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Consumer protection is poor in the $7.8 trillion travel and tourism industry.

No one warns anyone before they buy a trip or board a plane about potential risks to their health and safety in the destination country. There are no trusted critical incident reports on deaths, injuries and missing persons who travel abroad.

Depart Smart is developing the first consumer travel safety course with tools to help you identify and mitigate risks so you can advocate for yourself, get help and return home safely to the people and places you love.

The only surprises should be good ones!


All aboard – A comprehensive guide to traveling with disabilities

February 17th, 2017|0 Comments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL7T9lb2eu4 The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates accessibility and equal treatment for disabled travelers.  It’s the law in the USA.  A lawsuit recently settled which brings the importance of [...]

Spring break in Mexico?

February 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Mexico is an exotic enticement with roundtrip airfare starting at $200 and all-inclusive resorts tempting travelers with photos of turquoise blue waters, sandy beaches, palm trees, and sunsets.  “Cerveza, por favor!” [...]

Love and Valentine’s Day around the world

February 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Valentine’s Day originated in Rome, Italy and has become a multi-billion industry in many nations.  Today, it is a globalized holiday celebrated all over the world with many different customs and [...]

Mardi Gras traditions around the world

February 6th, 2017|1 Comment

Many Americans take the opportunity to travel for Mardi Gras.  The New Orleans Mardi Gras is the most famous festival.  In 2017, it falls on February 28.  Mardi Gras occurs after [...]