Caption Saturday Favorite Picks

June 28 2012 by Claudia Kunkel

A.jpgWe love Best Western fans. We love their sense of humor. Nowhere else is this more evident than with the Best Western Travel Caption contests. So we wanted to showcase a few of our favorite Travel Caption contest winners and celebrate their humor. You can find some of our favorite images below (HINT: We really love puns!) and if you're on Pinterest feel free to pin away!

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New England By Motorcycle, Day Three: Lake George, NY to Manchester, NH

June 28 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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A.jpgMy internal clock would have me sleeping until noon every day if I let it. When I'm on a motorcycle trip, I set an alarm every morning, and I always find myself waking up before the buzzer. I do love to ride.

This morning, I peek out the window to see grey skies, as I expected -- but no rain! That's very good news. I dress quickly, then head to the lobby for some free hot grub. Will I ever get tired of the breakfast that's included with my stay at the BEST WESTERN? I don't think so. Especially not when it's free.

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New England By Motorcycle, Day Two: New York City to Lake George, NY

June 27 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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A.jpgAs if riding a motorcycle isn't enough of an adrenaline rush, waking up in Times Square ready to ride a motorcycle is enough to get the blood pumping quickly. I slept like a rock in my comfortable room at BEST WESTERN PLUS President Hotel at Times Square, Jack and Jackie Kennedy keeping watch over me all night long. I was concerned that the street noise from busy 48th Street below my fourth floor window might keep me awake, but the room was as quiet and serene as a room in the country, a true haven in the middle of the most populous city in the United States.

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Best Western's I Care Clean Making Headlines

June 26 2012 by BW Innsider

remote.JPGBy now we hope you've heard of Best Western's new advanced cleaning technologies program - I Care Clean. It's certainly been making a buzz in the national news and is being recognized as a benchmark for hotel cleanliness.

The new program empowers Best Western's Housekeeping to set a new standard for customer care with the use of UV Wands, Black Lights and Clean Remotes.

Take a look at what some of the media has to say about Best Western's I Care Clean!

LATimes.com, "Best Western Hotel Chain Goes After Overlooked Grime," Hugo Martin

NYDailyNews.com, "Hotel Cleaning Goes High-Tech"

CNN.com, "Hotel Chain Rolls Out Black-Light Inspections, UV Sterilization," Marnie Hunter

USAToday.com, "CSI Hotel Room: Best Western Goes High-Tech To Clean," Barbara DeLollis

CNBC (CNBC) TV, "Squawk on the Street"

ChicagoTribune.com, "Germ Warfare In Hotels," Josh Noel

SFGate.com, "What's The Dirtiest Thing In Your Hotel Room?," Chris McGinnis

Who's Gonna Win contest

June 26 2012 by BW Innsider
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Kentucky NASCAR Showdown!

Do you have a premonition of who will win this coming Sunday for the Sprint Cup Series race in Kentucky? You could win our prize if you predict correctly!

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 Walmart gift 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 7/1. Winner will be announced on 7/2. 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.

New England By Motorcycle, Day One: Home to New York City

June 25 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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A.jpgNew York City is not for the timid, especially when traveling on two wheels. I'm reminded of this as I weave my way through traffic on the Cross Island Parkway at rush hour on Monday afternoon.

I have just flown across the country from my home in California to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. I lined up for a taxi to Queens Village to pick up a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic at EagleRider Rentals. Vinnie from EagleRider sped me through the signup process, and together we inspected the 2011 Touring motorcycle. A few bumps and scrapes and 20,000+ miles on the odometer, but the Electra Glide looked good and ready to go. I moved my gear from my suitcase to the saddlebags and TourPak, and paid attention as Vinnie ran through a checklist of operating instructions for the bike. I've put a lot of miles on Electra Glides in the past, but I still listened intently as Vinnie ticked off the items on the list. I used the time to focus on riding, as the most challenging part of the whole ride was probably these first few miles.

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Some Senior Travel Alerts

June 22 2012 by Sam Lowe

old couple.jpgIt is not my intention to dissuade anyone our age from going to any particular travel destination, but my time on the road has left me with several impressions that might serve to alert others to possible danger. Well, not so much danger itself, but situations that might prove uncomfortable for some.

The Astronomical Clock in Prague, Czech Republic, is a magnificent attraction. Originally installed in 1410, it is the oldest working clock of its kind anywhere in the world. It was placed on the south side of the Old Town City Hall and has suffered repeated damage due to war, time and the elements but it keeps on marking the hours as it has done for more than 600 years. Every hour on the hour, wooden figures of the twelve Apostles march past windows on the face, while other figures flanking the clock are also set in motion.

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Laptop Theft On The Rise

June 20 2012 by Chris McGinnis

Thief.jpgAs soon as I finish this post, I know what I'm going to do: back up my laptop data!

That's because June and July--when more Americans are on the road than at other times of year-- are peak months for laptop theft.

After analyzing 13,818 theft investigations, Absolute Software, a computer theft-recovery service, found that laptop theft is most likely in Chicago, Houston or Detroit.

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Canadian Summer Music Festivals

June 19 2012 by Julie Drossos
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Bass.jpgSummer is here, and what's better than spending a warm summer's day or night enjoying great music and people watching? You might not think it but Canada actually has some pretty sweet music festivals that take place in the summer months. Below I have included a list of some sure-to-please events happening across Canada; there's a little something for everyone.

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NASCAR Contest for Sonoma

June 18 2012 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win the Race in Sonoma?!

After a big win by Dale Jr. last weekend, there's no telling who might win at the track in Sonoma! We've got a prize for one person who can correctly predict Sunday's 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 Starbucks gift 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 6/24. Winner will be announced on 6/25. 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.

Father's Day Getaways

June 15 2012 by Amy Graff
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Father.jpgPity the dad who opens his Father's Day gift to find a pinstripe shirt or a box of golf balls. Why not surprise the man of the house with a weekend getaway the entire family can enjoy? Here are a few ideas for travel adventures geared to dad.

Catch a fish on Idaho's Salmon River
Riggins lies deep in a canyon at the confluence of the Salmon River and the Little Salmon River in west central Idaho. It's a hub for outdoor adventure and you'll find a myriad of outfitters. You can cast for steelhead or sturgeon or hop in a raft for white-water thrills. Or, take a hike in nearby Hells Canyon Recreation Area.
Where to Stay: BEST WESTERN Salmon Rapids Lodge (Riggins, Idaho)

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5 Tips to Survive Sharing a Hotel with friends

June 13 2012 by Bryson Forbes

iStock_000001282156XSmall.jpgI am only days away from my annual golf retreat. This year we have twenty-eight guys and are heading up to the Muskoka region of Ontario for 3 days and 3 nights of great friends, good food and mediocre golf! I should clarify the golf courses are among the most beautiful in Canada, it's the golfers that don't do the game justice. Nevertheless it's an event I look forward to for months!

The second biggest challenge behind keeping your golf ball in play is sharing accommodations with three other friends for 72 hours. If you find yourself in this position here are my five tips to survive:

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Iowa Photo Contest

June 11 2012 by BW Innsider
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Win a $500 Best Western Travel Card!

We will be featuring various North America regions during 2012 for photo contests. June's contest features IOWA! There are many more beautiful parts of this Midwestern state than you would think. We want you to share with us your favorite and best photo you have taken during your visit to Iowa. Don't have a photo of Iowa? The contest is open until June 30, 2012 so visit Best Western Iowa online to find great deals and hotels to stay at this month, plus lots of great attractions and places to visit during your trip.

Submit ONE photo to us that meets the criteria and you could win the Grand Prize of a $500 Best Western Travel Card! .

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 Iowa. Only one photo per person will be accepted, so choose wisely! Don't forget to give us a brief description of where your photo was taken, plus 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: Iowa Photo Contest

Visit Best Western Iowa to learn more about the beauty and many possibilities that Iowa offers for your next vacation

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 June 30, 2012.

Michigan Hosts NASCAR

June 11 2012 by BW Innsider
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Who Takes the Checkered Flag?!

The Sprint Cup Series moves along this Sunday to the track at Michigan. Have you been seeing any patterns in the winners? We've got a prize for one person who can correctly predict Sunday's 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 Barnes & Noble gift 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 6/17. Winner will be announced on 6/18. 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.

Keeping Things Tangle-Free

June 8 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000008527225XSmall.jpgI bring a lot of electronic equipment with me on every motorcycle trip. I have at least two cameras, two video cameras, an iPhone, an iPod, a MacBook, a Kindle and a GPS unit. Each piece of equipment seems to have its own cables, plugs and chargers. And cables love to tangle, which annoys me and wastes my valuable time.

I used to consolidate all of my cables in one small carrying case to make sure that I didn't lose any. Cables being how they are, I discovered that every time I went to get a cable out to use it, a whole tangle of cables came out at once. No matter how neatly I put them away, the cables took on a life of their own and tangled up.

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Raising the bar on Room Cleanliness

June 7 2012 by Bryson Forbes

iStock_000020153777XSmall.jpgEvery once in a while, a company finds an innovative way to dramatically enhance the customer experience. The result can be so impressive that within a short time frame the competition will have no choice but to follow suit and mimic the product or service.

In my opinion, Best Western has implemented just such a service enhancement. As part of its continued dedication to lead the hospitality industry in customer care, Best Western International is rolling out its "I Care Clean" program throughout 2012 that will bring advanced cleaning technologies used in hospitals, such as UV wands and black lights, to the more than 2,100 Best Western hotels in North America.

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Something To Live By

June 6 2012 by Claudia Kunkel

iStock_000009773738Small.jpgWhat do all 50 states as well as the ten provinces of Canada have in common that also make each unique? They all have a motto, many of which are abstract, but others that today live up to the short phrase coined years ago. Canada's motto, A Mari Usque Ad Mare means "From Sea to Sea," and the United States of America's E Pluribus Unum is translated to be, "Out of Many, One."

When each of these states, provinces or countries were formed, their motto was chosen to formally describe the general motivation or intention of that particular territory of land. There are many mottos that are completely ambiguous, but others that do a great job of describing the experience there. Here are five favorites who live by their mottos that I really love to visit:

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What Is Your Favorite Souvenir To Collect On Summer Vacations?

June 5 2012 by BW Innsider
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iStock_000017832877XSmall.jpgTell Us and Enter for a Chance to Win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!

What's your favorite souvenir you've acquired or avidly collect on your summer vacation travels? Tell us about it 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 ends June 30th.

Getting to Your Destination with Road Signs

June 5 2012 by Mike Mason

iStock_000004456406XSmall.jpgWith summer travel approaching, drivers are taking it to the nation's highways to explore the four corners of North America. This can be an exciting adventure, full of new sights and experiences, but it can also be confusing. Many motorists find themselves in a new place without really knowing what the local driving laws or road signs mean. Whether you're taking a trip to San Francisco or Louisville, here are five refreshers to help you stay safe on the road:

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Predict Pocono's Winner

June 4 2012 by BW Innsider
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Pick Pocono's Winner

Last weekend was filled with crashes, a suspension and more crashes! What will the race in Pocono bring?

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!.

Follow Us on Twitter I Become a Facebook Fan

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 6/10. Winner will be announced on 6/11. 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.

Hotel Room Hygiene Goes Hi-Tech

June 4 2012 by Chris McGinnis
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Rally Time in the Northeast

June 4 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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iStock_000003702345XSmall.jpgIt's not too late to catch the fever if you're in the Northeastern United States. Two big weeks of motorcycling are coming up, and you don't want to miss them.

Americade, June 5 - 9

Billed as "the world's largest motorcycle touring rally," Americade is an all-brands, family-friendly event set along the shores Lake George in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York.

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Best Western Introduces New Cleaning Technologies For Hotels

June 1 2012 by BW Innsider
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Maid.JPGYesterday marked a special occasion For Best Western, as our new program - I Care Clean - was launched via an exclusive in USA Today. Best Western continues its dedication to lead the hospitality industry in customer care with advanced cleaning technologies throughout 2012 in the more than 2,100 Best Western hotels in North America!

The new program empowers Best Western's Housekeeping to set a new standard for customer care with the use of UV Wands, Black Lights and Clean Remotes.

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