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Take Center Stage in New York City

There’s nothing like the experience of live theatre. Iconic or cutting-edge shows, thrilling performances and crowds pulsing with energy draw us in like nothing else. It’s a magnificent experience, especially when the theatre is in the heart…

400th Anniversary of the Mayflower’s Arrival in Plymouth

The word “Thanksgiving” conjures up warm childhood memories of paper hand turkeys, feathered headbands, nifty Pilgrim songs, turkey and stuffing. All in all, an accurate representation of our forefathers’ first Thanksgiving, right?…

Great Travel Apps for Student Groups

We live in a world dominated by apps and easy access. We use apps to find our way around, order food, shop, entertain ourselves, organize schedules, etc. They make our lives easier and so much more convenient. Travel is no exception. There are…

Ready to Wing It? Deciding if Air Travel is Right for Your Group

As the wife of a former student tour operator, I spent many restless nights worrying. Baseball groups heading to spring training in South Carolina or bands making the long drive to Orlando were often the culprits. While it was cost effective,…

What ELSE Can You Do with Your Group In Orlando?

One of our favorite family vacations was a spur of the moment trip to Orlando. We packed our bags, found a cheap flight and headed south for some fun in the sun. You probably assume our visit included a castle or a mouse. Not this time! While…

A Handy Guide to Use When Packing for A Student Trip

In a world in which glamping is an accepted form of outdoor recreation, its no surprise that we tend to over pack. We want to be sure we have all the necessary creature comforts in the event of an apocalypse. However, when packing for a student…

Don't Forget to Include the Class Trip in Your Back-to-School Plans

In teacher speak, the 4th of July signals the end of summer. Any teacher will tell you that once the fireworks are over, the mind jumps back into planning and prep mode for the next school year. The short summer break has refreshed and energized,…

Feed Those Hungry Student Travelers at Golden Corral

If you travel with students, you know the time and attention to detail required for a successful itinerary. Timing is critical in the well-oiled machine of student tours. There are places to be, deadlines to meet, schedules to keep and, oh yes-…

WonderWorks Will Turn Your Group Plans Upside Down!

Planning a student trip. Planning a homeschool trip. Planning a scout trip. Planning a family or faith-based trip. If you can check any of these boxes, be sure to check this one: ? Include a visit to WonderWorks in your plans! WonderWorks…

Believe It or Not - Ripleys Attractions Are Everywhere

Believe it or not (see what I did there?!) Ripleys attractions are everywhere. More than 100+ locations worldwide means that odds are good youll find a Ripleys to meet the needs of your student group trip. Ripleys Believe It or Not Attractions…

There are Great Benefits to Booking Your Student Trip Early

Traveling with students can present some unique challenges for the travel planner, particularly when planning on your own. It can be an overwhelming task fraught with missteps and missed opportunities. However, many of these can be addressed…

Philadelphia Is A Top Trending Student Destination

The 2018 Super Bowl was an epic battle between two cities claiming the title of Cradle of Liberty. Since my beloved Steelers werent in the running, I was thrilled that the Philadelphia Eagles brought home the championship. As a history geek,…

Plan Your Student STEM Trip to Birmingham for Great STEM Attractions

If you are planning a student group trip, chances are good that your district will require a STEM component. You may even be planning an exclusively STEM trip. If youre not competing in a robotics competition, where do you begin searching for…

Atlanta is one of the Top Student Destinations

Its time to plan the all-important class trip. Youve already conquered the capital and taken a bite out of the Big Apple; now youre looking for something fresh, fun and fabulous. Recently named one of the top student destinations in the…

Groups Will Race to Andretti Indoor Karting and Games

I grew up in a small town in rural Pennsylvania. Home mail delivery did not exist and one of my responsibilities was to walk (or ride my yellow, banana-seated Schwinn) to the post office daily. I dreamed of having one of those nifty, electric…

Oh, What A Knight!

The term medieval conjures up some pretty powerful images. Princesses, castles, plague (lets skip that one) and, of course, blade-wielding, powerful and chivalrous knights. Its enough to make a frequent reader of historical romances like…

Let Your Inner Star Shine in Nashville

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Nashville, Tennessee. My husband was attending a conference that highlighted Nashville as a great student destination and we stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Not only did we stay at the…

An Incredibly Surprising Pizza Place

When my children were small, they loved to spend time at the local pizza entertainment center. It was an overpriced, cramped play space with unappetizing food and the promise of a weeklong illness due to unsanitary equipment. I truly dreaded…

Hard Rock Caf Rocks Your Student Group

Teenagers love two things music and eating. I happen to have a teenager (of the male variety) and I can verify that music and eating top his daily to do list. I went from weekly grocery shopping to what feels like hourly grocery shopping…

Group Travel Video- Make a Memory That Lasts!

My brother and his wife recently visited Spain, a spectacular country rich in history and culture. Upon their return, we were treated to an hour-long PowerPoint presentation highlighting the trip. One hour. One very long hour. Una larga hora.…

An Adventure in American History- Coastal Virginia

Bright sunshine, warm sand and the relaxing sounds of the ocean thats my idea of a perfect vacation. Roadside markers, historical sites and guided tours thats my husbands idea of a perfect vacation! Fortunately, our visit to Coastal Virginia…

Planning Student Travel in a Time Crunch

The decorations are packed away and the holiday bills are arriving by bulk mail. Happy New Year! If you are an educator, you know exactly what the new year brings a crush of responsibilities and deadlines! The school year is now moving in fast…

5 MORE Awesome Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

If the first five attractions dont keep me busy enough when I finally get to the Smokies, these next five certainly will! Here are five more awesome things to do with your group or on your own when visiting the Smoky Mountains Family Fun On…

Washington D.C.- A Civics Lesson in Action

Teachers, homeschool co-ops, scout groups, history buffs lend me your ears! If you are trying to inspire, educate or simply love this wonderful nation, consider planning a trip to its capital. Theres no better civics lesson than a trip to…

Make Way for Students

The first time I visited Boston, I was fresh out of college and working for a non-profit. I directed a program in conjunction with public school librarians and had the opportunity to travel with them throughout the country. I distinctly remember…

Oh Theres No Place Like NYC for the Holidays

I ran to my local grocery store on Tuesday for some last-minute Halloween candy. My monster munchies bowl had been filled since last week, but lets face it, a week is a long time and my munchies were seriously depleted! I figured I would…

Group Travel Planning- Safety When Traveling with Students

When my oldest child left for his first week of sleep-away camp, I worried. I worried that he wouldnt eat well, that he would get a sunburn or be sick, or that he wouldnt change his underwear (turns out that I had good reason to worry about…

Group Travel Planning- Choose Your Destination

Youre on a roll now! You have a solid purpose for traveling with your group and know exactly when you want to go; now you need to pinpoint WHERE you want to go! Its easy to fall into the routine of going where you know when traveling.…

Group Travel Planning- Tips and Tricks to Make It Easy!

When I was 13, our church youth group decided to take a trip to Cape May, NJ. We thought it would be a great bonding experience and great fun, since most of us hadnt yet traveled beyond the borders of our small town. This was, of course, long…