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A first in commercial air safety history: ZERO deaths in 2017

Despite more flights than ever before, exceeding 100,000 flights per day worldwide, 2017 was the safest year on record for commercial air travel. Dutch aviation consulting firm To70 estimates the fatal accident rate for large commercial passenger flights is now just 1 in 16,000,000 flights. While there were no deaths on commercial airline jets, [...]

By | 2018-01-17T14:27:16+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Depart Smart group teaches travelers how to stay safe” – The Voyage Report Podcast

Learn how to stay safe while traveling in The Voyage Report's newest podcast: "Depart Smart: Group Teaches Travelers to Stay Safe." Inspired by the untimely death of her son, Sheryl Hill founded Depart Smart, a non-profit organization committed to preparing travelers for journeys abroad. Sheryl gives our Mark Albert a 10-question Travel Safe Quiz, [...]

By | 2018-01-10T11:53:24+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to travel the world for less than you ever imagined!

By Mark Albert, Editor-in-Chief: The Voyage Report In my ongoing quest to visit every country in the world, I not only want to depart smart, but depart cheap. My goal is to save as much money as possible on airfare and hotels so I can invest more in experiences and food and once-in-a-lifetime adventures at my [...]

By | 2018-01-05T12:50:28+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s been a wild year for travel. What’s ahead for 2018?

How was traveling in 2017 for you? USA Today and Washington Post columnist Christopher Elliot writes about travel in 2017 and offers commentary on 2018 travel in two articles - "Travelers, here's what to expect in 2018" and "It’s been a wild year for travel. What’s ahead for 2018?" Depart Smart's Travel HEROES course is featured [...]

By | 2017-12-18T16:34:39+00:00 December 11th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Education Admin Webinar January 10, 2018

Our students are our future. Study abroad can be an awesome opportunity, but it comes with deep duty to inform and duty of care responsibilities so students come home with rewarding memories to the people and places they love. Please join Sheryl Hill, award-winning author, speaker, safe student travel advocate and founder of Depart [...]

By | 2017-12-20T12:18:53+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Events, Featured, News|0 Comments

Top 7 safety priorities for world traveling senior citizens

Your kids are grown. Your career is winding down. It’s time to live life to its fullest in new ways. For many, that means connecting with people and cultures while traveling the world. Whether it’s hiking in the Himalayas, taking cooking classes in Tuscany, joining a motorcoach tour of Chile, or tutoring orphans in Tanzania, global adventures [...]

By | 2017-12-18T16:35:05+00:00 December 8th, 2017|News|0 Comments

When should you call your travel insurance company?

Depart Smart's mission is to prepare world travelers from all walks of life to be able to identify and avoid risks, get help and home with a personal emergency safety plan. Recognized as consumer travel safety experts and advocates, we have more than ten years learning about dangerous situations and common pitfalls from survivors whose [...]

By | 2017-12-18T16:36:31+00:00 November 27th, 2017|News|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+00:00 October 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+00:00 October 16th, 2017|News|0 Comments

5 Ways to Tackle Language Barriers and Safeguard Your Health Abroad

Imagine getting a phone call informing you that your son or daughter studying abroad has fallen dangerously ill. You frantically try to obtain and fax over their medical records, but it takes 1-2 hours. When the records finally arrive, they’re useless. Medical personnel can’t read them because they’re not in their language. Sheryl Hill, the [...]

By | 2017-12-10T09:17:44+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments