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It’s every college student’s favorite time of the year: spring break. As you travel, explore, and relax during this time, keep these tips in mind.

 

Never Leave Your Hotel/Resort Alone

Traveling outside of your hometown can be a nerve wracking experience, especially if it is your first time. If you are traveling with a group of friends, make sure at least one person from your group is around you at all time, especially if you are leaving your resort or hotel. Many people are not too familiar with their travel destination and do not know the area well enough to roam alone. Always practice safety protocols.

Always Bring Cash If Traveling Internationally

Problems may arise if you attempt to use a debit or credit card in an international country. To avoid these issues, make sure to bring some cash with you on your trip. It is understandable to not want to bring a large amount of cash in fear of losing it, but it is a smart idea to have cash on you in case of an emergency. However, remember to only carry small amounts of money with you when you are heading out for the day or night.

Bring a Blanket to the Airport

If you are anything like me, you are very sensitive to the slightest drop in temperature. Throughout my years of air travel, I have come to find that airplanes are, ironically, like an icy hell for me. If your flight duration is on the longer side, suffering through this can be quite stressful. It is a good idea to bring a medium-sized, warm blanket on the plane in case you do catch a chill; it might even put you to sleep to make the flight go by more quickly.

Do Not Broadcast That You Are Away

This one may not seem very important to those of you who live with your parents or someone else. For those of you who live alone, it is better to be private about your location while you are away. Not only does it protect others where you are from knowing you are there, it protects anything you left behind at home that people may feel comfortable tampering with if they know you are gone for a long period of time.

Make a List

Being who I am, I like to make lists for almost everything as a way to stay organized. Lists come in handy big time when traveling; you can even make multiple lists. For example, you can make one list to serve your memory and write down everything you need to bring with you. Re-check this list at least twice to be certain you are not forgetting anything. Another list can be compiled of places you would like to see when you arrive or things you want to do. If travelling internationally, research some of the foods of the country you are going to and make a list of things you would be interested in trying. During something as busy as travel planning, lists are a lifesaver.

Drink Wisely and Safely

It is no secret that spring break is known internationally as a period of heavy drinking and partying. As fun as it is, remember that alcohol reduces people’s inhibitions and large amounts can make anyone an easy target for a predator. Again, remember never to travel alone especially under the influence of alcohol. Never leave your drink unattended and, if you do, order a new one. Do not accept drinks from strangers and try to control the amount of alcohol you are drinking and the pace at which you are drinking it. Also, remember to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.

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