Surviving Spring Break
Where To Go
Make Travel Affordable
Risks & Recommendtions
Before You Go
An estimated 1.5 million college students travel annually both nationally and internationally for spring break.
7 out of the top 10 hot spots for spring break are international locales including Mexico, Dominican Republic and Jamaica. View all 10 locations here.
If you are staying at a hotel check the front desk of your hotel for brochures and flyers from local businesses to find coupons and special offers.
Be willing to consider being bumped to save money on your flight.
Adjust your privacy settings and use your best judgment when checking in on Facebook and Foursquare. Be cautious about revealing personal information and your location through status updates or tweets with Twitter trends such as #SpringBreak and #SB2013.
Jellyfish stings: if you get a jellyfish sting, don't rub it. That'll only make it worse. Wash the wound with rubbing alcohol. Put some meat tenderizer on it, or go to a walk-in clinic.
Watch out for rip currents. They're narrow sections of current too strong to swim against and will take you quickly offshore. Swim parallel to shore until you are out of the rip current, then swim toward the beach.
Don’t get burned. Look for the words “broad spectrum” and “water-resistant” or “waterproof” on the sunscreen you buy. Apply liberally 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors. Reapply every two hours.
Keep your cool. To avoid sunstroke, wear loose, light-colored clothes. Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid alcohol. Go easy on the exercise/physical activity.
Watch your drinks and personal belongings. In some areas, tourists are targeted because they’re unfamiliar with the area.
Travel in groups. Don't let your friends wander off with strangers. Just because it's spring break doesn't mean the predators take the week off.
Never go anywhere alone. Have a code word to use with friends in case you feel uncomfortable in a situation. Check in regularly with one another.
Avoid theft. Leave expensive electronics and jewelry at home. Keep an eye on your purse/backpack/beach bag at all times. Book a room in a hotel that has a safe. Place valueables in the safe when you leave your room.
Keep any medications in their original containers to prevent difficulty in Customs.
Get a copy of all of your prescriptions from your physicians in case you lose your medications or customs questions the bottles’ contents.
Check the State Department for travel warnings before selecting your destination. Some popular spring break destinations may be considered high risk for travel.
Check the local weather forecast before you go so you can pack appropriately.
Find out what natural disasters are likely in that area. Know how to respond.
Keep a copy of your passport separate from your passport in the event of it being lost or stolen.
Fill out the emergency contact information in your passport.
Before leaving the country, enroll in the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). The government will be better able to assist you if you lose your passport.
Locate the nearest U.S. Consular office in your destination country, which assists Americans with legal, medical or financial difficulties when they’re outside the United States.
Where To Go
Make Travel Affordable
Risks & Recommendations
Health & Wellness
Before You Go
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Bright neon swimsuits dot store landscapes like sugarplums. All signs point to the coming of that sunny slice of respite called Spring Break! The masses will soon converge on beaches across the world and you may want to be there too. But the question is, can you survive? This helpful infographic from HCCMIS offers tips for surviving spring break. Before you can survive it, you have to plan it. Use these tools to plot your strategy.
Stay HealthyWhile rest and relaxation should certainly be the focus of your getaway, there are other considerations before you choose a destination. For example, when you’re thinking about paradise, injury and illness may not be a natural consideration. As you prepare for your trip it’s a good idea to think about the hazards that may be lurking behind that beach façade. Visit government tourism sites to look at region-specific health information before you take off. Health risks and other health and wellness stats may help you make a decision. This is especially helpful if you’re traveling internationally for spring break and may prompt you to consider temporary health insurance for added travel security.
Stay Busy (or Don’t)Another consideration is what to do. Are you going with a group that enjoys water sports? Maybe your spring break entourage is more about sleeping and reading on the beach. Perhaps you want a destination that offers great pubs and other local hot spots to mingle with the locals. Travel blogs are a great place to look as you think about what each destination has to offer the unique tastes of your crew.
Stay SafeThe Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) makes it easy to keep your spring break travels safe. A free service provided by the U.S. government, STEP offers safety updates for international travels. You simply enter the information of your trip and then receive updates on travel warnings and other travel alerts. For domestic spring break safety, check out state websites for any travel or weather alerts that may affect your trip.
Stay on BudgetFinally, make sure you have a well-planned travel budget prepared before you leave. Then, stick to it! You might have lots of options for fun, but choose wisely so that you can have fun AND stay on budget.
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