We all love to go on vacation, gonorrhea but what more do we hate more than anything while taking a walk on that lovely boardwalk with wind blowing in your hair ? Mosquitos!  Do you want to go on a summer vacation but don’t want to worry about being attacked by these little pest? Controversy has struck with the latest epidemic… Zika Virus. We’ve all heard the name but do we all know what it actually is? Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted infection related to dengue, symptoms yellow fever and West Nile virus. The infection causes no symptoms and concern is focused on women who become infected while pregnant and those who develop a temporary form of paralysis after exposure to the virus. Experts believe that the vast majority of Zika infections are transmitted by mosquitoes, not sex. As of early March, however, more than a more than a dozen instances of transmission through sex have been reported. There is no vaccine against the Zika virus. Efforts to make one have just begun, and creating and testing a vaccine takes years and costs millions of dollars.

Well now you’re thinking how can I go on vacation? There are still many beachy destination for us to hit this summer with no worries about Zika.

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1.Cape May

Want to stay local to NYC? Cape May is a perfect destination. Cape May is a city at the southern tip of Cape May Peninsula in Cape May County, New Jersey, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Fine wines, outstanding restaurants, and classic jazz festivals. Instead of nightclubs and tanning parlors, you’ll find Victorian mansions and a famous lighthouse. Once primarily a summer destination, the county is quickly becoming more and more of a year-round resort.

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2.Belize

Belize is a country on the eastern coast of Central America. Belize is a culturally diverse and mixed race country. World class attractions include exploring the lush jungles with exotic plants and animals, deep sea fishing, swimming, snorkeling and diving in the Caribbean sea with its attractive reefs, and visiting the Mayan ruins. Belize people and culture make you feel as welcome and comfortable, like nowhere you’ve ever visited.      

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3.Turks and Caicos

This country, made up of seven main islands and 40 smaller isles and cays, boasts some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, including Grace Bay Beach, which consistently ranks in the top ten beaches in the world. Scuba-diving sites include a 14-mile barrier reef on Provo’s north shore and a dramatic 2,134m underwater wall off Grand Turk island. For everyone who has ever dreamed of getting away from it all and finding a tropical hideaway far removed from all the hustle, bustle, fuss and muss of modern life – Turks & Caicos is that rarest of discoveries, a true island escape.

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4. Hawaii
Perfect beaches, lush green valleys, and volcanic landscapes, as well as its historic villages, top-notch water sports, and stellar restaurants and resorts, have made it an international favorite. Award-winning Wailea Beach is no exception, with its poolside cabanas, beautiful courtyards, and special luxuries. There are eight major islands, six of which are open to tourism. The island of Oahu, the most popular and home to the state capital and largest city of Honolulu, is great for people who wish to experience the islands and still keep the conveniences of a large city. Rainforests and hiking trails are located just minutes from Waikiki Beach, one of the world’s best tourist destinations.

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5.Miami

Miami, at Florida’s southeastern tip, is a vibrant city. Miami Beach, on barrier islands across the waters of Biscayne Bay, is home to glamorous South Beach,known for its colorful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs. Miami is one of the state’s – and the world’s – most popular vacation spots. Head north on Ocean Drive and stroll past the super tanned reality TV stars and scenesters in the sidewalk cafés, designer boutiques, lounge bars and dusk-till-dawn clubs.

 

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Forget what you thought you knew about handbags because this season, handbags are all about graphic prints and patterns, bold colors, stripes, embellishments, and designs. The muted handbags that are commonly used on a daily basis have some major competition, thanks to the statement-making bags designers have been coming out with. Edgy chain embellishments and explosions of color were recently seen at Stella McCartney and Louis Vuitton. The bold color trend continued at Gucci and Marc Jacobs, where the brightly colored hues were almost impossible to ignore (and to not covet). Prints were popular at Lanvin, who chose stars as the pattern of choice, while Bottega Veneta stuck with Middle Eastern-inspired prints. With prints trending right now, it’s only natural that animal prints make an appearance or two, and that they did. Alligator skin was the choice print of Prada, whereas classic snakeskin received a modernized makeover via interesting colors and floral appliqués at Fendi. The floral trend continued at The Row and Miu Miu, with the designers each putting their own spin on the popular pattern.

Ready to jump on the bold handbag bandwagon? The key is to finding a patterned or printed handbag that coordinates with your outfit. Long gone are the days of “matchy-matchy” so as long as the colors in your bag go well with your outfit, you’re on the right track.

-Daniella DiRienzo