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Lindsay Taulbee

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Giving Back: Using Service Projects to Support Your Organization’s Mission

Apr 27, 2018 |

Conservation

| by Lindsay Taulbee

Many travelers today want to go beyond traditional “tourism” and instead seek experiences that more deeply connect them with the people, culture, and environments of their destination. One way to do that, and to support your organization’s mission at the same time, is to incorporate a service ...

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Conservation: Protecting Birds and Their Habitats in the Caribbean

Mar 23, 2018 |

Conservation

| by Lindsay Taulbee

Cape May Warbler. Baltimore Oriole. Louisiana Waterthrush. Philadelphia Vireo. In North America, we often think of the birds we see at our backyard feeders as “ours,” even going so far as to name them after our own cities or states. But for part of the year, many of them “belong” to someone ...

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Tips & Resources: Strategies for Building Group Camaraderie

Mar 23, 2018 |

Tips and Resources

| by Lindsay Taulbee

“One of the main points about travelling is to develop in us a feeling of solidarity, of that oneness without which no better world is possible.” – Ella Maillart, Swiss adventurer...

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Conservation: Carbon Offsetting with ClimateSafe

Oct 26, 2017 |

Conservation

| by Lindsay Taulbee

As the effects of climate change become increasingly evident, some travelers find dissonance in their desire to experience the world while wanting to be responsible stewards of the planet. For those who are determined to do some good while they globetrot, there are several ways to leave a ...

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Conservation through Coffee: How Shade-Grown Beans Benefit Birds

Oct 26, 2017 |

Conservation

| by Lindsay Taulbee

As nature lovers, many of us already take measures to protect the environment—we recycle, carry reusable shopping bags, and plant pollinator-friendly gardens—but we sometimes overlook a daily habit in our own home. If you’re ready to take the next step toward protecting your favorite feathered ...

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Planning a Retreat? Here’s Why You Should Consider Costa Rica

If you’re a travel planner responsible for organizing workshops, seminars, symposiums, or executive retreats, there are lots of considerations to keep in mind, and the location you choose can have a major impact on the success of your program. The purpose of your event, the size of your group, ...

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Giving Back: Incorporating Service Projects into Your Group Travel Program

Aug 28, 2017 |

Conservation

| by Lindsay Taulbee

Oftentimes, travelers wish to give back to the communities they visit. This is an understandable impulse, and when done correctly, can be the most rewarding part of your trip. Done carelessly, however, your contribution could make more work for your host community or negatively impact the ...

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How to Organize a Group Travel Program

Aug 28, 2017 |

Tips and Resources

| by Lindsay Taulbee

An international travel program for your organization or school can be a rewarding way to learn about another culture or environment and build affinity among members, but if you’re never done it before it might seem overwhelming. Below, we break down the steps to show you how easy it can be!...

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Interview: Peru from a First-Timer’s Point of View

Jul 21, 2017 |

From the Field

| by Lindsay Taulbee

Paloma Bone, who works on Holbrook’s Road Scholar team as a program manager, recently traveled for the first time to Peru as a participant on RS program #3280, “Majesty and Mystery: Ancient Civilizations of Peru.” The journey began in Lima, Peru’s capital, and then to the northern towns of ...

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Go Safe or Go Home: 6 Tips for Ensuring Health and Safety on a Travel Program

Jul 21, 2017 |

Tips and Resources

| by Lindsay Taulbee

From the mundane (“Is it safe to drink the water?”) to the catastrophic (“What if the volcano erupts?”), it’s normal for travelers to have concerns about their health and safety while abroad, no matter the destination. As the organization representative or leader, it’s your job to help prepare ...

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