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This is the second in a series of posts about student field trips to the east coast; namely to Washington, D.C., New York City, Philadelphia and/or Boston. Read part one here. With tough economic times and budget crunches at schools, some may think these trips are not fiscally feasible. You might be surprised.
GETTING STARTED: THE BIG SECRET
In the seven times I’ve been in Washington, D.C. with groups of students, I’ve started up chats with many students and chaperons from other schools across the country. They all (99% of them) have one thing in common: they used a travel company to plan the trip for them. Teachers have no doubt seen the shiny travel company brochures these companies mail to us. They have bright, colorful pictures, offer amazing itineraries, are organized and have customer service representatives standing by twenty-four hours a day. They all claim to be the best and they are all also very expensive.
These companies work to build the perfect itinerary. They save organizers a lot of work, but they come with a hefty price tag. Time is money. In times like these, our time organizing (rather than theirs) is money saved. I’ve never used a tour company, which saves literally thousands of dollars. Now, one might be thinking that the quality (more…)