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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

Depart Smart Partners with G3 Passports and Visas on Lifesaving Travel Safety Emergency Preparedness

Depart Smart™ Inc. is partnering with G3 Global in lifesaving ways. Traveling abroad is an exciting enticement, but it can also be stressful. In fact, the World Health Organization cites psychic trauma as the leading cause of emergency evacuation. It can be especially taxing when someone you live or [...]

By |2019-09-10T12:25:32-06:00August 27th, 2019|News, PR Moments|Comments Off on Depart Smart Partners with G3 Passports and Visas on Lifesaving Travel Safety Emergency Preparedness

SYTA Annual Conference | Travel Safety Seminar

Join Depart Smart at the Student Youth Travel Association (SYTA) Annual Conference August 9-13, 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama. SYTA Annual Conference offers a relaxed yet business focused setting for tour operators, group travel planners and business partners to meet, learn and connect with each other. Register for the SYTA Annual Conference [...]

By |2019-07-15T11:33:34-06:00July 15th, 2019|Events, News, Safety|Comments Off on SYTA Annual Conference | Travel Safety Seminar

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

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

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 [...]

By |2019-09-10T12:36:37-06:00February 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 |2019-01-07T12:41:34-06:00January 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 |2018-12-18T16:17:19-06:00December 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 |2018-08-07T12:40:19-06:00August 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 |2018-06-13T13:21:15-06:00May 31st, 2018|Events, Gala, Highlights, News|Comments Off on Wings to Fly: Depart Smart’s 2018 Gala