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How Can 6 Local Tours Give Your Students the World?

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Sometimes, you don't have to travel far to see the world. You can inspire learning within your own backyard. Brightspark Travel offers student tours to six state capitals across the U.S., providing the first steps on their journey to becoming world travelers. 

We've listed them below in order of distance from our home office in Chicago, proving that you can always keep learning - even as you approach your own comfort zone! 

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Where to Celebrate International Women's Day Across the U.S.

Written by Brightspark Travel

This Friday marks International Women's Day 2019, a day to celebrate the achievements of female leaders and everyday heroes. In 1987, over a century after the fight for women's suffrage began, "the month of March was officially designated by Congress for the celebration and acknowledgement of women’s history." Since fewer than 10% of monuments nationwide represent women, we compiled a quick guide of women's memorials in cities across the U.S. to help you learn about and honor their achievements. From coast to coast, keep reading to see how a Brightspark student tour can help you celebrate the heroic efforts of courageous women.

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4 Top Reasons to Take a Performance Student Trip [INFOGRAPHIC]

Written by Brightspark Travel

We recently sat down with three of our Performance & Events travel experts to find out why music, theatre and dance groups should take their show on the road. Between them, Bryan, David and Shilo have over 40 years of experience in the performance and student travel industries, and they're ready to share their top benefits of performance travel. 

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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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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? 

Written by Brightspark Travel

Your students might think history lessons are all about the past, but on a Civil Rights student tour, they will come to realize that the struggles our country faced 50, 100, or even 200 years ago still resonate today. When you visit immersive and inspiring sites in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, you'll bring to life complex social and legal issues like racism, education inequality, and voting rights.

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

Written by Brightspark Travel

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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