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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."

Global Mobility

Small world, big opportunities For the past few decades, the workplace is growing to include a literal world of options. It’s becoming increasingly more common for employees to further their careers by working abroad.  In fact, going abroad to work either short or long term has spawned a whole new relocation industry, referred to [...]

By |2018-03-30T11:55:32-06:00February 13th, 2018|Safety|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 |2017-05-05T10:15:06-06:00April 12th, 2017|Safety|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 |2017-03-31T14:40:07-06:00March 31st, 2017|Safety|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 safety’s [...]

By |2020-02-10T14:36:54-06:00March 24th, 2017|Safety|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 beautySouth 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, a wild [...]

By |2020-02-03T14:30:38-06:00March 15th, 2017|Safety|0 Comments

Flight Rights

Did you know passenger airline services are less than 100 years old?  It took less than a century to enable people to go anywhere in the world, often in less than one day. Flying is often the fastest way to get to your destination, often with comfortable seats, a cool drink, and in-flight entertainment. [...]

By |2017-03-16T11:16:36-06:00March 15th, 2017|Safety|0 Comments

Guard your gut against traveler’s diarrhea

You can avoid lions, tigers, and bears when you travel abroad and set yourself up with all kinds of creature comforts. Odds are, one of the most uncomfortable and potentially dangerous threats to your trip are food and waterborne germs. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 2016 Yellow Book Pre-travel Consultation says, “Travelers’ diarrhea [...]

By |2017-05-31T12:47:43-06:00March 15th, 2017|Safety|0 Comments

All aboard – A comprehensive guide to traveling with disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates accessibility and equal treatment for disabled travelers.  It’s the law in the USA.  A lawsuit recently settled which brings the importance of compliance to the forefront.  The U.S. Department of Justice charged Greyhound Lines with failing to comply with the ADA.  They claimed Greyhound did not provide accessible [...]

By |2018-12-05T15:31:37-06:00February 17th, 2017|Safety|0 Comments

Spring break in Mexico?

Mexico is an exotic enticement with roundtrip airfare starting at $200 and all-inclusive resorts tempting travelers with photos of turquoise blue waters, sandy beaches, palm trees, and sunsets.  “Cerveza, por favor!” At first glance, it appears to be the dream vacation for spring break, especially for people with a bad case of the winter [...]

By |2018-02-08T11:36:26-06:00February 10th, 2017|Safety|0 Comments
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