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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

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

Quick guide: Vacation and travel safety toolbox

Keeping abreast of health, safety and security events overseas is challenging. Most news comes in a 24-hour cycle.  The news may or may not align with what you need or want to know to make informed decisions about traveling abroad. Google alerts can be useful, sometimes. The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) is a resource [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:50+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Featured|Comments Off on Quick guide: Vacation and travel safety toolbox

14 Ways to Prepare Emergency Contacts for Your Trip Abroad

Everyone going abroad should have an emergency contact or two, but who wants to think about bad stuff happening?  Getting caught in another country without help is a scary reality for many travelers and their emergency contacts.  It’s not often we plan for what emergency contacts NEED if called upon. Your emergency contact should be [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:51+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Featured|Comments Off on 14 Ways to Prepare Emergency Contacts for Your Trip Abroad

Depart Smart Milestones

Our gratitude overflows with praises for our generous volunteers, sponsors and donors who helped us achieve these incredible milestones: We have become a trusted travel safety resource with more than 15,000,000 impressions in major news such as The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Minneapolis Star & Tribune and numerous other [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:52+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Featured|Comments Off on Depart Smart Milestones

Tips to Avoid Shake Ups During Earthquakes

Italy is reeling in the wake of a massive earthquake in the middle of the country on August 24, leaving in its wake a death toll upwards of 290 people, and hundreds are taking refuge in makeshift camps. Experts say the earthquake was especially devastating because it was a relatively shallow quake less than six [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:41+00:00 October 16th, 2016|Featured|Comments Off on Tips to Avoid Shake Ups During Earthquakes

Are you a savvy traveler?

Are you ready for anything when you travel abroad? It’s difficult to predict when a predicament will derail the best laid plans. Fortunately, the United States Department of State (USDOS) website is a great resource for practically any surprise American travelers encounter. The USDOS country-specific pages include information on every country destination.  Cautiously read the [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:42+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Featured|Comments Off on Are you a savvy traveler?

Five mosquito borne illnesses you need to know

You’ve probably heard of the pernicious zika virus buzzing its way through warm and tropical regions all around the world, including Florida. Zika has garnered a lot of attention instigating protective measures to guard against infections.  Those protective measures can also shield travelers from vector borne diseases such as Lyme, West Nile, Chagas, Dengue, Yellow [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:42+00:00 September 12th, 2016|Featured|Comments Off on Five mosquito borne illnesses you need to know

When is it too risky to travel?

Milwaukee Public Schools made an announcement on Dec. 7, 2015. The district was canceling their international student trips for the rest of the year, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C. They’re not alone. Schools around the country and the world are deciding that travel is too risky for students and canceling their trips [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:43+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Featured|Comments Off on When is it too risky to travel?