Riding After Dark

November 27 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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night.jpgI love to ride my motorcycle after dark.

I know plenty of fellow riders who will do anything to avoid riding in the dark, and for good reason. First of all, any problems being seen during the daytime can be even worse at night. Second, it's more difficult to see obstacles and hazards. Third, it's generally colder and less comfortable to ride at night.

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Need Fun things to do this winter?

November 26 2012 by Bryson Forbes
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winter.jpgIt's official. I made my appointment for Monday to slap the winter tires on the car, so in mind it is now officially winter. A reminder by the way, it's the temperature not the amount of snow that dictates winter tire use. When the temperature is consistently below seven degrees Celsius, you road warriors need to get winter boots on your vehicle! If I were living in Calgary or Edmonton I would have been at least two weeks late but never the less it's getting cold. There are two options, start complaining or find some strategies to make the best of it. Here's my list of seven things I will be doing over the next four months to make the most of the cold.

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Holiday Travel Tips

November 19 2012 by Chris McGinnis
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busy.jpgFlying during the holidays means paying a premium of anywhere from 30% to 70% compared to other times of year--especially on long haul flights. Christmas/New Year's holiday period airfares are running at an average $454 this year, up 5% from the same period last year when they were $434. Average fares during the peak Thanksgiving period are only slightly less, averaging $442, which is also up 5% compared to last year.

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A Chilly Way to Avoid the Crowds

November 19 2012 by Sam Lowe
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GC.jpgOver the years, I have been to the Grand Canyon a whole bunch of times, to London seven times and to Niagara Falls three times. All were wonderful excursions, but the ones I remember with the most fondness all occurred in the winter. I mention this because as one gets older, one also gets tired of fighting crowds. And winter is an ideal time to avoid the masses.

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Trippin' in the Northwest

November 15 2012 by Mike Mason
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oregon.jpgAs Autumn falls upon the Pacific Northwest, two things happen. The leaves change color and weather threatens to get colder and wetter. This means it's your last chance to take beautiful hikes under Technicolor forest canopies and that it's also probably a good idea to have a backup plan in case of severely inclement weather. As far as hiking goes in the northwest, it's my belief that there is one place that stands out above the rest. The Columbia River Gorge.

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LAST Contest for Sprint Cup Series

November 14 2012 by BW Innsider
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It's Your Last Chance to WIN!

It's here, the last race of the 2012 Sprint Cup Series season! It's been wildly entertaining and we've given out over $1,000 in prizes! This race will determine the overall Sprint Cup champion so leave us TWO guesses:

1 - Who's Gonna Win the race this Sunday?
2 - Who's Gonna Win the Sprint Cup? (not many options)

Don't worry, as long as you get one of the two predictions right, you will be eligible to win. Just to make it interesting, we will give away FOUR $25 gift cards!

Leave your guess of who you think the winner of Sunday's race & the Sprint Cup champion will be in the comments below before the start of the race. We will select four random winners from all correct guesses to win a $25 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 11/18. Winner will be announced on 11/19. 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.

International Motorcycle Show

November 14 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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motorcycle show.jpgThey call it the International Motorcycle Show (IMS), but if you're lucky, and live within shouting distance of one of the 13 venues, it's your local motorcycle show.

It's that time again -- it's show time! Every year, the major manufacturers put together their displays, load some bikes on the truck, and bring their wares to a series of convention centers to show off the new year's offerings. Some of the smaller bike makers skip the smaller venues, and just go to a few of the big city shows, but there is always an overwhelming collection of new bikes to look at, sit on and dream about at each stop on the tour.

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Business Convention Travel 'Do's and Don't'

November 14 2012 by Claudia Kunkel
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business seminar.jpgMany of us in the so-called 'business world' have had the opportunity to attend a tradeshow or convention. Does it get much better than seeing another part of the country or world as part of your business travel? At the same time, you have the opportunity to expand your knowledge through seminars and break-out sessions. In my many years of experience, I've learned a few things about traveling for conventions.

Here are some Do's and Don'ts:

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Basic First Aid for Motorcyclists

November 13 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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first aid kit.jpgWe don't have a lot of extra space on our bikes. In fact, some motorcycles, like my Harley-Davidson Sportster, have no built-in storage at all. But we should all make room for a basic first aid kit, especially when we ride long distances.

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Are You Sure That's Your Bag?

November 12 2012 by Sam Lowe
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luggage.jpgA few years ago, while waiting at the baggage carousel at O'Hare in Chicago, the man next to me started some idle chit-chat by saying that his wife had once tried to settle the issue of spotting her suitcase as it circled past by adorning it with purple ribbons. He said she figured that nobody would use purple ribbons to mark their luggage. Everybody always relies on red or checkered or polka dot, she figured.

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Sprint Cup End is Near - contest

November 9 2012 by BW Innsider
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NASCAR Visits PIR

The Phoenix International Raceway plays host to the second to last race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup! Everyone will be gunning for the top finish so who do you think will 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 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 11/11. Winner will be announced on 11/12. 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.

Top 5 Sites in DC

November 8 2012 by Claudia Kunkel

lincoln.jpgWell, the election is over! But all of the talk about the election has called my attention once again to Washington, DC. I have been fortunate enough to visit there quite a few times. It is a great city that has a lot to offer. If you're going to be traveling that way any time soon, I can recommend some 'must-see' places while you're there.

First and foremost, don't miss any of the memorials or monuments. They are amazing. The memorials for Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, and of course the Washington Monument are nothing short of awe-inspiring. And I still get chills just thinking about my visits to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Veteran's Memorial. While I haven't yet had the opportunity, I am really looking forward to visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, as well as some of the others that I haven't been to yet.

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Canada needs a vacation

November 8 2012 by Bryson Forbes

CA_AM.JPGIt's amazing how engaged Canadians become during US presidential elections. It is the lead story on every newscast, newspaper and Canadian magazine, not to mention occupying much of the talk on Facebook and Twitter.

Despite how close the race actually was, Canada was clearly with Obama. According to an Ipsos Reid poll conducted exclusively for Global News an unbelievable 86 per cent of Canadians say that if they were to vote, they'd put the country's fate in Obama's hands. Only one in ten Canadians say they'd vote for Romney.

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Motorcycle Ergonomics

November 8 2012 by Jason Fogelson
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motorcycle ergonomics.jpgYou've seen them riding down the road with their ape hangers and forward controls. They look cool and stretched out, like they're riding a recliner instead of a motorcycle.

But that stretched out riding position is not for everybody. In fact, for long distances and for sport touring, that stretched out riding position can be as uncomfortable as time on the rack was during the Inquisition.

If you really want to enjoy your time on a bike, and -- even more importantly -- you want to feel good while you ride and after your ride is over, you need to address your bike's ergonomics.

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The Dakotas Photo Contest - $500 BW Travel Card

November 7 2012 by BW Innsider
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Win a $500 Best Western Travel Card!

We are featuring a photo contest on our travel blog during the month of November for North & South Dakota! We want you to share with us your favorite and best photo you have taken during your visit anywhere in either DAKOTAS.

Don't have a photo from the Dakotas? The contest is open until November 30, 2012 so visit Best Western South Dakota or Best Western North Dakota 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 the Dakotas. 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 and email address. 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: Dakotas Photo Contest

Visit Best Western South Dakota or Best Western North Dakota to learn more about the endless amount of activities to do and to plan your next visit to the Dakotas!

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 November 30, 2012.

What Car Drivers Should Know About Motorcyclists

November 5 2012 by Jason Fogelson

motorcycle safety.jpgUsually, I'm talking to motorcyclists -- past, present and future -- in this column.

Today, I'd like to talk to you folks who drive cars.

There are a few things that you ought to know about motorcyclists. I hope that the things I share with you will inspire you to share the road more happily, and I know that they'll keep both you and the motorcyclists you encounter safer if you'll just keep them in mind.

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Hurricane Sandy

November 2 2012 by Bryson Forbes

hurricane sandy.jpgAfter bracing for the effects of Hurricane Sandy, Canadians are feeling pretty lucky this week. Despite some really high winds and a few days of rain, it appears that Sandy had lost a lot of her steam after wreaking havoc on the Eastern Seaboard to the south of us. Having said that many residents in Quebec and Ontario dealt with power outages, school closures and some minor damage mostly from blowing debris and fallen trees. There was sadly one fatality in Toronto from a women hit in the head from a sign that had been broken during the high winds.

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What Travel Destination Are You Most Thankful For?

November 2 2012 by BW Innsider
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Grand Canyon.jpgTell Us and Enter for a Chance to Win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!

What travel destination makes you thank your lucky stars every time you go? Is there a destination that makes you feel thankful just for having visited? Share it with us! Tell us about the place you're thankful for 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 Nov. 30th.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes Please!

November 1 2012 by Mike Mason
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BW FB No One Ever Quotes1NEW.jpgWith all the different "free" amenities a hotel can offer - from free breakfast to free toiletries (pretty standard these days) to complimentary airport shuttle - none brighten my day/night more than FREE Wi-Fi. How frustrating is it to sit down in your hotel room and prepare to check email or do some work and then (gulp) there's a charge for Wi-Fi?

Well, that never happens when you're staying with Best Western because all Best Western hotels offer free Wi-Fi! Will this eventually supplant a continental breakfast or free tiny bottles of shampoo and conditioner as a guest's favorite "free" amenity? I'm saying yes!

What's your favorite free amenity when staying at a hotel?