Depart Smart

A nonprofit organization

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Depart Smart - Lifesaving Travel Safety Training

"You saved my husband's life in Belize! I traveled with dumb luck until Travel HEROES Safety training." Carol G. 

"You saved my son's life in Costa Rica!" Dave S. 

"My friend had a seizure in Europe. I knew what to do! Thank you." William G

"Depart Smart has changed the way I travel abroad." Alyssa B. 

Travel safety knowledge saves lives. A mom called recently to thank us - Depart Smart's Travel Safety Certification Course taught her daughter how to avoid risks abroad by using OSAC Crime & Safety Reports for Indonesia. Her daughter refused to rent a moped in Bali on a gap week while studying abroad, because she learned that mopeds are a leading cause of tourist injury and death there. Her classmates weren't as prepared, and ended up in the hospital after crashing their moped.

Most people think they know how to Depart Smart for the world.


  • Students die more often studying abroad than in car wrecks?  
  • Most travelers don't protect themselves with travel insurance or vaccinations - yet 1 in 4 travelers returning from developing countries return with preventable illnesses. 
  • Do you know the emergency numbers abroad?
  • Is your personal health info in the local language? 

 Safety is not an accident. 

Recently, YOU helped us realize a dream - to build and launch the first consumer-driven, online travel safety course, TRAVEL HEROES, to help ALL travelers Depart Smart with tools, skills, and a personalized travel safety plan. Now we are driven to scale and reach more travelers than ever by integrating our services into employee wellness programs. 

Our Story

Founders Allen and Sheryl Hill's 16-year-old son, Tyler died a preventable death on a People to People Ambassador trip to Japan. His life would have been saved with timely and appropriate medical attention. There is evidence he asked for a medical care but none was provided. Tyler tried to dial 911.  The emergency number for an ambulance in Japan is 119.  His story repeats again and again.  The Hills founded Depart Smart to save lives so his story stops repeating.


Please help us raise $5000 to continue training travelers and raise awareness of the importance of understanding and planning for safe travel.


$ 15 keeps Travel HEROES Safety Training online for 2.5 days

$ 25 prepares one traveler with life-saving Travel HEROES safety training.

$100 reaches more unprepared travelers than ever.

Thank YOU! 

Depart Smart is recognized as a Travel Safety Expert by major news outlets: CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, Newsweek, USA Today, Forbes, Washington Post, and more. 

   The only travel surprises should be good ones! Depart Smart.

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5775 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 700
St. Louis Park, MN 55416



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