Archives for March 2016

On Call in Action: Accident on Spring Break

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…

The Consummate Host: How Institutions Can Protect Inbound Student Safety

The statistics revealed in the 2015 Open Doors Report demonstrate just how internationalized U.S. higher education has become: not only has the number of study abroad students more than tripled over the last few decades, but the number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities experienced the highest rate of growth in thirty-five years. In fact a record…

The Sharing Economy: 5 Essential Safety Tips for a Safer Ride

Getting a ride wherever and whenever you need it has never been easier thanks to sharing economy services like Uber and Lyft. But this ease and simplicity also presents some risks, especially in unfamiliar surroundings. Read our tips below to keep yourself safe when using sharing economy services when you travel. 1. Wait in a…

Security Landscape in Rio: Q+A with Jim Hutton

Last month we sat down with our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Wheeler, to talk about the medical landscape in Rio and what travelers can expect if they need emergent medical care while traveling there. This month, we’re switching our gears to safety and picking our Chief Security Officer, Jim Hutton’s, brain on the topic. Read…

4 Things NOT to Take Home from a Trip

It’s hard enough remembering to re-pack all the essentials when your trip is over. But did you know that bringing back the wrong things could actually spell BIG trouble? Unfortunately, many travelers are unaware they may be packing items that could lead to major issues—not just when they get back to the U.S, but also…

Personal Safety: 5 Common Sense Tips for Travelers

Whether you’re away on business, studying abroad or even vacationing with your family, personal safety should always be top of mind. And with a little common-sense, vigilance and preparation, you can dramatically reduce your exposure to safety issues during your trip. Check out our five tips for staying safe, no matter where your travels take…