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  • Students Traveling Abroad

    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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

SPEAK UP! SPEAK OUT! New Beginnings…and why we formed a for-profit

My son Tyler Hill died on a student program abroad It happened on a day while I was at a 2007 USA National Hockey tournament with my youngest son, Alec, and his friend in Pennsylvania. [...]