Call for Guides to Lead Historical, Ecological, and Cultural Tours

By Megan Fries, August 26, 2013

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Contemno, et orno: mente, manu - “I divide and order with mind and hand”Dragonfly Expeditions is putting out its yearly call for guides and speakers.  Due to the growth of our company, we are continuously adding knowledgeable guides to our core staff to interpret the history, ecology and culture of South Florida.  We are looking for articulate leaders who are passionate, excellent interpreters, have a flexible work schedule and are willing to learn.

Dragonfly Expeditions has been on the forefront of sustainable tourism in South Florida since 1992.  Our day journeys are designed to create a sense-of-place for our visitors while focusing attention on many of Florida’s most unique and endangered places. (more…)

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Meet Our Partner – The Loxahatchee River Historical Society

By Uwe Doeringer, July 16, 2013

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Jupiter Inlet LighthouseAn important part of Dragonfly Expeditions’ mission and approach to sustainable tourism is the support of local not-for-profit organizations that are instrumental to the preservation of Florida’s ecological, historical and cultural resources.  Most people are not aware that for many of our tours, a percentage of revenue benefits a particular charity thematically related to the tour. From the very beginning of the company, a built-in donation for each sold tour was an integral part of our business practice. It still holds true that there is no such thing as “free;” even if Dragonfly Expeditions as a commercial entity in many cases doesn’t have to pay an entrance fee to visit and see natural areas or historic buildings freely accessible to the public, that doesn’t mean that dedicated people and organizations haven’t committed time and money to preserve those things. Without their effort, there would be nothing for us to show. This post featuring the Loxahatchee River Historical Society begins a series that will highlight the various not-for-profit organizations we support (you can see all our not-for-profit partners listed in the side column of our monthly newsletter).
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Margaritaville Travel Adventures Announces Next Three Departures

By Charles J. Kropke, June 18, 2013

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MTA 1The inaugural Lost Shaker of Salt Adventure offered by Margaritaville Travel Adventures in October 2012 was so wildly popular that we are offering three trips during the 2013-2014 season. Margaritaville Travel Adventures, one of Dragonfly Expeditions’ sister companies, is the travel arm of singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings and allows fans, for the first time ever, to enter the world of Jimmy Buffett through travel. (more…)

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The Travel Channel Features Dragonfly Expeditions

By April Kuhlman, May 21, 2013

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The Travel Channel recently aired a special about the Everglades called “Park Secrets” in which they featured our popular Miccosukee Indian Heritage Airboat Tour. Appearing in the short clip is John Tigertail, a long time friend and partner of Dragonfly Expeditions. His family of the Miccosukee’s Panther Clan takes our guests via airboat to a hunting camp and a family camp. Participants explore the two tree islands, learn about the Miccosukee way of life, and have a chance to see and interact with the various animals (like alligators and turtles) kept on the islands for release. Charles Kropke, also speaking in this segment, brings up the little-known fact that the Everglades is not actually a swamp, but an immense, slow-flowing river. Click the image above to watch the Travel Channel clip!

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The Other Dragonflies

By April Kuhlman, February 5, 2013

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With its prehistoric appearance, extraordinarily flying abilities, and intriguing name, the dragonfly has forever been a popular symbol in art and culture that has represented everything from courage, happiness, and summer (in Japanese culture) to swiftness and water (in Native American culture). In Europe’s Middle Ages, this dazzling insect was called the “devil’s darning needle” not only because of its long, slender shape but also because it was believed to be a servant of the devil. In Portugal, folks call it the “eye-snatcher” and in Wales, the “adder’s servant.” With its endless associations and meanings, it’s not surprising that many companies have included the word “dragonfly” in their titles or have used the creature as a mascot. In Dragonfly Expeditions’ younger days, we received occasional phone calls asking if we were related to or a part of similarly-named companies in Puerto Rico or South Africa. Although Dragonfly Expeditions does have several sister companies – for example, Green Heron Gifts and Windjammer Sailing Adventures – none of them have the word dragonfly in their title.  The confused callers piqued our interest, so we did our homework on these other Dragonfly companies. And since I have been working with Dragonfly Expeditions, I have noticed even more dragonflies flitting about. Click below to unravel the mystery of the other dragonflies! (more…)

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What’s it Like to Have an Office Inside the Biltmore Hotel?

By April Kuhlman, January 22, 2013

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“What’s it like to work in an office inside the Biltmore Hotel?” is a question we are almost always asked by first-time visitors to our office. The Biltmore Hotel is a truly unique place to work. After all, the building appears on the National Register of Historic Places, boasts a spiraling Moorish Giralda tower, houses a pool that was unrivaled in size for many years, and is rumored to be haunted. Walking into the main lobby, visitors are greeted by amicable bell boys, two small aviaries, and soaring, barrel-vaulted ceilings complete with hand-painted frescos. The interior also features travertine floors, marble columns, elaborate leaded glass fixtures, and carved mahogany furnishings. As a company that believes strongly in preserving important Miami landmarks, it seems only fitting that Dragonfly Expeditions’ office should be located inside one of them. Below are some examples of what we and some of our neighbors think about walking into the Biltmore Hotel each morning for work.

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Cookie & Peaches

By April Kuhlman, December 6, 2012

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As the Dragonfly Expeditions team sits around the table during our weekly meeting on Monday mornings, it’s not uncommon for us to feel something small brush past our ankles. It’s not a mouse. It’s the tail of a Chihuahua; or to be more specific – two Chihuahuas. We are proud to introduce the most recent additions to the Dragonfly Expeditions family: Cookie and Peaches. Our two newest friends wasted no time in making themselves at home in the Biltmore Hotel. When Stephanie, intern for our sister company Windjammer Sailing Adventures (located in the office next door), moved to Miami from Germany, she didn’t come alone. She arrived in the US with two little and loveable dogs in tow. It took some getting used to, but now we can’t imagine the workday without Cookie and Peaches frolicking between our two offices. Read more to find out which dog is a mother of five and which dog weighs less than six pounds! (more…)

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Margaritaville Travel AdventuresTM – the Inaugural Trip

By April Kuhlman, November 13, 2012

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Just last month, Margaritaville Travel AdventuresTM successfully ran its first excursion, the Lost Shaker of Salt AdventureTM. The week-long trip began with a bang in South Beach and took a group of Jimmy Buffett fans all the way south to Duval Street in Key West. This diverse and enthusiastic collection of Parrot Heads had the opportunity to live the iconic island lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett while exploring hidden corners of the Florida Keys, kayaking, participating in a scavenger hunt, making new friends, and of course, relaxing! Participant feedback included quotes like “Unless you’ve already found paradise – this is the next best thing – trying to find it with a great bunch of people!” “It was an adventure, not a tour, yet we experienced very interesting sites and also had a blast with the other members of the group. Group size was perfect and a great mix of personalities!” and “Parrot heads forever! The staff was incredible! Locations fun and funky and the group was the perfect blend of friendliness and crazy off-beat humor and fun!” But the journey wasn’t just enjoyable for the guests. Mo Fries, the Tour Director, had the experience of a lifetime; read more to find out why.

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Still-Speaking Shipwrecks

By April Kuhlman, November 2, 2012

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The year is 1966 and it’s about 4:00am on New Year’s morning. A magnificent schooner cuts through the waves off the coast of Florida, the moonlight reflecting off her polished teak deck and illuminating the name Mandalay painted in script on her side. Twenty-some passengers are on their way back from a luxurious cruise to the Bahamas – but everything was not shipshape on this ship. The sleeping passengers wouldn’t have guessed that someone’s miscalculation from the night before had put them more than 15 miles off course and on New Year’s Day 1966, the cruisers were rudely awakened as a violent shudder ran through the ship’s timbers. As the Mandalay ground to a halt and began to tilt precariously, pajama-clad passengers rushed out of their cabins to see what was happening. (more…)

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Introducing Windjammer Sailing Adventures – our Sister Company

By April Kuhlman, October 15, 2012

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Captain Mike Burke established Windjammer Barefoot Cruises over 60 years ago. For landlubbers everywhere, he offered a world of rekindled childhood, the spirit of carefree pirates, and the experience of sailing on a tall ship. The world of Windjammer Barefoot Cruises consisted of rescued schooners, salt spray, turquoise Caribbean seas, pristine anchorages, far-flung ports, and of course bare feet. But dreams are fragile things, and in September 2007, this Captain’s dream was on its way to Davy Jones’ locker. Windjammer Barefoot Cruises went bankrupt, its remaining assets were auctioned off, and all who were a part of that world mourned. But the unique world of Windjammer never really died. (more…)

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Green Heron Gifts – Authentic Florida Treasures

By Uwe Doeringer, September 17, 2012

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Dragonfly Expeditions is always looking for new ways to support the local economy and convey the spirit and beauty of Florida to visitors. These sentiments were the genesis for the launch of our sister company, Green Heron Gifts. Established in 2009, Green Heron Gifts strives to represent the real Florida by offering volume quantities of unique, local products. By ensuring that each item for sale is original and made using a sustainable process, the company limits waste and presents gifts that will be meaningful to both buyer and recipient.

After watching craft industries and local offerings get wiped out by cheap, generic imports, we decided to launch Green Heron Gifts with the philosophy: “Achieving prosperity and sustainability through merchandising products that preserve an authentic sense of place.” All items that the company sells are eco-friendly reflections of Florida’s art, culture, and history. The ideal client is one who has a desire to make a difference in the world through his/her group spending choices.

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Strategic Planning Days and Teambuilding

By Uwe Doeringer, August 3, 2012

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Dragonfly Expeditions and ActionCoach Business Coaching have come together in an exciting joint venture to offer the perfect strategic planning day for small or large companies and organizations or institutions – either locally or from out of town.  Any organization that wants to achieve its goals in 2013 and be best prepared for the opportunities that lie ahead will benefit from a strategic planning day moderated by a certified business coach. Results are being locked in with an engaging teambuilding activity facilitated by Dragonfly Expeditions. If desired, we can even arrange an inspiring and unique meeting location.

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Dragonfly Expeditions is proud to introduce Margaritaville Travel

By Charles J. Kropke, August 1, 2012

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Several years of diligent planning are culminating in the very first departure for Margaritaville Travel Adventures.  The first itinerary, ‘The Lost Shaker of Salt Adventure,’ launches in Miami on October 7th, 2012 and will explore a route from Miami Beach, through the mid Florida Keys to Key West and back.  It was a lot of fun putting it all together and you can think of it as an explorer’s smorgasbord.

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Deerfield Island Restoration was a Great Success

By Charles J. Kropke, March 17, 2012

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On Saturday, February 25th, 2012, it became clear to me that people from all walks of life in South Florida still do care.  Only a few weeks earlier I had called for action for an environmental restoration workday at Broward County’s Deerfield Island Park. The call went viral and 199 volunteers RSVPed.  176 showed up.  My appeal was the following.

“This is something that I rarely do but I am requesting it now, I need your help.  Saturday, February 25th at 10 am, I am gathering everyone we can muster at the dock that services Deerfield Island Park in Deerfield Beach.  I am responding to a plea from my longtime friend Pat Howell on a project that is dear to both of our hearts.  The gopher tortoise habitat on the island is facing a de-listing as a critical wildlife habitat by the Fish & Wildlife Commission because invasive exotic plants are choking out the area.  I am trying to mobilize an army to eliminate the invasives and prevent the critical wildlife de-listing.  Because it is a large task and we only have one day, I need as many volunteers as humanly possible.

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Our Holiday Thoughts

By Charles J. Kropke, December 19, 2011

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Sometimes the Christmas/Holiday season slows long enough for us to savor it, and sometimes it does a head-long rush until the day is right upon us.  For me, last year was the former and this year is the latter.  I wish this season would slow down some but the likelihood is small.  Nevertheless, the greatest aspect of the season for me is the collective mood. In short, I love the love.

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Dragonfly Expeditions Doubles Its Office Space

By Charles J. Kropke, December 16, 2011

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By the time the sixth full-time Dragonfly Expeditions employee (with an occasional seventh or eighth in residence) came to our light-filled office with its full-sized windows facing the large Mexican-tiled patio and the looming Biltmore tower as a backdrop, the writing was on the wall.  It was time to expand into a new office.  As much as I had admired the spacious corner office that we had passed in our seven years at the Biltmore Hotel, I hardly expected that things would conspire to make it available to us when moving became inevitable.  But it did happen and we were ecstatic.  We moved in with paint and carpet samples, broke down desks and shelves; bought more bookcases for our expanding library and began the long shuffle down the hallway.

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University of Miami Family Weekend 2011

By Uwe Doeringer, November 16, 2011

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For the second straight year, Dragonfly Expeditions partnered with the University of Miami Family Weekend program to provide new students and their families the opportunity to explore Miami and its surroundings on our tours.

The five tours that were offered throughout the weekend featured Miami’s Cuban Heritage, the historic Miami City Cemetery, Kayaking on Biscayne Bay, and two Miccosukee Indian Heritage airboat tours.

The goal of the partnership between the University of Miami and Dragonfly Expeditions is to showcase Miami as a metropolis with historical, ecological and cultural treasures beyond its usual party reputation. Here are some quotes from participants:

“Very interesting information. Loved it!” – Xavier, Cuban Heritage Tour

“Very informative and a beautiful way to see the bay” – Ann, Great Discoveries on the Bay – A Kayak Tour

“Fabulous trip, tour guide was superb. Airboat was so relaxing. Great way to see nature at it’s best!” – Sheila, Miccosukee Indian Heritage Tour

Dragonfly Expeditions would like to send a special thank you to the University of Miami Family Weekend staff (Brian Orefice, Danielle Howard, and Carrie Whiteside) for their amazing work and dedication in ensuring that our partnership was again a success. We are looking forward to Family Weekend 2012.

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The Common Green Darner

By Charles J. Kropke, October 20, 2011

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There have been many occasions when people have asked me why our company is called Dragonfly Expeditions. The truth is that it was already named before my business partner Uwe Doeringer and I ever came along. Dragonfly Expeditions’ founder Michael David Cushing named the company two decades ago.  There were several reasons why he liked the name.  One was that dragonflies are found the world-over in a brilliant multitude of colors and shapes.  Another reason was that dragonflies are an “indicator species,” meaning they are generally only found in healthy ecosystems, something we deeply care about.  A great recent Miami Herald article about a current abundance of dragonflies speaks about Dragonfly Expeditions’ specific subspecies, displayed in all of our literature and imagery – the Common Green Darner.  However, we always prefer to return to the simple short story found on the back of our business cards:

Common Green Darner – Anax Junius

This species of dragonfly is found in and around various water bodies throughout the tropics.  It has been lauded for its incredible gift of flight and brilliant blue and green colors.  Green Darners are also one of the few travelers found in their species. Darners have been known to travel thousands of miles with the seasons.  They can be seen sailing mostly in the early morning or late afternoon while enjoying a meal of whatever insect flies their way.  Whether sailing on an ocean breeze or perched on a rock below some island waterfall, the Common Green Darner lives up to its name Anax Junius or ‘lord and master of June.’

Wouldn’t you agree that this describes us well?

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The Library of Dragonfly Expeditions

By Charles J. Kropke, September 13, 2011

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As Managing Partner for Dragonfly Expeditions, one of my driving obsessions is our company library.  It is a running joke in the office that everywhere I go, I buy books about the culture, history and ecology of Florida and the Caribbean Basin and bring them back to headquarters like prizes from the battlefield.  I occasionally attack Amazon’s online database with relish.  Whenever we broach a new subject for a tour, I buy every relevant book on the subject.  For this reason, Dragonfly Expeditions has an already extensive and growing library.  We have whole collections of books on Florida Indians, the Everglades, Miami history, piracy, sailing, seaplanes, Spanish treasure, local wildlife, Cuba, the Bahamas, Florida architecture, Florida art, cracker cowboy heritage and books on almost every village, town and city in the state.  Of course, these are just some of the many topics represented in our collection. I am fanatic about this library.

My dreams for the library almost border on megalomania. I ask everyone I know if they have Florida books with which they wish to part.  I particularly savor old and out-of-print issues.  I want to have the largest collection in the state on Florida and Caribbean subjects.

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Call for Guides to Lead Historical, Ecological, and Cultural Tours

By Megan Fries, August 23, 2011

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Dragonfly Expeditions is putting out its yearly call for guides and speakers.  Due to the growth of our company, we are continuously adding knowledgeable guides to our core staff to interpret and discuss the history, ecology and culture of South Florida.  We are looking for articulate leaders who are passionate, excellent interpreters, have a flexible work schedule and are willing to learn.

The company has been on the forefront of sustainable tourism in South Florida since 1992. Our day journeys are designed to create a sense-of-place for our guests while focusing attention on many of Florida’s most unique and endangered places.

If you are interested in applying, or if you know anybody that would fit this description, please use the contact information below.

Location of job: Positions in Miami Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Naples, Fort Myers, Florida Keys, Tampa and Orlando

Qualifications: Strong background in Florida ecology and/or history, minimum of 21 years old, positive, outgoing personality, mature attitude, desire to work with groups, exceptional people and leadership skills, as well as absolute professionalism.

Recommended, but not required: Master Naturalist Program graduate; Lifeguard training and first aid; wilderness medicine qualifications (WFA, WFR)

Available: Year round, but all tours are by appointment only, so applicants need to have a flexible schedule

Submit cover letter and resume to: Megan Fries – Director of Operations

Email: mfries@dragonflyexpeditions.com

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A Restoration Event at Markham Park

By Pauline Le Goas, June 29, 2011

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With Dragonfly Expeditions being a company that earns its money through sustainable tourism, you would not necessarily connect it to the organization of teambuilding events. But being a sustainable tourism company lets us use our expertise and transfer it to programs like community service projects, even though they commonly are not defined as tourism.

On March 1st 2011 Dragonfly Expeditions organized a teambuilding event for a group of 180 high profile guests from a multinational company that is operating in 21 different countries.  The goal was to remove invasive exotic plants and to restore the original flora in a critical section of Markham Park , a popular county park on the edge of the Everglades close to Fort Lauderdale.

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Goodbye to Our Dear Friend Ramon Puig

By Charles J. Kropke, June 17, 2011

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Dragonfly Expeditions, with great sadness, notes the passing of a good and trusted friend whom we had the honor to visit many times on our Cuban Heritage Tour. On April 29th, 2011, Ramon Puig of Casa de las Guayaberas went home to his heavenly reward.  He was 90 years old.  The idea of “going home” for Ramon Puig holds a good deal of irony.  He spent the last 42 years of his life in exile.  Leaving Cuba at the age of 48 after having his store confiscated without compensation, Ramon had already developed a reputation as a gifted tailor.  Using a pair of precision stainless-steel scissors which were already 40 years old when, as a young man, he saved up the money to buy them, Ramon hand-crafted traditional four pocket Guayabera shirts.

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South Beach: Stories Of A Renaissance

By Charles J. Kropke, January 13, 2011

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After 2 ½ years of personal interviews with some of the most influential entrepreneurs and dreamers of building a world class resort, Charles J. Kropke has completed his book, South Beach: Stories of A Renaissance.   With a beautiful teal and yellow cover that represents the Art Deco South Beach, Charles has found the back stories of some of the more iconic venues and people that, in their own way, have transformed this once mangrove, mosquito infested area into the most recognized international resort in the world!

For more information about the book,
contact Tim Jefferson at  tjefferson@greenherongifts.com

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Video Feature : The Vision of Dragonfly Expeditions

By Brad Wells, December 15, 2010

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As previously announced on our blog, “The Labor Day weekend of 2010 brought an exciting opportunity to Dragonfly Expeditions: Our company was selected by  NomadsLand among several contestants to have a professionally produced video shot and edited…”

We are very proud of NomadsLand’s production of “The Vision of Dragonfly Expeditions.”   We hope you enjoy (and share!) the video embedded below.

~Thanks to NomadsLand and Davin Hutchins~

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Business Coaching and Innovation that Dragonfly Expeditions Endorses

By Uwe Doeringer, October 12, 2010

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Almost two years ago, Dragonfly Expeditions started working with ActionCOACH as its business coaching firm.  Since the field of business coaching is still a relative unknown for many small and mid-sized businesses, I want to highlight just one of the aspects that helps us differentiate ourselves and grow in our particular field today: ActionCOACH Before the end of every quarter, we take the entire team on a full-day planning session to develop a 90-day plan for the following quarter.  Despite the fact that, including the preparation time, it is a large time investment which sometimes isn’t easy to accomplish with our busy schedules, the planning session pays off many times over because it lets the entire team evaluate if it is on track with the company’s annual and long-term goals.  In addition, it allows us to react to new challenges as well as opportunities and enables us to act consistently with our goals while being flexible enough to be adjusted when needed.

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Full Moon Cemetery Tour – Open to the Public on October 22nd, 2010

By Megan Fries, October 5, 2010

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In the spirit of the season and as a once-a-year opportunity, Dragonfly Expeditions is making its “Ghosts and Gravestones” walking tour available for individuals to sign up. This offer is intended for any local who has always wanted to join us on this unique stroll, or anybody wanting to entertain friends or family from out of town. If you are a travel reseller, we are happy to have any of your guests come as well.  So, join us on Friday, October 22nd, 2010 at 7:00 pm at the historic Miami City Cemetery.  Available spaces are limited, so sign up now!

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This evening tour by lantern explores the ornate and mournful Miami City Cemetery – a restored landmark that is a solemn reminder of Miami’s dramatic history in the radically transforming area around the Performing Arts Center. We will be visiting the gravesites of long-deceased pioneers and settlers – their true stories will unravel what made Miami great. If the grounds could talk, there would be tales of dark Santeria and voodoo rituals among the memorials of Miami’s oldest families. Learn of how they lived and died when Miami was just a sleepy little village.  A place not to be missed!

We are offering this tour on October 22nd only – for the great price of $49 per person!

As a special promotion if you bring two paying participants your tour will be free!

Make your reservation by emailing Megan Fries at mfries@dragonflyexpeditions.com or calling 305-774-9019. The tour must be reserved by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express accepted).

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Dragonfly Expeditions and NomadsLand Produce Mini-documentary for ATTA World Summit

By Uwe Doeringer, September 20, 2010

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ATTA-LogoThe Labor Day weekend of 2010 brought an exciting opportunity to Dragonfly Expeditions: Our company was selected by  NomadsLand among several contestants to have a professionally produced video shot and edited to be presented at the ATTA World Summit in Scotland in October of 2010.  Davin Hutchins from  traveled to South Florida to capture the sights and sounds that exemplify Dragonfly Expeditions’ journeys and philosophy.  Nomadsland has a unique approach to filmmaking which became very apparent to us when we saw several examples of their work. Their goal is to curate, create and distribute visual media that raises awareness and support of businesses, foundations and NGOs seeking to reshape our planet for a better future by telling inspirational stories of the greening of business, responsible tourism, sustainable global development and the advent of social capitalism.  The goal of the 3-day shoot with Dragonfly Expeditions was not to come up with a mere “clip”, but rather an actual short film or “micro-documentary” NomadsLandwhich would explore in-depth what the values are that make Dragonfly Expeditions stand out and that drive the relationships our company entertains with its clients, staff, vendors and friends.

On the first day, Charles and Uwe picked up Davin and immersed him deep into the Everglades, first through an interview with Clyde Butcher and then by taking Davin on a wet hike deep in the Fakahatchee. We were joined by (more…)

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Call to Action: Restoring Vizcaya Mangrove Estuaries

By Megan Fries, August 2, 2010

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Vizcaya CleanupDragonfly Expeditions searches for the best candidates to act as guides.  We are proud to have among our leaders: published environmental and historical authors, renowned photographers, archaeologists, professors, journalists, biologists, ecologists, entomologists, botanists and historians.  A general theme within our family is volunteer work and activism.  In the past, volunteer groups gathered and hauled 2 dump truck loads of trash out of the Burns Lake area in the Everglades and volunteered annually at Clyde Butcher’s Labor Day Muckabouts to support the Big Cypress Preserve. Over the last three years, our guides and staff have been extensively involved in clearing invasive exotic vegetation and foreign debris and replacing them with mangroves and buttonwoods in the gardens of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

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Over 100 Travel Writers and Professionals Hosted on FAM Tours between May and July

By Uwe Doeringer, July 29, 2010

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Between May and July of 2010, Dragonfly Expeditions hosted a total of seven familiarization trips in and around Miami.  Three of them were held in conjunction with airlines that have added flights to Miami International Airport: May 22nd (Aireuropa with fifteen guests), June 4th (Air France with seven guests) and June 19th (Corsairfly with forty-five guests).  We are confident that the unique journeys we provided are increasing interest in the destination South Florida (more…)

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Beyond the Beach Olympics: Teambuilding Redefined

By Uwe Doeringer, June 11, 2010

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Among the many changes in the corporate meetings market, one of the most significant has been the greater emphasis of both planners and clients on the ROI of dollars spent on meetings. Despite the fact that many meetings are being held in outdoors-oriented South Florida, the still lingering “AIG effect” in many cases “locks” groups into conference rooms with back-to-back sessions, barely allowing participants a glimpse of the outside world during business hours.

Historic South Beach Scavenger HuntThe notable exceptions seem to be activities that can be classified as teambuilding, to eliminate any appearance of corporate get-togethers as junkets.  Dragonfly Expeditions is reacting to the increased demand for these kinds of activities.  The most commonly sold option this season has been our successful Historic South Beach Scavenger Hunt.  This hunt can be done for groups (more…)

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