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This week: 10 great travel products to bring to the 2016 Rio Olympics, a call for travel ideas for my SPG Amex Stars assignment, and more.
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Greetings from my home state of Connecticut! If you're following me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and/or Periscope, you know I’m in town visiting my dad and family. I’m not here for long as I’m hopping on a plane tonight to go to…well, you’ll have to tune in next week or follow me on social to find out!
10 great travel products to bring to the 2016 Rio Olympics
I don’t think many people would argue if I said that if Rio de Janeiro were safe, it would be one of the best cities in the world. How many cities do you know that are attached to a tropical rainforest? Add to that the food, beaches, attractions, weather, and lifestyle, and you have one amazing place. The problem with Rio and other Brazilian cities, of course, is the crime.
I’ve been to Rio a couple of times, and I remember my first visit in 2007. I was so nervous about going because my friends, my family, the media, Internet message boards, and even the Brazilian gate agent I encountered before I boarded the plane put the fear of God into me. They all warned me to be very careful in Rio. I felt as though I was about to enter a war zone rather than visit a tropical vacation destination. Those warnings turned out to be for the best, though, because they put me on guard, and that’s what I hope to do with this post. If you’re heading down to Rio for the 2016 summer Olympics, which begin on August 5, you should check out these travel tips I just wrote for TravelSmith.com and consider getting one or all of these 10 travel products to help keep you safe.
If you could go to any Starwood hotel in the USA, where would you go?
Like many frequent travelers and points collectors, I’m a big user of the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card from American Express. Since I’m such a fan and a travel blogger, Amex has invited me to be part of their SPG Amex Stars program for the past few years to help communicate the benefits of the card to travelers. This year, my summer "assignment" is to fly anywhere in the US where there’s a Starwood hotel and spend two nights during the month of August. Where should I go? Leave a comment on this page to help me decide.
Scottevest: Great travel clothing
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Travel Deals


This week's deals include: 
-Ft. Lauderdale hotel & local deals: up to 55% off
-$749+: 5-Nt Ireland Vacation w/ Air & Castle Stay
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Travel News


This week’s news includes: 
-Living on a cruise ship cheaper than these cities
-Norwegian Cruise Line No Longer Allowing Carry-On Beverages
-8 airlines win initial approval for US-Havana service
-More news >>

Website of the Week


UrLife is a new app/website that some guys from Hollywood created to turn your videos and photos into something your friends + family will want to see.
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Travel Style


Cory Lee was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at two, got his first wheelchair at four, and has rolled around the world ever since.
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Tweeter of the Week


The annual America's Best Drivers Report is out. Do you agree with the rankings?
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Video of the Week


After its amazing showing in Euro 2016, the Icelandic soccer team returned home to 30,000+ people (10% of the population) and one more Viking clap.
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Product of the Week


Looking for a reliable, durable and inexpensive duffle bag to take with you on your next trip? Check out this Lewis N. Clark duffel bag!
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Instagram of the Week


Foster Hunting (one million followers) left his job in New York in 2011 and moved into a camper. Since then, he has driven 100K miles around the west.
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App of the Week


Looking for a quick and easy app for general tipping advice? Piper offers it for the USA, UK, Canada, Italy and France for free—and 75 countries in total.
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Travel Contests


-Win a 7-night Italian road trip escape
-Win a South African safari for two
-Win an 8-day guided tour of the Balkans
-More >>

Webcam of the Week


One of my favorite places to visit in summer is Scandinavia, a region that's simply gorgeous. Stockholm, one of its great capitals, is this week's webcam.
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Contributor stories


Travel Book of the Week


Looking for a great travel read during this summer? Into the Wild is the most popular travel book on Amazon with over 2,600 reviews. It’s a crazy story.
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JJ on The Tech Guy


Miss me last Saturday? I'll be appearing on Leo Laporte's The Tech Guy—in my regular role as guest—this Saturday at 3:30 pm ET. You can tune in live here!

Natalie's Corner


The Apple Watch has become Natalie's most reliable, do-it-all companion. Here are five ways it makes travel easier for her.
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