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Red Flags for Hotel & Housing Safety

Studying abroad is an exciting enticement until the housing you are staying in is far away from campus or in a shady part of town. Reader's Digest quotes Depart Smart founder, Sheryl Hill, on hotel safety standards in a January 2019 article. "Even if your hotel meets all of your preliminary standards, it’s still unfortunately not a [...]

By |2019-02-12T13:02:22+00:00February 6th, 2019|News, PR Moments, Safety|0 Comments

Depart Smart Announced 2018 Health at Work Award Winner

Depart Smart has been announced a Silver winner of the 14th-annual Health at Work Awards sponsored by ComPsych, honoring organizations who promote employee health and wellness. Winners were selected based on their wellness program’s comprehensiveness, delivery, promotion, participation rates and results achieved. ComPsych Corporation is the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs and is [...]

By |2019-01-07T12:41:34+00:00January 7th, 2019|News, PR Moments|Comments Off on Depart Smart Announced 2018 Health at Work Award Winner

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+00:00December 18th, 2018|News, Safety|Comments Off on Study Abroad Travel Safety Outlook

Local Travel Expert Offers New Safety Training and Certification

We’re honored to be featured in this month’s issue of Lake Minnetonka Magazine! In the article “Local Travel Expert Offers New Safety Training and Certification” reporter Maura Keller talks to our Founder and Executive Director, Sheryl Hill, about how Travel HEROES helps people Depart Smart. Travel Safety Travel HEROES is our online safety course that [...]

By |2018-08-07T12:40:19+00:00August 7th, 2018|News, PR Moments|Comments Off on Local Travel Expert Offers New Safety Training and Certification

Wings to Fly: Depart Smart’s 2018 Gala

Most of us hardly give an international flight a second thought. A quick search online, a few clicks for a hotel, airfare, and rental car packages make booking and payment for your travel plans easy. We might send an itinerary to our emergency contacts, but how many of us stop here? The Depart Smart annual [...]

By |2018-06-13T13:21:15+00:00May 31st, 2018|Events, Gala, Highlights, News|Comments Off on Wings to Fly: Depart Smart’s 2018 Gala

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+00:00December 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+00:00December 11th, 2017|Events, News, Safety|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+00:00December 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+00:00November 27th, 2017|News|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+00:00October 16th, 2017|News|0 Comments