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…

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….

Considering a Bleisure Trip This Winter? Here Are 5 Unique Destinations:

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Thanks to the rising trend of bleisure travel, professionals are finding creative ways to enhance their business trips. Looking to spend a few extra days in the sun the next time you travel for work? Here are 5 unique destinations where you may want to turn your business trip into a “bleisure trip” this winter. 1….

Study Abroad Travel Survival Guide

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Are your students aware of the resources they should have, or can turn to, once they’re in their designated study abroad countries? Help your students plan for a healthy, safe, and productive trip abroad with our study abroad survival guide: Destination Knowledge:  Effective study abroad preparation is only as good as the destination information your institution…

Reevaluating Your Organization’s Travel Security Strategy for 2017

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In the rapidly evolving and fluctuating world of global travel, organizational policies must constantly be updated in order to remain relevant and effective. As the New Year begins, we encourage risk managers and administrators to take this opportunity to reevaluate their organization’s travel security plans for 2017. Need help getting started? Here are a few…

A Look Back: Top Travel Headlines of 2016

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2016 has certainly been an eventful year to say the least. From the rise of eco-tourism and commercial flights to Cuba from the U.S., to the devastating attacks across the world, we’ve certainly had our share of ups and downs in the travel sphere. How many of these events affected your travel plans this year?…