We could all use a vacation, some of us more than others. If you are exhibiting any of these behaviors, you need to visit bestwestern.com and plan your next trip immediately. You drink more than three cups of coffee per day and it’s still not enough. Your coworkers keep finding you dozing off at…Details
- You drink more than three cups of coffee per day and it’s still not enough.
- Your coworkers keep finding you dozing off at your desk.
- You yawn and stretch more times a day than your cat.
- Fight Club actually kind of makes sense to you.
- You have kids. Any amount. Any age.
- You’ve haven’t been feeling your best lately.
- You’ve been wearing your bathing suit under your clothes just to cheer you up.
- You’ve lost track of how many unused vacation days you have.
- The only bags you’ve packed recently are from the grocery store.
- You’ve got unused Best Western Rewards® points.
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Time is our most valuable commodity. So, when we get an extra 24 hours every fourth year it’s a reason to celebrate. But what is the best way to spend your free day? Here are a few tips: Take a Risk You won’t get another day like this until 2020. Take advantage of this free…Details
- First, ticket prices are substantially less, usually averaging about $25 per seat, unless you're willing to plop down five bucks to sit on the grass behind the outfields. Unless you're young and agile, however, the grass is not a good selection. Sitting there can cause aching backs and grass stains on the seat of your shorts. And the beer vendors don't spend much time out there.
- Second, the ballparks are smaller, so you're not dealing with 45,000 other fans lined up to get a beer and a hotdog. The largest facility in the Cactus League is Mesa's Sloan Park, newly-built home for the Cubs with a capacity of 15,000. George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, where the Yankees plot American League dominance, tops the Grapefruit League with 11,000 seats.
Spring Training in Major League Baseball has been around even longer than I have, so it’s only natural that I find time to participate in something that’s older than me. And participate, I do. Several times each spring. Fortunately, this is relatively easy because I live in the Phoenix area, and fifteen teams hold their…Details
There is no better gift than the gift of a shared experience. Which is why traveling on Valentine’s Day is one of the best ways to celebrate. Here are a few tips for making the most of this short, but important holiday! Keep it Fresh Just doing something romantic won’t be a surprise on Valentine’s…Details
It’s tempting to go for the extremes on Valentine’s Day. But not everyone can take a surprise trip to Paris and it’s not usually the greatest idea to come home bragging that you are saving money by picking the neighbor’s flowers and sending an e-card to your Valentine. The sweet spot can be hard to…Details
- Eat smaller portions, exercise more. It’s a lot easier to kick back in your hotel room at night instead of hitting the hotel gym or going out for a healthy walk. So this year, I’ll say no to appetizers and desserts more often, and will always pack a pair of shoes that make walking a lot easier.
- Open myself to more conversations with seatmates. In recent years, I think I’ve closed myself off to opportunities to meet nice, interesting, or professionally connected seatmates. So this year, I’ll do more than just saying hello and popping in my ear buds as soon as I sit down on a plane.
- Focus more on trip quality than saving money. Instead of having a laser-like focus on cost control, I might splurge for an upgrade to a better seat on the plane, or a nicer hotel room or more comfortable rental car. It’s for me. And I’m worth it!
- Use public transportation more often. Now that so many airports have excellent, easy-to-use and inexpensive rail connections from airport to downtown, I’m going to make it a point to use them more often. It not only saves money, it’s better for the environment; and usually the faster option during rush hours.
- Redeem more points and miles. With airlines chipping away at frequent flier programs, it’s becoming clearer to me that the miles I have today are not going to be worth as much tomorrow. So I’m going to make it a point to begin redeeming those miles at a faster rate, and then rethinking my airline loyalties once my accounts are depleted. Thankfully, Best Western Rewards® points never expire and their redemption thresholds are one of the lowest in the industry.
- I want my kids to experience an enriching lesson in culture and history through traveling to new places, much as they did in England and France – whether that be once again in Europe, or in another unfamiliar continent.
- I’d like to continue the tradition of including our nieces and nephews in our family vacations, as we did in 2015. We loved having our niece join us on our road trip from Florida to Texas this past year.
- My dream destinations to visit in 2016 include Alaska, Greece, Cuba, Israel, New Zealand and Spain.
- I resolve to ride to new places and visit new landmarks that I’ve never ridden to before. On my list:
- I want to explore other aspects of motorcycling beyond long-distance travel. Of course, I’ll have to ride to various locations to achieve my exploration:
- AMA Pro Flat Track
- Moto GP
- Dirt Bike School
- Connect with my roots. My best friend got married last year and honeymooned in Scotland and Ireland. He recounted stories of visits to castles, landmarks and pubs in small towns that his ancestors were from. You could immediately tell that this trip connected him to his past. It made me want to do the same, to take my family on a similar trip and walk down the streets that ancestors we never knew once walked.
- Scratch one off the bucket list. There are three Canadian sporting events that I have had on my bucket list for far too long. The World Junior Hockey Championships that will be held in Buffalo a year from now, The Grey Cup, which will be held in Toronto, and The Brier (our men’s national curling championship), which will be hosted in Ottawa. One of these needs to fall off the list this coming year, and if I’m lucky, maybe all three!
- Visit California. When I tell people that I have never been to California, I begin to immediately shake me head with shame. As someone who has traveled as much as I have, for both leisure and business, it’s hard to believe. I won’t be able to do it all, but I vow to set foot in Cali in 2016!
- Re-establish the travel fund. Two years ago, we set up a piggy bank in the front room of our home and anytime we entered, we immediately emptied any change into the bank for a travel fund. In six months we amassed more than $1,000. This year, it may just be my ticket to California!
- Unplug for a week. The best part of our annual camping week in the summer is that we disconnect from cell phones, tablets, TV and computers for a full seven days. It is such a nice and needed break. With that trip off the itinerary for 2016, we need to find another way to replicate the break.
- No more whining about waiting in long security check lines at an airport. The personnel in charge are only doing their jobs, regardless of whether or not I agree with the procedure.
- Pack lighter when preparing for a trip. I no longer need a wardrobe change for every occasion. And I can avoid those checked baggage fees!
As we turn the corner on a new year, we asked our contributors to share what their 2016 New Year’s resolutions are – all travel related, of course! Take a look and consider what travel resolutions you might make for the next year. Chris McGinnis: Here are five habits I’m going to work on when…Details
For many of us, the holiday season is steeped with tradition. As a youngster growing up in Canada, Christmas for my family followed a comforting pattern. Where we were, with whom, and what we ate and drank was as familiar as the decorated tree and stockings over the fireplace. Here are some of my favorite…Details
For us Cubans, Thanksgiving, Christmas AND the New Year are ripe times for a traditional pig roast on a special, home-style oven called “La Caja China.” Traditionally, we accompany the roast with some sweet plantains, Cuban black beans, white rice and yucca. While I love the Cuban cuisine I grew up with, my own traditions…Details