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Marching Along the Civil Rights Trail in 3 days

Written by Brightspark Travel

On this day in 1963, many Civil Rights protests throughout the Southern US culminated in the March on Washington, where almost a quarter-million people joined together to peacefully protest discrimination and abuse on the basis of race. The event is most famous as the setting for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

Earlier this year, Tour Consultant Kara joined students from New York City as they embarked on a Civil Rights tour. Follow along on her journey as we reflect on decades of activism, progress, and struggle.

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7 Days in France With Our Expert International Team

Written by Brightspark Travel

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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Thanksgiving Family Recipe, From the Brightspark Family to Yours

Written by Brightspark Travel

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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