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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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8 Places to Experience Martin Luther King Jr's Legacy in Atlanta

Written by Brightspark Travel

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.

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3 Great Ways to Experience Radio City Music Hall

Written by Brightspark Travel

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.

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Tour Directors’ Tips for New York Student Travel

Written by Brightspark Travel

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.

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5 Historical Facts About Washington, D.C.'s Cherry Blossom Festival

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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.

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Educational Tours Take You to Lonely Planet’s 2015 Top Destinations

Written by Brightspark Travel

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.

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