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5 Reasons to Visit Washington, D.C. on Presidents' Day Weekend

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Washington, D.C. is the country's largest living classroom - a perfect destination for student travel. As you visit the city's many monuments and museums, your student tour will come face-to-face with national accomplishments in history, civics, politics, art, and science. And on Presidents' Day weekend, you can't visit D.C. without stopping by the many memorials dedicated to some of the most influential American leaders.

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10 Inspiring Cities for Student Tours

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You have a world of options when it comes to choosing a city for your student tour. To help you choose, we’re sharing some of our favorite destinations to visit in the new year. Keep reading to see our top 10 list, including performance and education tours to U.S. and global cities!

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Thanksgiving Family Recipe, From the Brightspark Family to Yours

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Our very own Hotel Coordinator, Carrie LaVigne, shares her special family Thanksgiving recipe: The Dowse Family Cranberry Recipe

This recipe has been passed down from generations of Irish and English families spread throughout the New England states. 

Following this recipe will not only give you delicious cranberries for your family gathering, it will also provide a fun history lesson of the American Revolutionary War!

Wishing you a warm and wholesome Thanksgiving season.

The Brightspark Team

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Brightspark Summer Travels

Written by Brightspark Travel

"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."
– Anonymous – 

At Brightspark Travel, we believe there is nothing more rewarding than creating global citizens by impacting a student's life and opening their eyes to new horizons. Educational travel fosters independent learning, expands world views, increases a student's likelihood of going to college, and inspires career choices.

Brightspark employees are always eager to travel to exciting domestic and international destinations. Traveling is embedded in our souls, so when school is out for the summer, our team can be found exploring the world! Check out a few highlights, from places our they have visited so far to destinations they are looking forward to visiting.

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Winners Revealed: 2017 Student Photo Contest

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Brightspark Travel is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Photo Contest. Winners were chosen by a panel of Brightspark elected judges and voted upon by the entire Brightspark Travel staff for the top three favorite photos in our student contest and group leader/chaperone contest. This year, like every year, we received a ton of outstanding tour photos taken by talented students, group leaders and chaperones. We’re sure you’ll enjoy checking out the winners of both contests!

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Celebrating Our Teachers

Written by Brightspark Travel

Although May 9th was National Teacher Day, many are celebrating teachers all week long! We at Brightspark Travel would like to extend a warm thanks to teachers and educators. Being a teacher takes hard work and dedication. Whether you're a student, colleague or parent, make sure you express your gratitude! 

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Top Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Student Travel Company

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Let’s face it: school group trips are unlike all others. You need a packed, educational, and entertaining itinerary. You also need to be sure that students will be safe, and that all your plans will go off smoothly. To help you along the planning process, read some of our top student travel tips for educators and group leaders, below.

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School Fundraising: Collecting, Tracking & Managing Funds

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Collecting, managing and tracking funds can be one of the most rewarding aspects of the fundraising process. It can however, come with problems. With misplaced cash, returned checks and multiple individuals handling donations, manual tracking systems make it difficult to ensure accuracy. In the digital era, computer-like precision is expected and necessary — especially with increasingly complicated fundraising methods. That being said, we recommend utilizing the following online tools.

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10 Presidents Who Changed America From Washington, D.C.

Written by Brightspark Travel

Heading to Washington, D.C.? Make sure your students learn about some of our country’s most influential leaders before they travel. From their greatest accomplishments to where to find information about them in Washington, D.C., we compiled need-to-know information about a few of our nation’s leaders.

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Discovering New Cultures — No Passport Required

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Though we’ve been known to tout the benefits of international student travel (check out our international e-book and lessons from an employee’s time abroad), we believe that perspective-shifting experiences can be obtained through domestic student travel as well. Given the sheer size of the United States and the diversity of its people, domestic travel provides students with ample opportunities to discover new cultures, lifestyles and more.

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