Spring Break is just around the corner, and many of our Deacs will be headed off campus – either home, or with friends to (most likely) warm and tropical destinations. But not everyone leaves for Spring Break, and the Office of Service and Social Action and the ZSR Library has created a Spring Break “Staycation” option for students who will be in town. For just $100, your student can be fed, have access to fun activities like movies, dinner downtown, service, even a WFU tunnels tour. The 2014 Wake Alternative Break Flyer has more information if your student is interested.
And my colleagues in the University Police have assembled some spring break safety tips for students who are visiting foreign countries over Spring Break (on cruises, package vacations, etc.). While some of these feel like common sense, consider passing them on to your Deacs anyway.
Whether your student stays on campus, goes to visit you at home (or goes to friends’ homes), or has a destination vacation, we hope he or she has a great and safe Spring Break!
- Check the U.S. State Department travel warnings website for countries on their list.
- Remember not all countries have safety requirements or inspections for things such as Zip Lines and Parasailing.
- Only use established taxis. Some countries allow anyone to act as a taxi with a sign. Ask how much to take you to your destination.
- Do not go to an unknown destination.
- Have enough money to get back to your hotel.
- Take only one credit card and your check card. Keep them on you at all times.
- Make copies of your credit cards and passport in case they are lost. Including the phone number to call and cancel the cards.
- Let a family member know your travel plans. Where you are staying and when you will return.
- Communication is important. Carry your cell phone. You can get it turned on in other countries by contacting your cell provider (check in advance if you need foreign country coverage; roaming charges for service can be VERY expensive). Carry a phone card if your cell cannot be turned on.
- Remember your medications. Do not try to go a week without your medications.
- Find out how you contact police, hospitals, and make collect calls once you arrive in another country.
- Do not accept food or drinks from strangers
- Arrive in a new country with a few dollars of the local currency. You do not want to stand out in a crowd trying to get change for a 20.00 bill for a soda. (The vendor may not know the rate of exchange)