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Rich Abrams

Top high school senior trip destinations in 2017

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Students in their senior year of high school are standing at the gateway to adulthood.  They’ve worked hard to get to this place and they’re gazing ever forward, into a future bright with promise.
What could be more appropriate to celebrate this shining moment than a senior trip?  There’s a big world out there and curious seniors are ready to explore before moving out into the world as adults.  Let’s review some of the top high school senior trip destinations in 2017.

Orlando, Florida.

Known as the City Beautiful and the Theme Park Capital of the World, Orlando, Florida is one our picks for top high school senior trip destinations in 2017.  This stunning city is the gateway to extraordinary theme parks and more of them then in any other destination on the planet.

With attractions like Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Florida, your group is bound have a ball here.  Budding marine biologists can learn more about their passion at the famous SeaWorld Orlando.  The courageous can get up close and personal with Florida’s fearsome alligators at Gatorworld.

In addition, Florida’s nearby wetlands are not be missed boasting a wealth of flora and fauna to fascinate students.

New York City.

A perennial favorite for people of all ages, New York City is one of the most celebrated cities on the planet.  Its unending fascination derives from history, art and even the political intrigue of the famed hotbed of skullduggery, Tammany Hall.

The Statue of Liberty and her flame of liberty, welcoming “those yearning to be free” is just the beginning of the New York City experience.  NYC’s distinct neighborhoods and boroughs are alive with the American story – of dreams realized on the shores of our great nation and lives intertwined to create the tapestry that is modern American life.

Atlanta, Georgia.

Today a thriving metropolis, students of African-American history will turn to Atlanta as the birthplace of internationally-renowned Civil Rights leader and symbol of non-violent protest, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is 35 acres of Civil Rights history.  Students will enjoy an encounter of Dr. King that encompasses the home in which he was born and the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he preached as a young pastor before beginning his historic journey.

Walk in the footsteps of this American legend in Atlanta and encounter the living legacy of a man who changed the face of our nation by challenging its institutions.

These are just a small selection of top high school senior trip destinations in 2017.  The world is a diverse place, filled with wonder for seniors to explore as they move toward their futures.

Junior Tours – the world at your feet.

Since 1967, Junior Tours has placed the world at the feet of students, offering them unique educational experiences, finely curated to educator learning objectives.

Founded by a teacher, Junior Tours supports educators by offering them itineraries that speak to their vision for students.  Contact us for a quotation and sample itinerary.

5 questions to ask before selecting a student travel company

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There’s no question that student travel presents outstanding educational opportunities.  Students learn in a whole new way when you take them out into a world full of possibilities. But before you get them out there, you need to find the right student travel company.  There are so many to choose from, with a variety of focuses and service levels.  Finding the right one is key to the quality of your student travel experience.

Here are 5 questions to ask before selecting a student travel company.

  1. Will my kids be safe?

It’s normal for parents to worry about sending their children off into the great unknown.  It’s not that they don’t trust educators and chaperones.  But they’re not going to be there.  If it’s the first time they’ve sent a child on a student tour, they may be apprehensive.

That’s why it’s key you find a student travel company with clear guidelines concerning security and support.  Will your group get 24-hour support, on tour?   Does the company have policies governing student conduct, with their safety in mind?

  1. Is the itinerary flexible?

A quality student travel company tailors your tour to your group’s interests and learning objectives.  Cookie cutter models are rarely satisfying for anyone.

Choose a student travel company that’s biddable and flexible concerning your itinerary, to ensure that your students get the learning experience you envision.

  1. How’s the hotel?

It’s key you ensure that your student travel company selects accommodations which are both secure and comfortable.  A good company should enjoy relationships with high quality, reputable vendors.  You should also be able to work with your tour company to select accommodations that put parents at ease.

Look for a tour company that works with centrally-located facilities with excellent reputations.  The quality of vendors and their relationships to your tour company tell a story.

  1. What’s included (or not)?

Be sure to discuss pricing with your student tour company to ensure that what you see is what you get.  Are there hidden costs?  Are taxes included?  Are there optional “add-ons” and what do they cost?

Pay special attention to ticketing for attractions like museums and historical sites.  These can make a huge difference to the ultimate cost of your tour.  If students will be required to pay for tickets over-and-above the cost of the tour, you need to know in advance.

  1. Lots of bus time?

You’re taking your students on a tour to provide an educational experience they’ll remember all their lives.  Make sure they’re not going to be sitting on a bus for large portions of it.

A quality student tour company will carefully plan your itinerary to give you the maximum educational bang for your buck and reduce time spent moving from place to place on a bus.

These are 5 questions to ask before selecting a student travel company.  Junior Tours is a family-owned business that’s being taking students places since 1967.  Contact us for a quote and sample itinerary.  Let’s talk about your student travel vision.

5 places that will bring your history class to life!

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The history of the USA, with its epic battles and struggles for freedom, is vivid and right here, under our feet.  Putting your students into the very heart of history is a way to connect them with the past and teach them the lessons it has for them, both today and for the future.

Here, we talk about 5 places that will bring your history class to life, confronting your students with the living lessons of a vibrant history.

  1. Williamsburg, Virginia.

This colonial city invites your students into the very heart of the American colonial experience.  With an interactive learning experience embodied in a faithfully reconstructed village, they’ll walk into the world of their forefathers.

Only miles away is Jamestown, where the Virginia Company of London sent an expedition to establish a settlement in the area – the first in the USA.   In 1607 this became the state of Virginia’s first capital.

  1. New Orleans, Louisiana.

The vibrant history of the Crescent City is full of secrets and intrigue.  Its place on the banks of the Mississippi River made it an early trading hub for the southern states, encompassing the slave trade.

It’s also here in New Orleans that the Civil Rights movement effectively began when Homer Plessy attempted to board a “whites only” streetcar, provoking a landmark case considered pivotal in the history of the Civil Rights movement – Plessy vs. Ferguson.

  1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The city of brotherly love is where the dream of America was well and truly established, when the Founding Fathers set their hands to the seminal Declaration of Independence.

Here students can see the famous handiwork of Betsy Ross’s flag and the Liberty Bell, which first rang out the good news of America’s birth and freedom to its sons and daughters.  This rich site of American history will inspire your students and fill them with pride.

  1. Washington, DC.

Nexus of the tremendous international power of the USA, Washington, DC is the seat of our nation’s government.  It’s here that Abraham Lincoln is memorialized in the eponymous monument and the nation’s business is done in the halls of the House of Congress, Senate and the White House.

The capital’s Smithsonian Museum preserves the legacy of the USA, from the gowns of the First Ladies of the USA, to the cultural treasures of our diverse nation.

  1. Atlanta, Georgia.

In beautiful Atlanta, Georgia students can walk in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., experiencing him as a child growing up with the realities of Jim Crow and becoming a Civil Rights figure who would shake America to its foundations, transforming it forever.

See his childhood home and the Ebenezer Baptist Church, from where he launched his long and arduous battle for equality, with non-violent mass protests and marches.

Bring history to life with Junior Tours.

This list of 5 places that will bring your history class to life is just a sample of where Junior Tours can take you.  Contact us and let us lead your students through American history.