Spring break is just around the corner. But before you cast aside all your responsibilities, you should know some simple legal tips that will make your time more enjoyable (and safer).
Here are five tips that every spring-breaker should keep in mind:
Read contracts carefully. You may sign a variety of contracts as you plan your spring break. This can include contracts with cheap travel companies that set up spring breakers with hotels and flights. You should read all the fine print in these contracts, and at the very least know what will happen in the event of a cancellation, how to get your money back, and what's included in your package.
Know the laws. Whether you're going out of state or out of country, you should be aware that you may be subject to different laws at your destination. For example, different countries may have different standards for driving drunk. Besides knowing the laws, you should also consider a little research on local customs and practices.
Beware public intoxication. In general, public intoxication is usually a very localized rule. So what may be OK in your college town may be completely off-limits at your destination. So don't assume you can stumble around in public places with a beer in your hand just because you do it at home.
Log off from social media. What happens during spring break usually stays within your spring-break social circle. That is, unless you decide to post all your drunken and otherwise embarrassing photos on Facebook or other social media sites. These can come back to haunt you once your spring break revelry has worn off.
Use common sense. Spring breakers are viewed as prime targets by pickpockets, robbers, and identity thieves for a reason. Exercise some common sense by traveling in groups, leaving valuables at home, and not carrying around too much cash.