Travel Wish List

December 14 2010 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000014436698XSmall.jpgIt's starting to look and feel a lot like Christmas. As I write this blog, I'm without my car because it's off getting winterized. Between that and putting up our tree this past weekend, I think it's time to write my Travel Wish List for 2011.

  • My first wish is for travel statistics to continue their rebound. This can be labelled a selfish wish since I make my living through travel, but honestly that's only partly true. The overall economy and travel numbers are correlated, and since travel is usually one of the first things both people and corporations cut when times get tough, their rebound is a very good signal for economists.
  • Next, I hope that free Wi-Fi continues to become the norm across the country. Aside from when I'm driving, I should be able to access the Internet from just about anywhere. This definitely includes at thirty five thousand feet! However, as recently reported, people are still reluctant to pay for Internet access regardless of where they are. Mile-high Wi-Fi should continue to be an interesting topic to follow in 2011. Whichever major airline decides to offer this amenity for free will create a nice competitive advantage, just as companies like Best Western have done back on the ground.
  • Another wish for me is that the violence settles down in Mexico. I've been trying unsuccessfully for years to convince my family to take an all-inclusive winter escape to the Mayan Riviera. Each year as we start to plan, something unfavourable hits the news. I won't give up that easily, but here's hoping for a calmer year in Mexico to help me build my next case.
  • Finally, I hope to cross another item off my travel must-see list. I don't have anything major planned just yet, but 2011 seems like a perfect time for a special trip. Italy, Hawaii and Southern California are all in the top five. Only time will tell, but that's one of the best things about travel-- the anticipation and excitement of, 'Where next?"

Happy and safe holidays to everyone, and please let me know what's on your travel wish list!

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    By Ann Iannarelli on December 17, 2010 4:22 AM

    I'd love to get a Cruise for Christmas and I'd like to take my husband away for a relaxing holiday this winter. He and I went on a cruise for our 25th Anniversary a few years ago and the trip was spoiled when our luggage got lost. I'd like to try again and have the romantic restful holiday we should have had on that special anniversary!!!

    By John G on December 17, 2010 5:10 AM

    A gps would be very handy for finding all those new places we go to when traveling.

    By Shannon Beafore on December 17, 2010 5:56 AM

    A trip to Jamaica would be the ultimate! Only there once in 2000 and absolutely loved Negril. Would like to go back and visit Dunn River Falls, Blue Mountain Coffee and Appleton Rum Factory! That would be the best travel gift ever!

    By William on December 17, 2010 7:36 AM

    I would love to get some plane tickets for my kids, wife, and myself to go visit my family. I have been deployed the past 4 out of 6 Christmas' and would love to see family. Of course, just spending time with my kids and wife is good enough...

    By Desiree on December 17, 2010 8:01 AM

    I would like to get annual travel evacuation and medical coverage.

    By Alan Johanson on December 17, 2010 8:03 AM

    I would like a trip to Hawaii.

    By Bette on December 17, 2010 8:05 AM

    I would like a trip to South Africa and Victoria Falls.

    By catherine roberts on December 21, 2010 1:31 PM

    This January will be my husband and I 35th wedding anniversary. We tried for 3 years to save money to go to New York for this anniversary, but with pay reductions and everything thing else going up in price, we had to use our savings just to pay bills. What we would love now, since New York is out of the question, is some travel money to spend a week in a NICE hotel in Las Vegas.

    By catherine roberts on December 21, 2010 1:31 PM

    This January will be my husband and I 35th wedding anniversary. We tried for 3 years to save money to go to New York for this anniversary, but with pay reductions and everything thing else going up in price, we had to use our savings just to pay bills. What we would love now, since New York is out of the question, is some travel money to spend a week in a NICE hotel in Las Vegas.

    By keith manning on December 21, 2010 2:20 PM

    I would love to receive a GPS because I drive alot and would be useful in finding new accounts.

    By Darlene Heibert on December 21, 2010 6:30 PM

    I'm giving my boyfriend (in his fifties) to a trip to Disneyland, Anaheim, LA, CA in January for his Christmas present. He doesn't have much time to live as he is dying from cancer. It is his dying wish to go to Disneyland. It just shows that most people; young or old are children at heart which is a good character trait.

    By diane fond on December 21, 2010 7:06 PM


    By catherine roberts on December 21, 2010 7:24 PM

    This January will be our 35th weeding anniversary. We tried for 3 years to save enough money to go to New York for our dream vacation. However, with our pay reductions and increases in utilities, food and other expenses, we had to use our savings. What we would love now is just some, since New York is not an option, is just some extra travel money to spend a week in Las Vegas in a NICE hotel and to see a show.

    By Tom Vargas on December 21, 2010 8:23 PM

    All exspense paid trip to a Best Western In Hawaii as the last time i was in Hawaii wasnt pleasant as i was on my way to Viet Nam as a replacement during the war.

    By Pat Barker on December 21, 2010 8:53 PM

    I think a cell phone would be my number one choice. I have been relying on my wifes when she is along, but have badly needed one on several occasions while alone.

    By Marilyn Zeilinger on December 21, 2010 11:17 PM

    I'd like to find a good paying job.

    By shawn on December 22, 2010 4:32 AM

    i would like to find a customer service rep who understands that after waiting in line for what seems forever, I would appreciated him or her not taking the next phone call and making that person the next in line !

    By Marsha on December 22, 2010 8:08 AM

    An Ipad would be at the top of my travel list, as gifts go. However, if BW could do one thing for me, it would simply be this. Please put real coffee creamers in your rooms. I hate that powdered stuff so much that I will not drink the free coffee that is generously provided for me. It is not that expensive to purchase those little half and half containers...please replace the powdered stuff with the real stuff. We're worth it!

    By Rick Nance on December 22, 2010 10:34 AM

    I wish I could give GPS's to all my freinds and famly,so they could find all the cool out of the way Best Westerns,along with myself.

    By Dorothy M on December 23, 2010 1:18 AM

    My Christmas wish list includes a GPS, a new car, Best Western Reward gift cards, airline tickets to visit my daughter and her family in St. John's, Newfoundland, airline tickets and a cruise of the Mediterranean which would include a visit to Rome, Italy to take in all the sights.

    A shopping spree to buy a new wardrobe.

    Unlimited stays with Best Western would be awesome.

    A gym membership that can be used worldwide.

    I do wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2011.

    By J.A.B on December 24, 2010 1:37 PM

    the most important gift i could receive would be to have my son with me for the holidays,secondly to be able to feed the needy and homeless a hot meal,and to have world peace, happy holidays to all,peace.

    By William Spittler on December 25, 2010 6:57 AM

    I would like a satellite radio for Christmas. I am on the road for work and want more variety in the radio staions I can listen to.

    By Cassia on December 25, 2010 11:47 AM

    I would like to travel to Brazil to be with my family.

    By Beba Adams on December 27, 2010 9:36 AM

    I would like a trip to Australia for at least one month. All my friends have already been there so I would go on a guided tour rather than on my own.

    By Teresa Odom on December 27, 2010 4:13 PM

    Almost turning 50 and never been anywher much. Been raising kids for the past 32 years. Think it is time to travel.
    A cruise would be really nice, or at least somewhere warm

    By Stephen Murray on December 28, 2010 3:58 AM

    I believe a good I pad with GPS capabilities. We love to drive to destinations and finding a good hotel, motel along the way is important for arriving safely at our destinations. Whether it be to Florida, or out west to see my family I believe that would be an excellant gift idea. And with the I Pad you can also look up points of interest to visit along the way.

    By Gregory Meyer on December 29, 2010 6:19 AM

    The most precious gift is family. Our children live all over the country. WE just had our 12th grandchild on the 26th and would love to see all of the family. As my children grew up we always took vacations. The best gift would be to have all of our family together for a couple of weeks at one of our favorite destinationsw on the beach.

    By John Malin on December 30, 2010 9:40 AM

    The Beach, a warm and sunny Beach!!

    By Ann Knowles on December 30, 2010 7:57 PM

    I would like a Best Western gift certificate. My 3 grandchildren live 6 hours away . I can't stay with the family, as I am very allergic to cats. (They have cats,dogs, hamsters etc--) So the Best Western works out great.

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