Archives for June 2016

Airport Security: ‘New World’ Considerations for Your Travelers

In the wake of tragic recent events like the Istanbul and Brussels airport attacks, airport security is a real—and valid—concern for organizations and their travelers. According to our Chief Security Officer, Jim Hutton, “These attacks will continue to impact the way we look at airport security; and correspondingly, risk professionals need to be imaginative about…

The Games in Rio: Travel Health & Safety Advice

With the Games in Rio just weeks away, our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Wheeler, and our Chief Security Officer, Jim Hutton, are sharing the following information with your travelers for a safer and healthier trip. Mosquito-Borne Illnesses: Pregnant women are advised to postpone travel to Rio due to the Zika virus, which can be transferred from…

4 Ways to Help Your Students Get the Most Out Of Their Study Abroad Experiences

Are your students prepared for a safe, successful, and enjoyable trip abroad? Most people will say their travels abroad provided them with the cultural experience of a lifetime—but sometimes students have trouble adapting and may even isolate themselves from the local culture. Whether they’re spending several months overseas or just a few weeks – share…

LGBT Safety: Advice for Study Abroad Students and Their Institutions

Post last updated on 8/22/2016. Preparing for a study abroad program can be both exciting and overwhelming—and for the members of the LGBT community, there may be some unique concerns and challenges as they embark on their international journeys. While most LGBT travelers won’t encounter any issues abroad, the better prepared they are, the less…

Mumps and Travel: How To Prevent It and What To Do If You Get It

Similar to measles, mumps is a contagious disease that is spread when infected people cough, sneeze, and even talk. Mumps remains a common disease in many parts of the world, including regions in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Pacific—and also in industrialized countries like the UK and Japan which do not routinely vaccinate against the…

The New Norm: Travel Safety Considerations During Europe’s Soccer Tournament

Following the attacks in Paris and Brussels, there has been significant focus on security and what that means for U.S. travelers in Europe. On May 31, 2016, the State Department issued a travel alert specific to those headed to major sporting events. “Euro Cup stadiums, fan zones, and unaffiliated entertainment venues broadcasting the tournaments in…