If you are a teen getting ready for spring break travel, you might think of college break, famous spring break girls encounters, and perhaps somewhere in the back of your mind briefly contemplate spring break safety. Read on and learn about the top 10 safety tips for teens traveling on spring break. Learn what every teen tourist should be aware of and protect themselves against.
Spring Break Safety Begins With Knowing the Waters
Do you remember the 02-25-08 shark attack in the waters off the Fort Lauderdale coast? A tourist was attacked and killed by a shark, while on a shark expedition. Spring break safety begins with knowing what’s in the waters, and the Florida Museum of Natural History’s shark attack file is the perfect starting place for your research.
Keep Watching the Skies
Knowing what is under the water’s deceptive calm is great, but knowing how to read the weather is crucial, too. Keep watching the skies, or have Accu Weather download local weather news to your cell phone. This allows you to stay safe during spring when tornados and thunderstorms are plentiful.
Don’t Mar Your Spring Break by Having To Call Mom for Money
Spring break is a time for fun, parties, sightseeing, and shopping. Do not spend more money than you have, and place your passport, return flight ticket, cash, and other valuables in the hotel safe. Divvy up your money so that you have a set amount each day, with the rest being safely stored in the hotel. This makes you an unattractive target for spring break pickpockets, and it won’t have you calling mom to wire you money for a another plane ticket because the first one got stolen.
Bunk With a Buddy When on Spring Break Travel
Spring break safety is found in numbers. If you share a room with a buddy, your spring break travel is not only cheaper, but there is somebody who will notice if you never came in the night before. If needed, this person can sound the alarms and have people looking for you well before your parents or anyone else might notice that you are in trouble.
Tread Lightly With Spring Break Girls
Never mind the risk of STDs (sexually transmitted disease) and the potential for getting a family court summons demanding your submission to a paternity test right around Christmas; when contemplating spring break safety, it goes without saying that spring break girls are not always out to have a good time, but might actually be part of a gang that lures unsuspecting teens into dark alleys where the girls’ “friends” are waiting. If you are lucky, they’ll just take your wallet.
College Break and Date Rape Drugs
If you are in search of a hot boy toy, remember that girls frequently fall victim to men using the date rape drug in their drinks. Always head out on dates with a girlfriend for a double date, and have her watch your drink when you step away from the table. Return the favor when she gets up to dance. If this spring break safety tip fails and you start to feel even slightly lightheaded, immediately alert your friend or a security person of your suspicion. Do not go with your boy toy if he offers to take you back to the hotel.
Spring Break Safety Requires You to Remember That “Thou Art Mortal”
Teens are notorious for believing that they are immortal and will try anything at least once. Remembering that you have physical limitations is crucial for not letting poor judgment lead to broken bones or worse. This is especially true if you suffer from any kind of illness or condition that might limit you in some ways. Do not throw caution to the winds but instead exercise extreme care not to place yourself in physically dangerous situations you would not dare to undergo at home.
Spring Break Road Trip and the Emergency Kit
Associated Content’s own Paul L. was adamant in pointing out that if you are going to undertake a spring break road trip, putting together an emergency kit is crucial. Check out his article for the content of a perfect teen road trip kit.
Spring Break Safety Includes Your Health
If you are traveling to a locale where the drinking age is only 18 and poorly enforced, the odds of your cutting loose are astronomical. Remember to drink plenty of water the next day. Boozing, heat, direct sunshine, and also altitudes are a potentially deadly mix if you throw in dehydration.
College Break Is a Great Time for Language Study
Knowing rudimentary means of communication when you are in a foreign country is critical for spring break safety. Know the foreign equivalent of the 911 system, how to report your location, and how to make yourself basically understood. Check out the Travel Phrase site for a way to get started with basic terms and expressions in a variety of languages.
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