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Mitigating Risk in the Field: What is Your Emergency Plan?

Feb 21, 2020 |

Tips and Resources

| by Christa Markley

As an educational travel planner, it can be daunting to think about health and safety issues that might arise when your students are traveling in the field: the world suddenly seems like one big booby trap....

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Behind the Mysterious Stone Faces of Easter Island: A Lesson in Responsible Travel

Feb 13, 2020 | | by Christopher Bensley

If you happened to catch the segment about Easter Island on 60 Minutes last Sunday, you might have come away distraught by the decay of the island’s delicate moai statues. True, the porous stone figures are literally decaying. But the segment hints at a bigger issue that the Emmy Award-winning ...

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Principles in Practice: Making Your Travel Program More Sustainable

Feb 13, 2020 |

Conservation

| by Christa Markley

It’s practically universal: those who want to explore the world are often the ones who also want to leave it better than they found it....

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Talking with a Travel Planner: an Interview with Kate Sanders

Feb 13, 2020 | | by Lindsay Taulbee

Kate Sanders is the Director of Alumni Programs and Alumni Group Travel at Oregon State University. In this interview, she shares some of the insights she’s gleaned from years of managing a robust travel program that coordinates more than 30 trips annually, and she offers advice for others ...

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News Bin - February 13, 2020

Feb 13, 2020 |

News Roundup

| by Meghan Pipa

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

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From the Field: Mexico’s Annual Monarch Migration

Feb 13, 2020 |

From the Field

| by Christa Markley

Holbrook Consultant Stefanie Plein just returned from Mexico, where she accompanied a group of travelers to see the annual migration of millions of monarch butterflies in the state of Michoacán. Considered one of the most amazing natural phenomena on the planet, the monarch migration is also a ...

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Be an inbox hero: Email tips for travel planners

Feb 13, 2020 |

Tips and Resources

| by Lindsay Taulbee

When communicating with your travelers (or potential travelers), sending courteous, clear, and effective emails can make all the difference in the success of your group travel program. It may seem trivial, but following certain email guidelines can foster trust in your organization, prevent ...

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Are Travel Documents Finally Going Digital? Take our poll.

Dec 20, 2019 | | by Christa Markley

Ask someone under 40 if they like to read newspapers and they’ll give you an incredulous look. You mean… online? Hard-copy paper publications have long been disappearing around us, as we seek to reduce needless consumption and find simple solutions in rapidly improving technology....

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Understanding Carbon Offsets – A Beginner’s Guide

Dec 20, 2019 |

Conservation

| by Lindsay Taulbee

As a group travel leader, you’re no doubt aware of the benefits of travel for your organization, institution, or chapter: Travel can build affinity among members, create educational opportunities, help your community feel more connected to your mission, and even be a great fundraising tool....

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From the Field: Birding in Ecuador Photo Essay

Trip report by Debbie Jordan, Holbrook Ambassador...

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