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10 Inspiring Cities for Student Tours

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You have a world of options when it comes to choosing a city for your student tour. To help you choose, we’re sharing some of our favorite destinations to visit in the new year. Keep reading to see our top 10 list, including performance and education tours to U.S. and global cities!

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Top Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Student Travel Company

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Let’s face it: school group trips are unlike all others. You need a packed, educational, and entertaining itinerary. You also need to be sure that students will be safe, and that all your plans will go off smoothly. To help you along the planning process, read some of our top student travel tips for educators and group leaders, below.

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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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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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7th Grade Springfield Trip: An Illinois Tradition

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One of the very first clients that Brightspark started working with was an Illinois middle school that brought their 7th grade class to the state capital of Springfield. Scott is a retired social studies teacher who has led these tours for over thirty years. We caught up with him about what makes Springfield student tours so great for 7th graders.

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Educational Travel Veteran Says "Yes!" to Disney Y.E.S.

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Leslie is a sixth grade teacher who’s brought her students to participate in Disney Y.E.S. programs in Walt Disney World for the past 19 years. Some of the most recent programs she’s attended include Exploring Disney Animation History, Evolution of Technology, Properties of Motion Physics Lab, Everyday Chemistry and Backstage at La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil.

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Students Experience New Opportunities With TRIO

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This summer, local high school students will travel outside the state of Louisiana, most for the first time. Group Leader Amelia Sellers and the TRIO team at Southern University at New Orleans will take qualified students to Chicago for a college tour. In honor of TRIO Day, Ms. Sellers shares about her upcoming TRIO plans.

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7 Places to Learn About Black History Month

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Since 1976, every president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. This month is dedicated to researching, promoting and celebrating the achievements of black Americans. And while the achievements of African Americans and the modern civil rights movement should be celebrated every month of the year, February is a great month to focus on it in your classroom. Going on a student tour? Our top destinations provide plenty of opportunities to learn about black history; see some of our favorites here.

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