Cadillac Travel's safety checklist also includes these items:
- In addition to making sure you never go off alone, don't let your friends wander off. If you feel someone is heading into an unsafe situation, contact a chaperone.
- If you go to a club, do NOT leave your drink unattended, as someone could try to spike it with drugs. This warning includes water, soft drinks, or alcoholic beverages.
- Never buy or sell drugs.
- Educate yourself about local customs if you travel out of the country. Be sure to follow local laws and social norms to avoid trouble.
- Put all your valuables in the room safe. (extra cash, phones, tablets, credit cards)
- Remember photos you post online can live on the internet forever. If you wouldn't want your parents, teachers, or prospective employers to see the photo, keep it to yourself.
The Better Business Bureau also warns spring breakers about two scams that can pop up once you're at the hotel. The first is a pizza delivery scam. Duquesnel says she's heard about scam artists sticking fliers under hotel doors promising cheap pizza, and saying 'We even take credit cards".
Hungry teenagers may be thrilled that they can used their credit/debit cards to pay, but the pizza place may not exist. It's simple an attempt to grab the customers' personal information. So, beware of pizza fliers shoved under the door. You can cross-reference the fliers against the phone book, or call the front desk for confirmation the place actually exists. Remember, if the pizza offer seems too good to be true, it probably is!
Also, Duquesnel warns spring breakers (and anyone who travels) to beware of calls allegedly coming from the front desk, that claim there's a problem with your credit card, and they want to verify your information. Scammers often place those calls to the room in another attempt to gain personal information.
If you receive that type of call, tell the person on the line, you will come down to the front desk at your convenience to sort through any issues. Don't be fooled by a phone call, no matter how official it might sound, or how they might try to pressure you. "It actually happened to be in Boston two years ago." said Melanie Duquesnel, CEO of the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Michigan. "I got that kind of call and I said, 'No, I'm not giving you that kind of information over the phone'".
No doubt, this is a lot of information to think about, but if you stick with some simple safety steps, teenagers can have a good time on spring break, and parents will sleep better at night!