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They Stole My iPhone...Again!

on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | The Well Prepared Traveler Travel Safety
This post was written for GeoVisions by Brielle Sydor of Elon College.  Brie was one of our counselors in 2012 on the Italy Summer Camp program and will be returning to Italy this summer to live and work. While I was happy to find that many of the Italian stereotypes were true—amazing food, beautiful architecture, cute boys—there was one that was definitely less amusing: theft. Every guidebook and travel website out there will tell you to “guard your possessions with your life” while traveling through Rome or Naples, and I certainly wish I had listened to them. On not one, but TWO occasions, I had my iPhone 4 stolen from me and didn’t even realize at the time that it had happened. Those thieves are tricky; so if you are unlucky enough to have your smartphone swiped while living abroad, simply follow my (unfortunately tried-and-true) recovery plan to get yourself back to the cellular world. Before You Leave:
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"The Path Less Traveled" Is Less Painful Today

on Fri, Apr 06, 2012 By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | Randy LeGrant Travel Safety Travel Insurance
Here we are on the evening of Passover, and it is also Good Friday.  It's Easter Weekend here in the U.S. as well.  Reflecting on these events happening this weekend, I wanted to update you on our teacher in Italy, whom I asked you to support last week in her deepest time of need.
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Our Volunteer Abroad Insurance Policy Will Not Cover This

on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | Make Something Happen Travel Safety
At GeoVisions we pride ourselves in the insurance that comes standard on any program we offer.  $0 deductible.  $500,000 in coverages.  Political and natural disaster included.  You name it, our policy includes it and every programs from 2 weeks to 1 year has it included.
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Volunteering and Traveling Abroad Reality Check

Most of us can be guilty of it. Coming up with a fantasy in our head spawned from the excitement of embarking on a new worldly adventure, nurturing magnificent thoughts of exciting experiences and perfect encounters. We envision our host family to be everything we wished for from the best of our own families.  Whatever awkwardness is experienced in first meeting them is all very quickly overshadowed by their excellent cooking, perfect location, or their proficiency in our native language. We envision a happy, healthy family, a comfortable bed in a private room with a high level of cleanliness, we don’t think about missing our friends and family and we certainly don’t envision ourselves getting sick. In a perfect world, all those things would come true, but in reality our runaway imaginations can get the best of us and even set us up for a miserable experience abroad.
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