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…

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…

Considering a Bleisure Trip This Winter? Here Are 5 Unique Destinations:

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Thanks to the rising trend of bleisure travel, professionals are finding creative ways to enhance their business trips. Looking to spend a few extra days in the sun the next time you travel for work? Here are 5 unique destinations where you may want to turn your business trip into a “bleisure trip” this winter. 1….

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…

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,…

Travel Trend Alert: Corporate VolunTOURism

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Volunteering to help people in need combined with traveling to faraway places is gaining in popularity. In fact, with more than 1.6 million people spending over $2 billion a year, “voluntourism” (aka social impact tourism) is claiming its spot as one of the fastest-growing travel trends today.  This trend also helps corporations, employees and volunteer…

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…

7 Great Mobile Apps for Students Studying Abroad

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It’s no secret that millennials are attached to their smartphones, especially now with the rising popularity of Pokémon GO (which has officially become the most played mobile game in the U.S.). A recent survey showed that 86% of people aged 18 to 29 own smartphones, so chances are, most of your students will use their…