Detroit — Spring break is a time to let loose and have fun, but it's important to stay safe and make responsible choices during this time.
Whether you're traveling to a new city or just enjoying some time off with friends, here are some tips to help you stay safe during spring break.
Research your destination: Before you travel to a new city, do your research to learn about any potential safety concerns or areas to avoid. Make sure to also research the local laws and customs to avoid any cultural misunderstandings. It is best suggested to look up travel bloggers, read local news sources and travel journals.
Use trusted transportation: When traveling, make sure to use trusted transportation options such as licensed taxis or ride-sharing services. Certain resorts even have their own transportation services as well. Some ride-sharing apps have a feature like Lyft, where you can share your ride with someone else, and will be notified when you are picked up and dropped off. Avoid walking alone at night or in unfamiliar areas.
Drink responsibly: Alcohol consumption is often a part of spring break festivities, but it's important to drink responsibly. Pace yourself, alternate alcoholic beverages with water, and never leave your drink unattended. If you need extra assistance, consider utilizing responsible drinking apps that are made to help monitor your drinking and be safe. Also, NEVER leave your cup unattended or accept drinks from strangers or not seeing it poured.
Look out for your friends: Make sure to look out for your friends and travel in groups whenever possible. Keep an eye on each other and communicate regularly to ensure everyone is safe. When traveling in a group, have a group chat, and make sure someone has your location on your phone.
Practice safe sex: If you choose to engage in sexual activity during spring break, make sure to practice safe sex by using condoms or other forms of protection.
Protect your belongings: Keep your belongings secure at all times by using a safe in your hotel room, having a protective lock travel case or carrying a bag that can be worn across your body.
Stay aware of your surroundings: Be aware of your surroundings at all times and trust your instincts if something feels off. If you feel unsafe, don't hesitate to leave the area or seek help.