Families and college students all across the United States are getting ready to head to their spring break destinations. Here in the Houston area “spring break” for many schools is next week. But before you grab that suitcase and hit the road there are a few safety tips to keep in mind.
Living in Houston, Mexico is a popular (and easy) travel destination. However, the Texas Department of Public Safety isn’t cutting Mexico any “breaks” when it comes to spring break travel plans and warns travelers to stay out of Mexico.
“There is an increase in Mexican drug cartel related violence in the northern Mexican border cities. Parents should not allow their children to visit these Mexican cities because their safety cannot be guaranteed,” said DPS director Steven C. McCraw.
In an interview with KEN news he adds,
“The warning details the dangers with seven bullet points including, “some bars and nightclubs, especially in resort cities such as Cancun, Acapulco, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, and Tijuana can be havens for drug dealers and petty criminals.”
However, many travelers are ignoring the warnings and intend to enjoy the sand and surf of many popular Mexico tourist destinations.
No matter where you go for your spring break or for your colleged aged child there are a few safety tips you should keep in mind:
- Remember to wear your seat belts. Across the United States police officers will be looking for those not following this law.
- Don’t drink and drive – no matter what state or country you are in. Call a cab or have a designated driver or make sure to do your drinking safely at your resort and always with others.
- Don’t leave your drink unattended. Carry it with you or dump it out to avoid it being drugged and you along with it.
- Keep your friends and family close by while traveling.
- Lock doors and make sure that rooms are properly secured.
- Never go somewhere with strangers.
- Take your ID with you, and make copies of ID, passport and credit cards just in case you need them if they are lost or stolen.
- Avoid bling. It’s like putting a sign up that says “please rob me.”
- Include check points and check ins while traveling.
- Parents traveling with children will appreciate these 15 unique ways to keep the family safe while traveling.
With a little bit of preparation spring break can be fun and safe and for those of you not traveling, there are quite a few places to go and things to do here in Houston like:
- Spring Break family fun at Discovery Green
- Spring events have sprung at Market Square Park
- See The Lorax at a Houston area cinema
- Spring break fun at IKEA
- Visit Houston’s Cockrell Butterfly Center
- Attend The Best of Houston, Texas: St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Events
- Score a Strike with These Best of Houston Bowling Alleys
- 1 Brewery, 2 Brewery, 3 Brewery More in Houston
- No Whining About the Wines at These Houston Wineries
Whatever you decide to do for your spring break, be safe and have fun, using these easy to do tips.