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SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Review of Top of the Rock in NYC

We've partnered with Tommy Ess, a licensed NYC Tour Guide, to provide our readers with his review of the Top of the Rock.  Read on for Tommy's tips and tricks for navigating what he calls "the best vantage point" in New York City.

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Topics: Student Trip to NYC

Book review of Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America's Past

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Oct 10, 2018 6:52:23 PM

The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia offers a thoughtful look at the impact of the musical Hamilton in this review of a new book that delves into the topic. 


"The genius of Hamilton lies in its ability to offer both those who have long owned the narrative and those who have been excluded from it a place in America’s foundational story. "

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Topics: Hamilton, Philadelphia, Museum of the American Revolution

TimeOut New York Magazine Shares Their Top 50 NYC Attractions

TimeOut New York magazine has just published their 2018 list of the top 50 attractions to visit while in New York City - can you guess which NYC attraction came in at number one on the list?


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Topics: Student Trip to NYC

Trip Leaders: 4 Tips to Help Students Overcome the Fear of Flying

For most students, embarking on a school-sanctioned class trip is an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime experience.  But for a few, it can be a source of great anxiety. The biggest cause of that anxiety is most often the fear of flying.

And they are not alone.  

According to the National Institute of Mental Health,  between 2.5-6.5% of Americans have a fear of flying.  And while having fears is completely normal, we don’t want these phobias to result in students not participating in the group travel experience.

So we’ve compiled a list of FOUR tips for trip leaders to help our students work through their fears of flying.   

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SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: The Washington National Cathedral

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Oct 3, 2018 3:09:00 PM

Planning a trip to Washington, D.C. this year?  Are you considering taking a tour of the Washington National Cathedral?  Christian Mirasol, a licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide, gives NationsClassroom his personal review of the Washington National Cathedral. Read on for Christian's tips and for more behind-the-scenes information about this historic church.

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Topics: Washington National Cathedral

Using Scholarships & Crowdfunding to Pay for Student Travel

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Oct 2, 2018 10:55:00 AM


Teachers who lead student trips want to make sure every child has access to the opportunity, which means being resourceful when it comes to finding financial support for families in need.


Scholarships and crowdfunding are great resources for raising the money needed to ensure everyone has the chance to participate.

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Topics: Affordable Student Travel, Scholarships, How to Pay for Student Trips

3 Key Findings in the New US Travel Association Report

There is plenty of research touting the benefits of field trips and student travel. We know that experiential learning is powerful for students and leads to far more information retention.  But the benefits of student travel don’t just end at potential for learning - they extend into the economy and beyond.

The US Travel Association released a new report and focused on the economic benefits of travel.  Here are a few takeaway points from study released in August 2018:

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Our Review of the New Observation Deck in Washington, D.C.

Taking a trip to Washington, D.C.?  There’s a new observation deck in town, and in our opinion, it’s worth the trip!  From atop the CEB Tower in Rossyln, VA (just across the Potomac River from D.C.) , spectators will have a unique view of Arlington National Cemetery, Reagan National Airport, along with the U.S. Capitol, monuments on the National Mall and more.  Read on for our Tour Manager Erika’s review of the observation deck.

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

TSA Introducing New 3D Airport Security Technology

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Sep 24, 2018 11:18:06 AM

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced new security technology coming to airports this year that may eventually change the way you travel.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

Does the Bill of Rights Snore?  Find out at a Sleepover at the National Archives!

Have you ever wanted to have a sleepover next to the U.S. Constitution?  Or have a nighttime scavenger hunt around the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence?  This is now possible, thanks to a program hosted by the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

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