A reader sent me an email about something I have to try. They swear by this natural Mosquito Repellent Bracelet NEOR. I am not so sure reading some of the review comments but then again I have sprayed “OFF” on my arms on many a golf course and had a mosquito land moments later and bite me so… who knows!
I was interviewed by my friend Christen from The Frugal Travel guy blog a while back about if I was afraid of terrorism flaring up here and there and if that impacted where I travel. I said no but I tend to stay away from real “hot spots” and for some countries I am really more afraid that for some reason my TSA PRE Check will go away after a visit and end up with the dreaded SSSS on my boarding pass each time I check in. That puts real fear into me!
But ZIKA is another matter. I fully expect this will spread and become a massive crisis all over the USA this year. It will spread faster than anyone had imagined (clearly, this is not in any way a scientific or expert analysis, just what I think will happen).
So to answer the question, will ZIKA impact if I fly or not? Maybe. Now I am almost 50 years old (as is my wife) so the risk to us I understand is low. That is not to say that the effect of this nasty virus could linger with me for a while as it has for some. I do not like the idea of getting infected one bit. So I am looking at ideas.
But what about ZIKA “hot spots” if you will. What if a place I am set to go is in the news that they are being crushed with reported cases of the virus. Will I still go? I have to tell you I think not or I will do a bunch more digging before I go. If Delta will not allow me to cancel I will be sure to blog it as I think ZIKA airline waivers are going to become as common as winter weather waivers are now. What impact this will have on Delta, and airlines, is scary to think about (let’s see them sell a cruddy C+ seat when folks are afraid to fly).
I very much like the natural ideas (if they work) but have for years drenched myself with chemical sprays with no known adverse effects on me (well other than I seem to keep flying Delta despite all they have done to SkyMiles and the Medallion program). I know I have to do something this summer even way up here in the Midwest!
I guess I would love to know your thoughts on this matter. Are you afraid of ZIKA? Will it impact your travel plans if you learn where you are going is having a bad outbreak? What steps will you take to avoid getting this nasty bug? – René
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