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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/ 3/2011

Spring break 2011! Need some help planning?

By Jenna Johnson

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In the next two months, thousands of college students will head out on spring break -- some will head to beaches or ski slopes, others will just chill at home or catch up on school work. And a growing number of students are participating in alternative service-oriented trips.

No matter what the plans, how do you plan to stay safe -- and out of a hospital room or jail cell? How about handling drama that sometimes sneaks up on group trips? And how do you make sure not to go too far in debt?

At 1p.m. today, I will be online to answer questions about spring break during Campus Overload Live. I have two guests joining me.

Nancy Trejos is a travel writer here at the Post and is constantly on the road for stories. Recently, she wrote about a technology-free trip to Chicago, the popularity of voluntourism, fancy camping and financing most of a trip to Kansas City with Groupons. Nancy can also answer a lot of your finance-related questions, having written a book about pulling herself out of debt that started in college, "Hot (broke) Messes: How to Have Your Latte and Drink It Too."

My other guest is Thomas E. Betz, an attorney and director of Student Legal Services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Tom wrote a guest column for Campus Overload last year about staying out of trouble on spring break. He wrote that each year lots of college students are arrested while vacationing, "thus providing attorneys at student legal service offices a decent level of job security."

Please send us questions now!

Campus Overload is a daily must-read for all college students. Make sure to bookmark http://washingtonpost.com/campus-overload. You can also follow me on Twitter and fan Campus Overload on Facebook.

By Jenna Johnson  | March 3, 2011; 11:29 AM ET
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Do your self a favor and do not come to Panama City Beach. The Snowbirds are leaving in droves. The beach is already littered with garbage and drunks. Save yourself some money and have a great vacation by going to any other beach in Florida. Do some research on Appalachiccola, Mexico Beach, East Point, etc. PCB is a cesspool of thugs with their butt cracks showing, traffic jams, and bad behavior. DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILDREN HERE!

Posted by: USNRET | March 8, 2011 10:58 PM | Report abuse

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