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Otto Warmbier’s Story

Thank you Zachary Rogers, WKRC for hosting us to speak in the wake of Otto Warmbiers return home. We are honored to be featured in your piece, Depart Smart: What you should know before traveling abroad.  Our hearts go out to Otto's family and friends. The New York post released a news article on Otto Warmbier - [...]

By | 2017-06-16T11:41:22+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Featured|Comments Off on Otto Warmbier’s Story

Inc. Magazine Expertly Portrays Depart Smart’s Purpose

Karen Leland, President of Sterling Marketing Group and author of '5 Ways to Stay Safe From Terrorism and Other Threats When Traveling Overseas' an article for Inc. Magazine wrote, Depart Smart, [Sheryl] Hill's website, offers a free 10-item quiz that scores your travel safety readiness. I'm sorry to say that despite my worldwide wanderings, I [...]

By | 2017-05-28T07:47:10+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Featured|Comments Off on Inc. Magazine Expertly Portrays Depart Smart’s Purpose

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 | 2017-05-05T10:14:54+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

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 | 2017-05-05T10:15:06+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Traveling abroad? Lifesaving cell phone tips

Lost without your cell phone?  Most of us are accustomed to being a click away from our contacts, the Internet and many useful apps on our smartphones like the camera to record places, people and memories. When we travel, a mobile phone can keep us connected to other parts of the world, help us [...]

By | 2017-03-31T14:40:07+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Sixth-annual Depart Smart gala will reveal a powerful new safe travel tool to attendees, and pay homage to founders’ son

This year’s popular Around the World Safely benefit will feature a Japanese theme, plus live entertainment and upscale silent/live auctions       Global travel is about to get safer. On May 18, 2017, hundreds of Minnesota residents and business leaders will get their first glimpse at what’s supporting this change during the sixth-annual Around the [...]

By | 2017-03-31T13:50:52+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

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

What is “Real ID” and will it affect your travel plans?

If you have flown on a commercial airline, you were subjected to a comprehensive security check and pre-flight inspection. Most passengers are becoming accustomed to being asked to take off their shoes, jackets, belts, storing a limited amount of liquids in small containers, and putting carry-on bags and their bodies through x-ray machines for [...]

By | 2017-03-31T15:35:19+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

How to minimize rental car expense and maximize FUN

If your schedule is flexible you might be able to get around via public transport or your own two feet and save some money. If your schedule does not allow flexibility or public transport is not considered safe or reliable, you might need to rent a car. Ground transportation at your destination should be [...]

By | 2017-03-24T13:23:19+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Destination of the month: South Korea

South Korea can offer something for almost everyone. It offers a blend of manmade and natural wonders, deep historical roots and modern advances, tradition and innovation.   Natural beauty South Korea is a place of incredible beauty, especially their national parks. Seoraksan National Park is home to over 2,000 animal species, including the Korean goral, [...]

By | 2017-03-16T11:16:20+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments