2023 Student Travel Planning Guide

2023 Edition

Embracing the benefits of travel

If there’s an overarching theme to this issue of Student Travel Planning Guide, it’s one of, well, normalcy. And after the last few years, normal has never sounded so good.

Schools are definitely traveling again. Still trying to decide on the best travel experience for your students? We have you covered with an article on language-focused trips plus one on the top five Central Florida theme parks. Once your destination is set, we can offer advice on choosing a chaperone and the latest technology. And just because we can travel that doesn’t mean you have to forgo access to learning opportunities. Check out “Virtual Field Trips Continue to Shine” for some awesome options.

For more student travel ideas, we also offer an insider’s look at some unique attractions and cities around the country that go above and beyond when it comes to school trips, and focused programming and itineraries. From a Philadelphia museum specializing in illusions and a multitude of activities in Arlington, Texas, to a thoughtful itinerary guide to the magic of Mississippi, Student Travel Planning Guide is here to help.

We are proud to bring you this year’s digital edition of Student Travel Planning Guide. It’s an honor to share the virtues of student travel. We hope you share this resource with your fellow educators. Also, make sure to visit StudentTravelPlanningGuide.com for more insider info and engaging itineraries.

Safe Travels,
Lisa Shames

STPG 2023
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Choosing and Hiring a Tour Guide
Empowering Girls Through Travel

Female Strong’s Kristin Tews talks confidence-building for young women and the benefits of travel, both near and far

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The Future of Travel

To get a clear picture of the state of student travel, we asked those who know best: tour operators

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Virtual Field Trips Continue to Shine

A unique, cost-effective way to engage students in nearly any subject matter, virtual field trips offer access to opportunities across the country

Choosing and Hiring a Tour Guide
Planning Your First Language Immersion Trip

What you need to know to ensure your students get the most out of their language immersion trip

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The Definitive Guide to Parent Chaperones

Whether it’s your first time recruiting a parent chaperone for your next field trip or your 20th, this complete guide has you covered with all the do’s and don’ts

Choosing and Hiring a Tour Guide
Exploring Outstanding Theme Parks in Central Florida

Home to the “Theme Park Capital of the World,” Central Florida has no shortage of opportunities for student groups

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The Latest Tech & Apps for Student Travel

6 apps to help you plan your next student trip


Virginia Beach
The STEM of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast

Mississippi has been central to our nation’s history for centuries

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Savoring a Piece of Mississippi’s History

Here is an insightful look into every STEM academic discipline, while providing diverse fun activities.

Discover Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s central location on the East Coast makes it a top pick for educators.

Site Inspections

NYC Innovative Museum
Bringing Education to Life!

With more than 50 years of experience, Destination Education℠ by Watermark® creates one-of-a-kind experiences in the Chesapeake Bay area.

Disney on Broadway
History and Heritage Merge in Frederick, Maryland

From a museum of Civil War medicine to a museum dedicated to Maryland’s iron workers, Frederick is a history-lover’s dream spot

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Disney on Broadway brings the Magic to Life on Stage

Since 1994, Disney on Broadway musicals have entertained audiences of all ages

NYC Innovative Museum
Innovative, Interactive Exhibits at RiseNY

Manhattan’s RiseNY offers immersive galleries and theme park-worthy experience to students

Virginia Beach
History Comes Alive in Colonial Williamsburg

Experience an authentic 18th-century town in Virginia’s Colonial Williamsburg


Colorado Connections

Discover the many joys of Colorado’s history—from a historic trading post to a museum of the Ute tribes

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Adventures Await in Arlington, Texas

From rollercoasters and a stunning planetarium, Arlington offers wonder in so many places


Continuing to Preserve Battlefield History for Students to Discover

School groups can walk the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg and engage in interactive history exhibits including a rare Cyclorama.

Philadelphia field trip ideas
Celebrate A Seminal Moment in American History

Discover the integral role the U.S. Constitution played in our nation’s founding

One World New York field trip
Now You See It, Now You Don’t at the Museum of Illusions

From an anti-gravity room and vortex tunnel to kaleidoscopes galore, Philadelphia’s Museum of Illusions is a wonderful playhouse for the mind

National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland
Students Immerse Themselves in History at Gettysburg

Explore significant moments in U.S. history at Gettysburg

Seminary Ridge Museum
Fun in the Sun at Ron Jon Surf Shop—Cocoa Beach

Discover summertime apparel or perform in front of the iconic Florida storefront

National Museum of the U.S. Army field trip
Time Traveling In Virginia

At Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown history lives on

Faith and Liberty Discovery Center
A Historic Garden Party at Houmas House

Houmas House and Gardens beautifully honors the southern estates of times gone by

Seminary Ridge Museum
A River Runs Through It

Explore the most important body of water in the U.S. at the Great River Road Museum

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