I have to admit that I am extremely jealous of anyone who gets to go someplace sunny and warm for spring break – almost jealous enough to wish cloudy, rainy weather on anyone lucky enough to leave the Empire State. That being said, I still want all of you to be safe on your spring break journeys (I’m not a monster, after all).
Spring break is often a time for heavy drinking, one-night stands, and other decisions you’ll end up regretting the week after. But I’m not here to tell you not to do any of that stuff; you’re going to do whatever you want to do, regardless of my opinion on it. So, while you’re busy making bad decisions this week (don’t worry, we’ve all done it; it’s college), just try to keep in mind the following suggestions (courtesy of and adapted from SELF magazine) to make sure you all, you know, actually come back from spring break.
- Have a plan: I don’t know about you, but I absolutely need some sort of schedule for my daily life, and vacationing is no different. While getting in the car with a few friends and going wherever the road takes you sounds like fun, it can cause unneeded stress on you (and your parents). Do yourselves (and mom and dad) a favor and draft out a tentative schedule, complete with travel plans, phone numbers and addresses of places you’ll be staying, and other ways of communication. This may seem like a drag, but it’s the responsible thing to do.
- Use the buddy system: Never, ever, ever go anywhere alone while you’re on spring break – not even to the bathroom, but especially not to a bar. In addition to that, never leave your drink unattended and don’t event think about accepting a drink from a stranger that you didn’t watch the bartender pour, unless you want a nice dose of Rohypnol (the “date-rape drug”) in that mojito. One more thing: don’t pull a Natalee Holloway and leave the bar with anyone other than who you went with, and don’t let your buddy leave without you, either.
- Be smart with your cash: I’m not going to lie to you – carrying a fanny-pack around with you on the beach will make you look like a geriatric tourist. But honestly, I’d rather be the laughing stock of my spring-break group than have my money stolen right out from underneath my arm. Scared that a fanny-pack will totally clash with your new bikini? Opt for a cross-body bag that zips (it’s tougher for a thief to unzip a bag that wraps around your torso). And while we’re on the subject of protecting your money: always, always, always keep enough cash on you for a cab ride home – even if it means forgoing that third vodka tonic.
- Be a bitch: …to an extent, at least. Make sure you show some confidence when you’re in a strange place, since vulnerability can (and will) make you an easy target for attackers. Apply the bitch method to creepers you don’t want to talk to, as well. You wouldn’t talk to a sleazy, belligerent guy at Chuck’s – why make an exception for that drunken creep on your getaway?
— Amber Brenza