Another aborted holiday plan

@Asylum (48282)
Manchester, England
January 19, 2016 10:01am CST
I have now booked a one week trip to Turkey, which will be from 2 weeks today. Meanwhile I have been scouring the holiday sites for something different later in the year. One excellent destination that I discovered was the Dominican Republic. The average prices for this place are far better than most long distance places, but it seems that it is not quite as idyllic as one would expect. As a matter of form I checked the UK Government travel advice website, not that it ever really deters me from travelling. In this case the reports were definitely enough to make me rethink the whole idea. There were several warnings about violent crime and the mugging of tourists, although I often ignore such things. The main concern was the health situation. It seems that recently they have had several cases of dengue fever, which is certainly not a very pleasant disease. This is one of the few diseases that can not only be fatal but has no known vaccine as yet. The website advises trying to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, which is rather absurd and useless advice. Avoiding violence and dangerous areas is easy enough, but avoiding mosquitoes is virtually impossible.
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@garymarsh6 (13199)
• United Kingdom
19 Jan 16
Avoiding mosquito bites by having marmite on toast for two weeks before you go. They do not like the smell of Thiamine and B12 complex so steer well clear of you. I was eaten alive many years ago but since doing this have never been bitten.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
19 Jan 16
I would trust that normally, but not if a risk of dengue fever exists.
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@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jan 16
I have never heard this. Not that I don't believe you but it seems a bit too good to be true. I wonder if Vegemite has the same ingredients? I'll check later.
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@garymarsh6 (13199)
• United Kingdom
23 Jan 16
@JudyEv Yes Judy. You could give it a whirl on your next travels although I would still use conventional treatments just in case.
@LadyDuck (147879)
• Switzerland
19 Jan 16
I was going to tell you "forget about this place". We booked a two weeks vacation there... after 3 days we were at the airport finding a way to go to the United States before coming back to Europe. The mosquitoes are horrible there, the crime is pretty bad, but also the police is pretty bad.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
19 Jan 16
A little late with the advice Anna, but thank you anyway. I do not deter easily if I consider travelling somewhere, but Dengue fever is an excellent deterrent.
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@LadyDuck (147879)
• Switzerland
19 Jan 16
@Asylum I am going to your profile and leave you a message about what happened there.
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@Inlemay (16490)
• South Africa
22 Jan 16
I thought it was only in SA that the mozzies eat one alive?
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@DianneN (74479)
• United States
19 Jan 16
I traveled there and never had a problem. Same with Turkey, Rio, and Egypt. One has to be wary wherever one goes. Just bring bug repellent.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
19 Jan 16
I was in Turkey and Tunisia several times last year and the terrorism threats did not worry me, but dengue fever certainly does.
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• United States
20 Jan 16
Much of the southern Americas have mosquito problems and few resources are aimed at eradicating them. I avoid such places too. Why take unnecessary chances?
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
20 Jan 16
I hate mosquitoes, but they do not scare me until they start carrying dengue fever.
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• United States
20 Jan 16
@Asylum I avoid all if them. Too many diseases to mess around in areas where they live in large numbers.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
20 Jan 16
@ElizabethWallace They can be hard to avoid unless you limit yourself to cold climates.
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@LoriAMoore (4787)
• United States
26 Jan 16
I've been there and it was wonderful! Beautiful white sand beaches. But that Zika virus by mosquitoes in the Caribbean is a bad one going around now.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
26 Jan 16
Mosquitoes are undesirable enough without diseases of that calibre being involved.
• United States
19 Jan 16
Just wear a lot of layers! It can also be a good reason to wear a Hijab and pretend to be very very conservative!
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
19 Jan 16
It is not the kind of place that is suitable for heavy winter clothing.
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@rebelann (38950)
• El Paso, Texas
23 Jan 16
Hince the reason I don't travel abroad. Those pesky mosquitoes seem to find ways into even well screened windows. But if you spray a peppermint mixture upon yourself and your clothes you might be able to thwart them off, they don't seem to like peppermint.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
23 Jan 16
This is one idea that I have not heard before. I will happily try most things if they have a change of deterring mosquitoes.
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@rebelann (38950)
• El Paso, Texas
23 Jan 16
It works for me but we also don't have that many of them @Asylum I did notice that the ants don't like peppermint.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
23 Jan 16
@rebelann I may consider applying some to my skin, but I would certainly not ruin rum by adding such a hideous thing to it.
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@boiboing (12204)
• Northampton, England
19 Jan 16
When things seem too good to be true, there's often a good reason.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
19 Jan 16
This certainly constitutes a good reason.
@boiboing (12204)
• Northampton, England
19 Jan 16
@Asylum Isn't this the other half of Hispaniola? Having Haiti as a neighbour would be enough to put me off any country.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
19 Jan 16
@boiboing Yes it is, but why should Haiti be a deterrent. Surely you are not concerned about Voodoo.
@BelleStarr (37119)
• Portland, Connecticut
22 Jan 16
How about Puerto Rico? It is quite an interesting island.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
22 Jan 16
Now that sounds an interesting idea.
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• United States
22 Jan 16
I've been to Puerto Rico and it's beautiful. Bermuda too
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@BelleStarr (37119)
• Portland, Connecticut
23 Jan 16
@Marilynda1225 I love Bermuda it is gorgeous and say in April would be much less expensive becasue the water is still too cold to swim.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
31 Jan 16
Have to say it isn't a place that appeals, read some terrible things about exposed buffet style food in the heat and crime. As for mossies there is that new disease which is prevalent in the south Americas and the Carb islands, it would ruin your hols if you got bit on the first day. You really should give the Greek mainland a go for an idyllic destination.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
31 Jan 16
I hate mosquitoes at the best of times, but if they are spreading Dengue Fever then I will certainly keep well away.
@kaka135 (13989)
• Malaysia
25 Jan 16
Yes, I don't think it's easy to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, unless we hide ourselves inside the hotel room for all day long or perhaps apply the mosquito repellent solution all over our body, but that cannot be sure mosquitoes won't come to us as well. Hope you will get to find another good holiday destination soon. It seems like it's not easy to book a vacation.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
25 Jan 16
At least there was no danger of mosquitoes when I visited Central Siberia many years ago.
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• Midland, Michigan
22 Jan 16
Do you go on holiday to mostly try to see a bit of the 'world'? You pick interesting places to visit. Does Turkey have tourist attractions, I've never heard of anyone going there for vacation.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
22 Jan 16
It has been very popular at times and I visited Turkey several times last year.
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@scheng1 (24811)
• Singapore
20 Jan 16
You might as well take cruise! I think after the Paris incident, cruise liners are having deep discount for Europe trip. You can travel multiple countries in one single cruise, and you do not have to worry about extra cost if you do not plan to play in the casino or take shore excursion. I am sure you can roam around the port.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
20 Jan 16
A cruise is one thing that I have never considered.
@shshiju (10318)
• Cochin, India
20 Jan 16
Dengue fever is one of the dangerous one. Patient health may go serious within days if dengue captures. And it is not practical that to escape from dengue mosquitoes when they are attacking.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
20 Jan 16
It is virtually impossible to avoid mosquitoes, which is the real problem.
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@allknowing (61845)
• India
20 Jan 16
Good you found out about it before your plans got finalised.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
20 Jan 16
It would have been much worse had I travelled there and found out the hard way.
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• Eugene, Oregon
20 Jan 16
My wife lived in Turkey for nine years as a teacher on US air force bases and would love to see it again. There seems to be some unrest there these days. I hope you write about the trip.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
20 Jan 16
There is unrest in all countries these days, so I will not let that deter me.
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@Susan2015 (20186)
• United States
20 Jan 16
Be careful over there. Too much stuff going on.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
20 Jan 16
I will not be going there under those circumstances, so now I am back to holiday hunting.
@JudyEv (119003)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jan 16
One of our couch-surfers had recovered from dengue fever but was very worried about getting it a second time as apparently each time it gets much worse.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
20 Jan 16
Apparently mild cases will clear in a few weeks, but a serious infection is both fatal and untreatable.
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@Platespinner (16530)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
19 Jan 16
My daughter spent a week there with our church youth group in the summer of 2014. It was quite an eye-opener for her.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
19 Jan 16
Judging by the reports that I have heard, that is not very surprising.
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@marlina (71303)
• Canada
19 Jan 16
Dominican Republic: would not go there/
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
19 Jan 16
As it now turns out I will definitely not be going there.
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