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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.

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. From [...]

By |2019-03-12T15:49:33-06:00March 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

Study Abroad Travel Safety Outlook

By Sheryl Hill, Dr. Peter Tarlow, and Dr. John Fletemeyer U.S. Students are vulnerable abroad U.S. students are a vulnerable population, especially abroad. They are strangers in foreign lands. They may lack cultural competency, have language barriers, and be unfamiliar with laws, customs, and resources to assist them if they find themselves in dangerous situations. [...]

By |2018-12-18T16:17:19-06:00December 18th, 2018|News, Safety|Comments Off on Study Abroad Travel Safety Outlook

When somebody calls you ‘Genius’

When someone calls you ‘genius’ you might think they are being sarcastic. “Way to go, Genius!” But, when someone calls you genius because they are genuinely impressed with your passion, purpose, and achievements, well – that’s pause for celebration and reflection. Exceptionally brilliant My goal is to help you become exceptionally brilliant at [...]

By |2018-03-07T11:46:47-06:00February 23rd, 2018|Safety|0 Comments

StarTribune Vacation & Travel Experience OCT 28-29, 2017

SEE WHERE IT TAKES YOU! Join Depart Smart Founder and Executive Director, Sheryl Hill as she presents 'Travel Savvy' on Saturday, October 28 from 4:30-5:00 PM. Your opportunity to meet face-to-face with destinations from around the world and immerse yourself in travel for the day. It’s an event where the entire family can learn, plan and [...]

By |2017-12-10T09:17:43-06:00October 16th, 2017|Events|0 Comments

Depart Smart is a Moodle Case Study for the first consumer-driven, online travel safety certification course!

INTRODUCTION Depart Smart is a nonprofit organization based in Minnesota, USA, working to reach, teach and engage travelers as active participants in their health and safety abroad. Travel and tourism is a strong and profitable industry. However, most people do not know how to Depart Smart for the world. Simple things can make lifesaving differences, [...]

By |2017-12-18T16:36:47-06:00October 16th, 2017|News|0 Comments

ALERT: SWIMMING POOL WATER CONTAMINATION IN THE USA & ABROAD

A Guest Post by Dr. John Fletemeyer, Aquatic Law and Drowning Prevention Specialist, and Depart Smart Safety Adviser  There has been an alarming and dramatic increase in infectious diseases from swimming pools in the United States and abroad. An article I wrote for Aquatics International titled “Overseas Swimmers Beware! An aquatics expert studies overseas pools for adherence [...]

By |2017-12-10T09:17:45-06:00September 23rd, 2017|News|0 Comments