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U.S. Travel Association Supports Continued Cuban Travel

Oct 26, 2017 |

From the Field

| by Molly O'Brien

Holbrook Travel President Andrea Holbrook returned from Havana on October 4, after attending the RESPECT (Responsible and Ethical Cuba Travel) conference. RESPECT is a U.S. professional association uniting nonprofit entities, travel agents, tour operators and other travel service providers, ...

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Irma Aftermath: Most Areas in Cuba are Intact and Programs are Proceeding

Sep 22, 2017 |

From the Field

| by Molly O'Brien

With the news of Hurricane Maria’s arrival in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, Irma is no longer making headlines, but there are still significant and positive updates to report. ...

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Cuba: Environmental Protection, Conservation, and Sustainability of Cuban Ecosystems

Aug 28, 2017 |

From the Field

| by Sandy Doss

Holbrook's Sandy Doss recently joined the Penn State Lehigh Valley CHANCE Program during a field practicum to Cuba: "Environmental Protection, Conservation, and Sustainability of Cuban Ecosystems." Below, she shares her experience:...

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Interview: Peru from a First-Timer’s Point of View

Jul 21, 2017 |

From the Field

| by Lindsay Taulbee

Paloma Bone, who works on Holbrook’s Road Scholar team as a program manager, recently traveled for the first time to Peru as a participant on RS program #3280, “Majesty and Mystery: Ancient Civilizations of Peru.” The journey began in Lima, Peru’s capital, and then to the northern towns of ...

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Interview: Costa Rica from a First-Timer’s Point of View

Jun 20, 2017 |

From the Field

| by Lindsay Taulbee

Last month, we shared what it’s like to visit Galápagos from a first-timer’s point of view. This month, we’re sharing an interview with Holbrook’s Arianna Aguilar. Arianna, who works on Holbrook’s Road Scholar team as a destination consultant, recently traveled to Costa Rica for the first time ...

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Trip report: Galápagos from a First-Timer’s Point of View

May 24, 2017 |

From the Field

| by Lindsay Taulbee

Holbrook’s Ryan Dunleavy recently accompanied a Road Scholar group traveling to the Galápagos Islands as part of RS program #6043, “The Galapagos: Cultural and Natural History.” In this interview, Ryan shares his experience from a first-timer’s perspective....

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Why Iceland Is Primed for Educational Travel

Iceland is surging in popularity among travelers, and for good reason. The country offers volcanoes, glaciers, and waterfalls, plus history, culture, and more, all within a relatively small area. Moreover, there are a wealth of topics for academic study. So what does Iceland’s recent tourism ...

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Promoting local conservation and sustainability in Belize and Guatemala

In March, Debbie Jordan traveled to Belize and Guatemala to learn more about National Audubon Society and its ongoing work there through its International Alliances Program (IAP). During this familiarization trip, she birded and explored these remarkable countries with representatives from ...

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Report from the field: Exploring the riches of the Bahamas with Andrea Holbrook

Feb 22, 2017 |

From the Field

| by Lindsay Taulbee

President and CEO Andrea Holbrook traveled to the Bahamas in late January to learn more about the islands’ potential for birding and natural history travel programs. She found that despite the Bahamas’ reputation as a mass tourism, resort destination, the islands have much to offer Holbrook ...

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Destination Spotlight: Colombia – With New Peace Accord, Is It Time To Go?

You’ve heard it before: peace deal in Colombia. Is it for real or not? As it's turning out, the new agreement is taking hold, as shown by the signing of the Peace Accord in November and weekly news that supports a permanent peace with rebel groups. So is it time to go?...

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