These Mosquito Repellents Can Help Prevent Zika Scares

If you've been following the news, you’re probably aware of the fact that the Zika Virus is alive and well, and has been moving itself up north. What started off as an epidemic in mostly South American countries has been affecting many of us living right here in the United States. As of May 25, there have been 591 reported cases of individuals in the U.S. who have been affected by the Zika Virus. Surprisingly, 11 of these individuals have been infected with this virus due to sexual transmission. And with the summer months in full swing, Zika Virus-carrying mosquitoes are also out and about in our own backyards. With regards to preventing sexual transmission of the Zika Virus, or any virus for that matter, it’s obvious that using condoms is absolutely imperative. But how do we stop those darn mosquitoes from coming at us? Here are a few of the most effective products I found online that are simple to use and are must-haves this summer in order to stay protected.

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Safe Travels after the Brussels Bombings? Here’s What to Do.

Brussels BombingsIn case you haven’t been keeping up with the news lately, this past Tuesday morning was an absolutely dreadful day for the citizens of Brussels, Belgium, and is considered the deadliest act of terrorism in Belgium’s history. On the morning of March 22nd, three synchronized nail bombings took place in three different parts of Brussels: two at Brussels Airport, and one at the Maelbeek Metro Station. Thirty-one victims were proclaimed dead, and another 270 people were injured. As if the Paris Attacks from last November didn’t cause enough apprehension throughout the world, the Brussels Bombings have really reaffirmed people’s fears of traveling, reversing the progress that was beginning to occur. But that progress doesn’t have to stop. As difficult as it is to believe traveling abroad is still okay and possible right now, we can still do it. We can still stay safe and enjoy our vacations in peace. We just need to be careful. So here are some tips and alternatives, as well as some of the things you should be made aware of, so you can still enjoy your travels – safely!


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What NOT to Do On St. Paddy’s Day

By Chaitanya Bala

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is always a fun time. Who doesn’t love rocking those funky leprechaun top hats and green bling? And let’s not forget the fun parties everywhere. But the best part of St. Patrick’s Day is undoubtedly chugging back a few pints of Guinness. And if you’re really feeling adventurous, the Irish Car Bomb. (Hey if you drink quickly enough, it kind of tastes like a milkshake!) However, the greater levels of alcohol consumption on St. Patrick’s Day also mean more reckless actions, including drunk driving, which leads to DUIs and car accidents. As much fun and joy the holiday brings, you want to make sure you’re equally responsible and well-prepared for the day – whether you’re drinking or not. Here are the 5 most foolish things you could possibly do on St. Patrick’s Day (that we recommend you DO NOT do)!

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6 Tips to Breeze through Airport Security

By Chaitanya Bala

You just booked a fliShutterstock_322320824ght to destination paradise! Pretty soon, you’re going to be kicking back and relaxing against a beautiful backdrop with your loved ones. But before you can get the chance to do that, there’s one major obstacle you must get through: dreaded airport security. Having to take off your shoes and jackets in the middle of a crowded, frustrated line of people, while trying to yank all your electronics out of your compact backpack can be pretty hectic and stressful. With airport security being the most tedious step during air travel, it’s not surprising people get frustrated before stepping in line. But you can make your experience a lot easier, quicker, and efficient if you’re well-prepared beforehand. Here are 6 great tips to help you breeze through airport security.


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Will the Zika Virus Affect your Vacation?

By Chaitanya Bala

If you’ve been followZika Virusing the news, you’ve probably heard about the rampant Zika Virus, which is transmitted to humans by mosquito bites. Although the virus isn’t deadly to grown adults, they can still get sick from it, and pregnant women can be greatly affected. The virus has been linked to the prevalence of microcephaly, a disease that can cause severe birth defects and has been known to cause premature death in infants. Recently, the virus has caused much alarm in Brazil, and has been rapidly spreading to other countries in the Americas, and even a few places in the U.S. With the World Health Organization anticipating up to 4 million people in the Americas being exposed to the Zika Virus by the end of the year, it’s no surprise that people are cancelling their exotic trips. But, you may not have to if you take precautions. That’s why we reached out to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for some input, and came up with a few great safety tips so you can stroll across the tropical seaside with a smile on your face and the peace of mind you need to fully enjoy your trip.

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