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Jay Meyer, the vice president and publisher of Travel + Leisure, knows a thing or 2 about globe-trotting; packing a carry-on suitcase like a pro; and staying fit while on the road. He has taken more than 35 business trips in the past year, visiting over 15 countries and staying in 40 hotels, which makes him a great person to feature for Our Type of Traveler.
In addition to talking to him about the future of Travel + Leisure, we also wanted to know what drives Jay’s passion to travel and how he manages to stay connected with his wife, Missy, and their daughter, Harper, while he’s crisscrossing the globe to exotic locations such as Istanbul, Turkey; Shanghai, China; and the British Virgin Islands.
Your first trip to Europe (or anywhere abroad, for that matter) is a transformative experience, often defying and exceeding your expectations at the same time. Expectations such as the ideas that as an American, you will stick out like a sore thumb (probably true) and that you are unwelcome (probably false). “Contrary to popular belief, most Europeans are super-friendly to tourists,” Raul H. told us when we asked our fans what surprised them the most about traveling to Europe. Check out some more of our favorite observations.
1. “The sheer variety inside such a small space. Pick 4 countries, and you’ll have 4 different experiences.” — Travelsewhere
2. “How friendly the people are. Take time to talk to them, and they’ll also help you out if you are lost!” — Austin W.
3. “They do not use top sheets on their beds. Also, I noticed they do not use wash cloths.” — Donna D.
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In exactly a year, on Aug. 5, Rio de Janeiro will be swarming with 10,500 Olympic athletes representing 205 countries for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. About 7.5 million tickets will be sold for 42 different sports. The majority of events will take place in Rio (in Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracana), but soccer matches are also expected to be held at venues in Brasília, Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, Salvador and Manaus.
In preparation for all the excitement for the 2016 Olympics, we pulled together a quick list of 12 things you should do when visiting Rio.
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As cruise ships get bigger and bigger, they often lose sight of the destination, but Viking Ocean Cruises and its new Viking Star are changing all that. After all, the destination is like a piece of art, and this intimate, 930-guest flagship is like a frame that perfectly accentuates the subject without distracting from it.
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You know the old Johnny Cash tune I’ve Been Everywhere? It’s my anthem. Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Buffalo … yep, seen ’em all.
Traveling for work is a great opportunity for face-to-face meetings that always seem more valuable to me than anything done over the phone. But if I’m being honest, sometimes as I’m striding around the airport with my practical overnight bag and sensible heels, I get gate envy.
Rainer standing atop the Sydney Harbor Bridge. (Photo Courtesy of Rainer Jenss)
Rainer Jenss has traveled around the world and clocked thousands of miles on his own and with his family. In preparation for the upcoming premiere of the new Travel Channel TV show Big Crazy Family Adventure (Sunday, June 21, at 9 p.m.|8c), we wanted to get another perspective on traveling abroad with children. As the founder and president of the Family Travel Association, Rainer was the perfect person to discuss his life as a world traveler; how travel has become an integral part of his family’s life; and what advice he would offer to families who want to expose their children to the world beyond North America.
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You did it. All that studying worked, and now, you’ve graduated. The perfect reward? A vacation, of course! There are tons of options, whether you want to turn your brain off and veg out or finally put those geography lessons to good use. See where TravelChannel.com’s editors would go, or consider these 6 options for a post-grad trip. After all, you earned it!
1. If those graduation checks are burning a hole in your pocket …
Then a shopping excursion is for you! For variety, head to the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis, where you can spend your newfound wealth at 520 stores and 50 restaurants. When that gets old, visit the mall’s indoor amusement park, aquarium or Star Trek and CSI exhibits. Or, for a major splurge, go instead to Los Angeles to cruise Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. You may leave with far fewer shopping bags, but you’ll go into the next phase of your life feeling like a star.
Need more ideas? Check out the top 10 US shopping malls and the world’s best shopping cities.
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Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer. That means warm weather and staying active by walking, jogging, biking and finding other ways to enjoy outdoor activities. If you’re a traveler who enjoys staying fit, then we have a list you should check out before your next trip. A new fitness report has ranked the 50 healthiest and fittest cities in the United States. And you won’t believe which city is No. 1.
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We’re just over a week away from Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial beginning of summer. And there’s no better time than the present to start planning for a fun summer getaway. Join Travel Channel for a live tweet-up on Wednesday, May 20, at 2 p.m. ET. Travel + Leisure, Trip Advisor, Travel Channel host Bert Kreischer and our resident beach expert, Marianela Pereyra, are just a few of the panelists who will join in to offer their summer advice, tips and recommendations.
We’ll tweet about everything, including the best summer drives, underrated destinations, food, beachfront hotels and more. And we want you to chime in, too! Join the conversation by using the hashtag #TC_Chat, and get inspired with unique summer vacation ideas from a variety of travel experts.
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Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH (Photo Courtesy of Cedar Point)
Before you plan your family trip to an amusement or water park, we thought you’d be interested to see which ones made our list of Travel’s Best Amusement and Water Parks 2015. We recruited 5 advisors — including Travel Channel TV host Bert Kreischer, theme-park reviewer Arthur Levine and family travel expert Erin Gifford — to help us choose the best family-friendly theme parks to visit this summer.
This particular Travel’s Best list is always hard to narrow down to 10, so we decided to share a few parks that didn’t make the cut but still deserve honorable mentions.