Fall 2012 travel outlook

August 31 2012 by Chris McGinnis
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Biz Travel.jpgElection-year uncertainty and a weak US economy combined with higher gasoline prices, airfare and hotel rates have not deterred American travelers this summer, and healthy demand should carry on into the fall months.

This year, the fall travel season begins just after Labor Day (Monday, September 3) and extends through mid-November when demand begins to rise in anticipation of a relatively early Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 22).

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Strange Roadside Attractions

August 31 2012 by Mike Mason
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T rex.JPGAnyone who thinks that road trips are dull doesn't know how to road trip!
The world is full of wacky roadside "wildlife" to bring excitement and hilarity to any road trip. We've collected a couple pictures to show you how to make your next road trip larger than life.

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What's Your Favorite Pet-Friendly Destination?

August 30 2012 by BW Innsider
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Dog Car.jpgTell Us and Enter for a Chance to Win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!

As summer winds down and the air begins to cool it's the perfect time to hit the road with your pet! Tell us about your favorite trip to take with your pet 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 Sept. 30th .

Best Western's Hot New Properties - France! Italy! China!

August 30 2012 by Claudia Kunkel
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Italy.jpgSo anybody who knows me knows how much I love international travel. The food, the trains, the hotels, the history, and the culture! There isn't anything about traveling internationally that I don't like. I don't even mind all the extra passport checks and security pat-downs. It really isn't so bad! I've been through Ireland and Great Britain, the Caribbean, and parts of Africa and South America. However, I have yet to get to France or China. I would like these countries to be next on my list.

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Smartphones and Travel

August 29 2012 by Bryson Forbes
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Smart Phone.jpgI was laughing to myself this morning. I drove by a fairly busy corner and there were five people waiting for the light to change all of them fully distracted by their smartphone or mobile device. The thing that really struck me was the diversity of this sample. The range was from a blue haired punk rocker teen to an elderly woman with her poodle. The scene got me thinking about how much our devices have changed our lives and I decided to research the impact it's had on travel.

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The Afternoon Snack: Travel Edition

August 29 2012 by Claudia Kunkel

Kids.jpgTraveling with your kids is one of life's greatest adventures. It can be a splendid memory that they'll remember when they have children of their own, or if your kids are like mine, there had better be plenty to do while on those long hours on the highway or airplane otherwise chaos will ensue.

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Great Hiking Sites on the Westcoast

August 28 2012 by Julie Drossos

hiking.jpgHere are some of my favorite hiking spots and trails on the west coast of North America, all worth considering exploring before we lose this lovely summer weather. These are (mostly) for all ages and can be a great family trip to take before we head into the busy fall and holiday season!

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Who's Gonna Win in Atlanta

August 28 2012 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win?!

The Chase for the Cup is just around the corner and each race gets more and more important. Who do you think will win Sunday's race in Atlanta? 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 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 9/2. Winner will be announced on 9/4. 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.

Summer Rock Climbing Destinations

August 27 2012 by Mike Mason

Santa Barbara.jpgIf you're a rock climber in the US, the final month of summer can be some of the most frustrating. Hot stone, a burning sun and crowds of campers make for an uncomfortable hike in and a poor night's sleep. But, don't despair. There are lots of climbing destinations within North America where you can go to avoid the crowds, sleep comfortably and climb in ideal temps for descending. Check out one of our favorites below.

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Central Oregon Motorcycle Trip: Tour Highlights

August 27 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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Our State Fair is a Great State Fair

August 24 2012 by Claudia Kunkel
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State Fair.jpgIn Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic 1945 musical State Fair, viewers were able to watch the drama unfold of the glory and excitement surrounding a state fair, whether attending as a contestant or to revel in the American tradition of bringing the best of a state into one central location. It's no wonder that the most popular song from the musical is, " Our State Fair is a great state fair... it's the best state fair in the state!"

Over 65 years later, a lot of state fairs have faded into history, but there are a few that are as popular as they ever have been. Here are three that still put on quite the show each summer:

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Things you should stop packing

August 23 2012 by Bryson Forbes

Suitcase 2.jpgThere is a litany of information out there about all the things you should consider packing for your next trip or vacation. In fact, I've even written a few blogs on the topic myself. Today however I wanted to talk about all those things you can stop packing. There are many benefits to packing more efficiently including saving money with reduced weight on checked baggage fees, more flexibility and mobility and ultimately a more enjoyable trip.

Let's look at some things you can take out of your next pack.

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Favorite Rides: Seattle, Washington

August 22 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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Seattle_Trip.jpgI'm pretty sure that folks who live in Seattle exaggerate about the rain just to keep the rest of us away. In reality, Seattle receives less precipitation than New York City, Atlanta, Boston and Baltimore, and doesn't even rank in the Top Ten in the US. Seattle's rainfall tends to be more misty and drizzly. It's also seasonal -- summers are mostly dry, winters are mostly wet, spring and fall are mostly grey.

A little bit of rain doesn't keep a serious motorcyclist down. Seattle motorcyclists can keep their bikes on the road year-round, with very few freezing days and rare days of snow.

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Central Oregon Motorcycle Trip, Day Six/Seven: Grants Pass to LaPine, Bend and Home Again

August 21 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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Jason_LaPine8.jpgI know that it seems like I've been complaining about the heat a lot on this particular trip, but it has been scorching hot all week, easily over 90 degrees and approaching 100 degrees on most days. The forecast calls for more of the same today, so I'm getting an early start.

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Central Oregon Motorcycle Trip, Day Five: Medford to Grants Pass

August 20 2012 by Jason Fogelson

Jason_Grants Pass 2.jpgI don't have far to ride today, but I've got plenty to do along the way, so I stoke the boiler with a good hot (free) breakfast at the BEST WESTERN Horizon Inn in Medford, Oregon. I'll be leaving here after staying for two nights, which is one more than my usual on a motorcycle trip. I haven't lost the knack for packing, and I'm ready to ride.

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Central Oregon Motorcycle Trip, Day Four: Medford

August 16 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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Jason_MedfordOR.jpgI'm up and at 'em. I'm spending a second night here at the BEST WESTERN Horizon Inn in Medford, and that means that I don't have to pack up all of my gear and load the bike. I can leave my luggage in my room, and travel light, just carrying what I need for the day. I enjoy the hot breakfast in the hotel's lounge, using the time to study my maps and plan my ride. It's funny -- when I'm at home, I'm addicted to the daily newspaper. I feel like I can't really start my day until I've digested the news of the day. When I'm on the road, I couldn't care less. I completely disconnect from the rest of the world, and immerse myself in my travels.

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Central Oregon Motorcycle Trip, Day Three: Lakeview to Medford

August 15 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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Jason_Medford.jpgOne thing that I love about the High Desert climate is that no matter how hot the day is, once the sun goes down, it's nice and cool. Yesterday was a scorcher, touching triple digits. Today promises to be just as hot. Last night, I was able to turn off the air conditioning in my room in the BEST WESTERN Skyline Motor Lodge. I opened the windows and enjoyed the cool desert air, and I slept like a desert log. This morning, I feel great. I wolf down some of the free hot food in the breakfast room, and I study my maps.

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MY 5

August 14 2012 by Bryson Forbes

Scottsdale.jpgWe recently moved and yes I am still living out of boxes! As you can imagine, I have gone through the grueling task of changing my address seemingly a thousand times. While doing this I had to change my mobile phone plan and update my five favourite (or most popular) numbers I call, which got the creative juices flowing. Inspired by my mobile phone plan, I have created a travel version of "MY 5" which is a mini version of my travel favourite places. The five places I can count on and enjoy going back to again and again. Without further adieu, I give you MY Travel 5:

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Central Oregon Motorcycle Trip, Day Two: Bend to Lakeview

August 13 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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Jason_Bend 4.jpgI wake up early, and head to the breakfast room in the BEST WESTERN Inn & Suites of Bend. I have my iPhone with me, as I do on most trips. While I eat breakfast, I read a series of emails that promise to put a bit of a crimp in my trip. Someone has hacked my American Express account, and has tried to buy a bunch of software downloads from a major retailer. Both Amex and the retailer flagged the attempted purchase as fraudulent, which is good. What's bad is that Amex has frozen my card. I spend the next hour on the phone cancelling my card, confirming some charges and figuring out what to do next. Luckily, I always travel with a backup card -- in this case, a Visa -- so I'll be able to continue my trip without interruption. I'll have to deal with other consequences and inconveniences of this fraud when I get home, but for now, it's handled. Thanks to a good, free internet connection at the BEST WESTERN Inn & Suites of Bend, I'm able to resolve some issues and get on the road again.

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Finding the Funky

August 8 2012 by Sam Lowe
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A2.jpgThe major tourist attractions have always held my attention, but deep down inside, I harbor a strong and well-rooted desire to see and touch the little offbeat sights that don't draw the big crowds. It has nothing to do with reaching seniordom; it's more like a return to a childhood that included nurturing pet frogs and planting my own sunflowers.

So I seek out things like:

The University of Georgia's Marine Extension Service Aquarium in Savannah, Georgia. It's small (only 17 exhibit tanks and one "touch" tank), but it contains more than 200 creatures that represent most of the 50 species that inhabit the Georgia coast. Almost equally important on the funky scale: The facility is located on Skidaway Island, a name that sort of sticks to the inside of your brain when repeated 15 times in succession.

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Win from Watkins Glen Race!

August 7 2012 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win?!

The NASCAR races are getting more and more important. Who do you think will take the checkered flag this Sunday for the Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen? 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 Home Depot 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 8/12. Winner will be announced on 8/13. 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.

Central Oregon Motorcycle Trip, Day One: Home to Bend, Oregon

August 7 2012 by Jason Fogelson

Jason update.jpgI'm returning to Oregon again, and I couldn't be more excited. Last year, I explored Western Oregon, and I had a great time riding along the beautiful coast. The year before that, I rode through the Northeastern part of the state. This time, I'm starting out in Bend, and riding in Central Oregon. I'll see high desert, deep forest and beautiful lakes. I can't wait.

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Nevada Photo Contest - $500 BW Travel Card!

August 7 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. August's contest features NEVADA! There is a lot more to Nevada than just Las Vegas. We want you to share with us your favorite and best photo you have taken during your visit anywhere in the state of Nevada.

Don't have a photo of Nevada? The contest is open until August 31, 2012 so visit Best Western Nevada 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 Nevada. 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: Nevada Photo Contest

Visit Best Western Nevada to learn more about the endless amount of activities to do and to plan your summer visit to exciting Nevada!

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 this article's comment section and Twitter. Must be a resident of US or Canada and 18 years or older to enter. Contest ends August 31, 2012.

It's Sturgis Time Again

August 6 2012 by Jason Fogelson

Sturgis.jpgIf I have to explain, you wouldn't understand.

Every year in early August, every serious biker feels a rumbling in their blood. It's the urge to ride, the siren call of the biggest, baddest biker rally of them all: Sturgis.

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Get Culture While Waiting for Your Plane

August 2 2012 by Sam Lowe

Sac.jpgAirports are not on my list of favorite places, but I have learned to tolerate them because ... well, if you're going to fly, you're going to wait. And wait. And, sometimes, wait and wait and wait. But I have also learned that the time goes faster, even slips by in a hurry, when I'm waiting in an airport that features art exhibits on the various levels. Many terminals have been displaying works for a long time; others are getting on board in an effort to not only reduce boredom, but also enhance their city's image.

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Summertime Photo Contest!

August 2 2012 by BW Innsider
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summer.jpgDo you have a great summertime photo? Whether it's from a past summer vacation, recent summertime travel or even just a backyard BBQ - share with us and you will be automatically entered for a chance to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!!


How to enter:

Submit an email with ONE photo attached, or email: dill67chief@photos.flickr.com

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)

Make sure the subject line is: Summer Photo Contest


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. Winner will be announced after verification is received and posted to this article's comment section and Twitter. Must be a resident of US or Canada and 18 years or older to enter. Contest ends August 31, 2012.

Smart tips for using your smart phone overseas

August 2 2012 by Chris McGinnis

iphone.jpgMost studies show that between 80% and 90% of business travelers now carry smart phones. While these slick new devices are certainly "smart," using them overseas can be very expensive. If you worry that it might cost you a fortune to turn your phone in other countries, here are some tips that should help ease your mind...and your travel budget:

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