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Christa Markley

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From the field: Video messages from our partners during COVID-19

May 7, 2020 |

From the Field

| by Christa Markley

The global COVID-19 pandemic is creating a multitude of challenges for people across the world in myriad ways, not just logistical. For members of the travel industry, the necessary precautions of social distancing yield an unfortunate effect: there's no way to bring people together to ...

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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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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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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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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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Best of 2019: The Year’s Most Popular Blog Posts

Dec 20, 2019 |

Insider

| by Christa Markley

Take a look back at our top five most-clicked articles of 2019, below....

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Group Sharing Made Easy: Tripcast’s “Living Travel Journal”

Dec 20, 2019 |

Tips and Resources

| by Christa Markley

You’ve just returned from the trip of a lifetime, and your group parts ways at the airport with one promise in unison: “I’ll send you my photos!” Some people are warriors and champions, and they battle the fates of technology and procrastination to fulfill their oath. But most, understandably, ...

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Making real connections in Panama with new stopover program

Nov 14, 2019 |

From the Field

| by Christa Markley

Connecting continents, oceans, cultures, and commerce, the tiny country of Panama has always been shaped by its strategic location. The formation of the Isthmus of Panama yielded a path for migrating wildlife and natural exchange, echoed millions of years later with mankind’s burgeoning trade ...

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Time, talent, and treasure: Redefining impact at the World Tourism Day Forum

Nov 14, 2019 |

Conservation

| by Christa Markley

In late September, Holbrook president Andrea Holbrook journeyed to Washington D.C. to participate in the annual World Tourism Day Forum, hosted by the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) and the Organization of American States (OAS). The purpose of the forum is to develop and discuss best ...

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Living on the land: indigenous communities and responsible tourism

Jul 18, 2019 |

Conservation

| by Christa Markley

When it comes to preserving natural areas, a common conception is that land must be devoid of human presence in order to thrive. But this isn’t unilaterally true. Yes, certain human presence degrades the environment – mining, deforesting, littering, for example – but this viewpoint doesn’t ...

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