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?…

15 ‘Wicked Good’ Travel Tips from the On Call Team

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It’s safe to say that having the privilege to work with all of your travelers over the past 20+ years has taught the On Call staff a thing or two about travel. That’s why this month we reached out to our team of dedicated assistance and travel risk management experts for their best advice on staying…

Holiday Travel: An On Call Watch Officer Answers Your Top Security Questions

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Every year the holiday season consistently brings with it an uptick in the number of travelers, which inevitably increases the level of risk. While this is nothing new, it’s hard to ignore this past year’s events and the corresponding World Wide Travel Caution by the U.S. State Department. In addition, the State Department recently released…

On Call in Action: Missing Luggage in Italy

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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 how travel assistance…

The Most Common Health Risks for Business Travelers [INFOGRAPHIC]

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According to the CDC, an estimated 5.1 million people travel outside of the U.S. for business…and for every 100,000 travelers to a developing country, an astounding 50,000 people will experience some sort of health problem abroad. It’s no secret that traveling to an unfamiliar location can pose threats to one’s health—yet, despite these risks, only…

Road Safety and Travel: 4 Things Your Organization Should Know

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According to the U.S. State Department, motor vehicle crashes — not terrorism, crime, infectious disease or air travel— are the number one cause of death to healthy Americans living, working and traveling abroad. Without action, the WHO predicts road traffic crashes to become the 7th leading cause of death by 2030. For those managing duty…

Study Abroad Etiquette: China

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As statistics have shown, the number of students studying abroad has tripled in the last few decades and about 10 percent of all U.S. undergraduate students will study abroad by the time they graduate. In this blog series, we’ll provide some simple etiquette tips for popular study abroad destinations. Along with Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom and France, China…

How to Help Prepare Students for Unconventional Study Abroad Destinations

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For students headed to less traditional destinations, the positives may seem endless: an enriched cultural experience, an adventure of a lifetime, an opportunity to step out of one’s comfort zone…however, as students forgo classic study abroad destinations and set their sights on more challenging travel climates, this not only creates an additional layer of uncertainty…

Smartphones and Travel: Staying Connected (Without Breaking the Bank)

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Nearly two-thirds of Americans are now smartphone owners, and 46% say their phones are something they “couldn’t live without.” Which isn’t at all shocking; after all, people are turning to their mobile devices to do much more than text, call or email these days…and travel is no exception. Whether it’s keeping up with breaking news,…