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Managing Director of JPA Design, Ben Orson, on Top Travel Trends for 2015

Ben Orson

The managing director of the industrial engineering firm JPA Design, London shares how we’ll fly in the future.

Q: What’s on the horizon for airline cabins?

A: When you look at aircraft, there’s a fair amount of space between people and the ceiling, and we’re trying to make use of it. One idea is 3-D seating, which applies mainly to business class. Lie-flat beds will be stacked, one above the other. Most people’s reaction is to think about bunk beds, but it’s more subtle than that.

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Principal and Cofounder of West 8, Adriaan Geuze, on Top Travel Trends for 2015

Adriaan Geuze

Principal and cofounder of West 8, an urban design and landscape architecture firm, on what cities will look like.

Q: How is urban planning changing?

A: The 19th century brought romantic parks to many cities, where children play and people walk their dogs. I’m interested in the next generation of urban havens. Our project on New York’s longneglected Governors Island is a good example, with an undulating park and astonishing harbor views.

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Founder of Skift, Rafat Ali, on Top Travel Trends for 2015

Rafat Ali

We talked with Rafat Ali, founder of travel news site Skift, on what’s shaping the industry.

Q: What’s on the horizon for travel this year?

A: The use of design to enhance the experience. You’ll see a lot more of this in the future, whether it’s airports that help people move through them more easily or hotels that incorporate smart and simple elements. Electric outlets where people can reach them is an obvious example.

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Founder of Peek, Ruzwana Bashir, on Top Travel Trends for 2015

Ruzwana Bashir

The founder of Peek, a tour- and activity-booking website, on how our screens will shape where we go next.

Q: What travel-tech innovations are on the horizon?

A: Mobile is big. Everyone is walking around with a computer in hand. Small companies can run their businesses on the go, and consumers can book online, whether it’s an activity, a hotel, or a car. Real-time availability will mean a profound shift to more last-minute planning and instant booking. You can see that with HotelTonight, and it will continue.

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Trip4Real Offers Peer-to-Peer Tours in Spain

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Peer-to-peer, local, authentic: these are all buzzwords permeating the travel world—with no hints of disappearing any time soon. Our latest P2P find takes a page out of Vayable, a worldwide marketplace of local-led experiences. The Barcelona-based Trip4Real, which launched last year, is solely focused on Spain, with 3,000-plus activities in 50 cities, from popular spots such as Barcelona and Madrid to small towns in Basque Country.

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Summer Trend: Cocktails with Tea

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Hearing words like "smooth," "smoky," and "floral" might bring to mind thoughts of bourbon, tequila, or gin, but those terms could also describe roobios, green or black teas. The subtle similarities between teas and spirits make them perfect companions in a cocktail. Across the U.S. this summer, mixologists are capitalizing on this trend by infusing cocktails with everything from chamomile to Darjeeling.

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Kimpton Introduces Progressive New Karma Rewards

Just as airline loyalty programs are making it harder to cash in on rewards, hotels are upping the ante, letting guests earn points for tweets and social media interactions—not just night stays. The latest to join the nascent trend is Kimpton, who today announces a new loyalty program to replace InTouch. The name, Karma, says it all—the more love you give Kimpton, the more love comes back to you. Here’s how it works:

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Travel Industry Insiders Share What's On Their Travel Radar

At ILTM Asia, an annual luxury travel conference in Shanghai, China, Travel + Leisure editor Sarah Spagnolo asked industry insiders what's on their travel radar. The answers range from western Tibet to the backwaters of Kerala, India.

Watch the video above—filmed during T+L's Shanghai Social party at restaurant New Heights, on The Bund—for many more fun travel ideas.

Daily Transporter: Terminal Wellness

waiting is the hardest part

Don’t sweat a long layover: more airports are setting up walking paths through terminals—with pavement mile-markers, water bottle-refilling stations, and public art, reports USA Today. Some, like Fort Lauderdale, Anchorage, and Baltimore/Washington, even maintain walking paths outside airport.

See Best Airports for a Long Layover

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Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Camping...in New York City

201406-hd-camp-rockawayjpgFirst things first: I don’t do staycations. However, I’ve made exceptions for quirky experiences, like camping in Brooklyn’s Marine Park and checking in to Boatel, an abandoned-boats-turned-hotel/art project in Far Rockaway, Queens.

So I’m intrigued by a new potential project, also out by the beach in Queens: Camp Rockaway. The idea? A handful of safari-style tents with comfy beds, outdoor showers, private fire pits, and hot tubs overlooking Jamaica Bay. 

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