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Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial near Madrid, Spain

7 Fun Facts About Madrid

Spain’s capital—and its largest city—has so much to offer for art, history, and food enthusiasts. Here are seven things you should know before heading to beautiful Madrid: Madrid’s Royal Palace is the largest royal palace in Europe, with 3,418 rooms. Today, it no longer functions as a reside... Read More

Capitol Christmas

Holiday Gift Guide for Students and Travelers

Because of the nature of what we do at WorldStrides (and what we love!), many of our employees are frequently in the sky and hitting the road! Are you or your son/daughter traveling with us soon? Do you know someone who travels for work and/or fun? Our in-house travel experts recently shared some it... Read More

French Perspectives

4 Great Photo Journaling Apps

Everyone wants to record memories from their travels, but who has the space to store those memories or the time to make a scrapbook? Keeping a digital journal is a great way to record everything without having to print photos and save maps and mementos. Check out these four apps that make journaling... Read More

WorldStrides provides educational travel domestically and throughout the world

Advice for Future WorldStrides Travelers

Many WorldStrides travelers have had the good fortune of being greeted at the airport in Washington, D.C. by veteran field specialist Doug Coleman. For nearly a decade, Doug has seen thousands of students before and after their special travel experience…and he’s never shy with advice to make the... Read More

Group taking photos at Machu Picchu

How to Take a Great Photo

Some people say if you didn’t take a picture, then the moment didn’t happen. Let’s face it -when traveling on one of our programs, there’s a TON to see and snap! Luckily with smartphones, capturing high-quality images while traveling is easier than ever. How do you ensure you... Read More

Best Places to See Fall Foliage on the East Coast

Say goodbye to summer and hello to fall! Some of our favorite spots for tours also happen to have of the best leaf peeping in the U.S. and groups on the open road this fall – well, look out the window! You might be able to check out the best places on the East Coast […] Read More

Find Your Adventure in Educational Travel with WorldStrides

Our Most Successful Fundraising Tool – The Gift of Education

Have you heard about the Gift of Education? Our most successful fundraising tool, the Gift of Education, helps thousands of students each year raise funds for their trips. Last year, students raised over $2 million dollars! 100% of all money raised goes directly toward offsetting their trip price.... Read More

Charlottesville High School orchestra performing

Best Ideas from Our Fundraising Hall of Fame Experts

Fundraising is a fantastic way to offset program costs and allow more students the opportunity to travel. We are always looking for new and creative ways to raise funds to share with our program leaders, parents, and students. WorldStrides is proud to feature teachers and students as part of our Fun... Read More

Dyrholaey Nature Reserve Puffins Iceland

How to Spot Puffins in Iceland

Iceland is a beautiful and fascinating country, and lots of people go to see its waterfalls, volcanoes, and generally gorgeous scenery. When I went to Iceland, of course I wanted to go see all of the most popular sites. But one of the main reasons I went was also to see puffins. That’s why I [&hel... Read More

5 Things Teachers Can Do This Summer to Prepare for Fall

Tips & Tricks from a PR Pro

Publicity is a powerful tool that can help take your planning and fundraising goals and trip to the next level. As you may know, WorldStrides offers tools to assist you every step of the way during the process of planning your program. As you PR pro, I am here to help! In my career, I […] Read More

Apps For Teachers

8 Cool Phone Apps for Teachers and Students

Let’s face it – apps can make everyday things a LOT easier for us, but with so many to choose from, selecting which ones you will actually use can be overwhelming. We narrowed down the choices to those that are useful in the classroom and the “classroom of the world!” Check out these 8 c... Read More

Road Trips Across America

One of summer’s most liberating experiences is hitting the open road, and here in the good ole US of A, there’s a lot of land to cover! Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to gas up the car, and start your engines! Here are a few classic road trips that cover three of […] Read More

Dr. Neal Sikka - WorldStrides Medical Director

What is Doctors on Call?

If you have a medical emergency during your travel program, there is nothing more comforting than having a doctor on call. WorldStrides’ industry-leading health and safety measures include access to 24/7 medical support for travelers in D.C. and around the world. This is accomplished through t... Read More

Best Practices for Handling Catcalls and Street Harassment

Whistles. Animal noises. Suggestive comments. The official term is “street harassment,” and though it happens all over the world, I know personally, it can be very unsettling when in a foreign environment. The targets of street harassment are not just limited to girls and women; minorities and m... Read More

Our Christian Discoveries Program allows students to experience Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C.

7 Blooms Around the World

The cherry blossoms in D.C. aren’t the only famous flowers around the world. Love spring? (Or summer or fall?) Here are some other places where you can see Planet Earth in all her glory! Outside of Brussels in Belgium, a forest known as “Halle’s Wood” shows off for spring with a virtual ... Read More

Lincoln Memorial Selfie

Cell Phones on Tour: Banning Technology…or Embracing It?

Teachers like me can be programmed to say, “Put the phone down!” when we see phones in students’ hands (especially when they’re under the desk as though there’s an invisibility cloak down there!) It’s true that phones can be a distraction when we are trying to teach, especially in the tr... Read More

Travel Tips: Staying Healthy

In most of the country, winter has been hanging around far too long. (Seriously, GO HOME WINTER.) Unfortunately, the flu season is hanging around with it! According to the CDC, cases of flu A have decreased but not yet concluded. However, flu B cases are still occurring. The last thing you want to p... Read More

Passports

Passport Photos: The Rules, and Some Tips and Tricks Too

Ready for your upcoming international trip? One of the first items on your to-do list is likely getting a passport (or renewing your passport) or, in some cases, getting a visa*. The first thing you’ll need to do to start the process is get your photo taken. But this photo is decidedly not li... Read More

Our Christian Discoveries Program allows students to experience Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C.

6 Things to Know Before Cherry Blossoms Peak

Spring has finally sprung in Washington, D.C. and that means it won’t be long before the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. It is one of the most beautiful times of year in the nation’s capitol. Here are some important things you should know before venturing out to see the flowers: The f... Read More

Valentine's Day Chocolate

7 Countries That Make The Best Chocolate

The stores are full of boxes of chocolates and confectionery goodies in honor of Valentine’s Day, but we don’t need an excuse to reach for a piece of the sweet treat. Sampling the local chocolate is part of the travel experience! Here are seven countries that make the best chocolate. Belgium You... Read More

Paris

3 Reasons Why Our Educational Experience Is Simply The Best

WorldStrides Perspectives programs believes the real world offers a classroom like no other. Educational travel inspires those moments when the light bulb goes on. Students’ minds race beyond their everyday worlds and they find the personal meaning behind what they study in school. That’s a tran... Read More

Capitol Christmas

2017 Travel Gift Guide

Looking for a gift for the person on your holiday shopping list that loves to travel? We asked some of the WorldStrides team to share their best travel gifts. Watch our 2017 Travel Gift Guide for ideas ranging from stocking stuffers to splurges! Like any of the products you saw in our video? Here ar... Read More

airport, Shanghai, China

What You Need To Know About the REAL ID Act

If you have been to the airport recently, you have probably seen signs advising of upcoming changes to the identification required to board an airplane. This is due to the REAL ID Act, the latest phase of which takes effect on January 22, 2018. What is the REAL ID Act? The REAL ID Act, passed [&hell... Read More

Austria Czech Germany The Imperial Capitals International Concert Travel Music Education European Ensemble

State Department Travel Alert Update

The U.S. State Department refreshed its Europe travel alert on Friday, September 1, noting conditions of which American travelers should be aware. The proactive alert is similar to one issued last year ahead of the summer travel season. This is simply a refreshing of the earlier alert, and does not... Read More

Flight

Top 6 Secrets of a Former Flight Attendant

I’m an events manager at WorldStrides, but before I joined the team, I was a flight attendant (and a kindergarten teacher before that!). My experience in the sky means I have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve for when it comes to having a smooth flight. Here are six tips from a former […] Read More

High School Honors Performance Series, Sydney Opera House, Australia

7 Tips For A Comfortable Long Haul Flight

Program Development Manager Nancy Richardson recently traveled to Sydney, Australia with our High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House. Now that she’s back in the United States, she’s sharing her best tips for how to be comfortable on a long haul flight.  “How long ... Read More

Literary Tours to Ireland and Scotland – Irish Literary Tours

Regarding Last Night’s Incidents in London

WorldStrides is aware of the two incidents that occurred in London at the London Bridge and in Borough Market. We have confirmed all students traveling with our programs are accounted for and safe. On Saturday night (June 3), three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and launched a kni... Read More

A Central European Odyssey International Music Education Travel Hungary Budapest Poland Krakow Czech Republic Prague

Risk Management Advisory Memo: Executive Order Travel Ban

In light of uncertainty around the roll-out of President Trump’s recent travel bans, WorldStrides released guidance to its university clients in the Capstone division about upcoming international travel. Most programs and customers are not affected by the executive order, but international student... Read More

Costa Rica Farmland

Share Your Travel Photos With Us And Win A $250 Gift Card!

You will experience so many incredible things on your WorldStrides program and return home with incredible memories. While you may pick up a souvenir or two while traveling, the best mementos will be the ones that you capture on film! Those are the ones you will want to keep forever – and w... Read More

Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles Punalu’u Black Sand Beach

10 Things For Students To Do Before Their Trip

Are your students getting excited about your WorldStrides trip? We are! This trip is going to be the highlight of the school year. Students will be talking about this every day, up until your departure day. To help them get even more pumped about their trip, here are 10 things for students to do be... Read More

Students in Washington, D.C.

Win a scholarship by paying with e-check

We’re making it even easier for more students to travel! Each month, we reward one lucky traveler with a $500 scholarship that goes directly towards the student’s trip price. Student qualify for the monthly scholarship drawing by selecting the EZPay e-Check option at time of registration. EZPay ... Read More

Scotland New Year's Eve

9 New Year’s Traditions From Cultures Around The World

Happy (almost!) New Year! Whether you’re ringing in New Year’s Eve from some exciting foreign country or at home with family and friends, you probably have a New Year’s tradition or two. Common traditions throughout the United States include singing “Auld Lang Syne” to greet the New Year, ... Read More

Red Phone Boxes

6 of Our Favorite Travel Apps

Our phones go everywhere we go, so of course you will be packing them in your carry on when you leave on your WorldStrides program! While you should check with your provider on usage and fees associated with traveling abroad, travel apps can help your trip run smoothly. Here are six of our favorite ... Read More

Mt. Denali_Alaska

Introducing WorldStrides Custom Emojis

Emojis are one of the most popular ways to express ourselves. We use them in text messages, social media posts, even emails. Now, when you’re traveling with WorldStrides, you can use our custom emojis when sharing updates and photos from your trip! We have WorldStrides-themed emojis, like passport... Read More

Rio Camuy Cave Puerto Rico

Dr. Lang gives travel guidelines for areas with the Zika Virus

An interview with Dr. Lang, WorldStrides Medical Director and Assistant Professor at the George Washington University Department of Emergency Medicine, on travel guidelines in areas with the Zika virus: WorldStrides: Zika is getting extensive media coverage, with more and more countries added to t... Read More

airport, Shanghai, China

5 Packing Tips For Every Traveler

“What should I pack?” That’s one of the most popular questions we hear from students and their parents. While packing needs vary by destination – you won’t need the same heavy coat you may take to Iceland if you’re headed to Costa Rica – here are a few packing tips that are universal. ... Read More

Airport Arrival to Washington, D.C.

5 Tips For Choosing A Fundraiser For Your Trip

Many groups that travel with us choose to hold fundraisers to offset trip costs and allow as many students as possible to experience the benefits and excitement of educational travel. Some of the unique fundraising opportunities we’ve heard of lately have included benefit performances, face painti... Read More

London

Social Sarah: 5 Tips To Take Great Travel Photos

I recently returned from spending 10 days in London and Paris where I spent my days eating crepes and visiting places like Tower of London, Windsor Castle, the Eiffel Tower, and the Sacre-Coeur in the beautiful Montmarte district of Paris. While I wanted to document my trip, I didn’t want to lug a... Read More

Washington, D.C. Presidential Inauguration

5 Apps That Makes Communication Easy While Traveling

There’s so much to share during a WorldStrides trip – photos, videos, nightly updates, travel schedules –  and thanks to smartphones, it is easier than ever to stay in touch while traveling. Here are a few of our favorite apps to make it easy for parents, students, and teachers to... Read More

Passports

Passport expiring? Renew yours now.

You’ve booked your tickets, packed your bags, and learned a few key phrases in the language of your destination.You’re eager to board your flight and set out on your next adventure. But—is your passport up to date? If your passport is scheduled to expire in 2016, the State Department encou... Read More

Halong Bay, Vietnam

6 holiday gifts for the traveler on your list

Does your holiday shopping list include an avid traveler? Whether that person is planning for one of our student educational travel programs in 2016, or embarking on their dream tour of Southeast Asia, here are some great—and practical—holiday gift ideas for the explorer on your list. Portable C... Read More

Eiffel Tower

Top 10 List for One Day in Paris

I’m your classic American in love with Paris. In love with the light, the food, the people, the art. I’ve lived there several times and often get asked for my recommendations on what to see and where to go. I love putting these lists together – a bit of the expected and unexpected, the known [... Read More

Peru

Trip Preparation: To Plan or Not to Plan?

To plan, or not to plan? That’s the smallish sorta-war that my wife and I have when we decide to go somewhere. She’s content with only a rough outline of a trip. When she was a teenager, she and her family went to Germany without booking hotels ahead of time. They simply drove around and [&helli... Read More

Chicago Symphony

How to Build A Brand for Your Performing Group

The brilliance of a brand is that it needs no explaining. Let me… explain. A brand should be so powerful, defined, and part of an organization that it conjures an immediate image. Some brands come pre-loaded with powerful memories and personal experience. Some come alive through the experience of ... Read More

Music Notation Tool

How To Choose The Right Music Notation Tool

When it comes to choosing the right music notation tool, the options can be as complicated as choosing a dessert at the Cheesecake Factory. Many of us remember the days of pen and ink, pencils and erasers, a straight edge or two, a drafting table, and the almost infinite patience it took to translat... Read More

Peru

Traveling With Language Barriers

Read part one of Brad’s trip to Peru – Trip Preparation: To Plan or Not to Plan? One morning we woke up in Peru with nothing planned. I offered the idea of horseback riding. It sounded so idyllic, and Shannon sort of knew how to ride horses. She took riding lessons when she was a […] Read More

WorldStrides Instagram

Frustrate Me, Inspire Me, Show Me – Thanks Instagram!

Ah, Instagram. It seems like every time I check it, someone else I know (or kinda know) is off gallivanting around the world while I sit at home mentally preparing to clean out the gutters AGAIN. Why can’t I be in Machu Picchu having my mind blown or snorkeling in Bora Bora and making friends [&he... Read More

10 Things I Have Learned from Traveling

I have been a traveler since I was able to open my eyes and have traveled with students and adults for over 20 years. These are a few things that I have learned when traveling and continue to live by. 1. Always pack a hat. No matter what the weather forecast is, I have a […] Read More

Bouchon Lyonnais

Lyon, France: Gastronomic Capital of the World?

“We are the Gastronomic capital of the world you know” – I was proudly informed by my new colleagues when I arrived to start a new teaching placement in Lyon, France’s second city which sits in the Eastern corner of the country. I had to admit that I had barely heard anything about ... Read More

Vietnam

Bangkok Protest

When anti-government agitators announced plans to shut down Bangkok with a citywide protest, three groups traveling with WorldStrides were already in or had plans to visit the Thai capital. The WorldStrides response was multi-faceted, quickly assessing the situation on the ground, creating “safe z... Read More

Travel Shoes

Style and Comfort? It’s a Shoe In.

The next time you’re out and about, make a point to look down and take a mental inventory of the shoes people are wearing. You can imagine a lot about person you’ve never met based on their shoes – their personal style, where they might be going, what’s important to them, stuff like that. It... Read More

German Food Wiener Schnitzel

How German Is German Food?

How German is German food actually? It is traditionally very international. Let’s start with the world famous currywurst, (chopped fried sausage in a curry sauce) it’s one of Germany’s food stars. We have even a currywurst museum in Berlin where the first currywurst was served on September 4th... Read More

Back to School Icebreakers

Back to School Ideas from a Traveling Teacher

As you’ve been prepping for back to school, I’ve tried to encourage some conversation on the blog about how you start off the new year. After posting Do You Prefer – Back to School Ice Breakers and Travel Classroom Decor, I received some nice feedback from a couple of our traveling teachers. ... Read More

Plugs and Voltage

Traveling Tip: Plugs & Voltage

When preparing for travel, many folks worry about differing voltages in different countries.  For most of the devices people travel with though, they need not worry. Computers, tablets, phones and cameras can easily be charged with the typical voltage offered in hotel rooms, coffee shops, and airpo... Read More

Tapas in Spain

Tapas in Spain

Spanish tapas are, without a doubt, the tastier treasure of Iberian cuisine. Tapas have become recently quite well known worldwide, although they are a very traditional and characteristic element of the ancient Spanish cuisine. They are not so much a specific kind of food itself, as a Spanish way o... Read More

Bridge Les Invalides Paris France

Handy Travel Apps

Working at an educational travel company comes in handy when planning a trip. The people here are an amazing resource for all travel-related questions and concerns. After my recent two-week European adventure (post about that coming soon!), I feel like I need to share some of the helpful informatio... Read More

Texting in Spain

Texting in Spain

If Spanish wasn’t already one of the easier languages to learn, as a result of it being phonetic, it just got even easier. Thanks to 160 character limits on texts, and one-handed typing on cell phone keyboards, spelling in Spanish is getting even simpler. The catch? You still need to know which le... Read More

Rothenburg, Germany

SMS-Kürzel: How German Teens Shorten Their Text Messages

“Kürzel” is a short form for “Abkürzung,” which means abbreviation or short cut in German, but let’s talk about abbreviations or “KÜZ” instead of short cuts. Can you decipher the following German text message abbreviations? Take a guess at their meanings. When German teens send you ... Read More

Student Education Travel

The Best Travel Apps For Your Trip

At home, our students are glued to their smart phones, iPads, and apps, so it’s only fitting that our WorldStrides DiscoverNow! programs have gone high-tech as well!  We asked a few of the tech-savviest Course Leaders about how they’re using technology on trips. Here’s a rundown of some of th... Read More

German Food Currywerst

Travelers Dish: Best Foods Eaten While Traveling Abroad

Without a doubt, one of my favorite things about traveling is eating all kinds of delicious foods! I had a hunch that other travelers may feel the same way, so I posed the question to our “likers” on Facebook: “My favorite meal I’ve ever had was _______________ in _______________. Fill in th... Read More

Old Town Hall and Church of Our Lady before Týn - Prague, Czech Republic

How to Pack for a Trip Abroad

I absolutely love to travel, but I dread packing every time I go away. Even after countless trips, anxiety takes over and I waste time pacing the room, chewing my nails and taking breaks to check my Facebook feed. Although I’ve gotten better at packing more efficiently with every trip I take, ther... Read More

Slow Food Italy

Italy’s Slow Food Invasion

For almost 25 years now, a movement has been invading Italy, and is now spreading to the rest of the world, with its battle cry being, “quality, freshness, tastiness and sustainability.” It is The Slow Food Movement. Founded in a small town in the north of Italy in 1986, and spreading rapidly th... Read More

Madrid, Spain

Insider’s Guide to Understanding Spanish Hand Gestures

Most people are familiar with the stereotype of passionate Spaniards having animated conversations at top volume, while punctuating their every word with a movement of the hands. It’s not uncommon to see groups of people gesticulating wildly while in conversation. And while some of it can be class... Read More

Top of Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Say “Happy New Year” in 40 Languages

The New Year is upon us! Learn how to wish a “Happy New Year” to your friends around the world. Matador Network has translated the phrase into 40 different languages. Below are a few I thought would be most helpful to those of you teaching or learning a new language in class this year (plus [&he... Read More

Flight

The Impact of Airline Capacity Cuts

To our valued Program Leaders, from Jake Mitchell, Vice President of Purchasing and Air Transportation: U.S.-based airlines have recently announced plans to further restrict capacity in the face of continued elevated fuel prices and economic uncertainty.  These moves follow previous capacity cuts m... Read More

Travel Trends in 2011

As the leader in international immersion programs, Worldstrides Capstone programs is constantly monitoring industry trends to provide meaningful travel opportunities for our client universities. Below are some of the developing trends as we look ahead to 2011: Fully Integrated Courses Increasingly, ... Read More

Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Washington, DC

Recipe For Success Cooks Up Creativity

If you are planning an educational trip with WorldStrides this school year, you’re familiar with our Recipe for Success. This step-by-step guide to a successful travel program is a promotional roadmap that combines lessons from WorldStrides’ 43 years of experience to help Program Leaders achieve... Read More

Questions from our Clients

Recently much has been written about the Black Swan Theory – the rare case that the one percent – or one-hundredth of one percent – event could occur. When we review the past two years, however – the financial market meltdown, a volcano’s ability to disrupt air travel in Europe, or the oil... Read More

Happy Students Traveling

Join MyTrip and Check Out Account Details Anytime

Parents, did you know that you can access your WorldStrides account information 24 hours a day? Accessible through MyTrip, MyAccount gives you access to all kinds of information and details about your child’s WorldStrides program. Look to the top right-hand corner of your account homepage to click... Read More

Washington DC National Arlington Cemetery Wreath Laying Students

Get Ahead With Discovery For Credit

WorldStrides’ exclusive Discovery for Credit program provides students the opportunity to extend and deepen the learning beyond the on-trip experience. This supplemental course is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, ... Read More

Student Educational Travel

Save Time, Money, and Trees with EZPay

EZPay is a simple way to pay for your WorldStrides program by scheduling automatic drafts from your checking account. If you’re not already enjoying the benefits of EZPay, here’s what you’re missing: Hassle-free, automatic payments from your checking account ensure that you’re never late and... Read More

Accent Responds to the Challenge of H1N1

As the number of H1N1 virus cases within the U.S. and abroad has continued to rise over the past few months, Accent has closely monitored developments associated with the illness. One of the largest epidemics since SARS in 2003, Swine Flu has had a global reach, affecting populations and industries ... Read More

Accent Re-Routes Thailand-Bound Program Due to Airport Closure

Two weeks ago, protesters took over the Bangkok International Airport, leading to its abrupt closure. These events caused one of Accent’s EMBA programs, scheduled to visit Bangkok in late November, to quickly implement alternative plans. Months of planning for business visits, cultural activities ... Read More

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