Exams, papers, presentations and meetings: The tensions are building up at the University. Thankfully, Spring Break draws near, and students can look forward to one whole week of study-free relaxation. Yet, this zeal for adventure poses certain concerns for the spontaneous student traveler. From health issues to world woes, students may need to exercise a little extra caution in this year’s activities.

Panic attack

News reports all over the country are absorbed in possible terrorist attacks, war threats and political hysteria. Special reports feature the best ways to turn one’s laundry room into a virtual panic room in the event of a biological pandemic. While this information seems important now, the hype is also causing added anxiety for travelers this Spring Break.

“This is unprecedented,” said Helen Stamos of Stamos Travel. “It’s hard to advise people not to travel. This could all be uneventful.”

However, this time of uncertainty is making the decision to fly rather difficult for some passengers. Bookings for international travel are unusually low this year, and people are voicing their concerns more and more as vacation time approaches.

Regardless of this heightened awareness, some students are maintaining a calm, logical outlook on the situation. Catherine Kennedy, an LSA freshman, said, “I still feel safe flying. National security has majorly increased, and they’re doing everything to make everyone feel safe.”

Even with the increased security, passengers can help themselves feel safer while traveling. Carry passports and other essential documents, such as credit cards and other money, on oneself at all times, preferably under a garment.

Stamos cautioned, “Use common sense. Be careful what you say and how you travel.”

Around the world for bottom dollar

In the past, the budget-minded Spring Break traveler had to rely on long car trips, seedy motel rooms or clich

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