Spring break is almost upon us, meaning a dramatic increase in travelers across the globe. While the majority of travelers have safe and enjoyable trips, taking a trip over spring break can sometimes have unforeseen problems. Some of these problems may include:
- Medical emergencies, such as an accident or unexpected illness
- Drowning from strong undercurrents or riptides
- Excessive or unregulated use of alcohol or drugs
- Sexual assault
- Arrests for drunk or disorderly behavior
- ATM skimming
- Petty theft/pickpocketing
- When swimming, always avoid strong currents and do not swim after drinking or when warning flags signal unsafe conditions.
- Always drink responsibly and watch your drink at all times. If you begin to feel sick, seek medical attention immediately. Know the people you are drinking with and always stay in a group of people you trust who have your safety in mind, especially in clubs and bars, when you are out walking in dimly-lit areas, or when taking taxis or public transportation at night.
- Obey local laws and customs, and remember that they could be different from U.S. laws and customs.
- Stay alert and be aware of your safety and protect your personal possessions, especially when in bars or clubs or using public transportation.
- Know the safest mode of transportation to take in the city you are traveling to. Public transportation may not be safe, as well as certain taxi services.
- Keep your friends and family back home informed of your travel plans, especially if you are traveling alone.
- Know what to do in an emergency – always have a plan.
- Carry phone numbers and cash.
Remember that you can contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you need assistance.