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

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

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

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

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

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…

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

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…

Road Safety and Travel: 4 Things Your Organization Should Know

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…

Identity Theft and Business Travel: How to Protect Your Employees and Your Organization

Do you think the chances of identity theft happening to your travelers are slim to none? Think again. According to recent studies, 19 people are victims to identity theft every minute, and it’s been the top consumer complaint to the FCC for the past 15 years. Aside from the stress and financial strain it puts…

How to Help Prepare Students for Unconventional Study Abroad Destinations

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

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…