Students offer advice for traveling safely
Madison Dennis Editor in chief
Although spring break is meant to give students a break from homework and classes, some students still found opportunities to learn life lessons. A common spring break lesson? How to travel safely.
Kelsey Kraemer, freshman in nursing, learned this lesson from experience.
Kraemer traveled to Cancun, Mexico, with two friends. However, she found that maintaining a good vacation took more work than expected.
“We did everything we could to make sure we stayed safe,” Kraemer said. “We took the bus, never taxis, and our No. 1 rule was to travel in a pack.”
This helped Kraemer and her friends avoid perilous situations, but mere safety doesn’t guarantee a good time, especially in a foreign country where customs differ.
“You should bring a watch,” Kraemer said. “Some places don’t think it’s necessary to know what time it is and you can miss out on things.”
Abby Jackson, a sophomore in psychology, also discovered the value of knowing the time. Jackson traveled to Jamaica with her family over break.
“Not all countries look at time the way the U.S. does, and my phone didn’t work down there,” Jackson said. “Half the time I had no idea what time it was, and one morning we were walking around and nothing was open, and we realized it was seven in the morning.”
Not only could the concept of time change from country to country, but the concept of food could, too.
“You should bring snacks, like chips or Cheetos,” Kraemer said.
“There was like no snack food in Jamaica, and what there was, was really expensive because the only people that buy it are tourists,” Jackson said.
According to Kraemer, Cheetos are $9 a bag in Cancun.
Another price shocker is sunscreen, Jackson said.
“A tiny tube of sunscreen is like ten American dollars,” Jackson said. “Most of the population doesn’t need it, so they raise the prices because of the tourist trade.”
These surprise prices can take a toll on your finances, Jackson said.
“I thought the money I had saved for the trip would last a lot longer than it did,” Jackson said. “I just wasn’t prepared for the prices of things, and I didn’t know that I would want to do so much stuff.”
Kraemer advises students to take financial precautions before traveling.
“You should save up more money than you think you need,” Kraemer said.
Preparation is important, but Jackson says the most important thing to know during spring break is your limits.
“There’s a lot of really fun people out there, but you have to make sure there are boundaries,” Jackson said. “It’s really easy to tell someone you meet where you are staying and who you are with.”
“We got to meet people from all over the world,” said Kraemer.
Jackson said that even if people seem harmless, it is always best to err on the side of caution.
“We were staying at a nice hotel, but there was basically no security,” Jackson said. “It was open to the beach. Anyone could have walked right up to our room at any time of day.”
Although safety came first on her trip, Jackson said that the trip was still fun.
“I had a blast,” said Jackson. “Part of the reason I was so carefree is because I wasn’t worried bout being in danger.”