As the summer vacation season gets underway, the increase in terrorism around the globe and other factors warrant travelers taking a little more care to mitigate the risks of traveling, especially in a foreign country.

More than 35% of Americans are expected to take a family trip this year, and 70% of those individuals are planning more than one, according to AAA.

Staying safe is the responsibility of each traveler. "The first thing is to understand who's in charge of your security when you travel; you are," said Wesley Odom, president of the Ackermann Group LLC, a security and investigative firm, during a recent webinar sponsored by Chubb. "You can't deny that you're at risk — all you can do is mitigate it."

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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]