Several surveys indicate many Americans still intend to take vacations in 2009 -- they’ll just be smarter about planning the trip and how they spend their money. Here are a few simple tips on how families can make the most of their travel budget this year.

More than half of the U.S. population is planning a vacation away from home this summer. The other half will spend it trying to keep their kids busy with camps, enrichment activities, sports lessons and more. With everyone running in different directions, keeping tabs on your kids – and your home – can be a challenge.

Travelers and movie buffs looking for a taste of Hollywood without the Hollywood "scene” have long ventured to memorable destinations that have earned their distinction by serving as the setting for a hit movie production. Here are the top travel destinations for those who love film.

It pays to have an optimistic attitude when you go to the airport. Everyone knows that the frustrations passengers face today are quite different than in the past, but some of discomforts have been around since air travel started. Whether you’re dealing with long security lines or uncomfortable seats, a little preparation and a positive attitude can make the skies a little bit friendlier.

Statistics are proving that age 70 really is the new 50. According to the U.S. Travel Association, mature travelers ages 65 or older represented 21 percent of all leisure travelers in 2010. Staying safe and being prepared when traveling is more important than ever for this age group. Here are some special considerations for senior travelers.

Ah, the holidays! Peace on earth, goodwill toward your fellow man ... and kill or be killed aerial combat. What’s that, you say? How does aerial combat fit into the holidays? Pulse-pounding airborne combat fits perfectly with the holidays, when you give it as a one-of-a-kind gift.

Pull that fleece jacket out of the back of the closet, order up a pumpkin-spice latte, and breathe in the crisp morning air. Yes, fall is here. And that means the trees are beginning their yearly transformation into blazing glory