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3 Ideas for Using Computer Science on Your Next Field Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Aug 7, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Students + technology = new learning opportunities for your next field trip. Here are three programs for students with advanced, developing, and basic computer science skills that can help them build connections between technology, academic subjects, and their student travel experiences.

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel, Teacher Resources

Top 5 Philadelphia Tour Sites

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Aug 5, 2020 11:00:00 AM

The city of Brotherly Love offers the chance to visit the iconic places where colonies became a free and independent nation. Philadelphia offers the opportunity to step back in time to walk in the footsteps of America's Founding Fathers, but the city has more to offer than just history lessons. Benjamin Franklin's legacy as a scientist lives on in countless museums, and students can experience the arts and theater downtown.


When planning your itinerary for a Philadelphia school trip, you'll have a lot of attractions to choose from. Here are the five most popular attractions that always make their way onto our Philadelphia itineraries!

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Topics: School Trip to Philadelphia

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Aug 3, 2020 11:00:00 AM

When it comes to learning about the Holocaust, many middle and high school students are usually introduced to it by reading the Diary of Anne Frank, watching the Boy in the Striped Pajamas, or reading Elie Wiesel’s Night.


A visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum brings one of the most horrific events of the 20th Century to life.

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Topics: Historic Attractions, School Trip to D.C.

Virtual Ecology Field Trip from Capers Island

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jul 31, 2020 10:45:00 AM

One of our more southern student tour destinations is Charleston, South Carolina. The beautiful city is located on the east coast and is steeped in history. Student groups can visit Boone Hall or Magnolia Plantation to learn more about southern history, or they can spend time at Fort Sumter and the U.S.S. Yorktown to experience military history first hand. 


Charleston is also an amazing destination for school trips focused on science and STEM. If you're looking for a field trip that will teach your students about ecology, wildlife conservation, and environmental science, the Barrier Island Eco Tour would fit perfectly in your itinerary.

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Topics: Teacher Resources, STEM Attractions

5 Things Tour Leaders Need to Know

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jul 29, 2020 11:15:00 AM

In the May 2020 Teach and Travel publication, an article by Julie Beck outlines the Top 10 Things Traveling Teaches Should Know. Focusing on her experience as an international traveler, Beck gives some helpful advice and inspirational wisdom for traveling teachers.


As someone who traveled locally and internationally during her tween and teen years, I loved her article. Planning a student trip is one of the greatest gifts a teacher can give their students.


Even if you're not traveling across oceans, your students still receive incredible benefits from the experience. Since Beck's article focused on international travel, I wanted to share Five Things Tour Leaders Need to Know when planning a trip to the Historic East Coast.

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

Top 5 New York City Tour Sites

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jul 27, 2020 11:00:00 AM

New York City is the cultural capital of the United States, and it's a place for your students to be inspired by the American Dream.

This is a city of historical sites, architectural achievements, scientific advancements, and artistic performances. From the soaring skyscrapers, to Ellis Island, a school trip to New York City teaches students what it means to follow your dreams.

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Topics: School Trip to NYC

7 Things to Know Before Traveling by Motor Coach on Your School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jul 24, 2020 11:00:00 AM

If you are taking students on an educational or performance tour, chances are you’ll find yourself on a coach bus for transportation. Whether you ride the coach to your destination or board one once your flight lands, you'll spend a considerable portion of your time traveling on board.


Here are seven things to consider before climbing aboard that will help your group make the most of your time on the road.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Motorcoach Travel

Get Administration to Say YES to Your School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Jul 22, 2020 11:00:00 AM

More than ever, students need their teachers to be strong advocates for the value of experiential and hands-on learning. One of the best hands-on learning experiences is participating in a school trip.


If you are getting ready for a discussion with your administration about an educational trip, it helps to understand potential concerns and be prepared to answer challenging questions. 


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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel, Trip Leader Tips, Planning Student Travel

Top 5 Colonial Virginia Tour Sites

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jul 20, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Colonial Virginia is only a few hours from Washington, D.C., but is often overlooked by school groups who would rather travel to New England. While our New England destinations are incredible, there is still a lot to be said for the Historic Triangle!


Colonial Virginia offers more than just lessons in history. Times of war are often times of advancements in science, engineering, and technology. By studying these concepts in a historical context, students discover how advancements are made! Here are our top five favorite Colonial Virginia Tour sites for student groups.


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Topics: School Trip to Colonial Virginia

3 Simple Tips Teachers can do in Summer to Prepare for Fall

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Jul 17, 2020 11:00:00 AM

June is here, the summer solstice has come and gone, and most teachers are officially on summer vacation.  Nothing is more important for teachers than taking some time for self-care and relaxation before the next school year begins in September (or at least before the “Back to School” signs come out in mid-July). 


But before you completely disconnect for summer, here are three easy steps you can take to make sure the next school year begins smoothly. And it won’t take you longer to do than one episode of HGTV’s House Hunters.  I promise. So open up a blank google doc or take out your bullet journal and reflect on these three questions...

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Topics: Teacher Resources

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