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Where to Celebrate International Women's Day Across the U.S.

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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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Joy to the World: How the Holidays are Celebrated Across the Globe

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The holiday season is a special time of year for many around the world. Even more special are the traditions and customs shared among colleagues, friends and family. Follow along as we explore the holiday traditions from some of our favorite destinations around the world.

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How to Cook Up the Best Thanksgiving Ever

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Are you struggling with making the same Turkey Day dishes year after year? The Brightspark team has the perfect solution. We recently came together to find new and old favorites that could easily join your repertoire. 

Keep reading below for more cooking tips and treasured traditions this holiday season.

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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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Magnify Your STEM Lesson Plans in 7 Destinations Across the Globe

Written by Brightspark Travel

Science, engineering, technology, and math can be daunting subjects for some students, but we know many educators use creative, innovative STEM activities to tie these lessons to everyday life. From LEGO® blocks to making your own butter, STEM can help kids build skills in problem solving and teamwork, while building work ethic and self-esteem.

At Brightspark, we offer seven new custom STEM tours to some of our top destinations, including hands-on workshops and project-based experiential learning opportunities at many attractions.

Here are just a few of our favorite stops by subject:

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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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Winners Revealed: 2018 Photo Contest

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All spring long, you took creative and inspired travel photos. You submitted your favorites. We sifted through all the entries and chose 12 finalists. Then, we let the Brightspark team vote for their top picks. All the votes have been tallied, and we're ready to announce the winners of our Brightspark Travel 2018 Photo Contest!

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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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