We’re all about student travel, but we also understand the value of teachers traveling by themselves. That’s why we’ve scoured the web for the best teacher travel discounts around. After all, summer vacation wouldn't be complete without carefree trips with friends and loved ones.
1) Lodge smart
Several hotel groups offer discounts for teachers: Marriott hotels allow public school employees to book at a reduced government rate, and chains owned by Wyndham Hotel Group offer DOE employees discounts of up to 20% off. Just call the specific hotel you plan on visiting and ask about teacher rates.
If you’re more interested in local options, check out the nearly 300 bed and breakfasts and 450 inns participating in BedandBreakfast.com’s “Travel for Teachers” program. You’ll find lodging at up to 30% off, as well as teacher packages that include free nights, massages and drinks.
2) Explore the parks
Looking for some time in the great outdoors? Head out to the National Parks, and stop by the visitor centers for 15% off purchases. Discount does not apply to park entry fees or camping fees.
3) Get museum savings
Many museums offer free or discounted admission with a valid teacher ID. Find out how museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the New England Aquarium and the Tech Museum in California show their appreciation under the "Museums and Zoos" section of this blog.
4) Rent a car
NEA members are eligible for discounts of up to 25% off on rental companies such as Alamo, Hertz, Budget and Enterprise. Check out NEA’s other travel benefits here.
5) Go shopping
No vacation is complete without a bit of indulgence, and nothing could be more indulgent than a little shopping spree. Stores such as J. Crew, Banana Republic, Madewell, Loft and Talbots offer teacher discounts of up to 15%, so hit the shops for classroom-ready or poolside-friendly pieces.
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Tell us how you take advantage of teacher travel discounts in the comment section below.