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…

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…

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…

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…

Stress-Free Holiday Travel: 5 Ways to Get Through the Airport Quicker

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Getting through the airport can be a dreaded task for anyone – especially during the holidays. The TSA has been introducing significant changes to make the security process as seamless as possible, but unforeseen events can still cause long delays and upset travelers. Check out our tips below so you can have a quicker (and…