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Virginia Historic Sites Continue to Reopen

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jun 17, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Colonial Virginia is back open for business! 

 

If you've been missing the cobblestone streets and historic ships of the Historic Triangle, you're in luck. Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown have all announced reopening dates after their months of forced closure due to the Covid-19 virus. 

 

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Topics: News & Updates

Top Ten Social Effects of Student Travel

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Jun 15, 2020 12:00:00 PM

The Student & Travel Youth Travel Association administered a global survey of over 2,000 teachers and tour leaders over the course of two years to study the impact of youth travel on our students. Their findings suggest that "in the current globalized world, travel represents a vital learning experience, and not simply a luxury."  Travel provides relevance to today's students, who are often inundated with standardized tests and curriculum.  

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

Bus Safety Interview with Shane Lauler, VP of Starr Tours

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jun 12, 2020 11:15:00 AM

Since this Covid-19 Pandemic began in the United States back in March, we've all been asking the same questions.

What will travel safety look like going forward? Will travel be safe again in the future? What will tour operators like NationsClassroom be doing to keep students safe while traveling?

 

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Topics: Travel Safety, Motorcoach Travel

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Opening in September

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jun 10, 2020 12:00:00 PM

You like Ike!

 

I like Ike!

 

Everybody loves Ike!

 

The newly constructed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial plans to open to the public in September 2020. Student groups will be welcome to explore the small memorial park to discover more about the 34th President of the United States.

 

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

STEM Experiences for a Student Trip to Boston

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jun 8, 2020 11:15:00 AM

The past and the present live alongside each other in Boston, providing students a unique opportunity to make connections not possible in the classroom. Whether you're walking the Freedom Trail or exploring one of the various museums, Boston is best known as the home of revolutionary ideas that inspired a new nation.

 

Today, Boston is an incredible stop for student trips because teachers can easily meet social studies and STEM standards of learning. Since the historical attractions in Boston are already well-known, here are some of the best STEM attractions with hands-on learning experiences for your next Boston trip!

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Topics: School Trips to Boston, STEM Attractions

Updated TSA Security Measures

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jun 5, 2020 11:30:00 AM

After months of shelter-in-place and quarantines, states are finally reopening for travel. For many families, this means that vacations and leisure travel can be rescheduled.

 

As they prepare for the influx of travelers, airports across the United States are preparing new safety and cleanliness standards to keep travelers safe. The TSA plans to roll out their updated security procedures by mid-June. Here's everything travelers will need to know.

 

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Topics: Travel Safety, Airport Travel, News & Updates

Must See Attractions for Student Trips to Washington, D.C.

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jun 3, 2020 11:15:00 AM

While planning a school trip to Washington, D.C., the number of museums, memorials, and monuments can seem overwhelming. While you could let a NationsClassroom representative create an itinerary for you, most teachers like the ability to customize and select itinerary items that best suit their students. 

 

Out of all the attractions in Washington, D.C., here are the top ten we think all student groups should experience while on tour.

 

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

The Best 8th Grade School Trip Destinations

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jun 1, 2020 11:15:00 AM

With the end of the school year just around the corner, most students are looking forward to their next big steps. For our twelve to thirteen year old students, that means thinking about moving on to their final year of middle school.

 

The summer is the perfect time to start planning for next years eighth grade trip. Celebrate your eighth graders by putting together a special itinerary to one of the top 8th Grade School Trip Destinations.

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Topics: School Trip to NYC, School Trip to D.C., School Trips to Boston, Planning Student Travel, School Trip to Philadelphia

How School Trips Support the Emotional Growth of Teens

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 29, 2020 11:15:00 AM

Many teachers refer to students as “my kids” because of the heart and soul that goes into helping them grow inside and outside of the classroom.

 

We hear this a lot when we're on student tours with teachers who want to provide new experiences for "their kids." They realize that student travel is different from a family vacation because it offers new opportunities for social and emotional growth.

 

Sometimes parents have to find a level of comfort with a child’s newly-found independence or school administration may not realize the full range of benefits these experiences provide. Here are a few ways to explain how educational travel helps students grow during their tween and teen years.

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens

Explore the Intrepid Museum Virtually

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on May 27, 2020 11:15:00 AM

If you haven't heard of the Intrepid Museum located in New York City, you are in for a treat. The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum Complex "is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of history, science and service as related to its home aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark." While it's doors are closed for the time being, the museum has been publishing free online content for educators and students. 

 

Here are our favorite resources from The Intrepid that you can use with your students!

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Topics: School Trip to NYC, Teacher Resources, STEM Attractions

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