Travel Etiquette Around the World: Cuba

Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean, has been the topic of controversy since an embargo was put in place by the United States in 1960. And while jumping on a plane for a beach vacation to Cuba is still out of the question, under new regulations, more Americans are now able to experience a…

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…

Looking Ahead: 7 Business Travel Trends to Watch in 2016

It’s that time of year when we’re looking ahead, thinking what the future might hold. And while we can’t predict the future, we do see 7 interesting industry trends that could play a significant role in shaping the business travel climate in 2016: 1) Sharing economy demand. It’s no secret that sharing economy services like…

Top Headlines in Travel: 2015 at a Glance

From restoring ties in Cuba to debates about the sharing economy, 2015 has certainly been eventful. As the year comes to a close, we’ve gathered a list of some of the biggest travel headlines from this past year: Cuba: The year began with great news. The U.S. restored diplomatic ties with Cuba. The embassies opened…

This Year’s Top Trends in Study Abroad

If you’re responsible for international travel risk management at your institution, you’ll probably find the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Open Doors Report to be a helpful resource. Published annually in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, the report is comprised through surveys sent to approximately 3,000 accredited…

Q+A with Dr. Wheeler: A Look at Cuba’s Healthcare Landscape

It’s no secret that more Americans are venturing to Cuba due to loosened restrictions and the reopening of the U.S. embassy earlier this year. In fact, according to Business Insider, the island has seen close to 40% more American visitors since this time period last year. With so many organizations and higher education institutions taking…

A Step Ahead: Sharing Economy Use During Business Travel [INFOGRAPHIC]

As the popularity of sharing economy services like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb rises rapidly, people will inevitably start using these services on business trips (if they’re not doing so already). In preparation, employers are already adapting their existing travel policies to the new sharing economy, right? Well, not exactly… According to our recent national survey,…

Three (More) Emerging Trends That Could Affect Your Company’s Travel Policy

If your staff has been getting from Point A to Point B without any monumental issues, perhaps there’s no motivation to address your company’s current travel policy. However, why not be proactive and make a few updates before something actually goes wrong? Last month we talked about risky behaviors, bleisure and the sharing economy and…

Three Emerging Trends That Could Affect Your Company’s Travel Policy

Is your company’s travel policy collecting dust? Staying on top of current cultural and business realities is crucial for any well-managed TRM program. Unrealistic and out-of-date policies are more likely to be ignored by employees, which not only puts them at risk, but your company as well. Check out some of these emerging industry trends…

Adapting and Aligning Your Company’s TRM Strategy to the New Sharing Economy

With sharing economy services like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb gaining popularity, it’s no surprise that these companies are beginning to cater to business travelers. Yet, according to our latest national survey* only 12% of business travelers have used a ride sharing service, and only 4% have stayed in accommodations booked through Airbnb. When asked what…