Domestic or international travel opportunities for students of all ages has become a popular educational benefit provided by schools and universities across the globe; whether it is for athletic or extracurricular tournaments, language programs, volunteer missions or study abroad programs. Young travelers may even venture abroad on their own, taking a gap year, backpacking trip or simply vacationing with friends. While travel offers a multitude of opportunities, there are still numerous factors that may put the health and safety of this vulnerable population at risk.
AIG Travel recognizes the need for greater understanding and awareness regarding safety for student travelers. A strong safety and preparation plan can help ensure students of all ages enjoy travel and the valuable experiences it can bring while also mitigating risk. Students, parents and faculty alike can benefit from the following travel tips and advice.
According to Inside Higher Ed, 16% of those earning bachelor's degrees study abroad at some point during their undergraduate careers.1
According to the Forum on Education Abroad, 10% of all students studying abroad filed an insurance claim.2
In a study by the National Association of Independent Schools, one-third of the total risks to students traveling occur while on the highway, while another 10% is attributed to boat, plane and train travel. Another 30% of risk is a mixture of fires, falls and sickness, while there is more than a quarter percent risk of drowning.3