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Kaleidoscope Welcomes George Strickland

Kaleidoscope Adventures Welcomes Consultant George Strickland Kaleidoscope Adventures is pleased to announce that George Strickland will be joining the team as an expert consultant.  Kaleidoscope …

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Kaleidoscope Welcomes Neal Sutton
Kaleidoscope Welcomes Neal Sutton

Kaleidoscope Adventures announced and welcomed Neal Sutton as Senior Tour Consultant leading the sales efforts in the West South-Central United States covering Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, …

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Orlando
Orlando is for Students

If you’re planning a student trip to Orlando, chances are you’ll visit the resident mouse or wizard while there. While we all love the magic …

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Puerto Rico for Student Groups
Puerto Rico is a Perfect Destination for Students

Student groups looking for an international trip without the fuss should consider Puerto Rico. It’s a stunningly beautiful region rich in culture and history. Students …

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Tips for New Teachers Planning A School Trip

Tips for New Teachers Planning a School TripIf you’re a new teacher planning a school trip, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed. There are so …

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Boston is for Students
Boston is for Students

Planning lessons that engage and interest students is hard work. Planning a student trip that does the same can be even harder! Teachers want a …

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6 hidden gems in Atlanta
6 Hidden Gems in Atlanta

If you’re planning a student trip to Atlanta, you probably know the standard attractions. The World of Coca Cola, Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site …

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New York City is for Students

A New York City trip is a rite of passage for many students. Each year brave teachers everywhere plan Broadway shows, tours of the Empire …

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Do You Really Need A Student Trip Planner?

The student trip is in your hands. You want it to be the most educational, exciting and epic trip anyone’s ever taken! Do you really …

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5 Great Graduation Trip Ideas

Put away the caps and gowns and start packing suitcases! It’s time for an adventure before the next phase of life begins. Not sure where …

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Where and when can bands perform
Where (And When) Can Bands Perform?

St. Patrick’s Day Parade- canceled. National Cherry Blossom Festival – canceled. National Memorial Parade- you get the idea. Early 2020 was no friend to marching …

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How to Wear Face Masks Safely This Summer

Who could have anticipated a world in which we all look like bandits and communicate with our eyes? It’s a little creepy but evidently face …

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5 Questions to Ask Before You Travel This Summer

Summer is just around the corner. After weeks of staying at home, many of us are ready to embrace the outdoors and have some fun! …

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5 reminders as you plan a student trip
5 Reminders As You Plan A Student Trip

Planning a student trip is a BIG job! As a teacher, you already have a million tasks on your plate each day. The logistics of …

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How to Pay for the School Trip

The early months of 2020 wreaked havoc with our economy. Many of us are still trying to find our financial footing. When it’s time for …

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Try A “Statecation” This Year

Let’s face it. It may take a minute to ease back into travel. As a group leader, you’ve probably already heard the murmurs as you …

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Bring Broadway home
Bring Broadway Home

So many of us were looking forward to a spring trip to New York City and a Broadway show. Instead, this vibrant city is focusing …

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Holocaust virtual tours
Holocaust Virtual Tours

I was visiting with my neighbor yesterday (a street between us, of course). She’s a German immigrant who made her home in our small-town following …

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5 Amazing Venues for Show Choirs

Show choirs, lend me your ears (and voices)! If you’re ready to wow the crowds with vocal virtuosity, we have some great ideas for you. …

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Get Your Student Trip School Board Approved

You planned an amazing student trip and now you need school board approval to make it happen. The first thing you should know is that …

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Ideas to Help Your Band Program Grow

Great band programs don’t just happen. It takes years to build a successful band program. When our son started 5th grade, he joined the band. …

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5 Best Band Podcasts to Follow While Social Distancing

As the daily news reports come out, I snuggle deeper into my couch knowing I’ll be here for a while. I’ve already searched new recipes, …

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The Kids Are Home. Now What?

Three weeks ago, most of us were probably gearing up for spring baseball, track season or the school play. We were spring shopping, going to …

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New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade for marching bands
“Lucky” Bands Can March in the NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade™

On Saint Patrick’s Day, we’re all a little bit Irish! It seems only right, then, to celebrate our collective Irish roots in the city that …

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4 Great Festivals for MARCHing Bands

Between marching season and spring concerts, the school year has flown by. March is the perfect time to think about upcoming performance and learning opportunities. …

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Coronavirus and Student Travel: What You Need to Know

It’s the headline on every news station. It’s the first thing we hear about in the morning and the last thing we see at night. …

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Grad Bash 2021 at Universal Studios™ and Islands of Adventure™

As May 2020 unfolds, seniors are ready to celebrate.  This year, those celebrations may look a little different!  In a world of social distancing, graduations …

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A ‘Whole Nother’ List of Things to Do

If you’re planning a student trip to Pittsburgh, there’s a ‘whole nother’ list of things to do. Arts, history, technology, sports and more will make …

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5 Things Yinz Have to Do in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is AWESOME! I’m not just saying that because I’m a homegrown Yinzer – it’s an incredible city! There’s so much to see, do (and …

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What Parents Should Ask About the School Trip

Your child (who you are SURE just started kindergarten yesterday) is going on the school trip. You’re certain he’ll never be able to function without …

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Topgolf is Next Level Entertainment

This past summer, my family and I visited our first Topgolf. It was my husband’s idea and we all rolled our eyes when he suggested …

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How to Plan A School Trip

The school year is now on fast forward. You have curriculum to cover, testing to complete and a million tasks waiting on your desk. Oh- …

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5 Best Factory and Museum Tours for Students

Everyone wants to know where their favorite stuff comes from and how it’s made. That’s why factory and museum tours are so much fun! These …

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5 Awesome Travel Blogs Teens Will Love

My daughter is obsessed with Kara and Nate. She follows them everywhere and wants to do everything they do. This seems like pretty typical 7th …

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Why Are Scrunchies Back In A Big Way?

If you spend any time around teens or tweens, you may have picked up on a new trend. If you’re a child of the late …

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What Are the New Rules for Driver Hours?

Not so long ago, my husband traveled with students. Many, MANY days started at 3:00 a.m., or worse, were already well underway at that ungodly …

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Resolve to Travel More with Family

New Year’s Eve is upon us (hard to believe, right?!) As I reflect on our family’s 2019, I find it’s not the “stuff” that makes …

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holiday travel tips
There’s No Place Like NYC for the Holidays

Sleigh rides, snow and New York City! It’s never too early to start planning your holiday travel. New York City tops the list of fabulous …

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Meet Darcy Williams from ‘After Sectionals’

Midwest Clinic In just a few short days, band, orchestra and music leaders from around the globe will converge in Chicago for the 73rd annual …

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REAL ID for Student Trips

Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005. We’ve had 14 years to prepare, yet most of us probably haven’t. Heck, most of us probably …

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Holiday Travel Tips to Make the Journey Easier

Long lines, airport delays, roadways crowded with impatient drivers … tis the season for holiday travel! We’re all anxious to get home for the holidays …

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5 Great Reasons to Give Kids the Gift of Travel

It starts in October. The stress begins to build as I think about what to get my kids (16 and 13) for Christmas. AirPods? There’s …

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Plymouth Rock
6 Surprising Facts and Fiction about the Pilgrims

Ah…. Thanksgiving.  If I close my eyes, I can still smell the globs of paste we used to make Pilgrim hats in elementary school.  My …

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The Vessel at Hudson Yards
Be One of the First to Take Your Student Group to Hudson Yards

Just when you thought New York City couldn’t get any more awesome, Hudson Yards debuts. Backed by some serious star power and VIPs, Hudson Yards …

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
5 Festive Holiday Parades for Marching Bands

I’m one of those people who gets excited when the stores put up Christmas lights beside pumpkins. I can’t wait for the holiday music to …

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Why Perform in A Bowl Game?

The excitement of bowl season is nearly palpable as late December closes in. Bowl pools are completed in every office, family gathering and on-line, while …

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Halloween Celebrations Around the World

Breathe deeply…. October is here! In my little corner of the world, October means crisp air and brightly colored leaves.  It means smiling pumpkins and …

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5 reasons kids should travel
5 Fabulous Reasons Kids Should Travel

Recently, I sat in on a rather tense PTA meeting at my daughter’s school. The subject causing controversy? Eliminating class field trips. The district wasn’t …

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resources for music educators
Performance Opportunities for Orchestras

As far as school music programs go, the band tends to get a lot of attention. Between sporting events, concerts or even competitions, the band …

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Band Competition Survival Guide for Parents

For some parents, autumn means back to school, crockpot cooking and Friday night lights. For band parents, it means that band competition season has begun! …

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Marching Band Competitions

When our son joined the high school band, I had visions of Friday night lights and a rousing drum beat calling to the crowd at …

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Costa Rica is the Perfect Destination for Science Trips

I’ve just returned from an incredible Costa Rica trip. Having never been to this little slice of Central America, I had no expectations other than …

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Cedar Point is Great for Student Groups

Recently my family and I visited Cedar Point Theme Park in Sandusky, Ohio. It had been a few years since we were last there, and …

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3D Printing
3D Printing is Changing the World!

Among my 16-year old’s friend group, 3D printing is a hot topic. Several of his cohorts have their own printers (causing a suspiciously green cast …

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The Disney Candlelight Processional – Make A Joyful Noise!

What is the Disney Candlelight Processional? The Disney Candlelight Processional is an inspirational telling of the story of Christmas since 1958. Celebrity guest narrators share …

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Flying with Special Medical Considerations

Student groups that fly face unique challenges. Specifically, they must navigate the constantly changing rules and regulations of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). TSA guidelines …

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Flying With A Student Group

You’ve decided to skip the motorcoach and try taking to the air with your student group. What are the rules? What do you need to …

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Teacher Tips For Promoting Trips

If you travel with students, you know how much work goes into planning the perfect trip. When you put your heart and soul into organizing, …

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Tips For Surviving and Thriving During Your First Band Camp

My son is a gifted saxophonist. He shined brightly in his middle school band, as well as in many regional competitions and festivals. Having no …

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Halloo! London is a Great International Student Trip

Taking students abroad for a performance or educational trip can be overwhelming. Researching student-friendly destinations, understanding local customs or even dealing with language barriers all …

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Count On Kaleidoscope For International Adventures Beyond Expectations

You depend on Kaleidoscope Adventures to plan your domestic student travel. A leader in the student travel industry for more than 25 years, you trust KA to …

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Bean Roasters and Roller Coasters… Starbucks in the Parks

A colleague and I were chatting the other day about everything and nothing. Eventually we circled around to the millennial obsession with coffee. Drive through …

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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 …

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Tips For Planning Your First Performance Trip

It’s your first time traveling with students. You’re a novice. You want everything to be perfect but have niggling doubts in the back of your …

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Plan An Historically Epic Student Trip to Charleston

My husband and I love traveling to interesting historical destinations. If there’s a plaque on the side of the road, my husband will ALWAYS pull …

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Take Your Band To Virginia International Tattoo And Virginia Beach

Does the sound of a drum corps put a spring in your step? Do you shiver with delight when you hear the strains of a …

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Take A Break From The Road At Luray Caverns

Sometimes the bus ride can seem endless, especially when traveling with students. Sometimes you just need a break. That break becomes vital to your sanity …

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Kennedy Space Center for student groups
Kennedy Space Center Is A Blast For Student Groups

If you’re taking a student group to Orlando, you expect a world of imagined castles, wizards, and giant mice. What you may not expect are …

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Honor Those Who Have Given All This Memorial Day

As the unofficial start of summer, the arrival of Memorial Day conjures up thoughts of picnics, parades and endless days of fun in the sun. …

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A Homeschool Odyssey To Washington D.C.

The class trip is a rite of passage for many middle and high school students. The experience of loading up the bus with friends and …

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Fundraising For The Class Trip

The paperwork has come home for the class trip. It’s going to be an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience for your child – a chance to explore …

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Shine on a New York City Stage

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. …

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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 …

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KAndid Advice For Washington D.C. Trip

There’s no better civics lesson than a trip to Washington D.C. There are standard favorites and must-dos… the Smithsonian Museums, monuments and memorials, a walk …

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KAndid Advice For New York City

New York City reigns supreme as one of our favorite student destinations. There’s so much to see and do, it’s hard to squeeze it all …

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KAndid Advice For Planning A Student Trip To Orlando

Traveling to a new destination with students is exciting… and nerve-wracking! Wouldn’t it be great to have a cheat sheet? Imagine if that cheat sheet …

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Selling Trips To Parents And Students

You have a great idea for a trip. You just KNOW the kids are going to flock to sign up for this epic adventure which …

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A Handy Guide To Use When Packing For A Student Trip

In a world in which “glamping” is an accepted form of outdoor recreation, it’s no surprise that we tend to overpack. We want to be …

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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 …

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Have A Safe Trip!

Every time my husband travels (which is A LOT), I say these four little words as he heads out the door.  I would imagine most …

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Historical Student Trip To Birmingham, AL

The civil rights movement was a volatile and influential time in our nation’s history.  We study it in our schools, watch movies portraying its leaders …

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Inspiring STEM travel
Inspiring Stem Student Travel

STEM continues to dominate education, and student-friendly destinations are taking notice. Innovative partnerships and curricula are emerging in unexpected places. As you begin to plan …

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To Infinity And…Space Camp!

Most of us have dreamed of being an astronaut at one point or another in our lives. I used to imagine what it would be …

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The Stage Is Set For Orlandofest

Hours of practice. Countless rehearsals. Early mornings and late nights. The performing arts demand dedication. Anyone who has ever been a part of marching band, …

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Choose A Reliable Tour Operator With Professional Memberships

Your expectations are high when traveling with students. You expect an outstanding safety record, personal attention and quality transportation and accommodations.  You demand expert trip …

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Travel Beyond Expectations With Kaleidoscope Adventures

It’s not easy to travel with students. Parent questions will pop up the night before the trip. Suzie will get the stomach flu. Johnny’s reed …

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Resolve To Travel As A Family This Year

New Year’s Eve is upon us (hard to believe, right?!) As I reflect on our family’s 2018, I find it’s not the “stuff” that makes …

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holiday travel tips
Holiday Travel Tips You Need To Know Before You Go

Long lines, airport delays, roadways crowded with impatient drivers … tis the season for holiday travel! We’re all anxious to get home for the holidays …

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The Midwest Clinic

December is here and we all know what that means… bright lights, cheerful spirits, fresh pine and THE MIDWEST CLINIC!  Ok.  Most of us probably …

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Disney’s Candlelight Processional At Walt Disney World

Those who know me know I have a special place in my heart for two things (husband and children excluded, of course!) – Christmas and …

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7 Hidden Gems In Boston

Boston. I could write forever about Boston. My brother recently relocated to Beantown and I am positively gleeful! I’m pretty sure my new connection gives …

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hidden gems in the Smoky Mountains
7 Hidden Gems In The Smoky Mountains

If you’re planning a trip to the Smokies, you already know exceptional attractions and outdoor adventures abound.  If you dig a little deeper, though, you’ll …

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“Bowl” Them Over With An Amazing Bowl Season Performance!

The excitement of bowl season is nearly palpable as late December closes in. Bowl pools are completed in every office, family gathering and on-line, while …

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Hidden gems in Branson
7 Hidden Gems In Branson

Fortune seekers, rejoice! There are a TON of hidden gems in Branson, MO. We know that Branson is a hotbed of top-notch entertainment. It’s also …

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7 Hidden Gems in Nashville
7 Hidden Gems In Nashville

Travel is more than just the destination. It’s about the journey! It’s finding and appreciating those tucked-away places others may miss. My next few blogs …

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Great Questions Parents Should Ask Before The Student Trip

Your middle-schooler (who you are SURE just started kindergarten yesterday) is going on the school trip. You are certain he’ll never be able to function …

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Helpful Homeschool Travel Apps

Homeschool families and co-ops have a unique opportunity to travel as part of their curricula. Since the best learning happens in the real world, it’s …

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Homeschool Travel Tips, Tricks And Discounts

Travel has always been an important part of our family life. My husband’s job often requires him to be on the road. When the kids …

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Homeschool Co-ops Can Be A Great Resource For Families

Homeschooling can be hard. Really hard. What once seemed like an exciting adventure may now leave you feeling isolated, drained or unsure of yourself. If …

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Crowdfunding For The Student Trip

The first weeks of school are upon us and the fundraiser forms have arrived. Ugh. I can almost see the neighbors locking their front doors …

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Kaleidoscope Adventures’ Stellar Student Scholarship Program

Kaleidoscope Adventures believes that travel is a key piece of a well-rounded education.  It’s a window to the world, promising new experiences, cultures and people. …

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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 …

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What Else Can You Do With Your Group In Orlando?

While we all love the magic or adventure of theme parks, Orlando has much more to explore. It’s home to some extraordinary, out-of-the-ordinary attractions you …

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Day At The Museum

The class trip is planned and this year it includes a day at the museum. Oh boy. There’s very little that’s more intimidating than taking …

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Get Organized For Back To School

Listen, Can you hear it? It’s the glorious sound of silence! The kids are back to school and the house is no longer vibrating with …

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Teach & Travel Has Fresh Ideas For Student Travel

You’re back. The class trip is over. You can breathe a sigh of relief since all went well and everyone had a fabulous time. You …

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Road Trip- Our Family Quest For Summer Continued!

Our summer family road trip commenced anew after a restorative night at the Historic Cameron Trading Post and Motel. I was feeling a bit better …

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Road Trip- One Family’s Quest To Reclaim Summer

Like most, our family’s summer isn’t the relaxing oasis of calm we remember from childhood. I fondly recall days spent splashing in the community pool, …

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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 …

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Why Plan Off-Season Travel?

For many (many) years, my husband traveled with students. Our kids learned at an early age that Dad would essentially be gone from March through …

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Feed Those Hungry Student Groups 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 …

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Chicago student trip
Chicago Shakes Up The Usual Student Trip Itinerary

Years ago, as a freshly minted professional working for a non-profit, I was asked to attend a conference in Chicago. My colleagues were jetting off …

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WonderWorks for groups
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 …

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Gettysburg is a great student destination
Steeped In History And Mystery, Gettysburg Is A Great Student Destination

Growing up in PA, I spent many wonderful summers exploring Gettysburg. It didn’t occur to me that a national treasure was practically in my backyard. …

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Ripley's attractions are great for students
Believe It Or Not – Ripley’s Attractions Are Great for Students

Believe it or not (see what I did there?!) Ripley’s attractions are great for students.  More than 100+ locations worldwide means that odds are good …

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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 …

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Grad Bash 2019 At Universal Studios? And Islands Of Adventure?

As May draws to a close, any self-respecting teacher is counting the days, hours and minutes left in the school year. As a former teacher …

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Philadelphia is a top student destination
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 weren’t in the …

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Birmingham STEM trip
Plan Your Birmingham STEM Trip

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 …

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Atlanta is a top student destination
Atlanta Is A Top Student Destination

It’s time to plan the all-important class trip. You’ve already conquered the capital and taken a bite out of the Big Apple; now you’re looking …

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Star For A Day!

Friday night football games- check. Regional marching band festivals- check. Local parade routes, check. What’s left for the marching band? An incredible STARS Performance at …

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Andretti Indoor karting and Games
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 …

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resources for music educators
A Universally Amazing Experience At Orlandofest

Hours of practice. Countless rehearsals. Early mornings and late nights. Participation in the performing arts demands dedication. It requires commitment to learning fundamental and technical …

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Medieval Times is perfect for for student groups
Oh, What A Knight!

The term medieval conjures up some pretty powerful images. Princesses, castles, plague (let’s skip that one) and, of course, blade-wielding, powerful and chivalrous knights. It’s …

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Nashville is for teens
Nashville is for Teens

Where to Stay Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Nashville, Tennessee. My husband was attending a conference that highlighted Nashville as a …

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Snow, What You’re Doing- Winter Travel Tips

Winter this year has been like an old friend that doesn’t recognize that he’s worn out his welcome. It starts out as an unexpected visit, …

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Incredible Pizza Company for student groups
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 …

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Hard Rock Cafe rocks your student groups
Hard Rock Cafe 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 …

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Group Travel Videos
Group Travel Videos- 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 …

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Student Travel Motor Coaching

When my children were in elementary school, they had a bus driver named Mr. Ernie. While most drivers recognize that young children have some anxiety …

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student trip to Coastal Virginia
An Adventure In American History- Coastal Virginia

Bright sunshine, warm sand and the relaxing sounds of the ocean that’s my idea of a perfect vacation. Roadside markers, historical sites and guided tours …

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A Symphony of Resources For Music Educators

Doesn’t it always seem that the very best moments in life are accompanied by music? Making that life-altering trip down the aisle to Jeremiah Clarke’s …

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What A Way To Bowl Them Over!

I remember it vividly. On Christmas Day 2003, I gave my husband his favorite present ever. I had an active toddler at the time, so …

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The World Is Crazy- Should My Child Travel?

Last year, I sat in on a rather tense PTA meeting at my daughter’s school. The subject causing controversy? Eliminating class field trips. The district …

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Inspiring STEM travel
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 …

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5 More Awesome Things To Do In The Smoky Mountains

If the first five attractions don’t keep me busy enough when I finally get to the Smokies, these next five certainly will! Here are five …

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5 Awesome Things To Do In The Smoky Mountains

Full disclosure, much to my regret and dismay, I have never visited the Smoky Mountains. My husband has been there (many times), my family has …

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Plan A Student Trip to Washington D.C.

Teachers, homeschool co-ops, scout groups, history buffs, lend me your ears! If you want to inspire, educate or simply love this wonderful nation, plan a …

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Make Way For Students in Boston

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 …

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Have A Blast In Branson!

Last summer, our family was planning a series of quick jaunts. We wanted to jump in the car and spend a few days somewhere we’d …

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Oh There’s 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 …

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How to Travel Safely With Students

When my oldest child left for his first week of sleep-away camp, I worried. I worried that he wouldn’t eat well, that he would get …

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Group Travel Planning- Finding Stuff To Do!

The dreaded itinerary is… As I have previously stated, my family has a deep and abounding love for venturing into the unknown! Our 10 year …

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Group Travel Planning – Set Your Travel Timeline

I have the good fortune to be married to a man who LOVES to travel. He has given me two children who LOVE to travel. …

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Group Travel Planning- Choose Your Destination

You’re on a roll now! You have a solid purpose for traveling with your group and know exactly when you want to go; now you …

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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 …

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Inspiring STEM travel
Planning Student Performance Trips: It’s The Little Things That Make A Big Difference!

There’s a saying that goes, It’s the little things that make a BIG difference. Although it’s a cliche, it is often very true, especially when …

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Student Group Travel To Orlando: It’s Educational And Exciting!

Did you know that student group travel to Orlando, Florida can be both exciting and educational? Orlando is not only a great destination that provides …

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Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center

Hue and Cry Traveling is about enjoying new experiences; trying new food, seeing different sights, and immersing our family in local cultures and adventures. Choosing …

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There’s Nuttin’ Like A Dutton!

Located in the Ozark Mountain city of Branson, MO, you will find the Dutton Theatre Complex along the famous 76 Strip. Branson has a population of over …

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Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade is the oldest in the country and held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This remarkable parade began in 1920 and was produced by Gimbel Brothers Department Store to …

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The possibilities for your next adventures are endless! Your talent and knowledge have no boundaries, so why should your travel plans? Your trusted partner in …

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Disney Grad Nite H2O

One of the hardest things about high school graduation is leaving the security of home and school and going in a different direction than your …

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Park Inn by Radisson

My family recently stayed at the Park Inn on Maingate Lane in Orlando, Florida and had an awesome visit! If you are considering Orlando as a vacation destination and …

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Festivals Of Music

Music is an essential part of education and finding the right competition arenas for your high school band, orchestra, or choir can be challenging. Festivals of …

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The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

In 1998, Scholastic Corporation released the first book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, in the U.S. The popular books …

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Graduation Parties At Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure go into lock down mode as they host two fabulous graduation parties: Gradventure for middle school students and Grad Bash for …

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The Fairy Godmother waves her magic wand and the spirit of Christmas explodes in a twinkling winter wonderland setting! Since 1958, the Disney Candlelight Processional …

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Marching Band Season Beautiful colors, crisp air, and shorter days represent the fall season for many people. For band kids and their families, it also …

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Over ninety years ago, the Macy’s chain of department stores accidentally began the holiday spectacular of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Today, approximately 3.5 million …

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Student Group Cruises: Tips On How To Plan Your Cruise

Cruising with students is a great way to experience the world beyond the classroom. However, planning a student cruise can be a BIG job! We …

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