‘Tis the season to start getting stressed about what to get for those on your holiday gift list. If the idea of another tie for dad, a great book for mom or a gift card for the kids is not leaving you feeling too festive, this is the blog for you. We have all read…Details
Holiday shopping is ramping up and mall parking lots are seas of cars. Make your next holiday gift purchase online and do it for FREE. If you are a savvy business traveler or spend a lot of time on the road, you probably have a treasure of Best Western Rewards points sitting in your account.…Details
- Rules are meant to be broken, but not iPads, those must never break.
- Itineraries must be limited
- Kid-friendly hotels are going to make you life easier
- You can sleep when you're old, but you should also sleep when you're young
Rules are meant to be broken, but not iPads, those must never break. While it pains me to see my boys looking at screens for hours on end, I’ve learned that a cross-country flight is no time to be a “perfect” parent. Once we reach a comfortable cruising altitude, I believe in relaxing all of…Details
Packing for kids can be easy and fast. Even in the winter, when extra articles and items are needed, this simple packing list will help you stay organized. You may even find a few items that you wouldn’t have thought of yourself. Tell us in the comments about any other essentials that you bring on…Details
If you are starting to look ahead to 2018 (It’s coming fast!) and your travel plans, you are not alone. As the weather gets colder, Canadians start to dream of their next getaway. Here are my five travel predictions for Canadians in 2018: “Everything Old is New Again” Fueled by a sense of nostalgia,…Details
- You know what’s a fun holiday tradition? The airport
- The Pre-Check is in the mail
- Aisle be right with you
- One word: plastic
- Have you seen one of my kids?
- The early bird catches the flight
- Expect the worst, prepare for the worst
- It’s fun to be festive
If you travel with kids, you understand on a deep and fundamental level that you are in no way engaged in a “vacation.” That being said, a travel day can still be memorable, and it can even be magical. It’s all about setting expectations. Well, that and a few family travel hacks. No matter what…Details
Christmas is coming, and if you’ve got a biker on your list (or if you’re a biker who likes to buy something for yourself), I’ve compiled suggestions for great gifts this holiday season. Bar & Shield Logo Key Fob $20 Help your favorite biker display his or her pride of ownership with this classic…Details
When calling up Lyft or Uber at the airport, have you noticed that your car shows up a lot faster these days? Well, there’s a good reason for that. Starting last month both Lyft and Uber rolled out something called “Rematch” at four California airports: San Francisco International, Oakland International, Mineta San Jose International and…Details
- Wash, wax and detail. Starting off with a clean, shiny bike assures that contaminants won’t get a chance to bond with Manny’s paint and chrome. I’ll make sure that I put a healthy coat of wax on all of the painted surfaces, and I’ll polish all of the metal surfaces to a high shine.
- Change the oil and filters. This is a good time for this maintenance, and assures that I’ll start off the spring with clean oil.
- Fill the tank. I could go two ways with this – fill the tank or drain the tank. I’m going to fill it, because Manny will be stored indoors, and it’s easier. A full tank is less likely to rust inside, because there’s less air space for oxidation.
- Add fuel stabilizer. I’ll use Stabil, which is formulated to keep the gas in my tank from going stale and separating.
- Drain the carburetor. I’ll follow the directions in the repair manual to disconnect the fuel line and drain the carburetor so that the fuel doesn’t evaporate and gum up the works over the winter.
- Inspect and inflate the tires. I’ll make sure that they’re in good shape and properly inflated, which will help keep them healthy. If they’re worn, the winter is a good time to replace them.
- Elevate the wheels. I have a good, inexpensive bike lift that allows me to get both wheels off of the ground. I’ll strap Manny to the lift for security, and elevate him so that his wheels are an inch or two in the air. That way, I won’t be confronted with flat spots in the spring.
- Cover the bike. I’ve got a good, breathable indoor cover for Manny that will protect him from dings and dust.
- Plug it in. I use a Battery Tender to keep Manny’s battery conditioned and charged between rides, and I’ll leave it connected all winter. The Battery Tender has an electronic control that keeps the battery at full charge without worry about overcharging.
Oh, no! It’s that time again! Old Man Winter has started to show his frosty face, which spells the end of riding season as we know it (until next year). I just moved from sunny Southern California to the four-season paradise of Detroit, Michigan. For the first time in decades, I’m going to have to…Details
The great Charles Schulz said, “Happiness is a warm puppy.” According to new research on travel, you might want to take that warm puppy on a vacation if you want to maximize your joy. It’s no surprise that travel makes us happy, but when you quantify the sentiment, it’s like 1,000 warm puppies, perhaps…Details