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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."

The new craze “Balconing”

People around the world will pay more for a vacation rental with with breathtaking views.  The window or balcony is the place to go to breath it in while you enjoy cocktail hour with family and friends.  It’s the sweet life.  The sweet life turns sour when alcohol impairs judgement and you or someone you [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:49+00:00 December 27th, 2016|Featured|0 Comments

Three lurking beach dangers

The words “a day at the beach” bring images of white, warm sand between our toes, the sound of waves rolling in as seagulls chirp in the sky, fruity drinks with umbrellas, sun and much needed rest and relaxation.  When people say, “It’s no day at the beach”, they generally mean “No fun!” Oceans, and [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:50+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Featured|0 Comments

Trouble in Turkey

The United States Department of State updated a travel warning for Turkey on Oct. 29, 2016 stating in part, “U.S. citizens should avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country. The U.S. Department of State is updating this Travel Warning to reflect the October 29, 2016, [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:50+00:00 December 13th, 2016|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|0 Comments

Potable water – drink to your health abroad

Water is an essential part of life. It’s an essential part of travel, too. When you’re abroad, you should always consider safe, clean drinking water. Here’s why: Your heart will thank you: Hydration is a key component of heart health. Water keeps your body running efficiently, which means your heart doesn’t need to work as [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:50+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Featured|0 Comments

Keep yourself safe online abroad – IFFY MIFI WIFI

  Your internet presence is an extension of yourself. If you’ve got a smartphone, you might be banking, working, communicating and sharing exclusively on the web and on the go. Just as you need to keep yourself safe abroad, you need to keep your internet presence safe, too. When you’re traveling, moving around so often [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:51+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Featured|0 Comments

Safe travel – home for the holidays

The holidays are a family time, requiring some form of travel for many people. Whether it means trekking back home or joining your family at an exciting destination, here are a few tips to keep your holiday journey fun and worry-free: Plan for the weather:  Rain, ice, snow and wind complicates travel. Install a weather [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:51+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Featured|0 Comments

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|0 Comments