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Discovering New Cultures — No Passport Required

Written by Brightspark Travel

Though we’ve been known to tout the benefits of international student travel (check out our international e-book and lessons from an employee’s time abroad), we believe that perspective-shifting experiences can be obtained through domestic student travel as well. Given the sheer size of the United States and the diversity of its people, domestic travel provides students with ample opportunities to discover new cultures, lifestyles and more.

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5 Favorite Halloween Destinations

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From a pagan celebration linking the worlds of the living and the dead to Tim Burton movies and Frozen costumes, Halloween has developed into an American favorite. We picked out the spookiest, most festive United States destinations to ring in this ghoulsome holiday. Read on to see our five favorite Halloween destinations! 

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Why Your Students Need to Travel Now

Written by Brightspark Travel

The benefits of educational tours stay with your students long after the trip is over. A recent study titled “Travel Improves Educational Attainment & Future Success,” conducted by The Wagner Group, shows that travel transforms how students approach learning, deepens their understanding of the world, and expands their career possibilities.

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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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The Best Way to Spend Your Visit to Central Park

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You know that iconic shot at the beginning of every single movie filmed in New York City? The one that pans across Central Park, juxtaposing its peaceful greenery with the famed skyscrapers of the Big Apple? Yeah, it made me want to go to New York, too.

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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

Written by Brightspark Travel

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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Expand Worldviews With International Tours

Written by Brightspark Travel

Other than its association with a certain less-than-cultured magazine, the term cosmopolitan has always been viewed in a positive light. Familiarity with countries and cultures other than one’s own makes for a dynamic, empathetic and knowledgeable individual. So why is it that less than 50% of Americans have stepped foot outside of the old U.S. of A.?

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5 Tips for Finding Teacher Travel Discounts

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We’re all about student travel, but we also understand the value of teachers traveling by themselves. That’s why we’ve scoured the web for the best teacher travel discounts around. After all, summer vacation wouldn't be complete without carefree trips with friends and loved ones.

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2016 Photo Contest: Travel. Take Pictures. Get Rewarded.

Written by Brightspark Travel

We love seeing how students, teachers, directors, and chaperones showcase their travel experiences through photography. With tour season coming up, we want to see how you capture your adventures. Students traveling with Brightspark between Monday, Feb. 1 and Thursday, June 30, are eligible to enter our Student Photo Contest. Teachers, directors and chaperones traveling with us between those same dates can enter our Group Leader Photo Contest.

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