Spring Break! Many college students will be going away to tropical islands and even different countries for spring break. This is a good time to make sure that friends and family plan accordingly and insure that they have a good time.
1. Visiting ATMs – If you need to withdraw cash from an ATM, make sure you travel with friends. Friends can scan the area to make sure nothing “fishy” is going on. Also make sure to cover the key pad when you are entering your pin number.
2. Cash handling – Carry a small amount of cash on you and keep the rest in your hotel room safe. This way if your cash is lost or stolen while out and about, you will still have some left to enjoy the rest of your trip.
3. Contact your credit card company – It is a good idea to notify your credit card company when you’ll be traveling. If you don’t, they may put a hold on your account, preventing further card use. Also talk to them about what your credit limit is. Depending on the country, you can be arrested for accidentally going above your credit card limit.
4. Enroll in the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) – By enrolling in this program, U.S. embassies and consulates will be able to assist you if you are a victim of a crime, accident, or illness; need assistance with getting a new passport; or are involved in a natural disaster.
5. Keep your family or friends in the loop – It is a good idea to leave copies of your itinerary and passport with family or friends so they can help you in an emergency situation. Keep your passport and other documents locked in your hotel safe.
For more detailed information on the country you plan on visiting on spring break or any other time during the year, visit http://www.travel.state.gov/