In most parts of the country, the summer season has been over for a while. Things are cooling down, temperatures are dropping and autumn is in full swing. The leaves are changing, the birds are flying south, and so are you if you are part of the millions of people who vacation in warmer weather during the winter months in America. I love the snow, for about the first ten days, and I can even appreciate a good cozy place during the cold frigid days and nights that some people experience in different regions of the country. However, I crave sun and warmth, and even sometimes a little bit of salty sweat. I would rather be in an environment where I am too hot versus being in an environment where I am too cold. That is why the Caribbean and Mexico are my two favorite vacation spots of choice.
Both of these destinations are gorgeous, have practically never-ending sunshine and oceans that sparkle crystal blue. The sand is soft and the drinks are strong so you can really get a feel for that hazy laid-back lifestyle that comes along with places like these. The one thing that seems to always be an issue for me, is the large number of bugs that can be found in jungle and beach towns. Don’t get me wrong, I am an outdoorsy girl, I like nature. I love to camp and hike. However, the bugs in some of these places are the creepy crawly kind, or the stinging and biting once. My least favorite of all, the mosquito, also seems to be a pretty dangerous one over the last few years. With the growth of the zika virus, there has been a lot of fear around getting bit by mosquitos, especially as a female who one day hopes to have children.
After years of traveling, and growing up in the northeast with mosquito filled summers, I have a few tips to offer you. Once you book your flight and visit Hertz to get your rental, make sure you use some of these tricks.
This is obviously number one, you want to use some kind of bug spray. It is up to you if you want to use one with deet or a more natural version, but apply it heavily either way. You can also try different things like the bracelets or other wearable items that claim to repel bugs without having to spray anything.
Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
This is not for everyone, but it has been shown that drinking a shot of apple cider vinegar once a day can help your sweat and skin smell differently, in a way that repels the bugs. There have been a few studies behind this theory but it is not completely confirmed.
Install Screens In your Windows
If you do not already have a screen in your window, I highly recommend you put one up so that you can feel free to open your windows and not get rushed by bugs trying to make their way in to bite you. Window screens are pretty cheap and you can pick them up in town wherever you are staying.