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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

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

Advice for Reducing Airport Stress When Traveling with a School Group

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 20, 2020 11:31:00 AM

Leading an educational tour provides opportunities to teach all types of lessons,  including how to get through airport security as efficiently and painlessly as possible.

 

Preparing your student travelers and chaperones before heading to the airport with the following advice will give them the practical knowledge they need to reduce stress and enjoy the thrill of group travel. 

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Airport Travel

6 Creative Ways to Encourage Registration for a School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on May 18, 2020 11:45:00 AM
When a student trip is announced to families, there is always a buz z of excitement as  the first kids begin to register. When the initial rush is dulled by daily routines and to-do lists, a trip leader can use creative ways to help families remember to follow through with registration and paperwork.
 

Here are six ideas to keep your trip top-of-mind.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Planning Student Travel

Parent Meetings During Shelter-In-Place: Using Zoom To Reach Parents

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on May 6, 2020 11:30:00 AM

If there is one thing this pandemic has taught us, it is that teachers are incredible, innovative, and have superpowers. How else can we explain the amount of work they're able to get done during one 24 hour period?

 

So once a teacher is finally able to plan a school trip and get it approved, is it any surprise that their number one concern is how they'll find time to share the information with parents?

 

If you choose to work with a Student Travel Consultant like NationsClassroom, your first step to reaching parents is by hosting a parent meeting.

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Planning Student Travel

10 Tips to Prevent Kids From Getting Lost on a School Trip

Posted by Julie Leonhardt, Teacher and Student Travel Consultant on Apr 22, 2020 10:00:00 AM

It’s a nightmare scenario: You are one kid short. Time to re-count. Still one kid short.


Who is it? Take out the list. Look at the faces and check off the kids in your group. Start asking if anyone has seen him?
You look up, hoping to see him in the distance, but no. And the panic begins. 

 

The good news is that you realized he’s gone before leaving, which is why counting the kids makes the top ten list of things teachers do help keep track of their kids on a school trip.

 

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips

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, Travel Safety, Airport Travel

TSA's Packing Tips for Holiday Travel

Travelers flying in the next two weeks need to be well-prepared as the TSA is predicting a record-breaking number of travelers this holiday season. 

 

Experienced travelers know that the key to efficient airline travel is smart packing, but what about all the eggnog, poinsettias, and Christmas gifts you need to pack?  Should you wrap your presents before flying or wait until you arrive at your destination?  What about bringing Aunt Sally's leftover fruit cake back home with you?  Is that even allowed past security?   Check out TSA's top recommendations for 2019 Holiday Travel to answer all your questions:

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Topics: Trip Leader Tips, Travel Safety, Airport Travel

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