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Where We’ve Been: July 2016

Find out what adventures other travel planners have recently experienced in the July edition of Where We’ve Been.


First State Bank Connect Club

Marion, Iowa

Trip: Spectacular Costa Rica All-Inclusive

Tour Operator: TRIPS

Date: January 2016

For eight days, the FSB Connect Club embraced the laid-back atmosphere of the all-inclusive Costa Rica experience. Members escaped winter for the week in the Puntarenas province at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Central Pacific in El Roble.

“There were some optional tours that people could take if they wanted to see the volcanoes, rain forests, coffee plantations and other places of interests. However, the majority of the group enjoyed the activities at the hotel, poolside, relaxing and getting to know one another. It was great to be able to have dinner when you wanted to and just be on your schedule. Probably one of the nicest things about this tour was that we didn’t have to change time zones and the U.S. dollar was accepted everywhere.”

— Jolene Buchholz, FSB Connect Club Director

Carroll University Alumni Travel

Waukesha, Wisconsin

Trip: Alaska

Tour Operator: Travel Leaders

Date: July 2015

Alumnus and professor emeritus of geography and environmental science David Block, PhD, served as a tour guide for 42 alumni and friends during a 12-day tour through Alaska. The group explored Athabascan Indian Village, Hubbard Glacier, Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park and Juneau.

“The highlight of the trip was seeing Denali clearly three days in a row and Alaskan animals. Travelers appreciated the experience and the ability to connect with this beautiful land and others on the trip. One alum told me, ‘I will say that being on this trip has invigorated a strong alumni spirit in me.’”

— Dolores Ocampo Brown, Senior  Director of Alumni Engagement