Monday, February 13, 2006

Off topic, but on life

Well, I apologize that I am so slow in getting a new post up here. This was birthday weekend for my son. Big stuff and no time to update.

Normally I try to find class related topics, but since all of you are seniors, this is life-related instead.

I noticed that Beth Holloway Twitty is starting a national campaign regarding safe travel called Save Yourself (http://www.saveyourself.org/). This campaign kicks off at MBHS on February 28 at 7 PM. I encourage all of you to attend.

On that note, since many of you are traveling during Spring Break and Summer, do you have any tips to keep students safe while traveling?

40 comments:

carolineb1 said...

Hmm, some tips for safe traveling. Well I guess all the basics are very important. First at the airport it is important to keep your baggage with you at all times, and go places in pairs. But I guess the biggest thing is when you are out having a good time always keep you drink with you and try to have a drink with some sort of top on it. Now days it is really easy and unfortunately fairly common for drugs to be slipped into drinks. Again when you are out in a place that you aren’t familiar with you should always have a buddy. In my opinion the buddy system is the best way to keep safe, you should always have an eye on your buddy and they on you.

austinm1 said...

Costa Rica is my spring break destination. All the people going are recommended to get a few shots as a precaution against Hepatitis and the different food we will be eating. We are also required to have another person with us wherever we go.

Leeb3 said...

One good tip to safe travel is being sober. You are always a better traveler while sober rather than high/drunk. Always obey the speed limit, and you should always follow the rules of the road in which you are driving. For instance, in Jamaica you must drive on the opposite side of the road.

nickb3 said...

Just don't do anything stupid with people you don't know. You never know what they could be thinking of doing, and as we know, there can be serious consequences

saram3 said...

buddies are awesome. you should take your buddy everywhere but in the bathroom stall with you. that way, if anything happens to one person, the buddy can get help. also, people are more intimidated by a larger group of people, so it is less likely that anything happen in the first place.

Cward3 said...

I have done a lot of traveling due to my mother working for the airlines. A few tips to remember when traveling especially international
1. Camouflage yourself with the citizens try your best to not look like a tourist that includes wearing a camera around your neck
2. Always be aware of your surroundings
3. Don't travel with expensive jewelry or any other extravagant items that would make you a target for pick pocketers

AshtonH1 said...

A few tips on keeping yourself and others safe include traveling in groups and well lit areas. Always have a phone with you for emergencies. Lastly, make smart choices about who to hang out with and where yall will be going.

maxg3 said...

Don't lose your tickets. Especially in a foreign country. Trust me, it sucks...

ColeT3 said...

Know where you are going. Even if i know where i need to go, most likely i or someone i'm with will take a wrong turn and end up somewhere we don't want to be. Running out of gas on highway 1 along the California coast is on my top 10 things NOT to do, but guess what it almost happened to me. Getting lost was a cause of one of my friend's wrecks (i was the navigator). Maps are your friend so use them.

maggieb6 said...

I doubt anyone will pay much attention to this, but don't drink. 80-90% of our school is looking forward to spring break because it's going to be one big drunken party all week long, but theres so much more to do. Plus everyone makes really bad decisions when they're drunk. I've never heard a good thing about drinking, especially when it's with people our age. I really don't understand why people do it, but just take a break from that during spring break and find another way to have fun. Trust me, there are plenty.

KatieM1 said...

One day in downtown when I was walking from my dads parking garage toward his office building, a poor guy started walking next to me and asking for money for food (my dads building is two blocks away from the Jimme Hale Mission). I just kept on replying that I didnt have any change on me but he kept on persisting. I finally got to my dads building and the security guard stepped out and the guy went away. You just always need to tell them that you dont have any money on you, or if they ask you for directions to always reply that your from out of town.

sallyc1 said...

I think that there are many ways to be safe during spring break and summer travel. First, I think it is important that if you are in a big group to make sure that you and one or two others are in charge of each other at all times. Also, I think its important to have enough chaperones for the group and that there are many times during the day and night that you have to check-in with them. Finally, it is important that you are always with people you know during the day and night.

JoanneL1 said...

umm well i guess you should always know where your friends are. Having someone to keep up with is a good idea. Also just be smart and aware of your surroundings.

ElliottM3 said...

Goin sailin! yes well the plan is for the 12 of us to stick together and avoid areas of conflict. We also will be excercising the buddy system.

charlotteg3 said...

I think the most important thing about being safe on trips is making sure that you never go out by yourself. If you always have a friend or a parent around then the risk of something bad happening is greatly diminished.

LibbyB6 said...

well I guess the best advice I can give to traveling to places unknown is always travel in groups, be responsible, always be aware of your surroundings, and do not consume anything that might alter or impair judgement. Have safe trips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MICHELLE! said...

I have so many tips to keep everyone safe; most of which have to do with Spring Break. My first tip is to always travel with a girl or guyfriend. If you're a girl traveling with a guy make sure he has big muscles so if someone tries to mess with you he could kick their butt. My second tip is to always keep your drink attended...NEVER LEAVE YOUR DRINK SOMEWHERE, THEN PICK IT UP AGAIN!My third and final tip is to check in with your chaperone(s) every so often so they can make sure you are okay. Everyone going on a trip on Spring Break: Be Safe. Make Good Choices. Don't Run with Scissors.

stus6 said...

The only advice that I really have is for people to be warry about there surroundings.

willh6 said...

My advice would be to not accept candy that a sranger offers you.

Rachaelw5 said...

Some good tips that I've used while traveling out of the country are to stay in groups, and be courteous. Also try avoiding getting sick. Jamaican emergency rooms are really scary...trust me! I'd also say to just be aware and realize that you're not in the United States. Don't forget to have fun though!

calliek3 said...

Advice for traveling would to be very careful on who you trust when you are on a trip b/c you can easily be decieved. It is really easy to make up lies about yourself, and for the new person that you meet to make up lies, you really have no idea if they are telling the truth and who they actually are. Also always stay in pairs, and constantly check to see if everyone is there. Also if something feels sketchy than it most likely is so don't be there or do it.

SamM5 said...

I think some of the best ways to avoid harm are to 1) Definately use the buddy system at all times; 2) Don't leave your drink and pick it back up; 3) Carry a cell phone or some form of communication in case of emergency; 4) Be careful of your surroundings (avoid alleyways and unlit places; and 5) Be aware of your surroundings. Having a good time isn't the core problem; the core problem is not being prepared in case of an emergency.

KatherineK5 said...

To be really safe, you shouldn't go anywhere by yourself. You should always have a cell phone on you just in case. You always need to know where your hotel is located and how to direct a taxi there (or walk back). It's never good to be lost in a foreign country. Actually it's never good to be lost anywhere.

jonathann6 said...

I think all of the big ones have already been mentioned. Personally, I think that the buddy system, the stay-sober rule, and chaperone check-ups are the most important. One thing that people have missed that I think is important is cell phones. If you have a cell phone, you can always call 911 for emergencies, the police if someone suspicious is following you, or even your chaperones if you get lost. Take advantage of your resources in sticky dilemnas.

maxg3 said...

take karate

Wrecker said...

Tips:
1.Stay in groups at all times.
2.Dont take anything from strangers.
3. Dont lie about where you are going.
4. Dont be stupid.
5. Follow the leader.

lillyb5 said...

I think just be aware of your surroundings is important. If you are driving, be cautious to see if anyone has been following you. Also if you keep seeing the same people everywhere you go might be a sign of someone following you. Be cautious that anything can happen to anyone no matter where you are. We forget that all too often considering that we live in a safe neighborhood where nothing bad ever happens.

DorieF5 said...

SO I feel stupid for repeating what every one is saying, but basically they are all right. Just stay in groups and basically trust no one because as we have seen before people can be very deceiving... also I think that you should always have your cell phone with you in case any thing goes wrong and your mom or like grown up person should know where you are at all times, and you should call them every time you change locations just to be sure. But if you do all of those things hopefully nothing will go wrong and all will be well!

VirginiaB5 said...

I am going to the beach for Spring Break. Stcking in big groups and not going off by yourself is a good safety tip. Be responsible and watch out for your friends and the people you are with. Do not leave a place you are until you know that youar leaving with everyone.

SuzanneS5 said...

I agree with Katherine in that a cell phone is great to have. Also your friends around in crowded places, and to watch out for yourself and your friends. Never let anyone get you a drink of anything is a very good solution. I think the best thing I've learned from vacations is that you can't trust everyone and to be on your guard.

BrandonW1 said...

Make sure you are always with someone you trust, take extra precautions that you might not take when you are at home, in a comfortable environment.

Addie said...

It seems like when we were little and on trips they always told us to stay in groups of three- going to the bathroom, to get water, and whatever else... so that's my tip. Stay in groups of three or more.

ally irwin said...

Okay well first off you never go anywhere by yourself! I think that is the most important thing to remember when traveling. I would also suggest not putting yourself into any situations where something really bad could happen.

andrewp1 said...

Well, a good tip for high school seniors going on trips this spring break would be to not get too wasted and pass out on the street. Because when you do that you are completely vulnerable and may be either taken advantage of or seriously injured. Have fun though. And NO, I don't know from experience.

philipr5 said...

Try not to lose your plane tickets and definantly have your passport ready with you at all times.

GigiR1 said...

When it comes to traveling abroad, I believe we all need to be more conscience of our surroundings. As for myself, I know that I am very nieve. No one believes something so terrible could or would ever happen to them. In reality, we need to be alert at all times.

levine5 said...

I would have to say the best tip i can give for going on a spring break trip is to not be stupid. Don't go into bad parts of the town and if you do, dont go alone. Also, always have a buddy near you because some people at popular spring break destinations are, what mountain brookies like to say, "sketch." There are weird people out there who hurt someone for absolutely no reason...so most of all, just be cautious of who your around and what you say.

ReidF3 said...

When traveling you always want to stay with someone. Always have a friend or group of friends go with you in case something were to happen. Talk to travel agents and people who have been where you are going.

HannonK6 said...

The biggest traveling tip that i can think of is that to always travel with someone. It isn't safe especially at our age to travel by yourself because you can be at the wrong place at the wrong time, or be taken advantage of etc...

carolinec1 said...

I would say the best travel advice when it comes to safety is to stay in groups. Also it is very important to always know where you are because it is very easy to get lost while on vacation. Also if you go somewhere outside the country either know enough of the language to get around or bring someone who does.