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.
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.?
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.
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.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., requires little introduction. He is one of the most critical figures in American history, and in fewer than 13 years was able to achieve more progress toward equality than ever before. He is regarded as a principle advocate for non-violence in America, as well as one of the greatest non-violent leaders in world history.
Renowned for its elegant Art Deco architecture and its history of movie premieres, awards shows and holiday spectaculars, Radio City Music Hall tops the list of must-see attractions for many New York City student travelers. We show you the top ways to experience this famed entertainment venue.
Planning a New York Student Tour? We spoke with several of our New York-based Tour Directors, who shared some tips on student travel to the Big Apple.
From March 20 to April 12, the city of Washington, D.C. celebrates the start of spring with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. When the Japanese cherry trees that surround the Tidal Bason go into full bloom, puffy white flowers create an unforgettable sight. To celebrate this springtime event, learn some history about these famous trees.
A favorite amongst travel enthusiasts, Lonely Planet is often considered the authority in regards to destination information. Uncompromised by commercial gains, its expert travelers and writers have covered every hotspot on the planet—and its top ten lists are as accurate as something as subjective as top travel destinations can be.
This year, two of our favorite cities were ranked as the Top 10 Cities of 2015. Is it a coincidence that the destination of our most popular educational tour tops the list? We think not.
As a destination for waves of immigrants during the 19th and 20th centuries, Chicago seems to define the term “ethnically diverse.” It is not uncommon to hear five languages spoken on one city block. The city’s heterogeneous population truly paints a colorful cultural influence on everyday life, and Chicago’s ethnic celebrations, establishments and enclaves bring vivid reminders of residents’ ancestries.