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Spring break, if planned properly, can be one of the greatest experiences of college. There are certain precautions that all spring break travelers should take for their safety and to ensure they have the time of their lives.
Spring break is a great opportunity to see other parts of the world. The travel options here are limitless. For the typical college student who loves to party, there are preferred spring break travel destinations that are popular every year, including Mexico, Florida and more - basically wherever it’s nice, hot and sunny.
Young travelers in places far away from home must be very observant of those around them. Always travel in groups of at least 3 people, if not more. This is true for girls, but even guys must take precautions as well, especially if you're on break at places like Mexico. There are many spring break horror stories out there of assault, murder, rape and mugging. Be safe and don't be a victim.
Spring break partygoers can become very susceptible, as they are usually under the influence of alcohol. They can be easily coerced into doing something they normally wouldn't do and can be easily taken advantage of.
Another thing to watch out for is spring break travel agency scams. Here a spring break destination may appear to look nice in the brochure, but once the trip is booked and you and your friends are there, it turns out to be a dump located far away from the real spring break action and in a bad part of town.
So rather than going with a budget travel agency, go for a more trusted reputable travel company (STA Travel) for your spring break travel plans. Better yet, ask your friends who have been there for spring break. Someone who has previously traveled there can always provide you with good spring break tips and advice.
Not having to worry about spring break problems such as these will greatly make your spring break more enjoyable. You can focus on seeing new places, relaxing from typical school work, working on that tan and having a blast with your college buddies.
Of course, not everyone can afford to go to some exotic place for spring break. That was the case for many students over winter break who were unable to do anything over break because of lack of funds. Our survey of over 1000 college students showed that over half were unable to do anything because they had no money. If anything, if you don't have any plans over your break, going home is always nice to get some of that good home cooking again. The main idea here is to step away from your school work and take a break so you are not burning yourself out.
For those who do choose to travel, follow these basic guidelines for spring break travel:
- Wear sunscreen. See all the sun burnt bodies on all that spring break footage? Don't let it happen to you.
- Drink plenty of water. Many people not used to the hot climates get heat exhaustion.
- If you go to Mexico, don't drink the water.
- Know your limit when drinking. You don't want to wake up with your face buried in the sand.
- Bring/wear condoms.
- Always look out for others in your group.
- Bring a camera to record the fun (and the parts you don't remember).
- Always keep an eye on your drink.
Have your trip planned out well in advance. Being a prepared and organized traveler will ensure you and your friends have an overall great time during spring break.