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5 Important Tips for Spring Break

Making spring break plans? Consider this advice.

Student Contributor, Alondra Arevalo

March 20, 2023

5 Important Tips for Spring Break
Spring Break is right around the corner, so make sure to keep these things in mind when planning your break!
Congratulations! We are so close to spring break. Spring break is full of fun plans, however you spend it. Whether you are going on a vacation, going back home, or just hanging in your dorm sleeping, it’s a time of rest and relaxation. However, there are ways to make sure that whatever you do, you are being safe and responsible. With that being said, make sure you keep these things in mind when making spring break plans!

5 Important Tips for Spring Break

Plan/Arrive Early

When planning your trip, make sure you start early. Flights/transportation usually becomes more expensive the closer you get to the date when booking the trip, so make sure you are starting early! Also, accommodations spike the closer you are to the date as well, so starting early will really help you save money.
No matter where you are going, make sure you leave early, especially if you are flying. Airports are always a tricky situation, so make sure you are there early to avoid any missed flights or mishaps along the way. Leaving early ensures that you will arrive on time, and if there is any change in plans, it gets fixed sooner rather than later.

Check the Safety of Your Location

Checking how safe your destination is should be the first thing you do when planning. This could mean physically safe, such as crime rates, burglary, etc., or even “delay” safely, such as any sudden weather changes that could cause a delay in your trip or potentially cancel it completely.
Making sure you understand the risks of your trip is vital to ensure that you have the best trip possible, while also allowing you to avoid any hazards along the way.

Share Your Location With Trusted People

Making sure people know where you are at all times is also a very important way to avoid any danger while you are out and about. Share either your itinerary or overall location with a trusted individual in case of any emergency. Also, don’t forget to share accommodation information too, the most important thing!

Travel Light

Wherever you go, make sure you travel light. Traveling with too much luggage not only makes you a target for burglary, but it is also a hassle to carry around to your destination. Make sure you don’t leave your bags with anyone except staff, such as a hotel concierge or a flight attendant. Other than that, make sure your bags don’t leave your sight. Also, don’t travel with any valuables if possible. Many bags get lost or stolen while traveling every day, so don’t bring anything with you that you don’t want to lose. If possible, consider only traveling with a carry-on. That way, you won’t have to worry about baggage claim and you can just walk out to where you need to be. There are many ways to pack a lot of things in a carry on, such as using packing cubes or certain packing methods. This not only makes it easier to carry around everywhere, but is safer for you so you can just enjoy your trip.

When in Doubt, Ask Questions

Finally, probably the most important tip on the list, ask questions! This can make your trip not only smoother, but can potentially help you not get lost and in the wrong place. When you are in the airport, ask questions to avoid getting lost in the terminals and to make sure you have all the right materials for your destination. If you take an Uber or a Shuttle to your accommodation, ask the driver questions about the area, like things to do or where to avoid. Most of the time, these drivers are extremely helpful as they are locals, so they know what they are talking about. Also, you might get to find out about somewhere super cool that you may not have known about otherwise! Your hotel concierge is also a great place to go to when you are looking for help in regards to where to visit, or even just dinner reservations. Sometimes, they even hand out coupons for excursions, and this could also be safer, as they will be able to know where you are in case of any emergency of some sort. I hope this allows you to keep in mind some factors that you may have overlooked when booking your trip. After all, you want it to go as smoothly as possible. I hope you enjoy your spring break, and that you safely arrive and return from wherever the world takes you. Have fun!

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