Update: The Google+ Hangout on Spring Break Safety for Students, Solo Travlers, and Volun-tourists has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 17 at 1pm ET.
Travel safety is a priority for the Department of State. Annually around this time of year, many young Americans travel overseas for their Spring Breaks. Spring Break is an opportunity for many students to experience another country with friends or volunteer abroad but -- as with any international travel -- it is important to plan for a safe trip and to avoid dangerous situations.
A lost passport, a traffic accident, an injury or illness are just a few unanticipated situations that could occur while traveling abroad. If you are an American college student, would you be prepared to encounter any of those scenarios while on Spring Break? Don't let your escape from dorm life and research papers turn into a Spring Break horror story!
If you or someone you know is preparing to travel abroad for Spring Break, join our Google+ Hangout on Spring Break Safety for Students, Solo Travelers, and Volun-tourists on March 12. Solo-travel blogger Stephanie Yoder, Volun-tourism coordinator Mary Dykstra, and Department of State travel safety expert Rachel Crawford will discuss tips for having a fun and safe Spring Break abroad.
You can go to studentsabroad.state.gov for more information on international travel. And don't forget to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important safety and security announcements while traveling.