SPOOKTACULAR JACK-O-LANTERNS AND CARVING TIPS

October 31 2012 by Claudia Kunkel

jack o lantern.jpgDid you know that Halloween is one of the world's oldest celebrated holidays? Did you also know that the tradition of carving pumpkins started in Ireland and not with pumpkins, but with turnips and potatoes? Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America where the turnips and potatoes were set aside for the pumpkin. There is also a very old Irish tale concerning a man called "Stingy Jack" from which the name "jack-o-lantern" was derived. If you have a few minutes, it's a very entertaining story and worth your time reading. Now, here are a few spooktacular jack-o-lanterns to inspire you as you set out to carve your own this Halloween along with a few great carving tips.

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Pinterest Travel Printables

October 31 2012 by BW Innsider

BW Printable_Travel Shadow Box Paris.jpgLooking for some travel inspiration? Need some visuals around the home or office to keep your eye on the prize?

Follow us on Pinterest to check out some of these fun and creative visuals, repin your favorites, then download them here to print them and frame in your home, office or as gifts!

We love travel and want to share the joy of it with everyone to hopefully inspire others to get out and travel! We have lots more ideas for more printables but let us know what kind of variations you would like to see us make in the comment section below.

We're always looking for great travel boards to follow so comment below with a link to your travel inspired boards for us to follow.

San_Francisco.pdf

Love_the_Trip.pdf

BW Printable_Travel Shadow Box Paris.pdf

BW Printable_HomeisWheretheHeartis.pdf

BW Printable_Route66 Postcard.pdf

Travel is where the heart is Rome.pdf

Travel is where the heart is Texas.pdf


Kid Travel Games - Printables

October 31 2012 by BW Innsider

Kids Activities_Crossword.jpgLooking for fun activity sheets that you can print off to keep the kids occupied during a trip? Print off these fun and cute activities, sure to entertain the kids for part of your next trip.

Follow our
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for more unique inspirational travel images.

Kids Activities_Word search.jpgHappy Travels!

BeachFun.pdf

WhatToPack.pdf

Sweet Family Adventures

October 31 2012 by Mike Mason

caramel.JPGTouring a candy factory is a dream of children from 9 to 99-years old. Whether it is because of the timeless tales such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or the memories that delicious sweets invoke of the best times of life, candy factory tours are still a great way to bring your whole family together for a grand adventure. The U.S. is home to hundreds of factories, but here are three of my favorites that will give you the taste and experience of a lifetime:

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Top 5 Most Iconic Places in Canada

October 30 2012 by Bryson Forbes
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CN Tower.jpgThere are certain places across this great country that are truly iconic and have come to represent and symbolize Canada. It is difficult to narrow the list down to just the top five, but here is my take on the most iconic places in Canada.

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NASCAR Heads to Texas

October 29 2012 by BW Innsider
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Who's Gonna Win in Texas?!

With only 3 races left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series, the stakes get higher and higher. Who do you think will take the checkered flag this Sunday in Texas?

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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Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 11/4. Winner will be announced on 11/5. 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.

Riding Out The Storm

October 29 2012 by Chris McGinnis

Hurricane.jpgThis is going to be a tough week for business travel, no matter where you are headed.

That's because the nation's air travel network is deeply tied to getting people to or from the "Megalopolis" which extends from Washington DC to Boston. And the megalopolis is essentially shut down to air and rail travel today through at least Wednesday.

If you are flying anywhere this week- even if your itinerary does not have you anywhere near the Northeast, your flight could be affected due to the ripple effect of this storm.

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Open Air Arias

October 26 2012 by Sam Lowe
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santa fe opera.jpgSANTA FE - This city has been one of my favorites regardless of how old I am, or have been. And my appreciation for it increases as I march past seniordom all the way into near-elderlyhood. For one thing, it's an easy place to visit because so much of the good stuff is on or near the city plaza, a square block surrounded by shops, restaurants, museums and other points of interest. This reduces walking time.

For another thing, there's the opera.

The Santa Fe Opera has an uncommon airiness about it, uncommon because there's no other such facility anywhere else in the world, and because the divas, tenors, basso profundos and all the other performers literally sing outdoors. It happens because the opera house has a unique roof system and only one solid wall. The other three sides are open to the elements, which allows patrons a chance to watch a sunset while enjoying Madama Butterfly or La Boheme.

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Family-Friendly Trips This Fall Break

October 25 2012 by Mike Mason
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Fall_1.jpgCooler weather, changing tree colors and the yearly launch of pumpkin-flavored everything. All are mementos to remind me that autumn is upon us. For families, another fall staple is the week-long break our kids get from school and the plans you must make to keep them busy. This fall season, why not include a fun trip in your fall break plans?

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100th Grey Cup

October 24 2012 by Bryson Forbes

grey cup.JPGIt was 103 years ago, back in 1909, on Rosedale Field in Toronto that the battle for the first Grey Cup was contested. Before you start criticizing my math, it should be noted that there was no Grey Cup game played in 1916, 1917 and 1918 due to World War 1, in turn pushing back the centennial celebration to 2012.

If I were forced to guess prior to doing a little research for this blog why the trophy was called the Grey Cup I would have assumed it was the silver colour, but sadly I would have been wrong again. Not the first time, certainly not the last. The real answer was Earl Grey (I thought he was just a tea), then the Governor-General of Canada, donated a trophy in 1909 for the Rugby Football Championship of Canada. The trophy was indeed a rugby trophy until 1954 when the CFL (Canadian Football League) took it over and there it has remained and become a true Canadian icon, rivaling another famous trophy, The Stanley Cup.

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The End of NASCAR Season is Near

October 24 2012 by BW Innsider
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Martinsville Speedway

Can you believe there are only 4 races left in the Sprint Cup Series? This week's race is at Martinsville, which is guaranteed to be an exciting race, so Who's Gonna Win?!

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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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 10/28. Winner will be announced on 10/29. 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.

Things you are allowed to bring on a plane

October 23 2012 by Bryson Forbes

airport security.jpgDid you hear the story about the man who was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport wearing a bulletproof vest and flame-resistant pants while carrying a suitcase full of weapons?

Yongda Huang Harris, a twenty eight year old man from Japan, was taken into custody recently during a stopover on a trip from Japan when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers noticed he was wearing the protective gear under his trench coat. A search of Harris' luggage uncovered numerous suspicious items, including a smoke grenade, knives, body bags, a hatchet, a collapsible baton, a biohazard suit, a gas mask, billy clubs, handcuffs, leg irons and a device to repel dogs.

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Do You Exercise Anymore?

October 22 2012 by Chris McGinnis
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hotel fitness.jpgI long ago ditched the idea of packing running shoes--they don't fit in my carry on bag anymore.

Last month a reporter from USA Today emailed me to ask about my exercise habits on the road. Here's a link to the article she wrote, based on the full interview below.

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Slow Down to Go Fast

October 17 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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motorcycle mountain.jpgSometimes, my best insights about how to improve my motorcycle riding occur when I'm not even riding my bike.

This week, I was playing the guitar, practicing a particularly difficult solo with the help of a video lesson on my computer. Onscreen, the instructor gave some potent advice about how to conquer a passage that had a flurry of notes. He said, quite simply, "Slow down to go fast."

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Biketoberfest

October 17 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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biketober.jpgIf you haven't left for Biketoberfest 2012 yet, you're probably going to miss it. The last big motorcycle rally of the year takes place from October 18 to October 21 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

You've missed the opportunity to ride the 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The HD Demo Ride Event will be making a stop at Bruce Rossmeyer's Harley-Davidson in Ormond Beach from October 18 - 20. If you're a H.O.G. member, you've also missed a Pin Stop at the Demo Truck.

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5 Hour Flight, 4 Hour Battery Life, No Problem

October 16 2012 by Claudia Kunkel

cpu.jpgHave you found yourself suffering from boredom on your business travel or while traveling with family for vacation? Sure there's plenty to do on your laptop or iPad, but the juice only lasts so long. If you're looking for something to do on your flight or while in your vehicle and worried about the battery running out on you - fear not, we have you covered!

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Most Scenic Highways and Byways

October 15 2012 by Matthew Clyde
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Sedona.jpgI'm now a mini-van driving dad. Not by choice. I was forced into this decision by the other powers in the household - my wife and her cohorts, my 2 daughters and son. They are in heaven in our fully-loaded, state of the art family mobile for the new millennium. And if our kids had their way they would permanently move into the van.

Despite my hesitations, secretly I have enjoyed the new supped up transportation. Recently we took a drive through Northern Arizona and Southern Utah - which holds some of the most spectacular scenery and landscapes in the nation. A key benefit to the new mini-van set up is the second the kids inquire "Are we there yet?" we can easily flip a switch and they can be entertained with a DVD or game and my wife and I can enjoy the scenery on the road ahead.

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The NHL Strike Effect

October 11 2012 by Bryson Forbes

nhl.jpgAs each passing day goes by and the news about the NHL Labour dispute, officially labeled a "lockout", doesn't change it seems more and more likely that there will not be any NHL hockey this fall and potentially all winter. In Canada, this is a major story, to put it in perspective especially for people in Southern States, this is our equivalent of the NFL or MLB. This is big news north of the 49th parallel.

As TSN (Canada's version of ESPN) scrambles to fill hours and hours of weekly content it is becoming more and more evident to Canadians that another season with no professional hockey is looking more and more likely. We endured a lost season in 2004-05 and now that we are less than two weeks away from what would have been the start of the regular season, it's starting to feel like a real possibility that another season will be lost.

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Charlotte Night Race Contest

October 9 2012 by BW Innsider
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Charlotte Night Race!

Who's Gonna Win this Saturday's race in prime time at the track in Charlotte? There's only a handful of races left in the Sprint Cup Chase. Who do you think will take the checkered flag?

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 Staples 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 10/13. Winner will be announced on 10/15. 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.

Motorcycle Rodeo

October 9 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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Bike2.jpgSomewhere near you, a police officer is practicing his riding skills, preparing for a motorcycle rodeo.

Motorcycle rodeo competitors weave in and around a short course of cones in a parking lot, striving for the quickest laps with the fewest cones displaced. The courses emphasize maneuverability, cornering and changes of direction. In police competitions, the bikes are 1000 ccs or bigger, usually a Kawasaki, BMW or Harley-Davidson police model.

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Double Ways to Win at Talladega!

October 4 2012 by BW Innsider
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Loads of Prizes for the Talladega Race!

For the big race at Talladega, we are giving you TWO ways to win!

1. Submit your usual prediction of who will win the race in the comments below for a chance to win a $25 MasterCard 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 gift cards and signed hats! 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!

Entries must be entered before the start of the race on 10/7. Winner will be announced on 10/8. 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.

How to Test Ride a Bike

October 4 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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HD2.jpgYou're ready to buy your next bike. You've narrowed down your choices, and you've decided to buy a used motorcycle -- the economy is in tough shape, which means prices are down a little, making this a good time to buy if you can afford it. You've got the cash, you find the bike, and it's time to buy. What do you do next?

Before you close a deal on any used motorcycle, you've got to take it for a test drive.

I've got a few tips that will make that test drive safer and more effective, helping you evaluate a motorcycle before you buy.

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Finding Some Space to Spread Out

October 3 2012 by Chris McGinnis

meeting space.jpgBusiness travelers are becoming more and more mobile. Increasingly, they are un-tethered to strict rules about how much time they spend at headquarters.

As a matter of fact, many frequent-traveling executives may not even have permanent office space at all any more, as the trend toward "hoteling" office space becomes even more widespread. (Office hoteling refers to the practice of providing office space to employees on an as needed rather than on the traditional constantly reserved space.)

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2012 Top Game Picks for College Football Tailgating & Travel

October 2 2012 by Mike Mason
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tailgating.jpgCollege Football season is finally here (FINALLY) and as a NCAA Football enthusiast, I'm thrilled to once again spend my weekends entranced by the tradition of collegiate gridiron. Not only do I love the grit of age-old competition but hitting the road to see my favorite teams is an experience itself. I have great memories of traveling to see games, of which a majority have been Ohio State (raised in Ohio, Saturdays in the fall are not complete without a Buckeye battle cry) and this season has me dreaming of the games I would like to see live, on the grass with the roar of the crowd.

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Embracing Peer Reviews

October 2 2012 by Bryson Forbes

comment.jpgAnyone who has followed my blog over the last four years already knows that I profess my adoration and respect for www.BestWestern.com almost every week but this week I am kicking it up a notch.

I recently received a press release that was issued announcing how Best Western has made improvements to their already impressive website. One very notable enhancement is the addition of Trip Advisor reviews embedded directly within the site corresponding to each of Best Western's properties. To me it was another example of Best Western addressing an issue head on and putting the customer experience first.

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Oktoberfest 2012 - The Fine Art of Navigating the Beer Gardens of Munich

October 1 2012 by Claudia Kunkel
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oktoberfest.jpgBy the calendar, fall has officially arrived. However, when you live in the southwest and temperatures are still hitting over 100 degrees, it makes it a little more difficult to accept that fact. Nonetheless, fall is here and my thoughts start turning towards holiday travel and fall festivals. One of my personal favorites is Oktoberfest whether I celebrate here in my own neighborhood or travel to Munich for the mother of all beer festivals. This year should be a particularly good year for those people who enjoy a refreshing frosty mug or two due to the increase in popularity of brew pubs and craft beers.

So, here are a few hints for any of you that might be thinking about going to Munich for Oktoberfest, which runs from September 22 - October 7, 2012.

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Packing Precious Pills

October 1 2012 by Sam Lowe

pills.jpgSeveral years ago, maybe even longer ago than that, I never had to worry about how to pack pills, potions, capsules, cure-alls and other forms of medicine while preparing for a trip. But now that I have inadvertently become an elder(ly), I am forced to readjust my pre-trip packing routines as they apply to health matters.

One of my first decisions was to purchase a plastic pill box with several (but never enough) compartments marked with the days of the week on the lids. For normal pill-popping, this would have sufficed, but when I reached that point (as so many of us do) where I began counting meds in double figures, the little squares were no longer large enough to hold a full vacation supply.

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