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12 Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Student Travel Company

Written by Brightspark Travel

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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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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[Podcast] How to Answer Tough Tour Questions From Parents

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If you’re planning a student tour and have an upcoming parent meeting, you know parents have plenty of tour-related questions. Make sure your meeting runs smoothly by preparing accurate, reassuring answers to parent's inquiries.

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4 Reasons to Book Your Student Tour Early [Infographic]

Written by Brightspark Travel

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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How Student Tours Work: Planning and Executing

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Student travel shouldn’t be a headache for teachers and directors. That’s why Brightspark Travel manages every trip’s itinerary, transportation, accommodations, tour guides, registration, and more. To ensure an even smoother experience, use this blog post as a guide to help you keep the tour-planning process on track.

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Sketchnoting on Tour: See Artist's Notes From NYC Tour

Written by Brightspark Travel

Sketchnoting, the process of incorporating visuals into notes, is becoming increasingly popular within the education world, especially among educators who value creativity and diverse learning styles.

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3 Must-Pack Items for Summer Student Tours

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As the temperatures rises, student travelers preparing for summer student tours require very different packing lists than those preparing for winter tours. In addition to the obvious (sandals, short sleeves, etc.), here are three must-pack items to increase students’ comfort and enjoyment.

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Quick Tips From a Student Travel Veteran

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Tracie Hand is an American history teacher who’s brought classes to Washington, D.C. for nearly a decade. The trips have become a beloved tradition at her school, and over the years she’s picked up a few tricks for planning the very best student tour possible. Here are some of her favorites.

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Know Before You Go: New York City Classroom Resources

Written by Brightspark Travel

If you have an upcoming New York City student tour, prepare your class with a couple relevant lesson plans. Don’t know where to start? The city’s world-famous museums provide plenty of resources on the history, art, culture and nature of their hometown. We’ve gathered up some of our favorites for you.

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6 Simple Steps to Raising Money With Guessing Jars

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While teachers would prefer it if their students prepared for their tests, rather than just guess on them, they surely will not mind if these youths follow their instincts during a guessing jar fundraiser. This method of raising money for educational travel opportunities is easy to implement, and most of all, quite fun! Use these six steps as a guide for helping your guessing jar fundraising efforts.

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