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From the field: Video messages from our partners during COVID-19

May 7, 2020 |

From the Field

| by Christa Markley

The global COVID-19 pandemic is creating a multitude of challenges for people across the world in myriad ways, not just logistical. For members of the travel industry, the necessary precautions of social distancing yield an unfortunate effect: there's no way to bring people together to ...

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From the Field: Mexico’s Annual Monarch Migration

Feb 13, 2020 |

From the Field

| by Christa Markley

Holbrook Consultant Stefanie Plein just returned from Mexico, where she accompanied a group of travelers to see the annual migration of millions of monarch butterflies in the state of Michoacán. Considered one of the most amazing natural phenomena on the planet, the monarch migration is also a ...

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From the Field: Birding in Ecuador Photo Essay

Trip report by Debbie Jordan, Holbrook Ambassador...

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Making real connections in Panama with new stopover program

Nov 14, 2019 |

From the Field

| by Christa Markley

Connecting continents, oceans, cultures, and commerce, the tiny country of Panama has always been shaped by its strategic location. The formation of the Isthmus of Panama yielded a path for migrating wildlife and natural exchange, echoed millions of years later with mankind’s burgeoning trade ...

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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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From the field: Guide Training Conference, Lake Yojoa Honduras

Jun 13, 2019 |

From the Field

| by Molly O'Brien

Q & A with Paloma Bone, Holbrook Travel’s Program Manager The value of an excellent guide cannot be overstated. Well-trained, educated, and compassionate guides are the heart and soul of our programs, which is why Holbrook invests significant time and resources in individual guide instruction ...

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Costa Rica Quests bring together conservation and community

Mar 13, 2019 |

From the Field

| by Christa Markley

In late November 2018, on a day like any other in Costa Rica’s dry season, representatives from  nature and birding organizations grabbed their day packs and set out into the forests of Sarapiquí. Their mission: explore not only its abundant biodiversity and conservation history, but also its ...

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Trip report: Cuba from a First-Timer's Point of View

Dec 14, 2018 |

From the Field

| by Molly O'Brien

Stefanie Plein, educational travel consultant, recently traveled for the first time to Cuba on “Birding in Cuba: Discover the Island’s Endemic & Native Species”.  As Holbrook’s program in association with Road Scholar, the journey began in Havana, Cuba’s capital and then on to the western town ...

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From the field: Colombia, the Next Great Destination in Latin America

Oct 30, 2018 |

From the Field

| by Molly O'Brien

Q & A with Carlos Cardona, Holbrook Travel’s Associate Director of Product Development Q: What was the overall purpose of the trip?? What areas did you visit? A: This was the 2nd trip to Colombia in the past year and the goals of this trip were to inspect current locations that we travel to in ...

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Wild Alaska – A look inside America’s Last Frontier

Sep 19, 2018 |

From the Field

| by Lindsay Taulbee

Alaska’s magnificent mountain peaks, green timberlands, and nearly 34,000 miles of protected coastal waters contain awe-inspiring scenery. Step inside this expansive frontier and you have a chance to see elk, bears, moose, Bald Eagles, humpback whales, sea otters, and other wildlife in ...

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