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About Hannah Jones

"Every college student deserves the chance to go abroad, learn something amazing and come home safe. I got that opportunity in college when I spent 10 days in China. I saw incredible skylines and secluded farm villages. I haggled with street vendors in Mandarin. I ate a chicken foot. Then I came home, safe and sound, with a million stories to tell. That’s why Depart Smart’s mission is something I can support. Students need an advocate when they’re out seeing the world. My hope is that with more oversight and accountability, we’ll see fewer crises and tragedies that leave students stranded. That means more stories when they get home."

Mardi Gras traditions around the world

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 the holiday season when late-winter doldrums really set in. The timing is spectacular.  Countries all around the world gear up for their versions of [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:47+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Featured|1 Comment

How to celebrate Groundhog Day

Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day get a lot of credit for travel holidays, but save a spot on your itinerary for Groundhog Day. This quirky holiday has surprising origins, old traditions, delightful surprises and plenty of reasons to travel. Ever wonder about Groundhog Day? Where did it come from? How is it celebrated? Or, if [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:47+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Top 5 world’s deadliest beasts

Name a dangerous animal.  What came to your mind?  It’s probably the old “Wizard of Oz” refrain: “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” The Telegraph published an article about the most deadly animals in the world with regard to how many people they kill every year.  It’s a motley list with a wide margin [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:48+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Rock valentine’s day with these amazing getaways

Did you know the name Valentine was such a popular moniker throughout history that many people carried it? Or, that the Catholic church stopped venerating St. Valentine in 1969? The name Valentine means “strong, vigorous and healthy.”  A man named Valentinus was martyred near Rome in the 3rd century. One historical account of St. Valentine [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:48+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Ultimate guide to celebrating the Chinese New Year

The days between January 27, 2017 and February 11, 2017 are a magical time to visit China trenched in centuries of rich traditions and culture. The Chinese New Year, now known as the Spring Festival, is an ancient lunar holiday dating back to the Shang Dynasty that can last up to fifteen days. Today, it [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:48+00:00 January 24th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Quick Guide: boosting your mental health while abroad

Let’s face it - traveling is stressful!  It opens up a whole spectrum of new experiences.  Some induce anxiety, others cause eating and sleeping disorders.  Some may even lead to risky behaviors with alcohol or drugs. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns, “Overall, mental health issues are among the leading causes of ill health among [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:48+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Top reasons a personal health record is a travel must

All the world loves a traveler.  Do any Internet search and you’ll see hoards of travel quotes from St. Augustine’s, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” to Mark Twain’s, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”  The problem with these enticing quotes and the massive [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:48+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

How to take control of your health while abroad

If you’re getting ready to go on an overseas trip, odds are the last thing you’re thinking about is diet and exercise. Staying healthy and fit is one of the best ways to be sure you get the most out of your journey. Eating right, exercising and sleeping well are great ways to battle jet [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:48+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Plan a presidential trip

Friday, January 20, 2017, marks the inauguration day of President-Elect Donald Trump. The presidential inauguration is a sacred tradition in American governance, signifying the transition of power and the solemn responsibilities of the presidency of the United States. For many Americans, the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to witness history and engage civic roots [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:49+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Slovenia: Top destination for 2017 and travel tips

President-elect Donald Trump took office  January, 2017.  The White House welcomes a new First Lady, Melania Trump.  Ms. Trump, born in Slovenia, is the second First Lady born outside of the United States.  John Quincy Adams’ wife Louisa was first lady from 1825-1829.  Louisa was born in England.  Melania Trump became a U.S. citizen five [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:49+00:00 January 2nd, 2017|Featured|Comments Off on Slovenia: Top destination for 2017 and travel tips