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Going Abroad? What You Need to Know about Express Kidnapping, Ransom, and Extortion

Travel begins with the excitement and the joy of being able to fulfill our inner wanderlust. We all dream of having the ability to travel and experience the enchantment of seeing new places, enjoying new foods, and taking in new cultures. In most cases, however, most of us are not fully prepared for the [...]

By |2019-09-17T12:25:30-06:00September 17th, 2019|Safety|Comments Off on Going Abroad? What You Need to Know about Express Kidnapping, Ransom, and Extortion

Top Ten Passport and Visa Tips for Safe Travel

Traveling can be a rewarding experience - when you are prepared. It can be devastating when you are not. No one told the founders of Depart Smart about the Passport Validity Rule when their sixteen-year-old son Tyler traveled to Japan on a student trip. They thought they would be able to get to [...]

By |2019-08-14T13:16:06-06:00August 14th, 2019|Safety|Comments Off on Top Ten Passport and Visa Tips for Safe Travel

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

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 |2019-09-10T12:32:48-06:00June 27th, 2019|Safety|Comments Off on EdWebinar – Transforming Students into Global Citizens with Smart Travel Safety Skills!

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

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

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

Trip Insurance vs Travel Insurance | What’s the difference?

Shockingly, most vacationers do not protect themselves or their families with travel insurance! Whether you're a vacationer, a travel agent, or an employer, when your family and clients are traveling for work or vacations abroad, your number one priority is that they return happy, healthy, and on time. One of the things you or your [...]

By |2018-12-06T13:40:18-06:00December 6th, 2018|Safety|Comments Off on Trip Insurance vs Travel Insurance | What’s the difference?

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

Global Mobility

Small world, big opportunities For the past few decades, the workplace is growing to include a literal world of options. It’s becoming increasingly more common for employees to further their careers by working abroad.  In fact, going abroad to work either short or long term has spawned a whole new relocation industry, referred to [...]

By |2018-03-30T11:55:32-06:00February 13th, 2018|Safety|0 Comments