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By Mike Budd On June 26th, fifteen family members ranging from 8 years old to 80 years old descended on Burnsville, North Carolina, on the edge of the Pisgah National Forest, 35 miles northeast of Asheville. We gathered to celebrate my father-in-law’s 80th birthday, expedition style. No, not your typical birthday party, but for this active and curious group, a five day adventure unlike any other. I could tell you about the delightful bed andRead More
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When you are born and grow up in an island, no matter how beautiful it is, your perspective of the rest of the world is absolutely different from anyone else’s. There are no walls or borders that keep you away from other countries, because you don’t need them. Instead, you have the sea to keep you…safe? I believe that feeling is probably similar to whatever a fish experiences when living in an aquarium; you canRead More
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I meet Jholenny Cordoba in 2010, when we began working together on some projects in Guanacaste. Jholenny is the local coordinator for the town of Martina Bustos, and thus an important member of our community service team. She has worked mostly with high-risk communities, strengthening community leadership and empowering the population. What I most admire about her is her commitment to extremely vulnerable communities, and her efforts to empower women, youth, and senior citizens ofRead More
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My name is Marlen, but I prefer to be called Mar, and I have been working for Chill Expeditions for the past 6 years of my life! I never lasted so long in the same company as none of them made me feel inspired that I was creating experiences that were life changing to either travelers and – or communities. I love traveling. I am really passionate about getting to know other countries; their culture, wildlife, foodRead More
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Yesterday I went to my first ever photography workshop. I went with the same feeling which I went with to my first day of kindergarten (many, many years ago); learning something new is always exciting, but this workshop would be extra special because it will help me to keep memories forever. Traveling is one of my passions. Over the years, I have found out the real reason for my fascination with traveling: I love theRead More
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I recently returned from a Cuban Expedition with 32 8th graders from The Philadelphia School. Cuba! Whenever I speak the word, eyes light up and questions start coming. We are so fascinated by Cuba, an intriguing mystery of a country so close to our shores. The questions are often political in nature, understandably, but rarely do you hear conversations about the stunning waterfalls and gorgeous endemic birds. But that is where the spark truly begins,Read More
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What is it that gives our travelers pause? Sometimes it is an indigenous person you get to know who lives so differently and simply, yet has the same universal needs. Other times it is a scientist who is consumingly curious about why spectacularly camouflaged or armored caterpillars do what they do, and has such fun learning each day. Or it might be, after a week on a Chill Expeditions Educational Travel trip, experiencing the wondersRead More
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The following is a guest blog by Eric Karlan, the co-founder of Ivy Experience, a college prep company serving the Greater Philadelphia region. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with an individualized Bachelors degree in Journalism, History, and Culture. Eric has been widely published as a freelance writer in newspapers and magazines across the country. Eric can be reached via email at eric@myivyexperience.com or via www.myivyexperience.com It goes without saying that high school students mustRead More
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Creating a family vacation that is a success for all members is no easy task. Planning a family trip may take hours and hours of preparation. A key factor in achieving success is the mental attitude applied to all phases of a trip: preparation, travel to and from destinations, and the execution of the trip. At Chill Expeditions we pride ourselves in embodying the idea of Expedition Mentality. The core of this mentality is thatRead More
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Many of us have had opportunities in our lives to experience what it feels like to come full circle. It gives us the feeling that all is as it should be, that there is direction in what may seem like a haphazard path in life. I am very fortunate to have this experience working at Chill Expeditions.   I grew up in a small town west of Philadelphia – attended Boston University on a basketballRead More