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About Sheryl Hill

Sheryl is a world speaker, author of Walking on Sunshine, NRG a Divine Transformation – a spiritual memoir and USA Book News Award winning finalist. Sheryl is featured often as a travel safety expert in major news. She and husband Allen are founders of Depart Smart.

Auld Lang Syne | Depart Smart Transition

It is time to say good-bye - Auld Lang Syne. My last day is Friday, December 6. 'Please take a cup of kindness yet' - goodwill, friendship, and kind regards in remembrance of noble deeds. In the "Days gone by' we have poured our hearts and souls into lifesaving travel safety: We've worked with [...]

By |2019-12-04T14:36:08-06:00December 4th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Auld Lang Syne | Depart Smart Transition

EdWebinar – Transforming Students into Global Citizens with Smart Travel Safety Skills!

In the edWebinar hosted by the Student Youth Travel Association (SYTA): Transforming Students into Global Citizens with Smart Travel Safety Skills Depart Smart founder and travel safety expert, Sheryl Hill, teaches you how to improve travel safety for yourself, your students, and your program. Most students and faculty don’t know what to do when [...]

By |2020-02-10T14:08:48-06:00June 27th, 2019|Safety|Comments Off on EdWebinar – Transforming Students into Global Citizens with Smart Travel Safety Skills!

Is The Dominican Republic Safe?

The Dominican Republic is making news over violent sexual assaults and suspicious deaths of patrons at elite hotels. In the past year, nine US American citizens have died: Joseph Allen, 55 Lela Cox, 3 Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49 Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41 John Corcoran Robert Wallace, 67 David Harrison, 45 Yvette Monique [...]

By |2019-07-15T11:30:47-06:00June 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Is The Dominican Republic Safe?

Making a massive splash in the Travel Industry

5 reasons why you should attend the 2019 Depart Smart Gala: #1: Travel is Awesome! The travel industry is the fastest-growing sector in the world. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)  travel and tourism grew 3.9 percent above global GDP growth of 3.2 percent, contributing a record $8.8 trillion and 319 [...]

By |2019-05-23T11:34:45-06:00May 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Making a massive splash in the Travel Industry

Be a Student Travel Safety Warrior NOT A Worrier

Traveling for spring break, voluntourism, or study abroad trips comes with some challenges and benefits. You can be destined to an exotic culture with amazing cuisine with beautiful vista views. Road warriors know from experience that those journeys also present challenges.  The root word of travel is ravel – to entangle.  Traveling can be rough. Christopher Elliott interviewed [...]

By |2019-03-27T15:38:14-06:00March 27th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Is Spring break safe? “Come on vacation, don’t leave on probation,”

Policing spring break Morgan Smith of the Washington Post published an article on March 8, 2019 entitled, "Is spring break safe? Public officials warn college students of increased danger as vacations begin." She forewarns Spring break vacation enthusiasts about heavier and stricter policing in the U.S. and country safety warnings at destinations like Mexico. [...]

By |2019-09-10T12:34:46-06:00March 12th, 2019|PR Moments, Safety|0 Comments

Student Travel Safety and Preparedness Tips Webcast

JOIN US Are you or someone you know a student traveler? Do you plan or participate in student abroad trips? If so, join AIG Travel and Depart Smart on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 9 a.m. CDT (3 p.m. GMT) for an exclusive presentation on student travel safety with a discussion on best practices for [...]

By |2019-03-11T12:07:19-06:00March 8th, 2019|Events|Comments Off on Student Travel Safety and Preparedness Tips Webcast

What’s Your Plan B?

If you've been around Depart Smart awhile, you know our advocacy came from a trauma point when our sixteen-year old son, Tyler, died a preventable death on a People to People student trip to Japan in 2007. Our lives were altered in the most undesirable ways, forever. Tyler's wrongful death lawsuit settled in 2009.  A [...]

By |2019-03-08T14:47:25-06:00March 8th, 2019|News|0 Comments
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