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Airport Safety Review with Jennifer Court, Travel Safety Specialist

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jul 13, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Airline travel with your students was stressful enough without a pandemic, but now there are added levels of uncertainty. 

 

Many parents and teachers are asking what airport and airline safety looks like now, after months of quarantine. Instead of simply tell you what we've heard, we had some of our staff members travel themselves and report their findings to us.

 

If you're interested in learning about motor coach travel, travel best practices, or hotel safety updates check out our Facebook for our previous interviews. 

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Topics: Travel Safety

Hotel Safety Standards with Pat Neimeyer, Student Travel Expert

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jul 6, 2020 11:00:00 AM

After this pandemic, what will hotels and other accommodations look like for student travel? 

 

Like all other aspects of student travel, we're still figuring it out. Over the past few weeks we've been researching and talking with student travel industry experts to learn about what travel will look like in a post-Covid19 world. 

 

If you're interested in learning about motor coach travel or travel best practices, check out our Facebook for our previous interviews. 

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Topics: Travel Safety

5 Questions Parents Should Ask About a School Trip

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jun 26, 2020 11:00:00 AM

If you had asked us six months ago what the three most common concerns parents had before sending their students on a school trip, I would have said affordability, what’s included, and security. It almost seems like six months ago was an entirely different world.

 

Nowadays, when a teacher announces an upcoming field trip, most parents begin asking “Is it safe to travel?” Parents, more than anyone, want to make sure it’s safe for their kids to begin exploring before sending them out on trips again.

 

Here are five questions parents should ask about school trips and why it is important to know the answers.

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Topics: Curriculum standards and student travel, Trip Leader Tips, Benefits of Student Travel, Travel Safety

Tour Safety and Best Practices with Erika King, Student Travel Expert

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on Jun 24, 2020 11:00:00 AM

What will traveling look like after the pandemic? 

 

We've been asking ourselves the same question. Over the past few weeks we've been researching and talking with student travel industry experts to get their take on the situation. We're covering all aspects of student travel: motor coach travel, airline travel, and general best-practices. 

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Topics: Travel Safety

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

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

Washington, D.C. Announces Phased Reopening Schedule

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on May 22, 2020 1:37:35 PM

On Thursday (May 21, 2020), the ReOpen D.C. Advisory Group announced plans to reopen Washington, D.C. over the summer. Collaborating with John Hopkins and over 17,000 community members, the group researched and organized a four-stage reopen plan for the nation's capital that focuses on safety and wellness for the whole population.

 

Washington, D.C. will begin phase one of reopening on Friday, May 29th. Here's what that means for student travel going forward.

 

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Topics: Travel Safety

Must Read Hotel Guidelines For Student Travel Groups

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

One of the highlights for students traveling on an educational tour is the chance to have a “sleepover” with friends away from home. Thrilling for them, but nerve-racking for some parents who may prefer to share a roof with their kids at all times.

 

Providing hotel guidelines will set expectations for students while reassuring parents who are sending their children on an overnight field trip.

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Topics: Emotional growth of tweens and teens, Travel Safety

TSA Travel Tips: Traveling with Aerosols

Spring and summer travel means traveling with the popular aerosol sunscreens - but what exactly does the TSA allow in a checked bag and in a carry-on?  Review the TSA's guidelines on traveling with aerosols in today's Travel Tips blog post.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Travel Safety, Airport Travel

6 Ways the TSA App Can Improve your Group Trip

Trip leaders and parent chaperones often admit that the most worrisome aspect of traveling with students is getting everyone through airport security efficiently.  But the truth is that airports can be easily maneuvered, as long as everyone in the group is on the same page with packing. 

 

Luckily, the TSA offers a free app to provide airline passengers with 24/7 access to the most frequently requested airport security information on any mobile device.  Learn more about how the" MyTSA" app can help your students pack and prepare for your trip. (Our  favorite feature? Definitely the searchable database of items that can and can't go in checked or carry-on bags.

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Topics: Travel Safety, Airport Travel, Planning Student Travel

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