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Molly O'Brien

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Uganda: New Luster for the Pearl of Africa

Mar 13, 2019 |

Destination Spotlight

| by Molly O'Brien

Although dubbed in 1907 as “the Pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill, Uganda’s travel appeal didn’t gain traction until very recently. Savvy travelers are becoming wise to the cultural and natural treasures Uganda has to offer at rather affordable prices, with not only gorilla trekking but ...

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News Bin - March 13, 2019

Mar 13, 2019 |

News Roundup

| by Molly O'Brien

Bringing you the latest news, information, and resources from around the web. In the March 13th edition, read more about the following:...

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Trip report: Cuba from a First-Timer's Point of View

Dec 14, 2018 |

From the Field

| by Molly O'Brien

Stefanie Plein, educational travel consultant, recently traveled for the first time to Cuba on “Birding in Cuba: Discover the Island’s Endemic & Native Species”.  As Holbrook’s program in association with Road Scholar, the journey began in Havana, Cuba’s capital and then on to the western town ...

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Destination Spotlight: Rediscovering Ethiopia in the post-Lucy period

Oct 30, 2018 |

Destination Spotlight

| by Molly O'Brien

The discovery of Lucy, our oldest ancestor, by a team of scientists in 1974 placed Ethiopia high in the minds of many travelers. But news of famine and a civil war that waged for 15 years kept Ethiopia off the radar for some time. All of that is changing with renewed interest in its storied ...

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From the field: Colombia, the Next Great Destination in Latin America

Oct 30, 2018 |

From the Field

| by Molly O'Brien

Q & A with Carlos Cardona, Holbrook Travel’s Associate Director of Product Development Q: What was the overall purpose of the trip?? What areas did you visit? A: This was the 2nd trip to Colombia in the past year and the goals of this trip were to inspect current locations that we travel to in ...

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News Bin - September 19, 2018

Sep 19, 2018 |

News Roundup

| by Molly O'Brien

Bringing you the latest news, information, and resources from around the web. In the September 19th edition, read more about the following:...

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The call no one wants: handling medical emergencies in the field

Sep 19, 2018 |

Behind the Scenes

| by Molly O'Brien

Despite extensive risk management standards, thorough guide training and certification, and far-reaching safety protocols, emergencies in-country, while unfortunate, are unavoidable at times. In this article we’re calling out the difficult topic and addressing the call no one wants to receive: ...

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Chile: A Paradise for the Adventurous Soul

Sep 19, 2018 |

Destination Spotlight

| by Molly O'Brien

Find out why Chile is one of the latest top travel destinations Stretching 2,653 miles in length and only 150 miles across at its widest point, Chile’s unique geography is what gives rise to its extraordinary appeal as a travel destination. Named Lonely Planet’s #1 destination for travel in ...

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Destination Spotlight: Navigating the Amazon – Safely

“In the end, we did survive. But we never truly left the jungle behind. It permeates every part of us. I still have a deep love of nature, of jungles in particular, and mountains and coastline...” – Holly FitzGerald, Ruthless River: Love and Survival on the Amazon's Relentless Madre de Dios In ...

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What makes an excellent guide?

Jun 1, 2018 |

Behind the Scenes

| by Molly O'Brien

While the success of a trip depends on many factors, perhaps the most significant contributor to the quality of a travel program hinges on the guides. The skill and knowledge of a guide can make or break a program....

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