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This week: Hawaii for our babymoon, how the "Brexit" will affect travel to Europe, record July 4th weekend travel, and more.
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Aloha! As you can tell from my social media handles (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and/or Periscope), my wife and I are in the 50th state celebrating our first babymoon! I believe 'babymoon' is defined as the last peaceful trip couples go on before their world is turned upside down. At least that’s how I define it LOL.
We arrived on Saturday to check out the brand spanking new Four Seasons O'ahu at Ko O'lina. It’s the old JW Ihilani, next to Disney’s Aulani Resort located in Ko O’lina, which is on Oahu’s western shore. It’s a 25-minute drive (without traffic) from HNL airport and as soon as we leave, I'll be posting about our experience there so stay tuned!
Our hearts go out to everyone affected by last night’s attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. Three assailants opened fire with automatic rifles before splitting up in the international terminal. According to UnitedHealthcare Global: “The first suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the arrivals entrance on the ground floor of the terminal, the second at the first floor entrance to the departures hall, and the third in the parking area across the street from the terminal. The latest casualty toll is 41 people killed and approximately 240 injured. There were 13 foreign nationals among the fatalities, including five Saudis, two Iraqis, as well as individuals from China, Iran, Jordan, Tunisia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.”
I’ve been to this airport and to Turkey and both are beautiful, filled with some of the nicest people. One of my friends, Josh Gates, just tweeted a photo from the Turkish Airlines lounge in IST saying, “Turkey is a beautiful & hospitable country. Don't let fear win. #keeptraveling.” I 100% agree with Josh except I personally would think twice about sending my loved ones to Turkey for the next couple weeks. Some of the cruise lines (Celebrity and Seabourn) and tour operators (Intrepid Tours) have canceled next week’s trips and the following week's are probably in jeopardy too, and that makes me cautious. Related: Do I Have Travel Insurance and Which Policy Company Do I Use?
How will the Brexit affect travel to Europe?
A lot of people have been asking me how Brexit will affect their travels to Europe. I don’t believe it’s going to affect your travels except to make them cheaper in the short term. Right now, the British pound is about 10% cheaper than it was last week before the vote (up to date info here). So if you prepaid for a trip, I would see if it’s possible to cancel and rebook (as long as the arrangements are the same) so you can take advantage of the currency drop. Other than that, the only things you might have to worry about are large political demonstrations and even unwanted political discussions. Here are a few good Brexit stories you may be interested in for further reading:
The New York Times
The Guardian
CrankyFlier
According to AAA, 43 million Americans will travel this weekend to celebrate our Independence Day (I can’t believe it’s already the Fourth of July)! If you’re one of them, I wish you smooth, safe and happy travels.
 
Time is running out: 50,000 SkyMiles!
Time is running out to take advantage of the relaunched Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express with its unusually large SkyMiles sign-up bonus of 50,000 SkyMiles. If you fly Delta Air Lines, you’ll definitely want to check it out!
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Travel Deals


This week's deals include: 
-$999+: 4-Nt Game of Thrones Ireland Pkg. w/ Airfare
-New York – London for Just $361 Roundtrip
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Travel News


This week’s news includes: 
-'Nobody Is Immune': Bracing For Zika's First Summer In The U.S.
-There may be an end in sight for controversial resort fees
-No TSA PreCheck on your boarding pass? This might be why
-More news >>

Website of the Week


Based on research at Cornell, Review Skeptic uses machine learning to identify fake hotel reviews with supposedly almost 90% accuracy.
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Travel Style


Erica Gragg is best known as the co-creator of the acclaimed travel, fitness and lifestyle program Escape to Shape.
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Tip of the Week


Worried about Zika? Here’s how to make your own mosquito repellant.
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Video of the Week


Ever wonder what a credit card skimmer looks like? Ben Tedesco, who works for a security software company, uncovers one on vacation in this video.
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Product of the Week


At high altitudes, I like to sleep with a humidifier. Leo Laporte (see below) suggested traveling with one like this.
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Instagram of the Week


Elise's (roundtheworldgirl) goal is to become a commercial helicopter pilot. For now, you'll likely find her adventuring and taking amazing photos.
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App of the Week


thefork (available on Android and iOS) identifies 30,000+ restaurants in Europe & South America where you can get up to 50% off.
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Travel Contests


-Win a Yellowstone trip
-Win a $4,600 trip for four to Puerto Vallarta
-Win a trip for two to Antigua
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Webcam of the Week


Since my wife and I are visiting the 50th state to join the union this week, we’re featuring a Hawaii webcam—from the island of Kaua'i!
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Contributor stories


Travel Books of the Week


Looking to do some reading this summer while sitting on a plane, train or beach? Check out the Amazon editorial team's list of the best books of the year (so far)

10 Reasons to Travel to Georgia (the Country) Right Now


Now's a great time to travel to Georgia, the country—before everybody else gets in on the secret!
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JJ on The Tech Guy


Miss me last Sunday? 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!

Maui in 5 Days, Part 2: Wailea


No trip to Maui would be complete without visiting the pristine Wailea area in south Maui, where Caitlin Martin stayed at the Fairmont Kea Lani.
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Natalie's Corner


This week in Natalie's Corner, it's Natalie's Pinterest page, where she has 100K+ followers! Follow her for travel inspiration & style.
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A Tale of Two Valleys: Idaho’s Dueling Delights, the Sun and Teton Valleys


Where mountains soar, valleys lie. Via Bruce Northam, two of Idaho’s grandest valleys propose the ultimate escape.
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