The Top 10 Trends for Corporate Meeting Planning

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With summer coming to an end, it’s time for every event organizer’s busiest time of year – the start of a new conference season! If you’re responsible for planning a conference or corporate meeting on your company’s behalf, consider these trends shaping today’s corporate events: 1. Location, location, location: A survey conducted by hospitality management…

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How to Keep Your Belongings Safe When You Fly

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In recent years, you may have heard stories of airport employees robbing unsuspecting travelers of their valuables while they pass through security checkpoints and metal detectors. Which makes you think: if security agents are stealing, what is going on amongst gate agents, baggage handlers and even fellow passengers? There’s no need to be paranoid and…

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Travel Assistance 101: Common Travel Fears and How On Call Can Help (Part 1)

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Whether you’re new to travel or a seasoned road warrior, most people have at least one thing that worries them when they leave home(and it’s not just fear of flying). Here is our first round-up of common trip-related fears we hear from novice travelers and professional jet-setters alike and how On Call members can turn to…

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Travel Cheat Sheet of the Month: How to Keep Your Medications Safe in the Heat

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Picture this: you’re visiting friends at their lake house when your allergies start acting up. You pop an over-the-counter pill — which usually gives you quick relief — but you still feel uncomfortable. In fact, after several more doses, the drug still has no effect. What gives? Think long and hard where your medication was…

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Ebola: What is it and Should You Be Worried?

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  Update as of 7/31/14, 2:25 p.m. EDT: The CDC has issued a Level 3 Warning and urges all US residents to avoid nonessential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak. You may have noticed Ebola, a severe acute viral illness that is native to several African countries, creeping up in the…

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On Call in Action: Traveler Gets Injured on Beach Vacation

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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…

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10 Overlooked Steps When Preparing Students to Study Abroad

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According to the Institute of International Education, nearly 284,000 American students studied abroad for academic credit during the 2011-2012 academic year – and more than 150 U.S. colleges have pledged to increase their study abroad participation rates as part of a new national initiative called Generation Study Abroad. While living abroad is exciting and rewarding,…

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Travel Cheat Sheet of the Month: Common Medications That Cause Sun Sensitivity

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Did you know that many medications can have negative effects on your skin when you’re exposed to ultraviolet light? This condition, also known as photosensitivity, can cause symptoms ranging from itchiness to an uncomfortable rash, burns and blisters. If fun in the sun is on your summer travel agenda, you won’t want to miss this…

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From Chicago to Japan: Squeezing More Summer Fun into Your Next Business Trip

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  While business travel doesn’t usually afford much leisure time, your next business trip doesn’t have to be all work and no play. If you’re headed to one of these popular cities for work this summer, you’ll find several ways to make your free time feel more like a mini-vacation: London, United Kingdom: London offers an…

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Your Guide to Hassle-Free Summer Business Travel

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After one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record for many parts of the US, summer is finally in full swing — and with that, more Americans are itching to get away.  According to travel counselors surveyed by American Express Travel, 45% said their summer travel bookings are up compared with last year,  despite…

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