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How to Cook Up the Best Thanksgiving Ever

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Are you struggling with making the same Turkey Day dishes year after year? The Brightspark team has the perfect solution. We recently came together to find new and old favorites that could easily join your repertoire. 

Keep reading below for more cooking tips and treasured traditions this holiday season.

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Top 5 Cities to Experience America's Music History

Written by Brightspark Travel

From Chicago to Nashville to New York, the U.S. showcases its diverse musical traditions in iconic cities and venues where your band, choir, orchestra, or theatre group can connect with the very best of the professional music world. Click below to download our latest infographic and learn more about each destination.

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Magnify Your STEM Lesson Plans in 7 Destinations Across the Globe

Written by Brightspark Travel

Science, engineering, technology, and math can be daunting subjects for some students, but we know many educators use creative, innovative STEM activities to tie these lessons to everyday life. From LEGO® blocks to making your own butter, STEM can help kids build skills in problem solving and teamwork, while building work ethic and self-esteem.

At Brightspark, we offer seven new custom STEM tours to some of our top destinations, including hands-on workshops and project-based experiential learning opportunities at many attractions.

Here are just a few of our favorite stops by subject:

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7 Days in France With Our Expert International Team

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Our expert International Tour Consultants, Paula and Brian, recently joined a student tour headed to Paris & Normandy. Now, they're sharing their experiences so you can get a feel for a Brightspark Travel international student trip. 

Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Paula has lived in Chicago for 10 years. An avid traveler — she has visited 27 countries and counting — her favorite destinations are France, Perú, and Iceland.

Originally from Southern California, Brian has been travelling internationally since he was 11 years old. His favorite places to visit are Costa Rica, France, and Thailand.

Follow along as you hear about their journey through France, learn about their favorite destinations, and even find out their favorite French snacks!

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Winners Revealed: 2018 Photo Contest

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All spring long, you took creative and inspired travel photos. You submitted your favorites. We sifted through all the entries and chose 12 finalists. Then, we let the Brightspark team vote for their top picks. All the votes have been tallied, and we're ready to announce the winners of our Brightspark Travel 2018 Photo Contest!

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Flag Day by the Numbers: 9 Facts to Celebrate Old Glory

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Did you know June 14th is Flag Day? The Star-Spangled Banner was first adopted as our national flag 231 years ago today. If you think that sounds like an astounding number, click below to download our latest infographic for more facts and figures.

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Think Outside the Box (of Chocolates): 5 School Trip Fundraiser Ideas

Written by Brightspark Travel

Student travel has many benefits, but is also a big investment. Many school and community groups undertake a number of fundraising activities throughout the year. Whether you're just starting to consider a student trip, or you've already started crafting a custom itinerary with your dedicated Tour Consultant, we've rounded up some of our favorite fundraising ideas to help you on your way!

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4 Cities That Make American History Jump Off the Page

Written by Brightspark Travel

Are you looking for creative ways to get students excited about your classroom lessons? Do you feel like your students think of history as a lackluster list of names and dates? This is why our top student travel destinations are the living classrooms of the East Coast. Keep reading to find out how four U.S. cities make history come alive and ignite the spark of learning in your students!

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How Can Civil Rights Lessons Inspire Your Classroom Today? 

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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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