, obviously, that's how gravity works. Well, when I was about 8 years old I decided to try it - I'm sure you did too when you were a kid.

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Psychics Wanted - Predict and Win!

May 8 2012 by BW Innsider
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One Driver to Win at Darlington!

Leading up to the always entertaining All-Star weekend, the night race in Darlington will be vital in carrying momentum through next weekend. So who do you think is gonna win?

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 Best Western Travel Card®!.

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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 5/12. Winner will be announced on 5/14. 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.

California Photo Contest

May 7 2012 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. May's contest is featuring California! There are so many great photo ops in this state of beach, attractions, mountains, forests, etc. We want you to share with us your favorite and best photo you have taken during your visit anywhere in California.

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 California? The contest is open until May 31, 2012 so visit Best Western California online to find great deals and hotels to stay at this month, plus lots of great attractions and places to visit during your trip.

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: 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: California Photo Contest

Visit Best Western California to learn more about the endless amount of activities to do and to plan your summer visit to catch some rays and waves in California!

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 May 31, 2012.

Take Life Easy On a Train

May 7 2012 by Sam Lowe

iStock_000018023154XSmall.jpgMany years ago, during my youth, the Soo Line Railroad tracks ran directly behind our house, so my brothers and I learned to tell time by the blasts from the old stream engines that belched across the North Dakota prairies. Taking the train to grandmother's house was a major adventure. When our dad got a job with the railroad, he'd let me ride in the caboose, where I'd sit up in the cupola and wave down to my pals. As I mentioned, that was a long time ago.

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Cinco Celebrations in the Southwest

May 4 2012 by Claudia Kunkel
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iStock_000019644304XSmall.jpgCinco de Mayo! Here in the United States, it is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Ironically, the day is barely noted in Mexico. Commonly mistaken with Mexican Independence Day (which is September 16th), it is actually an observation of the day that the Mexican Army had an unlikely victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla. If you travel the country on May 5th, particularly in the Southwest, you are likely to find the kinds of festivals, concerts, and celebrations that rival those of St. Patrick's Day.

If you happen to find yourself in the Phoenix area, there is a great family-friendly celebration downtown that includes live bands, boxing, dancing and other entertainment, as well as plenty of food and drinks. Around town, there are many other celebrations as well. Visit Macayo's annual 'Cinco de Macayo' at the Depot Cantina; Aunt Chilada's Squaw Peak; the Enchanted Island at Encanto Park and the Chandler Cinco de Mayo Festival in Chandler.

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Are You Eating Less On The Road?

May 3 2012 by Chris McGinnis

iStock_000019395079XSmall.jpgIn 2011, spending on business travel continued to grow as the economy began a slow climb out of recession. As usual, most of our travel budgets were gobbled up by airfare and lodging costs.

In the US, airfare rose about 7% and hotel costs rose about 4% compared to 2010 according to Concur, which helped large companies process about $50 billion in travel and entertainment expenses last year.

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Two Ways to Win for Talladega!

May 2 2012 by BW Innsider
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It's Time for Talladega!

We're giving you TWO ways to win prizes for the always exciting race in Talladega.

1. Submit your usual prediction of who will win the race in the comments below for a chance to win a $25 JC Penny's 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: "Michael Waltrip #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!

Blog entries must be entered before the start of the race on 5/6. Winner will be announced on 5/7. 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. Twitter contest has no limit of entries but winners must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the US or Canada to be eligible to win. Winners will be randomly chosen among all uses of #bestwesternleadchange hashtag.

How to Be Healthy While On the Road

May 2 2012 by Mike Mason
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iStock_000016505888XSmall.jpgThere is something about traveling that makes me forget about all my food morals. I'm sure I'm not alone. With fast food joints at practically every freeway exit across the country, it is quite tempting to give in and jump on the fast food band wagon. It seems so easy to just pull into the drive-through, grab a burger, fries, and a soda, and be on your way. However, if you plan ahead, and stay vigilant, you can have a guilt free trip - at least when it comes to food.

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