Happy Spring Break!

spring-break

We have finally made it to the moment we have all been waiting for. For one week, gone are the stresses of exams, projects, homework, and dreaded 8ams. We have made it halfway through the semester to…SPRING BREAK!  

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While we know that you are all excited for whatever extravagant vacation plans you have, it is important to remember a few safety tips. From cruising in the Caribbean, to surfing along the Pacific Coast, or even wandering through Europe, these few tips will be a great way to have a wonderful and safe SB2016.

  1. If you are traveling abroad, it is important to be aware of any travel alerts and warning. It is strongly recommended that anyone traveling outside of the country enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This will allow the embassy to send you information regarding the country you are visiting in the event of an emergency and provide various security announcements as well.  You can enroll here. 
  2. Make copies of your passport and do not to keep all your identification and money in one place. This includes I.D., passport, and all forms of money. In the event that it is lost or stolen, you want to be sure that you have a back up. Make sure you carry a copy of your passport with you when are out and not the original.
  3. Try not to go out alone. This is especially important at night. Get one of your travel  buddies and have them accompany you wherever you go.
  4. Be aware of the laws and regulations of the city or country you are in. As Dr. Olsen would say, “Come back rested, not arrested.” 
  5. As always, be aware of your surroundings and observant of people. Recognize when someone is hovering too much or probing for information.

Finally, the most important thing is to HAVE FUN. This is an exciting time in the semester. It is a time for us to take a deep breath and relax. Make sure to check out this  FBI brochure for more safety tips. Have a great spring break.

-Madeline, Sydney S., Sydney W., Tiersa

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/go/checklist.html

https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/counterintelligence/student-travel-brochure-pdf

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