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Posted by Laurie Dupnock on March 8, 2019
We’ve made it to the halfway point in the semester: spring break! Traveling to warmer, sunnier places is one of the best ways to spend the break -- besides catching up on sleep. I talked with Timothy Faughnan, associate vice president for emergency services, who shared some tips to keep in mind while traveling over break so you can relax, recharge and soak up some sun on your trip safely.
Driving at night to reach Florida or other popular sunny destinations is common for spring breakers. However, according to the National Safety Council, traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day. If you absolutely must drive at night, have at least one other passenger stay awake to talk to the driver.
It’s common sense, but don’t forget to lock the door to your room and to secure any important belongings, like passports or wallets. Don’t take any chances with your valuables.
Be smart about sharing any of your personal information with people. While you may make new acquaintances on your trip, don’t tell anyone your hotel or room number. You never know who has dangerous or innocent intentions.
Be sure to know the name and address of your hotel. If you think you’ll forget, take one of the hotel’s business cards. You can give it to taxi drivers so they’ll know exactly where to take you. This is especially important if you don’t speak the local language!
No matter where you go, never leave with a stranger or someone you just met, especially if you’re at a party. Stick with your friends -- you’re traveling with them, after all. If for whatever reason you do leave without your friends, give them details about where you’re going and when to expect you back.
Take turns having one friend in your group per night drink minimally to look out for the rest of you. Also remember to keep your eyes -- and a hand -- on your drink, and only accept drinks that you’ve watched get made or poured in front of you.
If you need help, don’t hesitate to ask for it. In emergency situations, don’t rely on a bystander to call for help; call yourself so you can be confident first responders or the police get the message.
Although we crave sunshine after being cooped up in the cold all winter, spending too much time in the sun can put you at risk for dehydration, heat stroke and sunburns. Slather on that SPF and take a bottle of water with you to the beach!
If you are traveling outside of the country, be sure to look up the address or contact information for the American consulate or U.S. Embassy in the country where you’re headed. Be sure to tell friends and relatives in the U.S. of your travel itinerary and try to check in with them often. Also, take a copy of all credit cards and your passport with you in case they are stolen. Call your credit card and cash cards in advance to let them know you’ll be out of the country so they won’t put a stop on your account. Plus, the best exchange rates are with these cards, not in exchanging dollars for the local currency.
Laurie Dupnock is a student assistant in the Office of Media and Public Relations and a graduate student in the MA English and Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University. She loves writing, health and wellness, the outdoors and coffee.
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