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All the Reasons Why You Should Travel During the Off-Season

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If you have ever planned a trip, you may have hit the road during the most popular times to travel. But did you know traveling in the off-season has key benefits? We asked our team of travel experts to reflect on the unique perks of off-peak travel and share their tips for where and when to take your trip.

Click on the image below to download our infographic and discover if an off-peak tour is right for you and your group!

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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 Ways to Make Summer Travel a Breeze!

Written by Brightspark Travel

Summer is one of the most exciting times of year to explore a new place, but it comes with its challenges. The combination of crowds and heat make planning ahead even more important. Check out our top tips to keep cool on your next trip!

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How Can 6 Local Tours Give Your Students the World?

Written by Brightspark Travel

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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What You Need to Know Before Traveling Abroad

Written by Brightspark Travel

From arts to history to language to STEM, many educators are looking abroad for their student travel options, and for good reason. International travel has many benefits, such as boosting young people's confidence and expanding their horizons. It also requires a bit more planning than a domestic student tour or a local field trip.

Not to worry — Team Brightspark has your back! If you've decided to bring your classroom to life across the globe, here are our top tips for getting ready for your trip. 

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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]

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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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Top 5 Inspiring Travel Trends for 2019

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Have you made your New Year's resolutions yet? We have! Every year, the team at Brightspark has one goal: find more ways to make travel inspiring and exciting for students. And each year, we look at the top trends in travel from around the world to help you set up engaging, hands-on trips to dozens of destinations across the globe.

Whether you're a pro at planning your school trip every year, or this is your first time as travel group leader, keep reading to see what the experts are predicting for 2019 travel.

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Top 5 Cities to Experience America's Music History

Written by Brightspark Travel

From Chicago to Nashville to New York, the U.S. showcases its diverse musical traditions in iconic cities and venues where your band, choir, orchestra, or theatre group can connect with the very best of the professional music world. Click below to download our latest infographic and learn more about each destination.

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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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