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What You Need to Know about Changes Coming to TSA and Airports in 2020

There is an important change coming to airport security in 2020.  We encourage school groups planning trips in 2020 to consider the changes to TSA security, particularly in regards to adult trip chaperones. 

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Topics: Airport Security, TSA

Philly's Museum of the American Revolution to Help Migrants Succeed

The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia is stepping up to help prepare legal permanent residents, also known as green-card holders, for the naturalization test required for American citizenship. 

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Topics: Philadelphia, Museum of the American Revolution

10 Ways to Gain Parent Support for a School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Aug 2, 2019 9:56:27 AM

No school trip has ever taken off without the support of parents. Thinking ahead about their concerns will help you, as the trip leader, answer their questions and provide the reassurance families need to support the trip you’re planning for their children.


Here are ten things a trip leader can do to reassure families about the many benefits of a school trip.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

"Hamilton the Exhibition" Closing Doors Early in Chicago, Abandons Plan for Traveling Exhibit

Disappointing news for all the "Hamilton" musical fans:  Despite "Hamilton" being one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history, the well-reviewed and highly-anticipated "Hamilton the Exhibition" is closing permanently in Chicago. 

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Topics: Hamilton, Chicago

Empire State Building to Open New Second Floor Observatory Experience Today

The Empire State Building is unveiling the second phase of its top-to-bottom reimagined Observatory Experience. The 10,000 square-foot, $165 million dollar project  is located on the second floor of the iconic building and opens to the public July 29th.  

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Topics: NYC, Student Trip to NYC, Empire State Building

3 Things Your Students Learn on a School Trip that Aren't in the Textbooks

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jul 24, 2019 4:26:22 PM

When you travel with “your kids,” you get to be there for important milestones in their lives. For some students, it will be their first time on an airplane or coach bus, or their first hotel stay without a parent.


It’s important to include the personal growth students will experience in addition to curricular connections when you are seeking approval for your trip or talking about the value of a student trip with families. 

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens, Trip Leader Tips, Benefits of Student Travel

SYTA Names this City a Top Emerging Destination for Student Travel

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Jul 22, 2019 11:31:26 AM

In the most recent issue of Teach and Travel Magazine, Student & Youth Travel Association member tour operators selected five U.S. cities as the "Top Emerging Destinations" for student travel in 2019 - and one of our favorite NationsClassroom tour destinations made the list.  


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Topics: Affordable Student Travel, School Trip to D.C., Baltimore, MD

Washington Monument Lights Up for Apollo 11 Anniversary

The Washington Monument was ready to launch Tuesday night - or at least it appeared to be!  In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the east face of the famous D.C. monument will be illuminated every night this week with the 363-foot image of the Saturn V rocket, complete with a 40-foot-wide re-creation of the famous Kennedy Space Center countdown clock at the monument's base.

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Topics: School Trip to D.C., National Air and Space Museum, Washington Monument

Five Unique Experiences You Can Easily Add to a Trip to D.C.

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jul 15, 2019 7:41:52 AM

A class trip to Washington, D.C. is a great starting point for an educational experience of a lifetime. Going beyond the city to add another stop to your itinerary can offer new opportunities without adding much travel time.


Deepen your curricular connections, add science and technology experiences, or simply have a day of fun in these great cities.


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Topics: Affordable Student Travel, School Trip to D.C.

Independence Day - July 2nd or July 4th? You be the judge!

If you asked America's Founding Fathers what date America's "Independence Day" should be recognized on, you'd likely find their answers to vary.  Here's why:   

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Topics: Independence Day

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