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John Holahan

John was born and raised in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania and developed a strong passion for adventure travel from a young age. While completing his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at West Chester University in his home state, he embarked on his first solo-backpacking trip across Europe. That experience inspired him to dedicate his life to international travel and study. Since then, John has visited some 75 countries on seven continents, studied abroad in Greece and South America, and has used his master’s in TESOL education (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) to teach English in New York City, Ecuador and Colombia. In addition to his teaching experience, John has also managed and led several licensed American groups to Cuba under people-to-people exchange programs. As an avid climber and hiker, John has finished several ambitious treks through Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North/South America and Oceania. John joined Natural Habitat Adventures in 2014 as an Adventure Specialist and enjoys sharing his experiences and trip knowledge with travelers from all walks of life. With Nat Hab, John has visited the polar bears of Churchill, along with Botswana, Zambia, Greenland, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Patagonia, Madagascar, Antarctica and Borneo. When he's not in the office, John spends his time with his nose buried in The New Yorker, along with snowboarding days, rock climbing, exploring Middle Eastern geopolitics, writing on his travel blog, and planning his next journey to the edge of civilization.



 
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    Co-pilot en route to Anjajavy, MadagascarLemur surprise!A sundowner in Isalo, MadagascarMaking new friends – Andasibe, MadagascarOn the bow of the Australis making our way toward the CapeAfter an incredible 2 hour trek, we came upon the fascinating mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.Trekking with Chimpanzees is one of the ultimate experiences in a primate based adventure. There is simply nothing like it!I bought a goat in Uganda and named him Steve. He is now living out his days happily in Kampala with a friend who will make sure he has a long and happy life!What an exhilarating experience to sit with a 500 pound silver back Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. A truly extraordinary experience!Lions resting near Ola Kira Camp in Tanzania. We saw 16 that afternoon!Amongst the icebergs of the Sermilik Fjord in GreenlandPelo Camp, Botswana with our topnotch camp managerOn a Bush flight in Botswana with our NHA guide Lazienjoying a beautiful view of a Lion in the Gomoti, BotswanaOur final day of safari at Victoria Falls in ZambiaLook out for polar bears!Polar bear capital of the world – Churchill, ManitobaThese guys were so excited to run!Two male bears sparring on the tundraA little Colorado backcountry hikingDoing some rock climbing at the Francis E. Walter Dam near his home town in the Pocono MountainsJohn arriving in Machu Picchu after completing the Salkantay TrekUnder the famous Mostar Bridge in Bosnia & HerzegovinaJohn at Kangchenjunga Base Camp in Sikkim, India
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