Whether you're a serious athlete or a weekend warrior, if you like to keep your heart pumping while sightseeing, you've got plenty of great options in Europe. From scenic jogs through Stockholm to paddling a boat in Hyde Park to biking through bustling Amsterdam, active travel can be better travel. ... read more»

I traveled to Miami for a travel editors conference, and then onto Cuba with a shortened version of smarTours' People-to-People program. From there, I headed across the Atlantic to join a Passage to Eastern Europe Danube cruise (from Bucharest, Romania, to Budapest, Hungary) with Viking River Cruises.

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What does a $20 million renovation in the heart of NYC look like? ... read more»

Las Vegas Welcome Sign at Sunset (Photo: iStockPhoto/Cecilia Lim)

Enter the Travel + Leisure "This Is How We Vegas" sweepstakes by June 1, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a trip to Las Vegas for two, including roundtrip air, two nights in a suite at the ARIA hotel, two dinners, breakfast, spa or salon treatments, and tickets to Cirque du Soleil.

To enter, provide the requested contact information (name, email, etc.) on the sweepstakes landing page and press "Submit." Done! Time required to participate: less than 30 seconds. ... read more»

Crowded Airport Gate (Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

In recent years, the summer travel forecast has been mostly a bad-news story of overlong security lines, overcrowded departure areas, and overstuffed planes.

Summer 2015 will be no exception, according to Airlines for America, the trade group representing the interests of U.S. carriers.

Between June 1 and August 31, the group expects U.S. airlines to carry 222 million passengers, the most ever and an increase of 4.5 percent over the same period last year.

Other predictions for summer 2015: ... read more»

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Group tours come in all shapes and sizes—geared towards students, luxury travelers, adventurous spirits, those over the age of 65, the list goes on. Usually led by one or more directors, tours are a great way to experience a new destination. Along with the guide (an invaluable resource—even for the most experienced travelers), group travel usually includes other perks like completely pre-planned itineraries, all-inclusive prices for flights, hotels, meals, and cultural experiences, and endless opportunities to socialize with your tour group. However, the perks that make group travel great are also some of its biggest drawbacks. As a member of a tour group, you usually won't get to choose what you do, where you stay, or what you eat...not to mention you're basically stuck with your group for the majority of your visit. Whether you're new to group touring, or have done it more times than you can count, here are eight essential tips for making your trip run smoothly.

Pack Lightly

Almost any list of travel tips will tell you to pack lightly, but when embarking on a group tour, we find this advice especially pertinent. From the time you arrive at your destination until the time you depart, you'll likely be responsible for handling your own luggage. Chances are, you'll have to hoist your own bag onto a tour bus, fit it into an overhead train compartment, or find a spot for it in a tiny hotel room. Imagine having to lug a heavy suitcase up four flights of winding, narrow stairs at your historic, elevator-less hotel in Florence, or having to navigate the notoriously crowded Tokyo metro with a giant suitcase in tow. Trust us, when you're the one doing all the heavy lifting, lighter is better. ... read more»

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Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.

If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly.

JetBlue, Southwest Tops in Customer Satisfaction

According to the new J.D. Power study, travelers are more satisfied with their flight experiences than they were a year ago. And they're especially happy with JetBlue and Southwest.

United's New Website Is, Well, New, Yet Also Familiar ... read more»

If you've committed to bringing just one pair of shoes on your trip, we salute you. You're an expert packer for sure, and you're probably bringing just one carry-on bag that weighs as much as a Chinese Crested.

But maybe you should change your mind. Throw another pair of shoes intto the bag. They can be similar shoes: two pairs of flats will work, or two pairs of sneakers will do just fine. This isn't a style suggestion. We really don't care if you have one pair of "business casual" shoes and one pair of Jordan VIIIs; that's beside the point. You should pack an extra pair of shoes for hygiene reasons. ... read more»

Travelers packing up convertible

Due to a strengthening economy and lower gas prices, AAA is predicting a 4.7 percent increase in travel over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend (Thursday, May 21, through Monday, May 25).

Key data points:

  • 37.2 million Americans will travel over the holiday, the most in 10 years
  • 33 million travelers will drive, an increase of 5.3 percent over 2014
  • 2.6 million will fly, up 2.5 percent over 2014
  • Average airfares for the top 40 domestic flight routes are down 2 percent this year, at $222
  • Average rate at a Two Diamond hotel is up 16 percent this year, at $144; Three Diamond hotels are up 7 percent, averaging $182
  • Gas prices at the end of April averaged $1.11 below last year's
  • Household net worth is up 5.2 percent over 2014, due to higher real estate and equity values

For air travelers, that small increase comes on top of flights that are already running more than 80 percent full systemwide, and even more densely packed on popular routes. So the usual coping advice is more applicable than ever. ... read more»

There are many ways to distract yourself on a flight: Read, watch something, listen to music or a podcast. But if you're seeking a more dynamic activity—one that keeps you busy and imparts a least a small sense of accomplishment—we have an idea. ... read more»

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