When should I plan my spring break getaway?
Updated: Mar 5, 2020
Spring Break is here! We recommend starting the process as soon as you know you want to go. If you are reading this, you want to go on Spring Break, so start NOW!
1- Don't procrastinate, plan your Spring Break Vacation today. Take charge, do some research and let CETAC Vacations book something for you.
2 – The earlier you reserve your vacation, the better you can budget. We offer a monthly payment plan. Would you rather pay a little bit per month or drop all your cash right before you go, leaving you with no spending money.
3- Spring Break is a popular time. The earlier you book, the better rates you get. Confirm your Spring Break Dates and start packing.
4 – We recommend booking your resort 8-10 months in advance to get the place you want. The prices will fluctuate. When your request reaches your desired price, we will book your trip. In summary, the answer to your question is NOW!
Before you head out for your vacation with friends, arm yourself with these helpful tips for ensuring a safe and successful break.
1. Embrace the buddy system.
Set up a buddy system of sorts with your friends but this will help make sure you’re all accounted for at all times. Stick with at least one other person throughout your trip, whether you’re at a pool party, swimming in the ocean, or out at bars. Tempting as it may be to go off with a new friend or fling, it’s not worth it to risk your safety. “Come with your friends. Leave with your friends.. We need to look out for each other and being an active bystander is the best way we can work together to end violence of all kinds.”
2. Protect your assets.
Make copies of your credit cards, ID, and passport (if traveling abroad), and keep one of each in the hotel safe at all times. Leave the flashy jewelry at home: Not only can it be tough to keep track of those things when traveling but it can draw unnecessary attention to yourself. Spring break destinations can be a pick-pocketer's paradise so be extra vigilant of your belongings. When you’re out and about, keep your money, camera, and ID as concealed as possible — make sure you have a purse that zips shut, and keep it on you at all times. If you want to be extra safe, consider something like this bra pouch for discreetly and securely carrying your hotel key, ID, and money, or a small lock for your backpack zipper.
3. Do your research.
Prior to your trip, read up on where you’re going and any destination-specific tips. Pre-arrange transportation from the airport, or research the safest and most reliable options for when you get there. At the airport, always use approved taxi services. Ignore people who approach you offering rides. Is public transportation safe? Are taxis reliable? Are there any neighborhoods you should avoid? Check for travel alerts and warnings from the government, and read up on common travel scams. The more information you have, the less likely you’ll be to end up in an unsafe situation. When in doubt, ask your travel agent about your travel destination.
4. Stay alert.
When you’re in an unfamiliar location, or out partying with hundreds of other spring breakers, it’s crucial to be alert and aware of yourself, your friends, and your surroundings. Stick to well-lit, well-populated areas, whether you’re sunning, partying, or getting from point A to point B. When you’re in a cab, we recommend following along with the navigation on your phone to make sure you’re going the right way and to the right place. And if you use Uber or Lyft, double check that the license plate of the car you’re getting into matches the one on your app, and the driver matches the photo. When you’re out, keep an eye on your friends, especially for signs that someone has had too much to drink, or that they might be getting too close for comfort with strangers. During the day and at night, keep an eye on your belongings and on the people around you — if anyone or anything makes you feel uncomfortable, relocate.
5. Keep your hotel room to yourself.
When checking in or out and about, avoid saying your hotel name or room number out loud. No one outside of your group of friends needs to know your exact location. If you and your friends want to hang out with other people, do so in a well-populated place like the pool. And if those other people aren’t already guests of your hotel, don’t bring them onto the property. Stick to public places like restaurants for your get-togethers.
6. Drink smartly.
Always keep an eye on your drink, whether it’s alcoholic or not. Don’t put it down and turn away, don’t leave it on your table when you go to the bathroom, and don’t accept drinks from strangers. if it didn’t come directly from the clerk or a definitively sealed bottle or can, don’t drink it. Stick to the Buddy System. ,Keep in mind that you can have fun without binge drinking, too. Know your limits when it comes to alcohol, and don’t feel like you need to “keep up” with anyone, or give in to the pressure of spring break boozing. Also consider delegating one member of the group to be sober each night so that there’s always someone with their wits about them to make sure everyone gets home safely.
7. Plan ahead.
Before you go out for the day or night, have a plan for where you’re going, how long you’ll be out, and how you’ll get back to the hotel. Make sure you and your friends are all on the same page, and agree on check-in times and meeting places in the event you get separated. We recommend creating hand gestures or code words that you and your friends can use if you’re uncomfortable or need help. Ask your hotel concierge for a business card with the address and phone number especially in a foreign country; if there’s a language barrier, show your taxi driver the card and he or she should be able to get you back.
8. Stay healthy.
When you’re on a fun trip with friends, it can be easy to forget about simple safety precautions like sun care and hydration, but a nasty sunburn or sickness could ruin your whole trip. When you’re outside, whether sunning on a beach or exploring a city, wear 100% UV protection sunglasses, make sure to wear sunscreen with SPF 15, and reapply often, especially if you’re sweating or going in and out of the water. Take occasional breaks from the sun, especially in the middle of the day when it’s the most intense. Hydration is also key: Keep a water bottle on you at all times, and drink it constantly throughout the day and night. If at any point you feel faint or light-headed, seek shade and air conditioning, and again, drink more water.
9. Keep your guard up.
It’s important to keep your wits about you and not put your trust in strangers. If you’re talking to someone who makes you at all uncomfortable, use any excuse you can to get away — even if it’s a lie. It’s better to lie and make up a reason to leave than to stay and be uncomfortable, scared, or worse. Know that you have every right to say no and get away from anyone who pressures you or makes you uncomfortable. Just because you’re flirting or dancing with someone does not give them the right to take it any further. Consent is giving permission for something to happen and that permission must be given freely and is never coerced, and must be given verbally. If it’s not a definite yes, it’s a definite no. And if you do choose to engage in any sexual activity, make sure it’s protected — and don’t depend on your partner to provide anything; if you plan to have sex on your trip, bring the necessary protection.
10. Stay connected.
Keep your phone fully charged at all times, and carry a back-up charger in your bag just in case. Download an app like Witness that lets you discretely notify your emergency contacts if you find yourself in trouble. Provide someone at home with your hotel information and ways to reach you if your phone dies or you have bad service. If you’re traveling to a foreign country, we suggest buying a pay-as-you-go phone, or contacting your cell provider to activate international coverage for the time you’re away. Remember that in foreign countries 9-1-1 won’t be available, so do some research on if there’s a similar service where you’re going and, if not, what steps you should take in an emergency. If you like these helpful tips, sign up for our news letter to get more stories like this delivered to your inbox.