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…

On Call in Action: Criminal Activity in the Streets

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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…

Do This, Not That: 8 (Avoidable) Mistakes Travelers Make Overseas

Are you fairly new to the world of travel…but don’t want to blow your cover? Or, maybe you’ve put in some serious frequent flier miles, but you still find yourself repeating the same mistakes over (and over) again? No one is a perfect traveler, but with a little extra preparation we can all get a…

5 Top Study Abroad Destinations: A Travel Security Review

With a new semester starting soon, now is a great time to take a closer look at what academic institutions need to consider when preparing students for a complex travel security climate. Global trends are shifting and creating the need to assess specific security concerns in every region of the world, including countries that are…

On Call Watch Officers Help Answer the Question, “Is it Safe to Travel?”

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Has the question, ‘is it safe to travel?’ been keeping you up at night? If you’re like most risk professionals we know you understand first-hand how unpredictable global travel has become…and how it’s changed the way most organizations think about—and approach—travel risk management. According to On Call security analyst and Watch Officer, Scott Battey, “It’s…

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Summer Games in Rio: Tips for a Safe & Healthy Trip

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Rio and its residents are preparing for hundreds of thousands of visitors in addition to thousands of athletes, staff and media for the Games this summer. The energy and excitement of this many people at a major sporting event certainly makes for a great atmosphere, but it also opens up some health and safety concerns….

The Games in Rio: Travel Health & Safety Advice

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With the Games in Rio just weeks away, our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Wheeler, and our Chief Security Officer, Jim Hutton, are sharing the following information with your travelers for a safer and healthier trip. Mosquito-Borne Illnesses: Pregnant women are advised to postpone travel to Rio due to the Zika virus, which can be transferred from…

LGBT Safety: Advice for Study Abroad Students and Their Institutions

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Post last updated on 8/22/2016. Preparing for a study abroad program can be both exciting and overwhelming—and for the members of the LGBT community, there may be some unique concerns and challenges as they embark on their international journeys. While most LGBT travelers won’t encounter any issues abroad, the better prepared they are, the less…

The New Norm: Travel Safety Considerations During Europe’s Soccer Tournament

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Following the attacks in Paris and Brussels, there has been significant focus on security and what that means for U.S. travelers in Europe. On May 31, 2016, the State Department issued a travel alert specific to those headed to major sporting events. “Euro Cup stadiums, fan zones, and unaffiliated entertainment venues broadcasting the tournaments in…

Summer Study Abroad: Health & Safety Considerations for Your Students

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The statistics revealed in the Institute of International Education’s latest Open Doors Report says the number of study abroad students more than tripled over the last few decades and one in ten U.S. undergraduates will study abroad before graduating.. Whether they’re taking classes or getting hands-on experience outside the classroom, there’s no doubt your students are anticipating the cultural…