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TSA Encourages Good Hygiene While Traveling

We at NationsClassroom encourage all travelers to practice good hygiene while traveling: washing hands or applying hand sanitizer regularly, using disinfectant wipes on cell phones, airline/motorcoach seats and tray tables, and following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for travel updates.  Luckily, the TSA is also supportive of practicing good hygiene while traveling.  Read on to find out what hygiene products are allowed through airport security.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

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, TSA

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Posted by Jay Bloxsom, Founder on Mar 2, 2020 3:19:50 PM

NationsClassroom continues to closely monitor the evolving situation with respect to Coronavirus originating in China. The World Health Organization (WHO) , the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended against travel to China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy. 

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

Spring 2020 Travel and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are deeply saddened by those who have been affected and impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world. We know a lot of travelers have questions about Coronavirus and whether it’s safe to travel right now.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

How Google Sheets Can Improve Communication on your School Trip

Sarah Kiefer has been co-coordinating her school's annual Washington, D.C. trip since 2012.   And as a Technology Integrator and a Google Certified Trainer she's always discovering ways that technology can improve communication and efficiency on school trips.  In today's blog post, she's sharing her favorite tips for using Google Sheets. 


You won't want to miss her organizational tips guaranteed to improve group communication!



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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

Hotel Safety Recommendations for Student Travel

The Student and Youth Travel Association, in partnership with The Center for Student Travel Safety, has developed a travel safety certification program designed to introduce the "first-of-its-kind operational and safety standards to the student group travel industry, in an effort to enhance the overall safety of travel." 


This week we are featuring safety standards for Hotel Safety.  These guidelines would be  helpful to share in an informational packet for students and parents and to review with them in-person during a meeting before you travel. 

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Travel Safety

How to Get Your Administration to Say YES to Your School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Sep 27, 2019 4:47:55 PM

More than ever, students need their teachers to be strong advocates for the value of experiential learning. To prepare for a discussion with administration about an educational trip, it helps to understand potential concerns and to be prepared to answer challenging questions. 




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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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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

How to Plan a Meaningful and Realistic Student Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 29, 2019 9:30:05 AM


Taking students on an educational tour is an amazing thing to do for your students. While excitement about the trip is essential, you also want to create an opportunity that is achievable for you, your students, and their families.


Here is a simple checklist of initial considerations to help you plan an experience that is both meaningful and realistic.


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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

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