As the summer vacation season gets underway, the increase interrorism around the globe and other factors warrant travelerstaking a little more care to mitigate the risks of traveling,especially in a foreign country. More than 35% of Americans areexpected to take a family trip this year, and 70% of thoseindividuals are planning more than one, according to AAA.

Staying safe is the responsibility of each traveler. “The firstthing is to understand who's in charge of your security when youtravel; you are,” said Wesley Odom, president of the AckermannGroup LLC, a security and investigative firm. “You can't deny thatyou're at risk – all you can do is mitigate it.”

Odom spent 15 years in the CIA's clandestine services, where hespecialized in foreign intelligence operations andcounterterrorism.

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Patricia L. Harman

Patricia L. Harman is the editor-in-chief of Claims magazine, a contributing editor to, and chairs the annual America's Claims Event (ACE), which focuses on providing claims professionals with cutting-edge education and networking opportunities. She covers auto, property & casualty, workers' compensation, fraud, risk and cybersecurity, and is a frequent speaker at insurance industry events. Contact her at [email protected]