Archives for June 2014

On Call in Action: Study Abroad Student Faces Legal Trouble

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…

Business Etiquette Around the World: United Arab Emirates

If you haven’t already traveled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), chances are you may find yourself there within the next few years.  According to the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (ADTCA), the business travel market to the UAE is expected to double in value by 2020, reaching nearly $1.4 billion. Here are our…

Travel Assistance and Your Company: 7 Common Myths (and Truths!) Behind Them

Is travel assistance part of your employee benefit package? If it’s not, perhaps you’re not quite sure exactly what it is or how it works…or maybe you don’t think your company needs it. But the truth is, business travel doesn’t always go according to plan, and when it doesn’t, you and your employees need help…

Travel Cheat Sheet of the Month: How to Protect Yourself from Foodborne Illness

One of the best things about traveling to another country is trying local, authentic cuisine. However, it pays to know a few basic rules so you don’t become one of the 10 million overseas travelers to suffer a bout of traveler’s diarrhea or other foodborne illnesses each year.  Luckily, you can protect yourself from foodborne…

Chikungunya: What Is It and Should You Be Worried?

You’ve probably noticed that Chikungunya (pronounced “chik-un-GUHN-ya”), a viral illness spread by mosquitos, has recently attracted some extra media attention in the United States. The virus, more commonly found in Asia and Africa, has spread to a number of Caribbean islands and cases have even been reported on our home turf in Florida.  Health officials…

Travel Assistance 101: How to Use On Call’s Concierge Service

Imagine: You just booked a last-minute trip to London for a meeting with an important new customer. You need to take your clients to dinner the night before, followed by a show at the Lyceum Theatre. Unfortunately, you’re not familiar with the city or its restaurants, and you have no time to research. Everything needs…