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News Bin - April 18, 2017

Apr 18, 2017 |

News Roundup

| by Lindsay Taulbee

Bringing you the latest news, information, and resources from around the web.  In the April 18 edition, read more about the following:

In case you missed it...

  • Millennial travelers seek authentic experiences and sustainability
  • Preserving Patagonia with the Largest Land Donation in History
  • Behind the Scenes of the “Iguana vs. Snakes” Video
  • Going Green in Costa Rica
  • Will United's new policies amend their image?
  • Study: New Zealand Parrots Have an Infectious Laugh
  • An In-Depth Look at Coffee Growers in Colombia

Millennial travelers seek authentic experiences and sustainability

Much has been written about the Millennial generation, analyzing everything from their spending habits to their work ethic. The common conception of young travelers today is that they prefer DIY travel on a low budget…but is that really the case? USA Today breaks down five common Millennial myths.

Learn more here.

 

Preserving Patagonia with the Largest Land Donation in History

Through their foundation, Kris and Douglas Tompkins— former CEOs and founders of Patagonia and the North Face clothing companies, respectively—have privately acquired lands across Patagonia in Argentina and Chile. A new accord with the Chilean government, signed in late March, aims to grow Chile's national parklands by 11 million acres.

Learn more here.

Behind the Scenes of the “Iguana vs. Snakes” Video

The video has been viewed more than 10 million times on YouTube, and for good reason – Planet Earth II’s “Iguana vs Snakes” shows suspenseful and entrancing footage of snakes hunting newly hatched marine iguanas in the Galápagos Islands. Read this in-depth interview with producer Liz White for a behind-the-scenes look at capturing Mother Nature in action.

Read more here.

Going Green in Costa Rica

The numbers are in, and they’re impressive: In 2016, about 98 percent of Costa Rica’s electricity came from renewable sources, including hydropower, geothermal plants, wind turbines, biomass, and solar power. Plus, from June 17 to October 6, the country’s electricity was generated entirely carbon-free – that’s 110 days in a row!

See more here.

Will United's new policies amend their image?

Following the highly publicized forcible removal of a passenger from a United Airlines flight on April 9, the airline has issued new policies regarding crews traveling on overbooked flights and the use of law enforcement in removing passengers who do not pose an immediate security threat. More changes are expected to come after an internal review.

Read more here.

Study: New Zealand Parrots Have an Infectious Laugh

A new study by researchers at the Messerli Research Institute shows that the kea (Nestor notabilis), a species of parrot endemic to New Zealand, has a certain call that spreads positive emotion to other parrots nearby, making them feel more playful—similar to a contagious laugh among humans. The kea is the first bird known to exhibit this behavior.

Learn more here.

An In-Depth Look at Coffee Growers in Colombia

As Colombia’s government makes news for its peace deal with FARC, this recent travel piece by the New York Times examines Colombia’s coffee-growing region. Read on to see why Colombia is set to become the next must-visit destination. (Explore the country’s coffee culture for yourself with Holbrook’s newest Colombia itinerary, Exploring Colombia: Culture, Coffee, and the Caribbean.)

Read more here.