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Depart Smart inspires, develops and transforms world travelers into safety heroes with travel safety education so they make informed decisions abroad to avoid risks, get help, return safely and report to protect others

Tips for Safer Travel Workshop | Professional Insurance Women of Minnesota

Sheryl Hill, Depart Smart Executive Director and Founder, is presenting a Travel Safety Workshop for Professional Insurance Women of Minnesota members on February 20, 2019. Professional Insurance Women (PIW) is a networking organization whose mission is to promote the professional and personal growth of its members by creating an opportunity for the exchange of ideas [...]

By |2018-11-13T14:46:03+00:00November 12th, 2018|Events|Comments Off on Tips for Safer Travel Workshop | Professional Insurance Women of Minnesota

Event Manager Volunteer Opportunity

VOLUNTEER SUMMARY Enjoy our dynamic team of enthusiastic volunteers and raise money and awareness to make travel awesome in life-saving ways! You will be responsible for managing annual fundraising event and ensuring deadlines and budgets are tracked and adhered to. Direct coordination of activities to prepare for the day of the event in early summer [...]

By |2017-12-10T09:17:48+00:00August 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Travel Safety Essentials

State department puts forth warnings  on country safety concerns and risks in some areas within countries that don't have country wide alerts or warnings. Sometimes, it takes a compelling investigative report to warrant actions. Good on Raquel Rutledge, Sentinel, for her deep seated expose on risks of tainted alcohol at prestigious all inclusive Mexican [...]

By |2017-12-10T09:17:48+00:00July 27th, 2017|Safety|0 Comments

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+00:00June 16th, 2017|Safety|0 Comments

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 |2017-09-13T13:56:14+00:00May 26th, 2017|Safety|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+00:00March 24th, 2017|Safety|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+00:00February 24th, 2017|Safety|0 Comments

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+00:00January 10th, 2017|News, Safety|0 Comments

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+00:00December 13th, 2016|Safety|0 Comments