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Melissa W :)
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ― Lao Tzu
To everyone who follows and/or reads these blog posts, I really appreciate it! If you would like to continue to have access to our travel tips, stories, and more, then I urge you to keep reading!
We are in the process of redirecting and upgrading our domain. The content normally found on myexploreusa.wordpress.com will be moving to blog.neverlost.com and we would love if our followers joined us on the journey to improve our site!
Thanks for keeping up with Hertz NeverLost travel content! We will do our best to make sure this process is a smooth transition but feel free to reach out if you experience any issues.
-Melissa Woodring :)
“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:
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:
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 :)
Enjoy your trip to Boston and good luck if you participate in the marathon!
“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!
“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.
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.”
Some examples of these festivals and events include:
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 :)
Stop and smell some flowers this spring if you’re in the need for peace! I did!
“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:
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!
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 :)
“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!
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!
There is so much to do in San Antonio, just give the city a chance to peak your interest!
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!
Learn about other Charleston Festivals for dates in the future!
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:
The article, “Thaw Out with These 7 Ways to Enjoy Spring in Vancouver” by Dana Lynch, describes these activities in more detail!
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!
Enjoy your getaway!
- Melissa Woodring :)
“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.
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:
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!
|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 :)
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!
“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 DeLong, Strange 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 AraabMuzik, Just 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!
“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:
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!
For more highlights on where you can interact with other badge types, check out: The Music, Film, and Interactive Industries Converge at SXSW.
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!
I had such a great time at the conference and learned so much! Check out my summary of South by Southwest Interactive:
*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 :)
“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!
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:
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:
For more information on these great ideas, read the full article, “Where to Travel 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!
“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)
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:
Vote for your favorite activity for the chance to win a prize!
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 :)