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Molly O'Brien

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The call no one wants: handling medical emergencies in the field

Sep 19, 2018 |

Behind the Scenes

| by Molly O'Brien

Despite extensive risk management standards, thorough guide training and certification, and far-reaching safety protocols, emergencies in-country, while unfortunate, are unavoidable at times. In this article we’re calling out the difficult topic and addressing the call no one wants to receive: ...

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Chile: A Paradise for the Adventurous Soul

Sep 19, 2018 |

Destination Spotlight

| by Molly O'Brien

Find out why Chile is one of the latest top travel destinations Stretching 2,653 miles in length and only 150 miles across at its widest point, Chile’s unique geography is what gives rise to its extraordinary appeal as a travel destination. Named Lonely Planet’s #1 destination for travel in ...

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Destination Spotlight: Navigating the Amazon – Safely

“In the end, we did survive. But we never truly left the jungle behind. It permeates every part of us. I still have a deep love of nature, of jungles in particular, and mountains and coastline...” – Holly FitzGerald, Ruthless River: Love and Survival on the Amazon's Relentless Madre de Dios In ...

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What makes an excellent guide?

Jun 1, 2018 |

Behind the Scenes

| by Molly O'Brien

While the success of a trip depends on many factors, perhaps the most significant contributor to the quality of a travel program hinges on the guides. The skill and knowledge of a guide can make or break a program....

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Tanzania: Pride of Africa

The African Safari is likely on the top of everyone’s bucket list. Tanzania is one of Africa’s premier safari destinations and always has been a safe and peaceful country. For travel planners, choosing the right Tanzania adventure is easy and you’ll enjoy the fun in researching....

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Namibia: Africa’s Best Kept Secret

Apr 27, 2018 |

Destination Spotlight

| by Molly O'Brien

Namibia lies on the southwest coast of Africa and to this day it is the continent's best kept secret. From dune-studded beaches, expansive starlit skies, spectacular rock formations, and beautiful wildlife, Namibia is quickly becoming a top choice destination. Here’s why:   ...

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Destination Spotlight on Ecuador: Four Worlds, One Country

Mar 23, 2018 |

Destination Spotlight

| by Molly O'Brien

Mainland Ecuador is a destination that often takes a back seat to its Central and South American neighbors, not to mention getting cast in the shadow of the ever popular Galápagos Islands. Why is it that a country that’s home to some of the most biodiverse locations on Earth and is rich with ...

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Destination Spotlight: Panama, Beyond the Canal

Feb 14, 2018 |

Destination Spotlight

| by Molly O'Brien

Panama is best known as home to one of the great engineering wonders of the 20th century—the Panama Canal.  The Isthmus of Panama forms a passageway linking the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans via the Caribbean Sea. Yes, a perfect location for one of the largest shipping routes in the ...

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Leading Educators Speak Out on Travel & Professional Development for STEM

Q&A with Page Keeley, Joyce Tugel, and Dr. Tina Cartwright...

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Peru: A Photo Essay by Andrea Holbrook

Nov 30, 2017 | | by Molly O'Brien

Chronicle of Holbrook’s Recent Leader Expedition to Peru Hotspots Andrea Holbrook, president of Holbrook Travel, recently returned from a trip to Peru traveling alongside a group of Holbrook’s leaders and members of partner organizations. Thanks to support from LATAM Airlines and our ...

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