Tell Us Where Your Travel Heart Lies...And Win!

October 2 2008 by BW Innsider
Comments (43)

BW Travel Card copy.jpgEnter for a Chance to Win a $100 Best Western Gift Card, Just for Telling Us What Travel Related Topics Interest You Most.

We have a new blog here and we want to know what types of travel info would be most interesting, helpful and useful to you. In short, what types of things can we put up here that would have you coming back for more?

To submit your ideas (and at the same time enter for a chance to win a $100 Best Western Gift Card), select the Comment button and enter in your response to the question, "What travel related topic(s) interests you most?" Once you enter a comment you are entered into a random drawing for one commmenter to win a $100 Best Western Gift Card!

Your responses can include anything from specific destinations (i.e. Hawaii) or travel tips (i.e. traveling with kids).

The contest promotion ends on October 17, so get your comments in now.

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43 Comments

By Chris on October 2, 2008 8:32 PM

I'd like to see some exclusive blog-only discount deals and coupons for Best Western hotels throughout North America.

By Scott Smith on October 2, 2008 8:49 PM

Travel with kids -- travel tips and fun, interesting, educational but more importantly inexpensive & age appropriate destinations.

Would also like to see some travel-related topics, like info on cameras, tires, etc.

By Gillian on October 2, 2008 9:00 PM

Dear Sir/Madam:

The pictures on the blogs were amazing....they really bring home the flavor of the travel destination. The blog is a wonderful way to share travel stories. Best Western...I mean wishes....GM

By Gillian on October 2, 2008 9:07 PM

Dear Sir/Madam:

My travel heart always lies in Belfast, Ireland. Born in Tralee, we moved to Belfast when I was four, and until we emmigrated to Canada I lived the most wonderful life there. We were innocent children who played, hide and seek, tag, skip rope and roller skated. Not a lot of money and sometimes we would even share skates, one each, but happy, contented, peaceful memories stay with me even now. Close friends who were always on your side, boys were always on the other team, and parents who disciplined equally and together, we were all treated the same. I long to go home again! Thank you. G. Meyer.

By Robyn on October 2, 2008 11:25 PM

I am interested in taking road trips within the continental US with resort like destinations that appeal to adults and young teens. My daughter is at an age where she has to be active ALL THE TIME or she gets BORED. Places that have snorkeling, hiking, biking, swimming and close to Amusement Parks would be ideal. I've always wanted to see the Grand Canyon and think it would be fun to drive there from the Bay Area and make a few stops in between at some of the nicer Best Westerns.

By Jackie T. on October 3, 2008 12:14 AM

We became road trip enthusiasts several years ago when our son was stationed at an Army base in California (we live in Florida.) We are hooked now! And we always look for Best Westerns, either for our nights on the road or final destination. We fell in love with Best Western because they have renovated and updated so many of the cozy old Mom and Pop hotels and motor hotels from the 1940's through the 1960's, which enhances the whole road trip experience. When we are spending a night on the road, its always nice to find a hotel or motel where we can park the car right in front of our room, and Best Western has always been consistent with the type of service they provide, from BWs we have stayed in from California to New York. We would love to see more articles about road-tripping and great venues with Best Westerns nearby, especially in the vicinity of national parks.

By N. Khokher on October 3, 2008 1:54 AM

I think, travel guides can be a best thing containing world's best restaurants info, must buy info (as each country has its own speciality like chocolates & wines in Belgium, leather shoes in Italy etc..),cautions (Safety tips for travellers), public transports information, airports information (airport names, facilities, some photos etc.), local holidays information, weather conditions, etiquettes & cultural information etc..., world's safest airlines informations OR airlines blog, that people share their thoughts about different world airlines, which will help other people to choose a best carrier, pay less - get more info (in this blog, local residents of each country can provide some useful info that for what we can get more by paying less).

By Monica T on October 3, 2008 1:59 AM


As we do travel a lot both for business and pleasure we would be specially interested in new new locations för Best Western Hotels linked to activities in that specific area. Interested areas might be South America ut also Europe. As we are also concerned about the climate change and the environment we do not need to go very far away. There are so many interesting and exciting places also in Europe.

By Joanne on October 3, 2008 5:13 AM

I'd like to see ideas for weekend trips when there is something special happening in the area.

By Jessica on October 3, 2008 5:40 AM

Inexpensive weekend getaways, general tips for finding travel discounts (hotel, plaine, rail, bus), and tips for traveling with pets are all thing I would like to see. Advanced info on upcoming Best Western promotions and deals would be great too!

By Scott on October 3, 2008 10:25 AM

I have a busy schedule but love to get away for one or two nights to destinations that involve outdoors and special events. Especially ski trips, mountain bike events and music events. Where are they, whats the event about and where to stay. Help me!

By Valerie on October 3, 2008 10:29 AM

I'd like to see tips on how to navigate more quickly through the larger airports. On a trip to Ireland, I had a layover at London's Heathrow Airport. Had I not had an experienced traveler accompanying me, I would have never made it though the airport to my connecting flight.

By Michelle Paxton on October 3, 2008 10:35 AM

you should spotlight a city in each blog. you should put where to eat, and what to see and which best western to stay in according to the proximity of the particular attraction you are spotlighting. You should also make it budget-related. you know some expensive things to do and some affordable things to do.

By Gerald Greenfield on October 3, 2008 10:38 AM

To Whom It May Concern; My comment is;; My wife loves to visit different casino's and when ever we go to the Apache Casino in San carlos ,Az. (which is a best western hotel) they donot give me the miles that i should get on my Advantage program. Why is that? Thank You

By Rickster on October 3, 2008 10:42 AM

Traveler's pictures are great to look at before traveling and tips on great out-of-the-mainstream restaurants and activities would be great in your blog.

By mike carl on October 3, 2008 12:05 PM

I would like to read about Ireland.

By Mary Theresa on October 3, 2008 12:13 PM

My heart lies in Vegas Baby !! Bright lights and lots to do and see. I would love for Best Western to be an intregal part of the Vegas scene! Your brand and atmosphere is so comfy and relaxing. A great place to put your head down after a fun and exciting day.

By Kathy W. on October 3, 2008 12:17 PM

I would like to see travel information for motorcycle traverlers, such as what are some of the "day" or "weekend" trips for a certain state and where the Best Westerns are located along the trip.

By April on October 3, 2008 12:23 PM

I have found when traveling with younger kids (because most of them have a shorter attention span) is to go to the Dollar Store and buy several items, wrap them up like Christmas presents and when they begin to show signs of bordom give them a present to open and play with for awhile. When they tire of that one give them another one. This keeps them busy playing with a toy or coloring, or whatever you buy them, etc.
Get enough for both ways.

By Kevin M. on October 3, 2008 12:30 PM

I would like to see travel information on specific routes, like the I-75 to Florida. Things to do along the way, with Best Westerns that are close to the route. I find that when I am looking for a hotel, I have to look at towns or cities along the route first and then plug in to see if there is a hotel nearby. It would be nice to have a listing of hotels along a certain route and then some travel information so it can be one stop route planning.

By Karen L. Connery on October 3, 2008 12:48 PM

I would like to receive discounts for the western united states, particularly in Wyoming and Montana

By Wendy Hubbard on October 3, 2008 1:22 PM

In this lazy, overweight USA why don't hotels offer better exercise facilities? I work in the healthcare field and am amazed at how many hotels don't have functioning exercise machines. I have a challenge for the World's Largest hotel chain....stand alone and show us you care about guest's health. Rent bicycles to your guests, map out walking routes, offer incentives to those who exercise during their stay.

By Linda at minnemom.com on October 3, 2008 2:38 PM

Family travel ideas--especially interesting things to do that are near your hotels. For example: if you're staying at the Best Western in xyz city, here are some great places to visit. Doesn't have to be right next door, but within a reasonable driving distance. I'm always looking for fun new places to visit!

By Jens Neelsen on October 3, 2008 2:59 PM

Internet access is important when you are travelling both for business and holiday. Many Best Western in the USA and offer countries offer free Internet access. This is always a good reason to book this hotel. Sometimes the description of the hotel says: "Internet access" or "Wireless Internet" and this means that a charge applies and it is not free. Bad if you find out after checking in. In one hotel it was a free service - but only for a short time up to 20MB of transfer which is not much with all the pictures and buttons used even for email access. After that the charge was 30 cents per Megabyte. This is 300$ per Megabyte or more than 10 times the charge for Internet access via a 3G mobile network. Hopefully sometime all hotels will offer free Internet without hidden charges.

By pamela on October 3, 2008 4:32 PM

Would like to see tips and ideas on traveling with an elderly parent? The helpful staff at Best Western on Shelter Island changed our room to a room equipped for the handicapped and that made all the difference.

By SUSAN HAWLEY on October 4, 2008 12:44 AM

MY HEART LIES IN BEST WESTERN HOTELS I LIVE IN THE UK AND I ALWAYS USE BEST WESTERN HOTELS SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO GET THE SAME HIGH STANDARD HOTEL NO MATTER WHERE IN THE WORLD YOU MAY TRAVEL.
WE TRAVELTO NORTH AMERICA EVERY YEAR.
TO MAKE THE BEST WESTERN WEBSITE BETTER I SUGGEST WHEN YOU LOG ON TO A PARTICULAR BEST WESTERN THE HOTEL SHOULD HAVE LINKS TO ANNUAL CALLENDER OF EVENTS, THINGS NOT TO MISS,BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT,LOCAL WEB CAMS AND WEB LINKS AND EVEN A PLACE ON THE SITE TO UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS OF LOCAL INTERESTS SO THATOTHER VISITORS CAN SEE THE PHOTOS AND PLAN THIER OWN TRIP.
OUR PLAN IS TO VISIT ALL 50 US STATES JUST ANOTHER 31 TO GO ,BUT IF THE HOTELS BEST WESTERN WEBSITE SHOW THE INFORMATION YOU WANT TO KNOW AND IT IS A HOTEL CHAIN YOU CAN TRUST THEN YOU ALWAYS RETURN.

By michele on October 4, 2008 2:29 AM

how about a recommendation for local flavor when visiting a new place

By Linda on October 4, 2008 6:13 AM

I'd like to see information on those out of the way places. It's easy to get information on the major places, everyone goes there and it's usually crammed with people. I don't usually get to see much because I don't care for crowds. Share info on those other places, unusual attractions, off the beaten path, unusual festivals, etc.

By Anna on October 4, 2008 8:39 AM

I like to see Best Western in Aruba, that would be great.

By Anna on October 4, 2008 8:54 AM

I'd like to see Best Western in Aruba. That would be great.

By Lina on October 4, 2008 10:30 AM

I want to go to New York City and stay at a Bestwestern Hotel.

By Roy Dueck on October 4, 2008 8:00 PM

I think it would be a good idea to offer special discounts for "serial travellers": that is, for people who are spending several days and nights en route to their destination. Best Western could offer such a discount if one reserved accommodation at Best Western for all nights en route (say a minimum of 5 consecutive nights). This would increase Best Western's business and benefit the traveller. -Roy

By Ros at Roamsters.com on October 5, 2008 8:34 AM

Congratulations on the new blog!

I'd like to see more road trip tips, eg. packing checklists and specific circle route suggestions (with overnights at Best Western's along the route).

Cheers,
Ros

By Mia at 1momjustsaying.blogspot.com on October 5, 2008 9:11 AM

I would love to see more road trips for families with young children. With suggestions for child-friendly activities and places to eat.

By casey on October 5, 2008 7:23 PM

I would like to see more about promotion with Best Western and how to save on the trip.

By MADELLINE on October 6, 2008 9:45 AM

I LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ROMANTIC GETAWAYS SUCH AS, IN ROOM DINER SERVICE FOR TWO WITH FLOWERS AND WINE ARRIVAL. ROOM DECORATED WITH ROSE PETALS AND CANDLES. BUBBLE BATH JACUZZI WITH PETALS AND CANDLES.

By Ken Stein on October 7, 2008 9:27 AM

I'd like to know I have a room when I get to my destination. The last time I made a reservation using the Best Western website and received a confirmation number, when I got to where I was going and went in to the motel, they had no reservation for me and the confirmation number meant nothing to them. That was really comforting!

By Kathryn on October 8, 2008 7:01 AM

I'd love to have information about samll town Best Westerns--roadfood tips and ideas , cute small town areas, one day trips. With "Staycations" so big nowdays, I think it would be great to find out what is close and neat and Bet Western.

By msayadi on October 15, 2008 11:31 AM

My heart lies in Vienna, Austria. The Capital of Music and the Land of Arts and Delights. There you cannot feel the time passing. If you visited Vienna once, you will love to go again and again. The Cafe Houses and the food are magnificent. If you feel under stress, then take a break and go and lie on the grass in the Volksgarten. If you are a "Shopping Lover" you will find whatever you are looking for regardless of your budget. If you love "Arts and History," then you will find hundreds of Museums of all kind. There is a Museum for everything you can imagine in Vienna. No other city in the world has as much museums as Vienna. More than 800 ball (dance) are performed in Vienna every year. Hundreds of Music events are performed all around the year, starting from the New Year Concert "Neujahrskonzert". Above all, "The Viennese" are friendly and helpful. The Women are beautiful and elegant.
Try it and see yourself. You will never regret.

By Woman on the Run on October 15, 2008 11:16 PM

I pack my running shoes when I travel and would like to know good places to run when I'm visiting an area. I like to know where I'll be safe, what type of trail is available (dirt, paved bike path, road). When I'm visiting a culture that is foreign to me, I also like to know what the mores are--are shorts frowned on for women, that sort of thing.

Running adds to the memories of the places I've visited. I've run along the Seine in Paris while the 8 a.m. bells were ringing at Notre Dame, along a moat by the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, and among the seven hills of Lisbon.

By Kerri Martin on October 16, 2008 10:37 PM

Advice on travelling with kids and highlights for family oriented locations are just what we need!

By Joe Hrdlicka on October 19, 2008 5:41 PM

I just posted an entry on my blog http://coachhrd.blogspot.com on Oct. 5 that offers some tips and links to resources to maintain your running training schedule while you are on the road. I've always found that running on my out-of-town trips offers some great opportunities for a welcome break to my normal training routines.

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