Joined: 01 Sep 2008
|Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:27 am Post subject: Spring Break Safety
Well it's that time of the year again, Spring Break. Yea! Gosh, I can vaguely remember those days now.
Oh well, I digress and offer the below safety tips. Feel free to add to the list.
Going to Cancun for Spring Break? If so, then I can almost guarantee that nightclubs will be on your itinerary. If so, be careful not to over indulge in alcohol. Oh please, right? No seriously, you have to be careful. Unfortunately, many intoxicated foreigners abroad become victims of sexual assaults and robberies after a night on the town.
Also, a trip to the hospital after alcohol poisoning could break your bank. Why? Because you health insurance probably not cover you in a foreign country. So this means that the hospital will require the money upfront. This is why having travel insurance is important before you travel abroad.
Remember that drinking and driving donít mix, regardless of the country you are visiting. Taxis are cheap abroad so be sure to use them. However, be careful because public transportation in a foreign country may not be as safe as it is in your home country.
Be sure to keep a close eye on your drink while in bars. If not someone may be able to slip drugs like scopolamine into your drink, rendering you unconscious or unable to defend yourself.
After a long not of drinking some spring breakers tend to have run-ins with the police. Understand that getting arrested in a foreign country isnít fun (neither is getting arrested at home). However, foreign jails are hideous, disgusting, and dangerous. The rights you may have in your home country donít exist abroad. If you are arrested and placed in jail in places like Mexico, for example, you may just sit there longer than you both expect or want to. Also, try demanding a phone call from jail from a Mexican cop and see how far you get.
In the unfortunate event that you are arrested you should attempt to make contact with your home countryís embassy or consulate. Hereís a spring break safety tip: donít demand to contact your embassy. Instead, kill emí with kindness and ask or beg, if you have to, to have your government representative in the country contacted. So, I suggest searching the web right now for the embassy or consulate in the country you intend to visit this Spring Break, write the telephone number down, and be sure to keep it with you while abroad.
For the Spring Breakers reading this please have a good time but be safe.