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How to Warm Up Your Winter Travel

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Whether you take a snowy holiday vacation every year or escape the winter doldrums on a sun-soaked beach, the winter months are a prime time for travel. This chilly season, our team dives into the most popular reasons for winter trips and what makes each one an inspiring choice.

Keep reading for more tips to heat up your travel plans.

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3 Simple Recipes to Spice Up Your Thanksgiving

Written by Brightspark Travel

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, our staff shared their go-to recipes to make your holiday dinner a success. If you're looking for the ideal side dish or beverage for your Thanksgiving meal, each of these recipes is sure to be a hit at your family gathering!

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How 4 Global Destinations Scare Up Halloween Traditions

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As the end of October approaches, you may spend your nights watching ghoulish monsters in scary movies, carving faces into pumpkins, or dusting off your witch's hat to welcome trick-or-treaters. Have you ever wondered how all of these fun and spooky traditions started?

Keep reading to learn about the origins of Halloween and similar traditions from around the world!

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All the Reasons Why You Should Travel During the Off-Season

Written by Brightspark Travel

If you have ever planned a trip, you may have hit the road during the most popular times to travel. But did you know traveling in the off-season has key benefits? We asked our team of travel experts to reflect on the unique perks of off-peak travel and share their tips for where and when to take your trip.

Click on the image below to download our infographic and discover if an off-peak tour is right for you and your group!

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Marching Along the Civil Rights Trail in 3 days

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On this day in 1963, many Civil Rights protests throughout the Southern US culminated in the March on Washington, where almost a quarter-million people joined together to peacefully protest discrimination and abuse on the basis of race. The event is most famous as the setting for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

Earlier this year, Tour Consultant Kara joined students from New York City as they embarked on a Civil Rights tour. Follow along on her journey as we reflect on decades of activism, progress, and struggle.

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Announcing our 2019 Photo Contest Winners

Written by Brightspark Travel

During our spring tours, chaperone, group leaders and students took creative, inspiring photos that captured their favorite parts of the trip. Our team loved looking through all the submissions to our annual photo contest and picking the finalists – it seems like D.C. was particularly photogenic this year! After tallying all the votes, we're excited to announce this year's winners.

Keep reading to discover our top 3 winners...

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7 Ways to Make Summer Travel a Breeze!

Written by Brightspark Travel

Summer is one of the most exciting times of year to explore a new place, but it comes with its challenges. The combination of crowds and heat make planning ahead even more important. Check out our top tips to keep cool on your next trip!

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How Can 6 Local Tours Give Your Students the World?

Written by Brightspark Travel

Sometimes, you don't have to travel far to see the world. You can inspire learning within your own backyard. Brightspark Travel offers student tours to six state capitals across the U.S., providing the first steps on their journey to becoming world travelers. 

We've listed them below in order of distance from our home office in Chicago, proving that you can always keep learning - even as you approach your own comfort zone! 

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What You Need to Know Before Traveling Abroad

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From arts to history to language to STEM, many educators are looking abroad for their student travel options, and for good reason. International travel has many benefits, such as boosting young people's confidence and expanding their horizons. It also requires a bit more planning than a domestic student tour or a local field trip.

Not to worry — Team Brightspark has your back! If you've decided to bring your classroom to life across the globe, here are our top tips for getting ready for your trip. 

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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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