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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 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 a [...]

By |2019-02-12T13:02:22-06:00February 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

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

When Spring Break “Breaks” in Mexico

Mexico travel safety is a hot topic in 2018! Travel and tourism emergencies such as homicides, arrests, serious injury requiring medical evacuation, toxic gas leaks in vacation homes causing deaths, and hundreds of Minnesotans stranded in Mexico when a snowstorm forced Sun Country Airlines to cancel the last flight home are just a sampling of [...]

By |2018-04-19T12:50:57-06:00April 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|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 |2017-12-10T09:17:43-06:00October 16th, 2017|Events|0 Comments

ALERT: SWIMMING POOL WATER CONTAMINATION IN THE USA & ABROAD

A Guest Post by Dr. John Fletemeyer, Aquatic Law and Drowning Prevention Specialist, and Depart Smart Safety Adviser  There has been an alarming and dramatic increase in infectious diseases from swimming pools in the United States and abroad. An article I wrote for Aquatics International titled “Overseas Swimmers Beware! An aquatics expert studies overseas pools for adherence [...]

By |2017-12-10T09:17:45-06:00September 23rd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Boston Herald Highlights Depart Smart After France Acid Attack on U.S. Students

It’s common for parents to worry about their kids’ safety while studying abroad. Most likely the experience will be as amazing as you hope. But recent headlines of natural disasters, political unrest, and random acts of violence can elevate concerns to a whole other level. While it’s impossible to protect kids from every situation, creating [...]

By |2017-12-10T09:17:45-06:00September 21st, 2017|Safety|0 Comments