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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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12 Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Student Travel Company

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Let’s face it, school group trips are unlike all others. The day must be full and the itinerary must be educational. Finding the perfect travel company for your group is not always easy. Use these questions as a guide to help you choose a company that's best suited for your student tour.

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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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10 Great Cities to Tour With Your Students

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There are endless options when it comes to choosing a city for your student tour. That’s why we’d like to share with you some of our favorite student tour destinations. Keep reading to see our top 10 list of travel destinations for you and your students!

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4 Reasons to Book Your Student Tour Early [Infographic]

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You’ve decided to book an educational or performance tour for your students. Congratulations! You're one step closer to giving your students one of the best learning experiences, and memories that they will cherish for life.

From exploring the history of Washington, D.C., to performing new dance moves with a professional Broadway choreographer, student tours are all about getting interactive, hands-on, and experiential — all while having tons of fun. Read these four important reasons why you should book your tour early.

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Winners Revealed: 2016 Student Photo Contest

Written by Brightspark Travel

Brightspark Travel is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016 Student 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. This year, like every year, we received several outstanding tour photos taken by talented students, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy checking them out!

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Winners Revealed: 2016 Group Leader Photo Contest

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Brightspark Travel is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016 Group Leader 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. This year, like every year, we received several outstanding tour photos taken by talented teachers and chaperones, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy checking them out!

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The Long-Term Benefits of Educational Travel

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If you’ve experienced student travel, you know that it has a significant impact on kids. But did you know that some of the benefits stay with students throughout their lives? By adding a hands-on element to lessons and introducing students to new places, the influence of educational tours can be long-lasting. Here are just a few examples of the long-term benefits:

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Top 5 Inspiring Teacher Quotes About Travel

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This Teacher Appreciation Week, Brightspark Travel celebrated educators with a daily token of appreciation for some of the most inspired traveling teachers. To be a candidate for a daily surprise, teachers from across the country have shared with us why they love student travel.

Here are the top five winners of teacher quotes that inspired us the most!

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5 Ways to Promote Your School Trip

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There are multiple tactics that can be used to promote your tour and recruit students, but no matter which ones you use, one fact rings true: the earlier you start, the better. On average, groups who book over 12 months in advance to tour departures recruit twice as many students as groups who book within six months of tour departures. On top of starting early, here are our favorite ways to promote your tour, recruit students, and get them excited.

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