Do You Or Someone You Know Deserve a Hard Earned Vacation?

March 6 2013 by BW Innsider
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Have you been working late nights at the office? Are you so busy these days you can barely catch your breath? If you, or someone you know, deserves that hard earned vacation - we want to hear about it! Share your reason for awarding that vacation 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 after winner is verified. Contest ends Mar 31st.

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    By Gail A. on March 6, 2013 5:39 PM

    I would nominate my hard working hubby as a candidate for a well earned vacation. He has slogged through the rain or snow, sleet or hail for over thirty years earning a living for his family as a letter carrier. Add to that having a lawn service on the side - he DESERVES a wonderful holiday - doing whatever his heart desires!

    By Debbie Stanborough on March 18, 2013 6:24 AM

    After raising six beautiful daughters and finally having a chance to spend some quality time together, my husband and I could really use a vacation.

    By Laurette Williams on March 21, 2013 5:39 AM

    I nominate myself. I have not had a vacation since 2005, since then I had two heart attacks (in one month - August 2008), and been diagnosed with cervical cancer. At that point, I was forced to move in with my older sister and her adult son as I had been evicted from my apartment (the landlord lost the building to foreclosure and I had lost my job about the same time).

    I currently still reside with my sister and nephew and cannot work. I have beaten the cancer but still have other health issues. A vacation would do my spirits good. The very idea of "getting away" makes me feel better - to actually do it - WOW!

    By Sharon K on March 24, 2013 1:43 PM

    Been working too many hours and not had much personal time - definitely need a vacation.

    By Vivian on March 24, 2013 5:07 PM

    My mom and dad are 80 and 85, respectively. They have been dealing with the usual hardships and medical issues related to aging. My sisters and I would love to send them on a grand holiday to celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary while they are still able to actively enjoy traveling. They usually are the ones who are doing things for others in their church and community where they are active volunteers. It would be nice for them to get something for a change!

    By teresa harvey on March 27, 2013 10:17 AM

    My son and I sure could use a vacation. My dad, who has alzheimers, has lived with us for the past year. I am his full time caregiver. It is stressfull and none of my siblings help. Its just my son and I.

    By garianne draves on March 27, 2013 10:19 AM

    my husband really does. more specifically, he needs to go to New Jersey to see his dad. His mom had to call 911 this morning and it doesnt look good. he's 79 and his heart is failing. This would be a god send.

    By Becky on March 27, 2013 10:20 AM

    I would love to take my sweetie for a little vacation. He works so hard for his family and never takes time for himself.

    By Mary on March 27, 2013 10:20 AM

    Its been a crazy MARCH Madness, have been needing some time off for a while! Looking forward to a day when I can head out on the open road and find BW to stay at and relax and enjoy some ME time!

    By lorri langmaid on March 27, 2013 10:22 AM

    i would love to take my family on a vacation. We all work hard through the year and never seem to have enough left for extra things. How wonderful would it be to spend some family time together, relaxing at a beautiful Best Western.

    By Barry Kopulos on March 27, 2013 10:22 AM

    I too nominate me being the ONE that definitely deserves a break I work tireless unpaid as a volunteer on many projects giving back tot he community in many ways. I work as volunteer putting in many hours all my dedication to be the best at what I do giving back. Now is the time I need to have some of that come back to me:)

    By Donna Grimes on March 27, 2013 10:22 AM

    I'm taking my 83 year old Dad on vacation to Illinois from MS. He's in a nursing home in LA and he wants to go to see family and friends in IL one last time. We are driving and will have to stop quite a bit. He has Guillians Barre Syndrome. Being able to stay at a Best Western on the way there and back would be very helpful. He would need a handicap room. Thanks for your consideration.

    By Gena on March 27, 2013 10:22 AM

    I need one! After teaching 1st graders all day and then coming home to 4males that I have to cook for, clean up after and make sure they are all on schedule , I could use a Vacation!

    By bill horn on March 27, 2013 10:23 AM

    my wife and i sure can use some time away we have not had a vacation since our honeymoon may 22 1988 which will be 25 years in may she has just lost her father to cancer , we both work 2 jobs raise 3 children and we sure can use it just to release alotta stress in our lives , bill collectors, etc etc..

    By helen glover on March 27, 2013 10:23 AM

    yeah need a breakaway with my husband as he works night shift and we our annivesary is coming up on the 2nd april been married 16yrs and never had a honeymoon would be lovely to get a break with my husband

    By Linda Hobbis on March 27, 2013 10:24 AM

    I'm nominating myself and the hubby. We've two kids under 6 and would love to have some time to ourselves to unwind, be pampered and enjoy some good food and wine. We married in 2011 but due to the kids haven't had a honeymoon so a 'mini moon' would be fabulous. Best Western has hotels in fabulous locations and we'd love to explore Oxford, York or Bath. I love that you have tiered your accommodation to include plus and premier. It all helps with budgeting.

    By vera hanson on March 27, 2013 10:25 AM

    I need the vacation! Had one daughter get married June of last year...and one getting married this May...Ireally could use a little ME time!! lol!

    By Diane W on March 27, 2013 10:25 AM

    My husband has been working long hours at work and when he is at home he is writing reports or getting together stats for other managers. He works late into the night and is up early and off to work at the crack of dawn. I don't know how long he can keep it up. A weekend away would do a world of good.

    By Becky Richied on March 27, 2013 10:25 AM

    I am really in need of a serious vacation, I have underwent Chemo and Radiation and now I am healing up from my fifth surgery on my abdomen area and I would just love an opportunity to get away. To a nice place with sunshine to improve my mood and get me back to healing up like I should be.

    By Maggiesha on March 27, 2013 10:25 AM

    omg! MY HUNNY so ToTALLY super DESERVES a vacation!!!!! Because - he drives 300kms per day to and from work so that he can spend the night with us every day - me and our two children. Because - with two full time incomes our high cost of living location drains us before we can 'pay ourselves'. Because my Hunny NEVER thinks of himself first and gives us treats before he will ever get himself and essential. wish wish wish :D to win this prize so that it will 'force' him to actually eek out a moment to give himself a small break! :D

    By larry m on March 27, 2013 10:25 AM

    just tired of always working thers got to be a break

    By Paul M. on March 27, 2013 10:26 AM

    I never get a real vacation.

    My mom lives far away in another state -- and well, time off is either spent visiting her or having her visit me.

    Family is great and all (ok, ok -- it is the most important thing) -- but just once, a nice vacation AWAY from family would be a rare and wonderful treat!

    By Ricardo on March 27, 2013 10:26 AM

    Because my kids really want to see Niagara Falls!

    By Lyn on March 27, 2013 10:26 AM

    Please let me be the one! I've worked in a financial aid office for 19 years, at a college that is consolidating with a college with 3 other campuses, all sorts of government changes, furloughs, etc. Hardest office to work in dealing with parents and students and their money. Need a desperate break!

    By Jane frerichs on March 27, 2013 10:26 AM

    My husband does. It been a really snowy winter here in south Dakota. We live in the country so before work and after work he has to plow the snow so we can get where we need to go. It would be nice for us to get away from all this cold and snow!

    By Cathy on March 27, 2013 10:27 AM

    After 13 years of marriage, four children, and only our honeymoon and a 3 day trip away, we could use time away. We have had a very tumultious 4 years with our family and ongoing, we need a break !

    By kim minton on March 27, 2013 10:27 AM

    my son..Cody..school has really been stressing him out and he deserves a break. He is always doing for others now its time he take time for himself

    By Dianna Francis on March 27, 2013 10:28 AM

    We travel a lot. We always stay at Best Westerns because it is the greatest bang for your buck.
    I would like to nominate my sister Jackie & her husband David. David has terminal cancer. He has chemo every few weeks to keep things from progressing to quickly and to try to give him as much time as possible.
    I think they could use a few days away just to focus on themselves and not this terrible disease. I hope you choose them.
    I will give you all the info you need to verify this.
    Thank you for considering them!

    By Stephanie cehajic on March 27, 2013 10:28 AM

    I would like to nominate my daughter stephanie she has two little boy's.her life is taking care of the boy's.her husband work's long hour's so that stephanie can stay home with the boy's so money is a little tight. So a vacation would be really nice. The just bought a new house .

    By Jen on March 27, 2013 10:28 AM

    I just started a new job, stressful, and I am just tying to catch up on bills so a weekend away is EXACTLY what is in order!

    By Linda on March 27, 2013 10:28 AM

    I need a vacation because I'm full time mom who needs some time off and romantic getaway with my husband

    By Valerie King on March 27, 2013 10:29 AM

    I would like to nominate my husband Mick. He's a school bus driving, working 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in all weather conditions to make sure all the kids arrive safely to school and home again. We are currently planning a motorycycle trip with friends for June, and this would be a major bonus to our vacation!

    By Lori Frioult on March 27, 2013 10:29 AM

    My husband (who is step-dad to my kids) has raised my children as his own, supported them, stood by them and taught them love and respect. He has also supported me in ALL ways... emotionally and financially after a disabling incident, all the while keeping his head up and smiling through it all. I know times have been tough and he has suffered as well but he NEVER quit! I would LOVE to show him how much he is appreciated and loved by having him enjoy a "hard earned vacation"! :)

    By carol Montgomery on March 27, 2013 10:31 AM

    I would like to enter my husband in this contest. I truly beleive he deserves a vacation he has supported me and two daughters from a previous marraige for 30 years with no complaints. He treats my daughters and grandchildren as if they were his and they are his in every way that counts. He just got out of the hospital a few weeks ago after staying there a week, then he went back to work to soon and had a relapse. He just started back to work this week and hopefully it is still not to soon.

    By Trish Clapper on March 27, 2013 10:31 AM

    My mom and daddy has raised six daughters had a business and with the recession lost it all. daddy cannot retire because of a mortgagae and is having to work so hard just to keep him and mommy afloat. you should not have to be in your 70's and still work so hard. they have not got to visit me or my children there grandchildren in years this would be great for them to have to be ablt to come visit as we live 4 states apart..would make a wonderful gift for them thank you for considering them.

    By Julien Kimmig on March 27, 2013 10:31 AM

    I would nominate my girlfriend Sara. She is working on her PhD and is spending about 12 hours a day / 7days a week in the lab lately. She has not had a real vacation in years and could need a break for a few days.

    By Fred on March 27, 2013 10:33 AM

    I could sure use a vacation as life seems so speedy and I'd like things to slow down a bit and a vacation could be just the cure.

    By Will Griesmer on March 27, 2013 10:33 AM

    My wife deserves a hard earned vacation. She has literally been working and doing a higher load in grad school than normal lately. We virtually never get to go out on dates any more because of how busy she is.

    By Carol Thibodeau on March 27, 2013 10:33 AM

    My daughter needs a Mother's Day weekend away. She is a grade 3 teacher and has 2 children. She is always up late at night. Teachers have much more work to do and up taking it home. That "Work" time comes after helping her 2 children with their homework. Preparing and cleaning up after dinner,laundry a well you get the picture.
    I usually take her away for Mother's Day. I can not afford to do it this year and I know she really needs the break.

    By Helen Fast on March 27, 2013 10:34 AM

    Could really use that. I would like to have a vacation that includes our children and their partners. Seems all anyone has time for is to work and this could force us to take some time to spend together. That's what it is all about!

    By Mendy on March 27, 2013 10:35 AM

    Who doesn't deserve a break! With the economy the way it is, people are working more hours for less pay!

    By Melissa Ehrlich on March 27, 2013 10:35 AM

    I would nominate my hard working husband. He has 3 jobs, a full time continental shift job, a part time job, that he does on his days off and his own cleaning business. We don't get away much, with him working so much, but when we do, we usually try to take an extended vacation, and a gift card would help.

    By Kelsey on March 27, 2013 10:36 AM

    My family has never been on a vacation--we've been married 10 years with 2 kids and have yet to make a trip anywhere. Our dream is to one day be able to take the kids to Disneyland.

    By Leah B on March 27, 2013 10:36 AM

    I nominate my sister, Nicole - who has a 4 yr old and 2 yr old that constantly keep her going on her feet all day. She needs a vacation away and I would babysit for her to make it happen!

    By NMM on March 27, 2013 10:38 AM

    My husband needs a vaca. He is a k9 police officer, works very long days,details and OT and has to do training on top of all that. He works hard for his girls (me and 2 daughters). He needs some time away to spend some quality time with his family. There are days that my daughter doesn't even see him because of his schedule and her sleep schedule. My little girl recently had surgery and we could all use a few days away.

    By Amanda on March 27, 2013 10:40 AM

    I would give this to my husband! Last year he had planed a whole week for us to get away for our Anniversary, but we ended up not finding a babysitter for the kids :( He had secretly taken the week off from work, had taken out money from his hard earned stock account (at a loss) and had packed most of our bags! The first time he'd ever done anything like that! I was soo proud and honored! But the babysitter had a last minute issue and our plans fell through! If I could win this for him, it would go a long ways to thank him for the huge effort he went through!

    By Jessica Quintana on March 27, 2013 10:44 AM

    My husband deserves a vacation holiday as he is only 42 and has renal failure, because of cancer. He overcame Hodgkin's cancer, but his kidneys have now failed. He is currently on PD Dialysis and we are awaiting a kidney donor. He is the world's greatest father/husband we have two teenage children who is very active in their life.

    He is such an inspiration to all three of us. He is not a quitter, he works 20 hours a week and attends college full time. So their is no time for him to relax and enjoy life.

    Please make my wish come true and send him to relaxation for a well deserved inspiration to our life.

    Thanks and God Bless.

    By Michelle Quintana on March 27, 2013 10:45 AM

    Well I don't have cancer or another sickness, I'm not a soldier, I don't have kids yet and I'm not bankrupt and neither is my sweetie but we both work very, very hard and don't have alot of time or extra money to do a really awesome trip. And my sweetie has never been anywhere good. So I'd really, really like to take him to "somewhere good". And Best Western's are everywhere. 250.00 can buy 2-3 nights and that would be perfect.

    By ivy on March 27, 2013 10:46 AM

    I would normally nominate someone else but with having to move and clean out my mom's suite last month, I sure could use a nice relaxing vacation.

    By Debbie Dorsett on March 27, 2013 10:47 AM

    Since the kids moved out, we have a lot more free time. We work long hours, and a vacation is just what we need!

    By Devon on March 27, 2013 10:48 AM

    I would definately give this to my husband. I he a very hard worker and works very hard for the company he works for. He works hard so I can be a stay-at-home mom. He doesn't just have 9 - 5 hours, he is constantly having to take phone calls, or reply to texts helping people out or answering questions. When he is on call, he sometimes is gone the whole night, or misses out on fun family times. I would love to suprise him with a vacation to focus on family and to relax a little.

    By Bill on March 27, 2013 10:50 AM

    I nominate my wife Lorrie. I want to see her enjoy some time with our daughter and her husband who are just out of the Army. We have not seen our daughter in over a year and have yet to meet her husband. It would be a dream come true.

    By Betty Ann Harrar on March 27, 2013 10:50 AM

    I travel for work 20 days a month all over Fla. Love Best Western and am an elite member but I never get to stay in one for a vacation day/weekend due to how many hours a week I work.

    After reading all the comments though, I realize that there are many much more deserving than me. I wish you could help them all :)

    By Victoria on March 27, 2013 10:50 AM

    My husband and I have moved across the country and back due to 2 job losses in a period of less than 9 months. It devastated us financially. We are working to get back on our feet, but it's been tough. A vacation would be so wonderful right now.

    By tammy medley on March 27, 2013 10:51 AM

    we have a doughter graduationg this year and a twelve year lold i became disabled and canot work my husband has been woriking 78 hrs or so a week just to make ends meat it has been very hard for us this year he is a great dad and a loving husband standing by me if anyone deserves it he does thanks tsmmy medley

    By lisa theobald on March 27, 2013 10:51 AM

    I nominate my spouse. Due to chronic illness he has to do everything around the house, run all the errands. He deserves and needs a break where he can sit by a pool and relax.

    By Clifford Sigmon on March 27, 2013 10:52 AM

    I would nominate myself and my family to go on vacation..I drive a truck and for 7 months now I have been going to Orlando FL and I stay at the best western down there but I never have time to see the attractions so I would love to take my wife and daughter there on a real vacation!!!

    By Petteri on March 27, 2013 10:55 AM

    I could really use a vacation after working my butt off for the last 4 years towards graduating from college in 6 weeks. It's about time for a break!

    By TRACY on March 27, 2013 10:55 AM

    NEED A VACATION LIKE YESTERDAY ,ONLY GET OUT GOING TO DOCTORS APPOINTS AND RIDING TO AND FROM PICKING UP MY DAUGHTER FROM COLLEGE. GOING CRAZY UP IN THE HOUSE ,REALLY NEED A VACATION .

    By Evelynm Nutting on March 27, 2013 10:56 AM

    I just have plain old cabin fever and need to get away to something exciting

    By KELLY KLODELL on March 27, 2013 10:57 AM

    My husband and I have not been on a vacation together since our honeymoon twelve years ago. We have three children and would love a little getaway!!

    Thanks:)

    By Brandon Bethea on March 27, 2013 10:58 AM

    I run a shark-diving charity for cancer survivors. We have some upcoming trips within Southern California (Catalina Island, Mojave Desert, LA), and we could definitely use this to stay near some of our activities this spring and summer!

    By Linda N on March 27, 2013 11:05 AM

    I would love to take time off and enjoy it with my kids. I am a single mother of three and have been working for many years with very little free time to enjoy life. It was a longggg Winter and I need a nice warm pool and some sunshine. Thank you!!!!

    By b on March 27, 2013 11:08 AM

    My spouse has been fighting cancer for over a year, It been nothing but doctor appointments and Chemo. Now it over and its our time. We need a break . Even just to get out of the house for 1 day.

    By Sherrie Mueller on March 27, 2013 11:08 AM

    I nominate a young couple who live nearby. Their baby was born back in December with severe medical problems. They have been living in a Ronald McDonald house near Pittsburgh Childrens' hospital for over three months while their baby has had multiple surgeries. I would love to present them with an opportunity to take a vacation (once they get to bring home their baby) after all they have been through.

    By Pat B on March 27, 2013 11:19 AM

    My husband deserves the vacation. We have been married almost 40 years and he has never been without work. He has health issues, he is a diabetic, and his last job just made his health issues get to his breaking point and resigned due to health. The diabetic was high everyday and he is has so much nerve damage in his feet that he could hardly walk or stand for along period of time. A few days later his health was already starting to get better. He started working about 6 am and did not stop till 9 or 10 pm, everyday. His supervisor even called him on weekends. That was at the end of February and he has been out everyday looking, just like alot of people, but he is 58 years old. So I think the time to relax and just clear his mind would be a blessing for him. Thank you for the opportunity to try to win the gift card.

    By Roxie Held on March 27, 2013 11:20 AM

    I submit a very nice retired couple who can't afford to take a vacation. That would be myself and my husband Gary Held. Thanks for your consideration.

    By Denise on March 27, 2013 11:23 AM

    It's past DE-STRESS time for me. 1) My marriage of 32 years is ending, 2) my youngest teenage son thinks he wants to move out of town to live with his oldest brother (who has NO parenting experience and not enough patience for his little brother), 3) my mother had a heart attack this past weekend (she's recovering now), 4) I am unable to continue payments on the lease for my business space, and 5) I've held down 3+ jobs at a time for the past 6 years to support my family. I'm ready for a vacation. Thank you!

    By Maciej on March 27, 2013 11:28 AM

    This is going to be the shortest request. I'm too busy to write more than two sentences and need a vacation. So what you say ?

    By Jorie on March 27, 2013 11:35 AM

    Vacation? YES please!! This winter just goes on and on and on.....
    We need a road trip to somewhere warmer! I'm ready for flip flops.

    By sue leroy on March 27, 2013 11:38 AM

    Me!
    I laugh ( but really this is ME)!!! I work everyday all summer on a beach ( reality is the beach is about a 100 yrd from my place of work but I NEVER get on the beach /in the water............
    This looks absolutely delightfull and OH!!! soooooooo relaxing.

    "Happy " SPRING to you all........:):)

    By paola on March 27, 2013 11:38 AM

    is to survive

    By andrea on March 27, 2013 11:38 AM

    my 2 oldest sons who are graduating in June deserve a vacation! they have done great for the last 13 years in school and are ending it by making the "B" honor roll this semester!! I would love to take them away to celebrate their great job done!! so proud of my boys! :)

    By Ray on March 27, 2013 11:40 AM

    I would like have my wife recieve this as a gift for her hard work in a grocery store in Nokomis Florida. Our northern visitors have been very hard on her this year but she still treats all of them with dignity and respect. She is such an Elvis fan and my goal one day is to take her to Graceland and this gift would make it happen. Tammy you are the love of my life!

    By Shelley N on March 27, 2013 11:40 AM

    My husband really deserves a vacation. He started a new job about a year ago and it has been nonstop with no breaks. The plant operates 24/7 so he is called at night and on weekends. He hardly ever gets home during the week in time to have dinner with us so I would say he deserves a great holiday.

    By Mary W on March 27, 2013 11:45 AM

    I nominate my sister who is the hardest working, best sister anyone could ever wish for!

    By Susan P. on March 27, 2013 11:47 AM

    I'm nominating my sister since she works really hard on her cattle farm and doesn't get much time off for a vacation.

    By Kristyn Corace on March 27, 2013 11:48 AM

    My husband deserves a little relaxation. He works very hard doing manual labor all day, comes home every night to his family. He's a great husband, my best friend and the world's best father to our son. He is always thinking of creative ways to work longer hours to get to every game, meet, event for our son. He always puts me and our son first above all. Thanks for listening.

    By jeanne moore on March 27, 2013 11:50 AM

    hubby and i need a get away.never had a honeymoon and after 27 years of marriage a 4 kids it would be great. and 3 grandkids and a 4th on the way. it would be great.

    By Julie Nicholls on March 27, 2013 11:51 AM

    My cousin needs a holiday, her husband works in Florida and she sees him maybe twice a year. She gets up for work at 3:15 am everday, drives an hour each way to work.
    She has to keep the house, the dog and the yard in order.
    She is superwoman in my eyes.

    By Cathy Tougher on March 27, 2013 11:52 AM

    My wonderful husband deserves a real vacation. He works so hard and never has time offf. If they can reach him by phone (and they do) he makes himself available 24/7 365. On top of that he has lovingly cared for me through many illnesses/surgeries including cancer. He deserves some pampering with a great vacation

    By Athena on March 27, 2013 11:53 AM

    I nominate my hunny bunny! He needs to get away better yet WE need to get away. We keep making plans to go do activities & get struck by "life". We love adventure and fortunately make the most out of everything so I think we are pretty lucky all in all. I would love to surprise him & get outta here. Road Tripping is our favorite thing!

    By jeanne moore on March 27, 2013 11:55 AM

    hubby and i would love a vacation after raising 4 kids and never h aving a honeymoon it would be great.

    By Stacey Moore on March 27, 2013 11:58 AM

    I would nominate my boyfriend. Just as he was starting a new job, I broke my leg and he was there for me through it all: up every teo hours giving me my meds, making me meals, taking me out in my wheelchair. Now I want to do soemthing nice for him and a nice little vacation would be nice!

    By Roxie on March 27, 2013 12:00 PM

    my daughter live in fl but there no room to stay at her place . so vacation in a hotel would be fun.

    By Emily Chandler on March 27, 2013 12:01 PM

    I'd love to surprise my hard-working sister with some vacation money, she deserves a break from raising her two kids!

    By Roxie on March 27, 2013 12:03 PM

    vacation in fl with my hubby and daughter .would be fun

    By candi bellotti on March 27, 2013 12:10 PM

    My husband works very hard to take care of all of his responsibilities. He manages a construction crew, trying to keep them all working during a time when new home construction is quite slow. He works hard so I can stay home and raise our 4 children. He makes sure his younger brother, who is unemployed and has a wife and 4 kids to raise as well, has anything extra he needs. Like helping keep their vehicle running so they can get to doctor's appointments and look for work. He supports his mother and aunt emotionally as they care for their mother who is in a nursing home. His mother is currently having some health issues of her own of an unknown origin, she doesn't drive so we make sure she gets to any and all appointments as we figure this out. He cares for his responsibilities within our congregation as needed. He is the first to volunteer if something is needed. A vacation would be a great chance to relieve some stress for him.

    By steve on March 27, 2013 12:12 PM

    With 5 kids I definitely need a vacation. Need I say more??

    By Jim OConnell on March 27, 2013 12:18 PM

    My wife & I both work; I work days, she works retail - so a lot of nights. We both also work some weekend, usually opposite weekends while the other drives the kids around to their various activities. So our time with just the two of us is limited. Now that our schedules have slowed a bit, we would love to get away for a couple days. So we have really earned a vacation.

    By Dani G on March 27, 2013 12:21 PM

    My mother worked 60 hours a week to raise three children by herself. She definitely deserves a nice vacation.

    By Rob Davis on March 27, 2013 12:26 PM

    It is I who deserves a break. Been at my current job for two years. Promises were made to me by our Managing Director, and he's not honoring them. My job used to be manageable, now it has grown to triple the work, with no end in sight, due to rapid company growth.in Yes, I have job security ...it will take 3much people to replace me. I need a break. My family doesn't recognize me anymore.

    By Gordon Deakyne on March 27, 2013 12:42 PM


    Been out of work for 5 years, same time we adopted our abandoned Grandson, would love to take him to yellowstone which is a days drive from us. He loves animals and it would be a great education for us all. thanks for the chance

    By Sharon Stannard on March 27, 2013 12:48 PM

    I would nominate any of the members of my family. We have been meeting challenge after challenge and together we are able to take two steps forward to our one step back. All began with me I think and a nasty ongoing and expensive marriage breakdown in 2005. In the midst of this turmoil was a life saving surgery for my brother. Once again the family pulled together to overcome the onerous financial issues. Then my mother was run over by a car; luckily she survived. Family is everything and it is said that it is our challenges that make us stronger so we must be very strong. Every member of my family is deserving to win and I hope our entry is picked. Thank you so much .... lovely to have something like this to look forward to!

    By Marion Fratus on March 27, 2013 12:51 PM

    With our 50th wedding anniversary coming in August, this would be a big help for a get-away. Being on fixed incomes doesn't always allow us the freedom to get away.

    By Christy George on March 27, 2013 12:54 PM

    My husband Chris! He is such a hard worker, goes in early and stays late! And, his job is very stressful for him. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 4 years ago, and he was there for me as much as he could be, plus we BOTH worked all of the time to keep up with all of the bills, especially the medical bills coming in! Neither one of us have had a vacation in over 7 years, because of the past few years with all of my surgeries and treatments. So, we BOTH need a vacation so bad!

    By Leo on March 27, 2013 12:55 PM

    Everyone needs a vacation every now and then so we don't always feel being trapped in a cage of work...

    By Leo on March 27, 2013 12:57 PM

    Everyone needs a vacation every now and then so we don't always feel being trapped in a cage of work...

    By Tania Simpson on March 27, 2013 1:03 PM

    I could really use a vacation because Grandma bought my 8 year old son an electric guitar and the 4 year old decided they should have a band and she is the drummer with every pot and pan I own. My hubby and I need to get away for a couple of days to somewhere that is quiet, that's all we want!! LOL!!

    By johanna hof on March 27, 2013 1:04 PM

    Its time to get away,spring is here,a few days without kids and grandkids is what we need,bring it on.

    By Megan G on March 27, 2013 1:07 PM

    I've had some health issues hit over the last four months. The US healthcare system, and its effect on my wallet, have been so stressful. Calgon, take me away!

    By Tami on March 27, 2013 1:08 PM


    As an accountant I always need a vacation to celebrate the end of another tax season!

    By Debbie B. on March 27, 2013 1:13 PM

    I nominate my husband, a 35-year public school teacher, for a well-deserved vacation. He is hard-working and a fantastic role-model to his students, especially those that do not have a strong male figure in their lives. He is a fantastic father and grandfather, too!

    By barbara on March 27, 2013 1:29 PM

    I could give hundreds of reasons why I and my hubby should,or deserve,to win this gift/prize. Unemployment,health reasons,money problems,the fact that spring is here,sooo many more. To put it in a nutshell....it would be very much appreciated and enjoyed. Plain and simple...it would be nice:-)nicely

    By Michelle S on March 27, 2013 1:34 PM

    This diabetes has got me by the buns, I need to get away and distress my lonely soul to a happier environment. I've not gotten away in years.

    By Melinda on March 27, 2013 1:47 PM

    I need a break. Work, housework, taking care of children, etc.etc. etc.

    By Cheryl Johnson on March 27, 2013 1:50 PM

    I would love for my daughter to win as she just lost her job after several years. They closed the doors one day & are going bankrupt so they get nothing; only high and dry.

    By Bruce Steadman on March 27, 2013 2:33 PM

    All work and no play....makes Bruce a dull boy!!!!

    By LeAnne Killleen on March 27, 2013 2:38 PM

    Day after Easter we visit my mother-n-law every year. She has a "honey do list" I don't mind, I DON'T have one fo my husband, but they take uch advantage of old people in Flordia to have work done on there homes I am willing to spend 10 days with her to help out

    By Lindz on March 27, 2013 3:01 PM

    I would love to be able to take my 9 year old little boy on a vacation. Like many others I am a single parent and I work 12 hour shifts at the hospital, when I'm not working at the hospital I'm working my second job as a waitress so I don't get to see my little boy very often at all, he is usually in bed by the time I get home and I leave for work before he is awake. Our house got foreclosed on and we had to move back in with my parents which is very hard, but my son tries so hard to be a good sport about it even though I know how much he misses his friends in our old neighborhood. I would be very grateful for the opportunity to take my son on a vacation since I cannot afford to take him. Thank you :)

    By STACEY DEMPSEY on March 27, 2013 3:17 PM

    I need a vacation because I am a single mom with 3 teenagers , need I say more LOL

    By Joe Macaluso on March 27, 2013 3:25 PM

    I am going to nominate my wonderful mother in law and wife, they deserve some time together. Money has been so tight for us, and with my wife and I celebrating out 15th wedding anniversary this April it would be a wonderful trip for her.

    My mother in law is really on of the most amazing people I know, she has such a big heart and is always helping everyone before herself. She lives with my borther in law and his wife and their two small children, there is never a quiet moment in that house with two little ones, just a weekend of peace and quiet would mean the world to her, and it would be a small gesture to show her how much we all love her and everything she does for our family.

    By bob langmaid on March 27, 2013 3:30 PM

    i would love to take my wife on a vacation. We haven't had one since our honeymoon, 29 years ago!

    By kimberly langmiad on March 27, 2013 3:47 PM

    It would be so cool to be able to take my mom, dad and brother on a vacation. With our busy lives, we don't get to spend as much time together as I would like.

    By dustin langmaid on March 27, 2013 3:51 PM

    I would love to give my mom a vacation. She works so hard taking care of our family, she deserves a little R&R. And being the person she is, I know she would take our family with her.

    By Sheldon on March 27, 2013 3:54 PM

    I choose myself, I could really use a stress free vacation, long days, long work hours, time for a break! Cheers!

    By Diane Pearce on March 27, 2013 4:00 PM

    My last vacation (last summer) was at the Best Western in London Ontario Canada........best place ever.....planning on returning this summer.........

    By Diane Pearce on March 27, 2013 4:02 PM

    It said that too many comments from me were entrered..........I just saw this today........how come?....would love to enter

    By Kim Yurkiw on March 27, 2013 4:18 PM

    I think all the stories here are worth while of a holiday ! Being aware of that I hope the best one does win! Being hit by a car last year really had limited my mobility of getting around had some knee surgery's I am finally able to get around and enjoy some time away! It has a been awhile a bit secluding here at home for the past while. I would take my wonderful daughter who sacrificed all of her weekends.
    I am grateful for the wonderful opportunity for this weekend getaway!

    By Larry Baughman on March 27, 2013 4:43 PM

    My wife and I could use a vacation. I spent 3 days in the hospital having tests and was bored out of my mind. I need a relaxing break far away from a hospital.

    By Debbie Nubile on March 27, 2013 4:57 PM

    We sooo need a getaway. This past year we lost my 84 year old Dad as his kidneys shut down, my 68 year old mother in law from Emphazema, right now my Birth Mom's kidneys are shutting down, & I was in the hospital for emergency surgery last week and in the hospital for 5 days. Been very hard on all of us but especially my 12 year old son. Would be neat to get away for something FUN!!

    By margaret steele on March 27, 2013 5:15 PM

    I would nominate my teenage daughter. She is going to Thailand in July to do volunteer work in an orphanage and a battered womens shelter. She has worked so hard at her part time job, babysitting, bottle drives etc to save the money for the trip. We live in Canada and the group leaves from LA. I would love her to have a bit of a holiday at the end.

    By Wendy on March 27, 2013 5:23 PM

    This is would be a wonderful prize as I have way more time than money!

    By Jason on March 27, 2013 5:32 PM

    I think my wife deserves a Hard Earned Vacation!! She has been carrying around baby number 3 for the past eight months! She is tired, with an achy back and swollen feet. Raising two busy boys also adds to her busy life. Baby is due the end of April and a much needed vacation after that would be LOVED and APPRECIATED!! Thanks so much and have a blessed day!!

    By Toni on March 27, 2013 5:35 PM

    I'm nominating my hard-working hubby, who works 12 hours a day.He needs a good vacation.

    By Zac on March 27, 2013 5:41 PM

    Athena Kramer deserves a vacation for bein g the hardest working woman on the plant!

    By Michelle on March 27, 2013 6:22 PM

    My favorite guy is soon going to have surgery and between work stress and theimoending surgery, we need a little romantic getaway!

    By steve weber on March 27, 2013 8:17 PM

    I would nominate my dad.. he works 9 hour days, gets up at 4:30 AM.. works out after coming home and then goes right to bed... he NEEDS this vacation.

    By Evelyn Weier on March 28, 2013 6:07 AM

    I would love to win a $250.00 voucher for a Best Western Trave stay. I just retired this month and would love to be able to put my feet up and relax. Our family would drive 3 hours South while we would drive 3 hours North to meet at the Best Western in Black River Falls. We have done this at least twice a year so we could spend time together. We have always stayed at your motel so that would be special to win.

    By Kirsten on March 28, 2013 7:00 AM

    My husband could use a vacation. He has been working 6-7 days a week and no time to relax. I would love to win this for him.

    By M-Anne on March 28, 2013 8:13 AM

    We are certainly Trippin....

    I would like to nominate my husband......he struggles financially for the past 12 years due to a case of bad luck. He also has a very stressful job and always ready to help others..he does lots of volunteer work as a coach in soccer and hockey for the past 10 years, very devoted to his and other kids. We have 3 kids together and kids would love to get away as a family.....they are young and do not understand why we can not always do what most their friends do...it would be a great idea for dad to surprise them....they would certainly be happy little kids. He always thinks for others,it would be away to pay him back for all his hard work and financial stress. Thank you still trippin....

    By Kathleen Conner on March 28, 2013 9:04 AM

    No vacation for 2 years!! That's just way too long.

    By ria on March 28, 2013 9:37 AM

    I nominate myself because as a mother and a SAHM at that I do everything for everybody else all day, every day. I need to do something for myself for a change even if it is just entering a contest with hundreds of others in the hopes of winning something for myself.

    By Dawn on March 28, 2013 9:47 AM

    I would love the opportunity to win the $250 Best Western gift card for my sister and myself. She just started a new job after being without work for several years. Hope she can keep it. The job is very demanding. I am trying to find a job, too. The town that we live in doesn't have many job opportunities. It is a pain in the you-know-what when you don't have a job. We are struggling with almost having an empty bank account as well. A trip to the Mississippi or Alabama Gulf Coast would be a wonderful beachy getaway for us. Would love to stay at the Best Western hotel in Biloxi or Gulf Shores. Thanks. We would REALLY appreciate it.

    By Allan on March 28, 2013 10:00 AM

    I would have to nominate my wife. She came to this country 3 years ago know ing a little English and has taken every one she meets by storm. She studied Engish hard in Community college in Reno, NV and since then went on to complete a Med Assistant course at Kaplan College in TX. She was a nurse back in her native Ukraine but here they keep throwing more obstacles in her way and she goes about tackling them with a big smile on her face. She now needs a certification in English before she can take the NCLEX exam and then its 6 months of refesher courses before any license can be issued. One step at a time is how I described things to her and she is gonna finish it all one day soon. Needless to say her 16 yr old son has taken to life here like a duck to water and his English is excellent these days. I think Hawaii would be her choice vacation as visa rules keep her in the US right now plus it is a half way around the world from her native Ukraine.

    By Karen on March 28, 2013 10:50 AM

    My husband is always busy helping others.

    By Karla O'Brien on March 28, 2013 12:02 PM

    I nominate my friend-Fai. He works hard all day. Most evenings he spends on the computer.....more work....there is always work. He has very little time for himself and deserves a holiday.

    By John Billiris on March 28, 2013 5:00 PM

    I love to travel, but haven't been able to go anywhere in 2 years. I'd love a vacation!

    By Shelbie Johnston on March 28, 2013 6:40 PM

    I deserve a vacation, even a weekend getaway. I have not gone anywhere in years, am on social security and can't afford it. I have had a lot of medical problems and surgeries the past few years, and I spent 6 weeks in a burn unit with 2nd and 3rd degree burns on both feet, had a toe amputated and many skin grafts. Took months before I could walk again. I don't ask for much, never have, but would love to just get away. Thank you.

    By ferdos cockar on March 28, 2013 10:42 PM

    i deserve a vacation as I am overwhelmed with financial difficulties and don't think I will ever have a vacation. I am a mother and jobs are difficult to find. I really need a vacation surprise at my age!

    By Rachel Oskam on March 29, 2013 11:22 AM

    I deserve this because I will be finished this year of school in a week and I am drowning in student loan debt! My boyfriend is working very hard back in our home town and it would be so great for both of us to get away. Please!!!!!!! :)

    By jeannine s on March 30, 2013 9:38 PM

    It has been a long winter. It has been one kid, adult sick after another. I need a break from cleaning up snot, poop and vomit.

    By jenny polhemus on March 31, 2013 6:39 AM

    I need a trip back to Kodiak, AK. We took my best friend Kelly on her bucket trip there last year. It wasn't just a vacation, we were looking for a place to spread her ashes when her time here was done. We lost her Nov 24th of 2012. We need to go back to Kodiak to fulfill the last promise of laying her to rest there. So not a vacation per say but a fulfillment of a last promise.

    By Nicholas O on March 31, 2013 1:45 PM

    Me and the wife would love one. School, work, raising a family, and supporting my mother-in-law too. Just to get away from the in-law for a few days would be great.

    By Nancy Reid on April 1, 2013 2:05 PM

    No big sob story here ~ just a love for travel and a desire to reward my husband for all the wonderful things he does for me. I would love to take him away and sweep him off his feet at one of your marvelous resorts! thanks for the chance! xox

    By Lanie on April 5, 2013 7:40 AM

    Very relaxing - sweet of your company to share a free vacation to someone in need.

    Cheers to your team and Keep up the good work! ;)

    Congratulations to your choosing!

    By Gail A. on April 30, 2013 6:44 AM

    Hello Best Western! Still have my fingers crossed, waiting to find out who the winner is...

    By Teresa on May 10, 2013 5:57 AM

    I believe that my mother deserves this because she is taking care of four kids by herself while my father serves in the military. I think she needs this, because she has given up her whole life to make sure that her kids are having the best time they can possibly have. She does not buy herself anything, as to make sure that she always has the money to buy whatever us kids want. She has the hardest time, because we honestly do not make it easy on her, we are 17,14,11, and 05. So our family can be a handful. I feel like she needs time to herself to just breathe, relax, and refresh. Thats why I think that my mother deserves this trip!

    By Teresa Deleski on May 10, 2013 6:03 AM

    I would like to nominate my mom for this. My mom is all by herself, raising four kids while her husband(my dad) serves over seas in the military. My mom has not done anything for herself, or by herself, since he has left, and she just wont. I feel like if she gets this she can take the time for herself to breathe, relax, and refresh. I know that it is hard on my mom, because we dont try our hardest to make it easy on her. We are 17,14,11,and 05. We are not the best bunch of kids, but we do care about our mom and I feel like this would relieve her so much! I love my mom and feel that if she got some time for herself that she would feel better and be better and some stress would be lifted.

    This would be really great if she won this, Thank you so much!

    By BW InnsiderAuthor Profile Page on May 20, 2013 11:01 AM

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the March blog contest, we have a winner! Congratulations to Larry, who is our winner and the recipient of a $250 Best Western Travel Card. Be sure to visit our blog to enter the April contest for your chance to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card! Visit our blog here http://bit.ly/Z9kx17

    By Heather on August 18, 2013 4:29 PM

    My best friend Jordan deserves a vacation. She was a teen mom and got married young. Her and her husband are hard working people. They now have two children and i'm not sure as a married couple if they have EVER been on vacation. She's wonderful and talented. A great mother and friend. It would make me so happy to see her get the vacation she deserves. I love her so much and she deserves this more than anybody else i know.

    By Tiffany on September 13, 2013 1:14 PM

    My grandma deserves a vacation more then anyone I know. She's 61 and has adopted 7 children, me being the oldest at 20. She has 5 little girls all under the age of 9 and is doing it all on her own.

    By melanie medrano on March 30, 2014 10:04 AM

    Hi my name is melanie medrano and I would like to nominate a young girl/lady to receive a free vacation of sorts . She would like to take her two small sons carter and Conner to Disney world . But see this seems to be problematic due to the fact that she has cervical cancer . She has went through chemo radiation and now had to start getting iron shots. This young ladies name is jessica lynch she was diagnosed a few years ago and now is starting her second dose of radiation . This young lady is someone who I look up to . You see ive known jessie since she was a baby and she is now 23 . I dont live in our hometown anymore but keep in touch with her sister her and her mom through facebook or telephone. I dont have money to send them I would send them myself but I am a working class mother. Jessica takes care of her two sons and has a boyfriend ( kids dad) to help her she works and I think she was even goin to school for awhile. Her mother helps her out as much as she can but her health is not the greatest either. Jessica is a fighter and is determined to beat this . But with all the hustle and bustleof chemo and radiation tthere's not much time or money. I look up to her because no matter how she feels she keeps goin and tAkes it day by day . I feel that she deserves a little happiness in her life dont you . What would make her happy is to see her sons happy shes living an Id fighting for them. Please consider and thank you for your time.


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