News, guidance, and resources for group travel planners

The Holbrook Insider

Christopher Bensley

Chris is recent birding author but no stranger to special interest travel

Recent Posts

Should you be planning more domestic travel?

Aug 25, 2020 |

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| by Christopher Bensley

Reasons why staying closer to home may benefit your travel program...

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Will coronavirus be a wake-up call for traveling more responsibly?

May 7, 2020 |

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| by Christopher Bensley

Travel Leaders have the chance to present a new path forward “Collectively and individually, we have the opportunity to undertake a smart, responsible recovery and commit to making tangible changes to the way we’ve been traveling,” stated Gregory Miller, Executive Director of the Center for ...

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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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The Ultimate Expedition: The Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica

If your organization has intrepid travelers, with a passion for nature and polar exploration, there is perhaps no journey more spectacular than sailing to Antarctica by way of the Falklands and South Georgia Island....

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Destination Spotlight: An Inside Look at Mountain Gorilla Trekking

"All I remember was being breathless. It was so magical,” recalls Pelin Karaca, Holbrook’s Vice President of Product Development, about her first encounter with the mountain gorillas. “I was together with a group of eight of us. All of a sudden, I hear this rustle from the trees and bushes ...

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Iceland’s cooling popularity is good news for travel planners

A few years, ago Iceland was top on many travelers’ lists, capturing their imaginations. Take Kathy Giglio of Smithtown, NY, who traveled in 2017 with a group of science educators. “It was fascinating from start to finish,” she recalled. “I was able to better understand its rich geological ...

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In the Field: A Glimpse into the 2019 Global Studies Workshop

Jul 18, 2019 |

From the Field

| by Christopher Bensley

Conferences are ideal for colleagues to meet on common topics and share best practices. When that conference is held in a fun and learning environment, it can make for a magical combo. By all accounts, the 2019 Global Studies Workshop in Costa Rica was that and more. The program took place ...

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In Case You Missed It – Further Cuba Restrictions Announced

Jun 13, 2019 |

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| by Christopher Bensley

Cuba Group Travel Still Possible Despite Recent Changes On June 4, the US Treasury Department announced new restrictions on US citizens traveling to Cuba under the general license known as group “people-to-people travel.” It also included restrictions on cruise ships and yachts....

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Exploring the Galápagos | Perspectives for Student Programs

For many educators and global studies leaders, the Galápagos Islands represent the pinnacle of experiential learning. The Galápagos provide the ideal setting to help students make connections between the classroom curriculum and a living laboratory....

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Revisiting Your Group Travel Insurance

Group Travel organizers are charged with many different tasks as they move from planning stages through the welcome home phase. From program design and marketing to registrations and final documents, the hats are many. One important hat is the having the overall responsibility to your group. ...

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