Mid-Year Travel Security Outlook for Western Europe

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The international focus on Western Europe has only intensified over the past half year, with continued concern over the terrorism threat and ongoing attention on the rise of nationalist politics in key countries. The short-term outlook for terrorist activity in Western Europe is bleak, as terrorist groups (primarily ISIS) have displayed not only the desire…

Traveling With Pets: How to Plan for the Unexpected

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Anyone who travels frequently knows all too well that leaving a four-legged pal at home can be difficult. Aside from finding credible sitters and boarding facilities, the guilt factor alone can make travel less enjoyable for many pet parents—and for those planning longer-term stays, it may actually be more cost effective to bring Fluffy along…

Considerations for Organizations Operating in High-Risk Environments: Part 2

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When operating in high-risk environments, organizations must consider an array of variables that may not pose an appreciable threat in other lower-risk locations. In this two-part blog post, Global Security Specialists Nicholas D’Intino and Raynold Lyngdoh share common issues that can help facilitate discussions within organizations such as corporations, academic institutions, nonprofits and NGOs conducting…

Considerations for Organizations Operating in High-Risk Environments: Part 1

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While there are basic safety precautions that should be considered and exercised no matter where a traveler is headed, destinations designated as ‘high-risk environments’ require even more research and planning before an organization commits to sending its travelers to these locations. Acquiring and utilizing such information appropriately allows an organization to meet one component of…

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…

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….

Football’s Championship Game in Houston: Travel Safety Considerations & Advice

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The Big Game is almost here! One of the most anticipated sporting events of the year, Football’s Championship Game will be played in the Houston Texans’ home stadium on February 5, 2017. Are your travelers prepared for a safe trip? Our security team has some important safety considerations and advice for organizations and their travelers…

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…