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,…

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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…

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Study Abroad Etiquette: Spain

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As statistics have shown, the number of students studying abroad has tripled in the last few decades and about 10 percent of all U.S. undergraduate students will study abroad by the time they graduate. In this blog series, we’ll provide some simple etiquette tips for popular study abroad destination. Along with France, Italy the United Kingdom…

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On Call in Action: Criminal Activity in the Streets

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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…

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Do This, Not That: 8 (Avoidable) Mistakes Travelers Make Overseas

Are you fairly new to the world of travel…but don’t want to blow your cover? Or, maybe you’ve put in some serious frequent flier miles, but you still find yourself repeating the same mistakes over (and over) again? No one is a perfect traveler, but with a little extra preparation we can all get a…

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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…

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On Call Watch Officers Help Answer the Question, “Is it Safe to Travel?”

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Has the question, ‘is it safe to travel?’ been keeping you up at night? If you’re like most risk professionals we know you understand first-hand how unpredictable global travel has become…and how it’s changed the way most organizations think about—and approach—travel risk management. According to On Call security analyst and Watch Officer, Scott Battey, “It’s…

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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…

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On Call in Action: Zika Concerns in the Caribbean

Islands getaways: Pristine tropical turquoise water island beach with white sand and coconut trees. Relaxing, travel and leisure related images for vacations in the Caribbean. Image taken at Morrocoy National Park, Venezuela. Morrocoy is a coastline and a group of small islands and cays located at Falcon State in Venezuela. A very popular destination for leisure, diving, kite surfing and all kind of water activities. Morrocoy and the beauty of the turquoise coastal beaches of Venezuela are almost indistinguishable from those of the Bahamas, Fiji, Bora Bora, French Polynesia, Malau, Hawaii, Cancun, Costa Rica, Florida, Maldives, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Honduras, or other tropical areas.

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…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] The Summer Games in Rio: Tips for a Safe & Healthy Trip

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Rio and its residents are preparing for hundreds of thousands of visitors in addition to thousands of athletes, staff and media for the Games this summer. The energy and excitement of this many people at a major sporting event certainly makes for a great atmosphere, but it also opens up some health and safety concerns….

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