Don’t be a travel n00b.
Here are a few quick things every spring breaker can do to ease the headache that traveling can cause.
- If you are traveling to a U.S. destination, hang up your car keys the minute you arrive. Take Uber or Lyft the entire week. Not only are you ensuring that no one will drink and drive, but you won’t have to worry about safe rides, and you also won’t risk losing your car keys.
- Take a moment and write down a list of phone numbers – your parents, your friends, your hotel, a local cab company – and put it in your wallet. Someone in your group will break their phone at some point in the week. That someone could be you. Trust me, you’ll be glad to have these numbers should you find yourself stuck somewhere with a broken phone. Also, God forbid something should happen to you, but this list will be very helpful to someone who is in a position to help you (such as the paramedics).
- If you are traveling out of the country, take a minute and visit the following website: step.state.gov. This is a free program offered by the U.S. Department of State that allows you to register your trip with the closest U.S. embassy. This lets the U.S. embassy know of your arrival, and in the event of an emergency they will be able to assist you. This will also come in handy if your passport gets lost or stolen on your trip.
This isn’t Christmas at Macy’s
Spring break is an extremely profitable time in the illicit drug world. My first and only piece of advice is DO NOT DO DRUGS! I literally cannot type that any louder. For those who won’t listen to my first piece of advice, I can promise you two things:
- Whatever it is you think you are buying is not what you are getting.
- This spring break someone will die as a result of taking bunk drugs.
As I mentioned before, spring break is an extremely profitable time for drug dealers and they know it. Except this isn’t Christmas at Macy’s. They don’t stock up on seasonal items just because the demand increases. They will sell you whatever they have on hand and tell you that it is what you want, because they know that one of two things is true:
- You won’t know the difference.
- If you do know the difference, you won’t do anything about it.
Your friends matter most.
The friendships you make on spring break are not nearly as valuable as the friends you go with on spring break. Spend less time worrying about meeting new people and focus on having a good time with your friends. Look out for each other. The last thing you want is for something to happen to someone in your group that ends your trip early. The opportunity to travel with a large group of your friends is rare, so take advantage of it and have fun.
Credit // Jake Byczkowski
Jake Byczkowski believes that a conversation about alcohol doesn’t have to be a one-way discussion or a condescending lecture of what not to do. Instead, Jake uses real talk and believes in arming students with practical advice to keep them safe and equipped to make smarter decisions. Learn more about Jake and his keynotes at campuspeak.com/jake