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Lindsay Taulbee

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Navigating the Future of Travel Insurance

May 7, 2020 |

Tips and Resources

| by Lindsay Taulbee

Faced with travel bans, quarantine orders, and cancelled trips, many people are experiencing firsthand just how important travel insurance can be. As a group travel leader, you want to make sure your travelers and their investment are protected, but not all coverage is created equal. In ...

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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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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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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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How to effectively promote your group travel program

Nov 14, 2019 |

Tips and Resources

| by Lindsay Taulbee

Designing the perfect group travel program for your organization or institution is fun, but deciding on the itinerary is only part of the process. Once you’ve finalized the details, the next step is getting the word out. The key is to start early; by announcing the trip sooner rather than ...

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Beyond the classroom—expedition-style learning

Nov 8, 2019 |

Education

| by Lindsay Taulbee

How educational travel benefits your students “We cannot fully understand our own environment until we have had the opportunity to experience the diversity of environments around the world.” -Dr. Tina Cartwright, Climatologist and educator, Marshall University...

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WhatsApp with that? Keeping in touch in the digital age of travel

Jul 18, 2019 |

Tips and Resources

| by Lindsay Taulbee

The world is increasingly connected, and keeping in touch with friends and family back home—and with your fellow travelers in the field—is getting easier and easier. In many countries around the world, Wifi is becoming standard in hotels, restaurants, and other public places, and cell service ...

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Here’s a Tip: Decoding Gratuities

Jun 13, 2019 |

Tips and Resources

| by Lindsay Taulbee

Imagine it’s the last night of a wonderful trip. Everything has gone smoothly so far. All your travelers have enjoyed themselves and built a nice camaraderie. As everyone gathers for a final farewell dinner, Thelma pulls you aside. She’s uncomfortable because Louise is trying to collect tips ...

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From the Field: AdventureWeek in Northern Peru

Apr 25, 2019 | | by Lindsay Taulbee

Stephanie Kowacz, Holbrook Travel's Chief Operating Officer, just got back from a trip to northern Peru, where she participated in AdventureWeek. Overshadowed by the Sacred Valley and Peruvian Amazon, northern Peru is a less-traveled region but has a burgeoning tourism infrastructure and a ...

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News Bin - April 25, 2019

Apr 25, 2019 |

News Roundup

| by Lindsay Taulbee

Bringing you the latest news, information, and resources from around the web. In the April 25 edition, read more about the following:...

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