Boston – Bold and Beyond

“The Boston Marathon is much more than a road race. It is one of the great American public events, run in one of the great American cities — a sweat-soaked New England holiday that is an annual celebration of spring, and of life.” – Erik Brady: Boston Marathon a tradition as much as it’s a race.

The Boston Marathon will be a bit different this year, but it will have a wide array of supporters, participants, and volunteers just like always, who will continue to rally together in tribute.

The Marathon – What to Expect

First of all, this year for the first time, The Boston Athletic Association is inviting people from around the world to participate in their own Boston Marathon. “Maybe it’s not 26.2 mils, and maybe it’s not in Boston, but there is a marathoner in all of us.” You’re encouraged to bring that out in the first ever Boston Marathon World Run! “In this global celebration of movement, fitness, and commitmentt to ones personal wellnes goals, registration and participation in the Boston Marathon World Run is free.” Also, all registrants will receive a bib number that you can print out, digital finisher’s medal, and printable finisher’s certificate!

Learn more about the Boston Marathon World Run here: About Us – World Run.

Now, the actual Boston Marathon will still begin in Hopkinton and end in Boston. According to the Course Map the route is as follows:

  • The historic course starts on Main Street in the rural New England town of Hopkinton and follows Route 135 through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley to where Route 16 joins Route 135
  • It continues on Route 16 through Newton Lower Falls to Commonwealth Avenue, turning right at the fire station onto Commonwealth which is Route 30
  • It continues on Commonwealth through the Newton Hills, bearing right at the reservoir onto Chestnut Hill Avenue to Cleveland Circle
  • The route then turns left onto Beacon Street continuing to Kenmore Square, and then follows Commonwealth Avenue inbound
  • The course turns right onto Hereford Street (NOTE: against normal traffic flow) then left onto Boylston Street, finishing near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.

 Along The Course, you can expect to find hydration stations, digital clocks & mile signage, aid stations & areas for assistance, restroom facilities, and more!

If you will be watching the race instead of participating you can expect a “significant presence of uniformed and plain clothed police officers.” For everyone’s security, spectators are urged to follow certain rules for what they can/can’t bring. See below:

Marathon Spectator Guide

Learn more about what to expect here: Participant Information and Spectator Information.

 After the race is over, have some fun and attend Boston Marathon Mile 27 – The Official Post-Race Party!

Things to Do

Along with attending the party after the race, there are so many more fun activities in Boston! First of all, you could use the Hertz NeverLost download code BAAM in your Hertz rental to find fun and related marathon information! If you’ll be in town this for the marathon, you could also check out the Boston Patriot’s Day Events.

Also, if you’re visiting Boston in the spring, then a visit to Fenway Park should be high on the to-do list, especially since the Red Sox are the defending Major League Baseball champions!

You could also check out:

and many more activities! See “A Guide to Boston – Boston Everyday,” for more information!

Finally, enter our photo contest for the chance to win a $25 gift card! Just click below for more details :)

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Enjoy your trip to Boston and good luck if you participate in the marathon!

-Melissa Woodring

 

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Spring Flowers in Dallas

“Flowers are those little colorful beacons of the sun from which we get sunshine when dark, somber skies blanket our thoughts.” – Dodinsky 

The day you begin to see spring flowers bloom, is the day you realize that a wonderful time of year is approaching. The beauty of flowers reminds us that even though they fade, wilt, and fall, nature will run its course and eventually the light will bring another blooming season. Flowers give us something to look forward to, they smell amazing, and being surrounded by them can often be peaceful.

Springtime in Dallas, Texas is upon us, and with that season came the Dallas Blooms festival. This annual festival is in its 30th year and it was just announced that it will last until April 20th, which is perfect for anyone in town for Easter weekend! The festival is held at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and I’m thrilled to say that I recently visited this wonderful place for the first time! Interested in my trip? Well, I’ve lived in Dallas for about five years and I have to say that this is one of the best explorations of the city that I have experienced, and I went to the arboretum by myself! 

My Trip to the Arboretum

Fairly close to downtown Dallas, this “urban oasis” offers a variety of gardens, festivals & activities, education programs, dining options, and an abundance of breathtaking color from March to November. “Whether you’re looking for a destination for a family-friendly adventure, a peaceful stroll in nature, a romantic date, a wedding or other private event, the Dallas Arboretum is the perfect venue.”

While my first visit definitely fell more in the “peaceful stroll in nature” category, I have to say that I would love to go there on a date or with a group of girlfriends!

Gardens

Today, 19 named gardens and numerous areas within combine to create the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.” While everything I saw was gorgeous, my favorite one (coincidentally) ended up being “A Woman’s Garden,” which has both amazing views and also offers an abundance of relaxing locations to reflect on life. 

My favorite part of this particular area was called the Poetry Garden. Find your favorite at: Named Gardens and Features.

Poetry Garden

Watch the video below for information on this symbolic garden area and catch a glimpse of what you could see in person!

Festivals and Events

While I’m very glad that I got to attend the Dallas Blooms festival, there are a ton of other events at the Dallas Arboretum that I would like to go back for. Different rotating festivals take place four times a year and with them come the chance to celebrate “joy and color of the seasons.” There are also multiple public events, which allow the opportunity to enjoy “floral beauty and a variety of fun family activities.”

Dallas Arboretum Festivals & Events

Some examples of these festivals and events include:

  • Dallas Blooms
  • Summer at the Arboretum
  • Autumn at the Arboretum
  • Holiday at the Arboretum
  • Cool Thursdays Concert Series
  • Year of the Children’s Garden
  • Artscape
  • Tour des Fleurs
  • Easter Weekend
  • Memorial Day

Learn more about these at: Seasonal Festivals & Public Events.

I would love to visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden again sometime in the near future! I had such a good time!

For those of you who aren’t in Dallas, don’t worry, spring flowers are still nearby! Check out “Flower Festivals of the US” to find the best scenery in your area! Use Hertz NeverLost to find the event of your choosing!

Also, you can enter your spring photos into our #ExploreAmerica Spring Flowers contest for the chance to win a prize :)

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Stop and smell some flowers this spring if you’re in the need for peace! I did!

-Melissa Woodring

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DFW Sports

“When it comes to planning The Ultimate Sports Weekend this spring, think Texas, where everything really is bigger!” – Destinations Travel Magazine

This weekend, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, there are major sporting events going on! With these events, also come fun activities! Read the article, “Hertz NeverLost Maps Out The ULTIMATE SPORTS WEEKEND In DFW For NCAA Final Four And NASCAR Sprint Cup Fans, ” for a thorough description of events and how to get there, by Destinations Travel Magazine. Read below for a quick overview!

Final Four Festivities

The NCAA Final Four Weekend will bring action and entertainment to the area, both on and off the court! While the actual Final Four basketball games will be played at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, there will be student and family friendly fun all throughout Dallas. What’s even better, is that most of these events are FREE! Check out this schedule:

  • Reese’s Final Four Friday (April 4th at 11 a.m. at AT&T Stadium) – Watch the athletes participate in final practices before the semi-finals and listen to the head coaches speak.
  • March Madness Music Festival (April 4th-6th at Reunion Park) – This three-day festival will feature the AT&T Block Party on Friday, Coke Zero Countdown on Saturday, and Capital One JamFest on Sunday.
  • Bracket Town – (April 4th-7th at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center) – This is the “Ultimate Final Four Fan Fest” where you can meet former college stars, legendary coaches, attend an autograph session, play games, watch bands and cheerleaders perform at a pep rally, and participate in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
  • Road to the Final Four 5k – (April 5th at Fair Park) – Walk or run in order to support a “collaborative effort between the American Cancer Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches” to raise money towards supporting pediatric cancer research and other Society initiatives.
  • Final Four Dribble – (April 6th [Start: Dallas City Hall Plaza] [Finish: Hall C of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center]) – 3,200 kids will have the chance to “DRIBBLE their way through the heart of downtown Dallas during the weekend of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four.” Participants will receive a T-shirt, basketball and free entry into Bracket Town presented by Capital One (on event day only).

There are also Youth Clinics being offered and a Tip-Off Tailgate!

If you won’t be out and about watching the games or participating in these free events, then check out the articles “No tickets? The 6 best bars in Dallas to watch Final Four games,” and “Eats Beat: Arlington restaurants ready to play for Final Four,” for more information on what do to!

Big Things Happen in Dallas! See for yourself:

NASCAR Duck Commander 500

This weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, in Fort Worth, Hertz will sponsor its first Sprint Cup stock car, driven by Joey Logano, at the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup race. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is known for attracting nearly 150,000 fans to Texas Motor Speedway! Whether you have a pit pass, luxury suite, or campground spot where you can tail gate all day, this event is one of the best for racing fans everywhere! If you’re going to be in town for this, don’t miss out on the nearby fun you can have too by visiting:

Big things are waiting for you in The Big D!

Click here to learn more about the ultimate fan weekend!

Click here to learn more about the ultimate fan weekend!

In your Hertz NeverLost device, use download code FOUR for Final Four events and TMSS for Texas Motor Speedway events!

Have a great weekend!

-Melissa Woodring :)

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Spring Getaways

“He who does not get fun and enjoyment out of every day…needs to reorganize his life.” – George M. Adams

Along with the seasonal allergies that tend to come around when spring starts, many people begin to have feelings of wanderlust. While you can’t always beat your allergies, you CAN give into the desire and impulse you feel to explore! Three spring getaways that might not come right to mind, but are sure worth a visit, are San Antonio (Texas), Charleston (South Carolina) and Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada). Check out some events you can look forward to for a spring getaway! Or, if you live in one of these areas, you can consider having a sort of “staycation,” where you stay in town, but lodge somewhere else!

San Antonio

Just last month, San Antonio was actually rated as the Most Romantic City in the United States according to a study by Amazon.com. That means San Antonio could be a perfect getaway for a couple! See more about that study by reading the article, “Hearts are on Fire in San Antonio and Seattle – Amazon.com Announces the Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S.” and keep those cities in mind as future travel spots as well!

If visiting San Antonio for romantic purposes sounds appealing to you, then check out these date ideas (even though Valentine’s Day has passed) and get some inspiration for your visit! Click through the slideshow found in the article “San Antonio most romantic city in U.S.” to view the suggestions!

If family entertainment is more of what you’re looking for, there is no shortage of choices for that either! Between Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld, the Alamo IMAX Theatre Rivercenter,  shops, cruises, & restaurants on the Riverwalk, and San Antonio Grand Trolley Tours, there are so many options to choose from! See Family-Fun-Entertainment for more information!

Click here for more trip ideas from visitsanantonio.com

Click here for more trip ideas from visitsanantonio.com

There is so much to do in San Antonio, just give the city a chance to peak your interest!

Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina is a great place to visit this time of year! There is an abundance of festivals and events going on which make it a perfect choice for a spring getaway. This weekend alone, there is a music fest, beach fest, and outdoor expo!

The Spring Jam Music Fest is this Saturday, March 29th, from 12pm-9:30pm. The Line-Up for Music & Entertainment seems pretty great! The festival is only a year old, but the festival is expected to be fairly popular again this year! Head over to Brittlebank Park in Downtown, Charleston to check it out!

The Folly Beach Sea and Sand Festival is a “family-friendly, dog-friendly festival & fundraiser benefiting the Folly Beach Parks & Rec and renourishment program.” This will be the 24th annual festival and it will be from March 28th – March 30th. There will be a pageant, street party, surf competition, and more! Get the full details here: Folly Beach Events.

The Lowcountry Active Outdoors Expo is the perfect event for you to experience activities such as surfing, kite boarding, kayaking, paddle boarding and golf. This event will be held at Joseph P Riley Park from 10am-4pm on March, 30th so don’t miss out on your chance to try something new!

Find out more information on the Lowcountry Active Outdoors Expo.

Find out more information on the Lowcountry Active Outdoors Expo.

Learn about other Charleston Festivals for dates in the future!

Vancouver

Springtime in Vancouver is an excellent refresher period! “Gardens bloom, whales migrate and the entire city comes alive. In March, April and May, Vancouver’s special mix of cosmopolitan living and outdoor adventure is at its best. From dining and shopping to kayaking, golfing and exploring nature, Vancouver has the ultimate remedy for spring fever.” Check out these seven spring activities:

  • Stroll Through the Gardens
  • Watch the Whales
  • Shop for Spring Fashions
  • Kayak on False Creek
  • Dine on the Patio
  • Hit the Links
  • Experience Nature Hands-On

The article, “Thaw Out with These 7 Ways to Enjoy Spring in Vancouver” by Dana Lynch, describes these activities in more detail!

Click here to read the article for more springtime activities!

Click here to read the article for more springtime activities!

Now that you have some options for spring travel, you can start planning your trip! Better yet, you can let Hertz NeverLost do the planning for you! Plan your own trip online or send us a BUILD request, either way, you can use the Hertz NeverLost in your Hertz vehicle to guide you towards a fun time!

Also, don’t forget to vote in our Tug of War contest on Facebook for the chance to win a $25 Visa gift card! Just choose between your favorite location out of San Antonio and Charleston!

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Enjoy your getaway!

- Melissa Woodring :)

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Basketball Buzz

“When you’re a basketball fan, March Madness is like a dream come true because it lasts for a whole month.” – BuzzFeed (#1 Reason from the 23 Reasons March Madness Is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year)

The first full day of March Madness tips off this afternoon, with 64 teams playing 63 edge-of-your-seat, single-elimination games, according to USA Today. The article, March Madness: Frenzy reaches new heights, states that “People love to talk about and argue about sports.” Because of this, the social media trends that revolve around March Madness have significantly grown, even since last year! Check out some of the conversations, predictions, and expectations that people have been making about the NCAA basketball tournament.

Wichita State

Last year, the Wichita State Shockers were the No. 9 seed that reached the Final Four. “Wichita State now wears the target with a 34-0 record, No. 2 national ranking and as the No. 1-seeded team in the Midwest Regional.” Coach Gregg Marshall says that while last year, they were a “fuzzy, warm story,” this year people just keep asking “When are you going to lose?” According to Marshall, the bottom line is that they have to play. With that said, Wichita State is the first team to enter the NCAA tournament undefeated since Nevada Las Vegas in 1991. I wonder how they will do! To learn more about their journey, read the article “This time, Wichita State has the major target on its back.”

University of Virginia

Although Virginia secured the final No. 1 seed after they won the ACC tournament, some people are questionable of how the Cavaliers will perform. According to International Business Times – Sports, the University of Virginia is the “least decorated in the top four”, does not have any NCAA titles in their resume, and have the worst record among the four squads. Read “2014 NCAA  March Madness Bracket: Why Florida, Arizona, Virginia, and Wichita State are Vulnerable to Upsets in the Big Dance, for more information on this.

Stephen F. Austin

Everyone loves a good underdog story and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks just might be the upset to look out for during March Madness. The SFA Men’s Basketball team is the No. 12 seed and there are some people out there who are expecting them to beat the No. 5 seed, which is the VCU Rams. As one of three teams in the country to finish conference play undefeated, there are multiple reasons why the Lumberjacks are a popular pick for an upset on Friday. Find out why by reading  the SB Nation article, “NCAA Tournament 2014: The many reasons to love Stephen F. Austin.”

Bold Basketball Apps

Feeling bold enough to stay connected to the games even though you’re stuck at school or work? Then check out these helpful March Madness Apps:

  • CBS Sports – “Features scores, stats, and tweets, plus it streams live video and on-demand highlights and analysis.”
  • FanCake - “Awards you points for every game you watch, which you can then cash in for prizes such as tickets and gear.”
  • NCAA March Madness Live – Use it to stream live games — though it requires you to log in with your cable subscription — or catch up on highlights and recaps. You can also set up game alerts!
  • NCAA Sports – “Lets you pick your favorite schools to follow for quick access to content and custom scoring alerts, in addition to live video, scores, schedules, and coverage of the March Madness championship games. “
  • TheScore Mobile  - Recently updated for March Madness, this app features “an interactive bracket view to track your teams and a March Madness Upset Tracker, which alerts you at various points in a game when a lower-ranked team is ahead. You’ll get your fill of videos, articles, photos, and other sports news from this app, too.”

Learn more about how to keep up with upsets, highlights, wins, and losses by reading “5 March Madness Apps: Yeah Baby!” and don’t forget to follow the NCAA March Madness Facebook and Twitter accounts for the latest news and updates.

We also have a Sign Up contest going on to get our fans excited for all of this basketball fun!

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If you plan on visiting any of the locations that the games will take place in, make it easy on yourself and use these Hertz NeverLost download codes to guide you if you rent a Hertz vehicle.

Code Event Event Type Location
MDAY March Madness – First Four NCAA Basketball Dayton, OH
MMAH March Madness – 2nd/3rd Rounds – Buffalo NCAA Basketball Buffalo, NY
MMKY March Madness – 2nd/3rd Rounds – Milwaukee NCAA Basketball Milwaukee, WI
MMUT March Madness – 2nd/3rd Rounds – Orlando NCAA Basketball Orlando, FL
MMSJ March Madness – 2nd/3rd Rounds – Spokane NCAA Basketball Spokane, WA
MMAU March Madness – 2nd/3rd Rounds – Raleigh NCAA Basketball Raleigh, NC
MDAY March Madness – 2nd/3rd Rounds – San Antonio NCAA Basketball San Antonio, TX
MMMO March Madness – 2nd/3rd Rounds – San Diego NCAA Basketball San Diego, CA
MMPA March Madness – 2nd/3rd Rounds – St. Louis NCAA Basketball St. Louis, MO
MMSR March Madness – South Regional NCAA Basketball Memphis, TN
MMLA March Madness – West Regional NCAA Basketball Anaheim, CA
MMDC March Madness – East Regional NCAA Basketball New York, NY
MMIN March Madness – Midwest Regional NCAA Basketball Indianapolis, IN
FOUR March Madness – Final Four NCAA Basketball Arlington, TX
WFFT Women’s Final Four NCAA Basketball Nashville, TN

Enjoy the tournament!

-Melissa Woodring :)

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A South by Summary

South by Southwest is an annual music, film and interactive conference that draws tens of thousands of people to Austin, Texas each year! This year, the conference began on March 7th and will last until March 16th. I had the chance to attend the South by Southwest Interactive Festival which was from March 7th to 11th.  Although I wasn’t in Austin for the whole conference, I’m happy to say that I feel like I got a preview of each section of South by Southwest!

I used Hertz NeverLost to Explore Austin while in town for SXSW

I used Hertz NeverLost to Explore Austin while in town for SXSW

Music

“South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference, the world’s leading music industry event, offers attendees the opportunity to explore the future of the music industry during the day at panels, talks, the Trade Show, Music Gear Expo and other conference activities at the Austin Convention Center. At night, the absolute best mix of musical performances from over 2,200 regional, national and international acts take place at the SXSW Music Festival. Altogether, SXSW presents unmatched networking opportunities, career-building conference programming and over 100 stages of music for showcasing bands and conference attendees. SXSW Music is now in its 28th year.”

Although I left Austin on the day that the Music section was starting, I did get to check out a few good acts while I was in town. While I’m sure that all of the bigger acts who are scheduled to perform during Music week will be great, I don’t think everyone realizes that there are actually musical performances all week long.

The Fyrebash sponsored by Livefyre was held at the Speakeasy venue and featured performances from Robert DeLongStrange Talk, DJ Melyss and Zeale Rapz. While I didn’t get to see these performances myself, one of my friends did and made me a bit jealous that I wasn’t there! See the pictures below that my friend, Nadia Dunkerton, took while at the Fyrebash. She said she had a great time!

The acts I did get to see for myself included AraabMuzikJust Blaze, and a few others, all who played at the IHEARTCOMIX INTERACTIVE PARTY, which was held at the Empire Control Room & Garage. The show was fantastic!!

I’m so glad I got a chance to catch some great sounds while I was at the conference!

Film

“Every March, creatives of all stripes gather in Austin to witness, inspire, and share the visions that will galvanize the filmmakers and ideas of tomorrow. The SXSW® Film Conference & Festival champions the vitality, innovation and opportunity that drive entertainment and media, and boldly tackles the evolution of all aspects of “film” today, down to its very definition.”

One of the cool things about SXSW is how each creative industry (music, film, and interactive) can all be woven into each other. Since the Interactive and Film sections were both going on while I was in Austin, I was able to check out a couple of events where there were both Interactive and Film attendees. Check out the Interactive + Film events that happened during SXSW:

  • Featured Sessions in Ballroom D – “Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center is where you can find Ballroom D, host to high-profile talks from Interactive and Film luminaries, including a handful of SXsports sessions. See the SXSW Schedule for the full list of Featured Sessions in Ballroom D.”
  • The Day Stage in Ballroom G  – “With special programming from both the Film and Interactive conferences, the Day Stage in Ballroom G (on Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center) is the best place to catch enlightening interviews, mind-bending workshops, inspiring book readings and intriguing film trailers all in one location.”
  • The Digital Domain - “SXSW Film presents the latest web series, interactive documentaries, rich media projects, data visualizations, web-generated content and much more. The Digital Domain runs Saturday, March 8 through Tuesday, March 11 in the Austin Suite of the Austin Convention Center.”
  • Next Generation Content and Distribution in Room 18ABCD - “Running Friday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 11, Room 18ABCD in the Austin Convention Center contains sessions that showcase the ever-increasing convergence between the Film, Interactive and Music industries with a special focus on the latest content and distribution technologies.”
  • New for 2014: SXsports Joins the Film & Interactive Lineup - “This sports-focused convergence track takes place Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 9 at The Driskill Hotel (with some featured sessions in 18ABCD & Ballroom D of the Austin Convention Center). Incorporating film screenings, panel elements and networking events, SXsports touches on all aspects of sports through the SXSW lens of cultural impact, entertainment and innovation.”

The SXsports theme was just added this year and it seemed really neat! According to Rebecca Feferman, Head of Film Media Relations & Programmer, “The world of sports truly hits the sweet spot of SXSW, the vital intersection of entertainment and technology, and we intend to approach it with the same forward-thinking and culturally relevant perspective we shine on all of our events.”

With my Interactive badge, I was able to attend the SXsports Kick-Off Reception and I even came across a film venue for movie screenings!

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For more highlights on where you can interact with other badge types, check out: The Music, Film, and Interactive Industries Converge at SXSW.

Interactive

Now, for the whole reason I went to South by Southwest…the Interactive section!

“An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2014 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today.”

Having the privilege to an Interactive badge is amazing because it allows you to gain access to some of the best panels and networking events. Even when you’re walking the streets from venue to venue, you come across a lot of interesting sights and new technology, not to mention spots to relax and recharge in-between sessions.

My SXSW Interactive days included some of the following activities (not all are listed) :

and so much more!

Check out some of my South by adventures below!

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I had such a great time at the conference and learned so much! Check out my summary of South by Southwest Interactive:

  • Privacy and surveillance was a huge theme this year!
  • The most popular speaker was Edward Snowden.
  • Sometimes people lose face when they speak. For example, people were excited to here Julian Assange present but then had a lot of negative comments afterwards.
  • The most retweeted quote during SXSWI was by @WikiLeaks: “#Assange: It became clear to me that one of the best ways to achieve justice is to expose injustice. http://www.texastribune.org/2014/03/08/livestream-julian-assange-at-sxsw/ … #sxsw.”
  • A popular breakout startup was Omlet, which is a “fun and safe way to connect with friends using the widest range of tools for self expression while still giving you the piece of mind that your data will never be monetized or sold for money.”
  • Startup stunts are also very popular. For example, during SXSW you tend to see people doing crazy things on the streets to capture people’s attention. The most eye-catching this year was HipChat. I also found a Star Wars character roaming the streets promoting an app called Pixmarx, which I think could be useful!
  • There was a candy made by Chefjet which used 3d printing. See “At SXSW, Attendees Stuff Themselves with 3-D Printed Food” for more info on that!
  • Grumpy Cat was still one of the most talked about subjects.
  • The company that became the most unpopular during SXSW was Uber because people had very negative comments regarding pricing.
  • The most popular food was a milk and cookie shot.
  • The hottest party was the Mash Bash party.
  • Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) was the most popular music act talked about during Interactive, followed closely by A-Trak and DJ Shadow.

*This information was all collected from the Eye of The Beholder event that I attended and their info was largely based on Twitter data.

I had a great time at the South by Southwest conference and similarly to last year, was overwhelmed with information! Not in a bad way though!

Hopefully I get a chance to go back. Enjoy the rest of the conference if you’re still in ATX!

-Melissa Woodring :)

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Spring Travel

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” - Leo Tolstoy

As February comes to a close, it’s time to start thinking about your springtime travel opportunities! The first official day of spring 2014 starts on March 20th and you don’t want to wait last minute to plan a trip. Why not? Well, because half of the fun can be exploring different ideas of where to go! If you need a quick break from work or come home from a long day, it’s always refreshing to imagine a sunny vacation. A fun and perfect way to research ideas of where to travel, is to browse on Pinterest! Looking through gorgeous pictures of nature and other exciting activities are often what inspire people to plan a trip in the first place. If this sounds like something that you currently do, or want to do in your spare time, then enter our Inspiration by Pinterest contest! Just share your favorite travel destinations for the chance to win a $25 gift card!

To get you in the spring travel mood, we have some ideas to share as well!

March Travel

Spring Break is a time for people to take off a few days, or even a week, from their everyday life, in order to do things such as:

  • Relax
  • Travel
  • Try something new
  • Have an adventure
  • Reconnect with friends and family

The list goes on! Whether you have kids, go to college, work full-time, or even if you’ve already raised a whole family, it is important to take a few days out of the year for yourself. While some people get to do this over the winter holidays, springtime is another great chance to take a break from the everyday duties of life. If you don’t already have the time off, then work to add it into your schedule! March is a great month to start! Here are some ideas:

  1. Last-Minute Ski Getaways – While warm weather is appealing to most, you still have some time to hit the slopes. Visit Bretton Woods, New Hampshire!
  2. National Cherry Blossom Festival – This festival kicks off on the first day of spring, in the nation’s capital, and runs through April 13th.
  3. Maple Sugaring Season – Vermont, Michigan, and Connecticut, are all great maple syrup season states. This season starts in March, when “warmer days and cool nights cause the sugar maples’ sap to start flowing once again.”
  4. Spring Break, Away From the Crowds – Visit St. Barts for a great vacation away from other travelers.
  5. March Madness Travel – Tour some of the Best College Basketball Towns.
  6. St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations – Head to Boston, Chicago, or even Ireland for some of the biggest celebrations. Take a look at some of the best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations around the world.
  7. South by Southwest – This annual festival has showcased the latest trends in film, interactive media and music for over 25 years. (Keep an eye out for future content about this festival, because I’ll be going :) )

For more information on these great ideas, read the full article, “Where to Travel in March.”

Click here for a slideshow of more Things to do in March

Hertz NeverLost recognizes that while choosing the location for your next trip can be very thrilling, planning out the details might not be. If that’s the case for you, then visit the Build My Trip page to get details on how Hertz NeverLost can take care of that part for you. Also, download the My Explore Hertz NeverLost Mobile Companion, which has tours, must-see attractions, and other features, for various cities!

Now, what are you waiting for? I already took my own advice and planned a trip to New Orleans! While I don’t have an actual “Spring Break,” I scheduled PTO, checked out different doggy daycares, and even got gifts from people who supported my trip!

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Daytona Destinations

“Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it.” - Eileen Caddy

As mentioned in my February Finale blog post from last year, “The DAYTONA 500 is a 500-mile-long motor race that is held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. This race is part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and it is held at the Daytona International Speedway.” I also pointed out that “If you have a NeverLost device and you’re in Florida for the race, simply type “DAYT” into the GPS, and you will automatically get points of interest that revolve around the event.”

Well, it’s about time for the DAYTONA 500 race again and you can still use the same download code (DAYT) in your Hertz NeverLost device to find nearby attractions! The events at Daytona International Speedway began on Friday, Feb. 14 with practice for the season-opening Sprint Unlimited and will conclude on Feb. 23 with the Daytona 500. See the Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 Schedule of Events for more information!

DISCOVER THE EXPERIENCE by watching this quick video to see what’s in store for 2014! (*note – this video can also be found on daytonainternationalspeedway.com)


Other Activities

If you reside in Daytona, Florida or decide to venture there for the race, you might be interested in some other activities as well! In theme with the race, we have a Tug of War contest going on! This contest calls for your vote between which activity you would rather do if you were in Daytona. Would you rather play golf, or lounge at the beach? Each person has their own preference for what a good time is!

Here are some great golf courses to choose from:

For more information on these locations and an extended list of choices, see: Daytona Beach, Florida Golf Courses.

Here are some top reasons to choose a day at the beach:

  • Relax on the 23 miles of sandy, white beaches
  • Pedestrians have access 24/7  for free
  • Cars are permitted in designated areas
  • Surf Chairs can be rented for travelers with disabilities (so as to not damage one’s own equipment)
  •  There are more than 10 beachfront parks, which offer families “endless oceanfront fun with the convenience of facilities from picnic areas and pavilions to boardwalks for fishing and restrooms.”
  • Depending on what time of year you visit, you can experience Sea Turtle Season.
  • Boating, surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, and dolphin watching are also available. See Water Activities for more info.

Vote for your favorite activity for the chance to win a prize!

Click here to enter the contest!

There is a lot of fun to be had in Daytona, Florida! Watch an Insider’s Guide to pick your favorite destination!

Have a good time!

-Melissa Woodring :)

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Valentine’s Vacations

“Happiness is in your ability to love others.” – Leo Tolstoy

With Valentine’s Day 2014 landing on a Friday, many people are choosing to take that day off in order to have a four-day weekend. Extra days in a weekend often mean more time to travel! While buying flowers and chocolate are always good, sometimes spending money to travel together can be just the thing you need to ignite your romance again! Rekindle your love by taking a trip to one of the following locations:

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Cancun, Mexico
  3. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  4. New York City
  5. Orlando
  6. Honolulu
  7. San Francisco
  8. San Diego
  9. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  10. Chicago

Keep in mind that Las Vegas was voted both the #1 destination for a Valentine’s Day destination as well as #1 on the Sexiest Cites survey, both of which were based on Orbitz booking data. Learn more about these surveys by reading “Vegas named America’s Sexiest city, top hot spot for 2014 Valentine’s weekend.”

Check out these ideas of romance and fun for cities A and E :)

Las Vegas

While Las Vegas might not be the perfect place to find love, it can definitely be the right spot for a vacation with your significant other! Valentine’s Day activities in Vegas can have a variety of prices depending on what you’re up for. This miniguide describes “Upscale, moderate, and/or tightwad budget choices for hotels, dining, entertainment, nightlife, and offbeat activities.”

Also, for unique dates that you can only have in Las Vegas, see the slideshow PHOTOS: Valentine’s Day dates in Las Vegas.

Will you have a “Vegas Enabler” this year? You know, the people who talk you out of your comfort zone, are unpredictable, and yet still seem irresistible?  If you go on a group trip and you’re also with your significant other, you might just find yourself talked into a marriage this Valentine’s Day!


Orlando

Orlando is another city that you could visit for Valentine’s Day! There are a ton of events going on that could be perfect for you and that special someone! For example:

  • Redlight’s 2nd Annual Galentine’s Day - (2/13 6:00 PM) $2 glasses of champagne and wine. Local vendors like Sea of Bees Jewelry, Dear Prudence Shop, Other People’s Property, Here and Now Goods, fresh flowers from Locally Grown and complimentary sweets from The Bee’s Knees
  • Cupid’s Adventure Dinner - (2/13 7:00 PM) Five course dinner paired with champagne, chambord and bourbons by Woodford Reserve
  • Romance in the Park and The Food Truck Bazaar - (2/14 6:00 PM) Sponsored by The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. Lakefront view and romantic love songs sung by the multi-award winning Janine Klein
  • Baterby’s Art Gallery Valentine’s Day Event - (2/14 6:00 PM) Art show and Valentine’s party
  • 6th Annual Human Heart: An Outright Love In - (2/14 6:00 PM) Hundreds of “hearticipants” come together on Valentine’s Day to build a huge human heart (a heArt installation) for human rights
  • Valentine’s Chocolate and Beer Sampler - (2/14 9:00 PM) Live music by Homestruck Orchestra and The Mobros Band
  • Valentine’s Brunch with Enzian - (2/15 10:00 AM) An elegant Saturday brunch with a live band and buffet featuring a carving station and the classic “GHOST” with Patrick Swayze
  • DRIP: The Candy Bar - (2/13 8:00 PM) View, taste and interact with the lollipop tree, marshmallow art, gummy bear infused cocktails, pink martini glass arch and life-sized candy board game during this special Valentine’s Day performance

Learn more about these events: Orlando Weekly – Valentine’s Day. Also, check out Orlando Valentine’s Day Ideas Events, on Eventbrite!

6th Annual Human Heart: An Outright Love In

To make your trips even easier this Valentine’s Day, you can use both Hertz NeverLost to guide you and the My Explore Hertz NeverLost Mobile Companion for must-see attractions, events, and tours! Don’t let this great weekend pass you by! Also, enter our contest to win a $25 gift card that you can put back towards your trip!

Click here to enter!

Click here to enter!

Hope everyone has fun!

-Melissa Woodring

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Build My Trip

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” 

Traveling is good for you in many ways. You get to experience the world, meet new people, and do things you might have never done! Many people love to travel, whether it’s to extend a business trip or take a vacation! However, taking the time to plan out a trip can often be seen as a setback to travelers. Not everyone sees planning as such a downer, but for the people who do, you should let Hertz NeverLost do the work for you!

We Want To Help

If you find yourself creating lists of all the places you want to go, but you have no idea the best route to take or how to fit them in on the right schedule, then let the Hertz NeverLost concierge team build your trip for you. We have recently built trips for people to the following cities:

  • Houston
  • Dallas
  • San Antonio
  • San Francisco
  • Venice Beach
  • Kansas City
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Scottsdale
  • Phoenix
  • Orlando
  • Bayamon
  • Fresno
  • Hollywood

and many more locations! We would be happy to build your next business or leisure trip. There are three ways to contact us if you want a trip built for you. The first two ways are by emailing us and the third way is via Pinterest. See details below:

  1. Build My Trip by Email - Send your list of addresses or destinations by email to build@navigationsolutions.com
  2. Build My Trip by Email – Send a link to your Pinterest board  that contains images of your destinations along with addresses by email to build@navigationsolutions.com
  3. Build My Trip by Pinterest - Contact us directly through Pinterest  to ask us to build your trip.

While the first two steps are fairly simple, here is a picture to describe the third step:

Visit www.neverlost.com/buildmytrip for full details on how to get your next trip built for you!

Why You Should Travel

Traveling appeals to many people for a variety of reasons. However, according to an article by Scott Percelay, traveling can actually teach you to be a better person. Here is a quick summary of the 10 reasons how:

  1. You learn to be alone
  2. You learn from the kindness of strangers
  3. You realize that plans change and learn to adapt
  4. You figure out how to enjoy the moment
  5. You are forced to step out of your comfort zone
  6. You learn patience
  7. You learn to ask questions and think outside the box
  8. You learn to appreciate your loved ones
  9. You learn about new cultures and realize that connections you make are important

To see a full description of these details, read the article “10 Reasons Why Traveling Makes You A Better Person.”

Still not convinced that traveling is for you? Well, I shared a pretty great video yesterday on my Storify story, “Trip Planning Made Easy,” and I think it’s worth sharing again, so check out Facts That Will Make You Want To Travel:


Where to Go

Since it’s Ski Season, you should consider visiting Colorado! With the Hertz NeverLost download code, “CSKI” you can access events and locations easily from your Hertz vehicle. The Hertz NeverLost My Explore Mobile Companion app for iPhone & Android also has tours, must-see attractions, special events, and weather updates that are geared specifically towards Denver. Additionally, Hertz has a Ski Savings promo that lasts until April 30th, 2014. Click here for details: http://bit.ly/1eZcWgj.

hertz ski savings
If you plan on taking a trip to these locations, then watch this Ski Town Video to learn a combination of ways that you can visit Ski Towns by using a Hertz NeverLost device.

Hope everyone has a good season of traveling to new places!

-Melissa Woodring :)

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