On Call in Action: Family Emergency During Spring Break

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Whether you’re traveling for business, school, or pleasure, it’s safe to say that things don’t always go as planned. (Good thing you always remember to pack your On Call card!) But here’s the thing: unless you’ve actually experienced a travel emergency (a broken leg, lost prescription, stolen passport or even a legal mix-up), it’s hard to imagine…

Top Trends in Study Abroad (And What They Could Mean for Your Institution)

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If you’re responsible for international risk management at your college or university, you’re probably familiar with the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s 2016 Open Doors Report. An informational reference published annually in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the report covers an abundance of trends and developments in…

How to Incorporate Tripwires and Reverse-Tripwires into Travel Emergency Planning

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In a world that is becoming more accessible and seemingly more unpredictable at the same time, organizations that conduct operations abroad are facing increasingly difficult decisions. Managers often have to weigh the geopolitical and security risks associated with a location against the benefits of conducting those operations. When difficult decisions must be made, some organizations…

Yellow Fever and Travel: FAQs and Preventative Advice

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Yellow fever, a virus endemic to numerous tropical regions in Africa and South America, has been a topic of discussion in the travel sphere since the CDC issued an Alert – Level 2 late last year. According to our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. William Siegart, “Since the Brazilian Ministry of Health reported an outbreak of…

On Call in Action: A Crisis Unfolds in Turkey

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Whether you’re traveling for business, school, or pleasure, it’s safe to say that things don’t always go as planned. (Good thing you always remember to pack your On Call card!) But here’s the thing: unless you’ve actually experienced a travel emergency (a broken leg, lost prescription, stolen passport or even a legal mix-up), it’s hard to imagine…

World Aware: 7 Top Security Risks for International Travelers [INFOGRAPHIC]

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It’s no secret our shifting global security climate is changing the way most organizations think about—and approach—travel risk management. Did you know…? Some 300,000 U.S. passports go missing each year. 95% of public Wi-Fi networks are unencrypted and aren’t protecting your information. The odds of an American dying in a terrorist attack, whether domestically or…

An Airport Security Outlook For Spring/Summer 2017 (and Beyond)

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Last year, the topic of ‘longer than ever’ wait times at security checkpoints across the U.S. was all the rage (no pun intended) in the travel sphere. This was likely due to a number of factors including heightened security restrictions, limited staffing and cheaper gas/airfare prices. And while this chatter has seemed to dissipate over…

Side Trips, Spring Break (and More): A Guide to Staying Connected With Your Students

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As students explore places close to their study abroad destinations or take some time away from their programs on spring break, their first instinct may be to disconnect. However, while it’s great for students to have some space and autonomy, it’s also imperative to stress the importance of staying connected while they’re on any school-sponsored…

Why Situational Awareness Should Begin With Pre-Travel Planning

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With the vulnerabilities of soft targets continuing to be exploited in recent news headlines, there has been an increased focus on “situational awareness” and what this means for international travel safety. However, having a solid grasp on situational awareness entails much more than simply knowing where the nearest emergency exits and first aid kits are….

On Call in Action: Accident in Vietnam

Speeding scooters at dusk in Hanoi, Vietnam

Whether you’re traveling for business, school, or pleasure, it’s safe to say that things don’t always go as planned. (Good thing you always remember to pack your On Call card!) But here’s the thing: unless you’ve actually experienced a travel emergency (a broken leg, lost prescription, stolen passport or even a legal mix-up), it’s hard to imagine…