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Wild Alaska – A look inside America’s Last Frontier

Sep 19, 2018 |

From the Field

| by Lindsay Taulbee

Alaska’s magnificent mountain peaks, green timberlands, and nearly 34,000 miles of protected coastal waters contain awe-inspiring scenery. Step inside this expansive frontier and you have a chance to see elk, bears, moose, Bald Eagles, humpback whales, sea otters, and other wildlife in ...

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Field Report: Site Inspection - Uncovering Belize’s Jewels

Aug 1, 2018 |

From the Field

| by Christopher Bensley

Photos can be deceiving. Who hasn’t been fooled by the nice wide-angle pictures of a clean lodge room interior, only to be surprised when you swing open your door on a vacation or business trip? Regular site inspections are vital to ensuring the quality of your program - not to mention happy ...

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Madagascar: A Photo Essay by Sandy Doss

Jun 29, 2018 |

From the Field

| by Sandy Doss

For the past two weeks, Holbrook Specialty Travel Consultant Sandy Doss has been exploring Madagascar, "the Eighth Continent." Renowned for its spectacular biodiversity and endemism, Madagascar is home to dancing lemurs, colorful chameleons, towering baobabs, and sprawling scenery. It's also ...

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Trip Report: First Graders Take On STEM in Costa Rica

Jun 1, 2018 |

From the Field

| by Lindsay Taulbee

As the emphasis on STEM learning grows, you may be looking for ways to implement STEM activities in your own instruction. Even at a young age, students can investigate concepts of science, technology, engineering, and math as part of an international travel program, as evidenced by a recent ...

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Trip report: Off-the-beaten path in northern Peru

Apr 27, 2018 |

From the Field

| by Lindsay Taulbee

Along with the Amazon rainforest, Colca Canyon, and the Nazca lines, Machu Picchu tops the list of “must-see places” for many travelers to Peru. Machu Picchu is indeed magnificent and well worth the visit, but if you’ve experienced the ruins already and are looking for something new, northern ...

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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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