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Christopher Bensley

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

Recent Posts

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 |


| 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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Destination Spotlight: Costa Rica - the world's greatest classroom

The choices of destinations for student travel are vast and varied. Every year, educators and administrators in educational travel look to provide new, cutting-edge opportunities for students to grow and become global citizens. Trends come and go, but one destination is perennially at the top ...

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Tips & Resources: For Your Travelers – Free Guide to Traveling Responsibly

Help make your travelers more responsible In offering travel to your organization and community, you can have a big impact on reducing our carbon footprint. Not only can you make smart choices about which providers you work with, you can also educate your participants on how they can make a ...

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Duo dynamics: Ensuring a successful partnership between leader and guide

For group planners, the relationship between your in-field trip leader and local guide is a major factor in a trip’s success. This dynamic not only affects the logistical unfolding of the itinerary, it also has a huge impact on the intangible “tone” of a trip – and how your participants will ...

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Sharing Success — Learning from Peer Organizations

Dec 14, 2018 | | by Christopher Bensley

Does travel make you want to help others? How about helping your peers? At Holbrook’s recent gathering of travel professionals in Costa Rica this past month, peer-to-peer exchange was evident, as planners and leaders provided useful tactics and data to support their counterparts at other ...

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