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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

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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

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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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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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What Makes Teachers the Best Travelers? [Video]

Written by Brightspark Travel

We know a lot of teachers who travel, and we're always inspired by the confidence and sense of adventure they posess when they hit the road. This got us wondering, what are the personality traits that take educators from teaching to traveling? Watch our video to learn. 

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Cross-Cultural Preparation Is Key to Educational Travel

Written by Brightspark Travel

Educational travel inevitably expands personal horizons, especially for those teens who are just beginning to venture beyond the confines of their own local community. If done well, it can be a transformational experience resulting in new perspectives on their world and what it means to be a global citizen. By traveling to a new country or even another region within the U.S., experiencing a new culture and customs, teens learn to appreciate that there are different ways of doing things.

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Top 6 Ethnic Neighborhoods in Chicago

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America is a country of immigrants, and nowhere is this more obvious than Chicago — a city where individuals from throughout the world settled in culturally familiar enclaves during the 19th and 20th centuries. At first glance, Chicago’s ethnic neighborhoods could be oceans away from one another — but most are only separated by a quick subway ride. This blog is a great guide for student travelers and foreign language enthusiasts who want to experience cultural immersion in Chicago.

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