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What Every Traveler Needs To Know About Luggage Locks

No one wants to have their things stolen, especially from their luggage. But it happens so often CNN published an article describing how hidden cameras have been used to catch airline employees pilfering through luggage. Even if you have travel insurance, having your things stolen or losing your luggage can ruin your trip and cause [...]

By | 2017-04-19T15:19:54+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Featured|Comments Off on What Every Traveler Needs To Know About Luggage Locks

Earth Day: Love the world you travel

For many people, April means taking advantage of springtime and spending time outside with nature. April also means celebrating our beautiful blue planet. Earth Day happens on April 22 every year. It is a chance to realize how beautiful and fragile our Earth is.  It is a day to join to protect and nurture the [...]

By | 2017-04-12T14:53:51+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Featured|Comments Off on Earth Day: Love the world you travel

Travel Secrets: PDA Around the World

By Jess Simpson, at Paste Magazine Public displays of affection, also known as PDA, can be tricky territory for travelers to navigate when in an unfamiliar culture. What is acceptable in one country is frowned upon in another and downright illegal in yet another. The confusion isn’t limited to couples or kissing and touching. From [...]

By | 2017-03-24T13:22:46+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

World TB Day – #TBsmart

March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day. It commemorates the day Dr. Robert Koch announced the discovery of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium causing tuberculosis (TB). The Centers for Disease Control reports, “Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s deadliest diseases. One-third of the world’s population is infected with TB. In 2015, 10.4 million people around [...]

By | 2017-02-24T19:56:49+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Featured|Comments Off on World TB Day – #TBsmart

The Great Serengeti Migration

Twelve big travel tips Travel of a different kind takes place on the African plains is often referred to as the “Greatest Show on Earth.” The Great Serengeti Migration is one of the largest animal migrations in the world. It is a huge attraction for wildlife and bird watching American citizens who want to visit [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:48+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Featured, News|Comments Off on The Great Serengeti Migration

JOIN US at the 6th Annual Around the World Safely Benefit

Date: Thursday, May 18th Time: 6pm until 10pm Location: Minneapolis Event Center Theme: Sakura, Japanese Cherry Blossoms Featuring Sansei Yonsei Kai - Traditional Japanese dancers, Bento box gourmet dinners, Live/silent auctions, Games, and more! Sponsor Volunteer Donate

By | 2017-03-31T09:37:29+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Events|0 Comments

Depart Smart advocate and supporter – Carol Giuliani

My husband and I decided to attend a Depart Smart fundraiser because it was at a brewery and looked like fun!  Not only did we thoroughly enjoy the people and food, we learned what a valuable service Sheryl Hill and Depart Smart provides to families who are sending their kids abroad.  Since our son was [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:50+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Featured|Comments Off on Depart Smart advocate and supporter – Carol Giuliani

Let the CDC pack your suitcase for a healthy trip

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Association, most resident travelers are not packing the most important components to get help and stay healthy - travel evacuation insurance and antibodies!  According the 2014 U.S. Outbound Travel and Trade report, 30,780,000 citizens went abroad, of those 87.8% did not get pre-trip vaccinations as 71.9% [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:50+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Featured|Comments Off on Let the CDC pack your suitcase for a healthy trip