The 2014 Luxe Report by travel agent firm Virtuoso indicates that multi-generational and adventure travel will continue to dominate travel trends. Destinations seeing an increase in travel interest include The Galapagos Islands, Cuba, Belize and Iceland. The most popular international destinations for North American travelers include Italy, South Africa, France, Australia and New Zealand. Top destinations for domestic travel include New York City; Maui, Hi.; Napa Valley, Calif.; Las Vegas; and Hawaii's big island.
Two surveys found that some passengers would be willing to pay more to sit in a zone without cellphones on flights. A survey by Airfarewatchdog.com found 53% of respondents would pay more for a quiet zone, while a survey by Expedia.com found 49% of respondents would pay extra for the sound of silence. Airlines including Delta, JetBlue and Southwest have said they will not allow calls on flights regardless of a lifted ban on phone use.
Taste of City Mill Tavern at Minneapolis-St. Paul International offers a bison tartare on the menu, and it's not the only airport that boasts delicious food. Cat Cora's Kitchen in San Francisco has a grilled cheese with caramelized onions.
The Global Business Travel Association predicts that spending by corporate travelers will reach $289.8 billion in 2014, marking a 6.6% increase from last year. The economic rebound is expected to encourage business travel this year, with the number of trips projected to rise by 1.7%, to 461 million.
Expect new dining options on Delta's economy transcontinental flights that go between New York and San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles. BusinessElite fliers can enjoy new wine selections on the flights.