2022 Student Travel Planning Guide

2022 Edition

In-Person Field Trips Return

The loss of field trips and out-of-classroom experiences for children during the last two academic years has proven detrimental. While teachers are excellent at their jobs, there is something irreplaceable about practically applying the lessons students have learned in a real-world environment. Applying physics to theme park rides, biology to national parks and music theory to a performance at a professional-grade auditorium are all ways for school groups to venture beyond the campus and create unforgettable memories.

There is a silver lining to the downturn and recent resurgence of student travel—operators, teachers and attractions were able to step back and update their offerings for a more safety-conscious, tech-savvy era. In this year’s edition of Student Travel Planning Guide, we investigate how the industry recovered, technological advances in the student sector and brand-new experiences for field trips.

In “Students of the Game,” contributing writer Nick Povalitis dives into the thriving amateur sports tournament industry and how that sector’s recovering is being applied by educators to jump-start student tours, while our “Ask an Expert” features showcases Keith Snode from Kaleidoscope Adventures and trends that he sees in the student market. For school groups returning to their annual theme park trip after a few years away, we profile the newest and most exciting attractions from coast-to-coast in “Theme Park Thrills Return.” We also show how to hit your fundraising goals and download the latest student-friendly apps.

We’re also excited to showcase cities and attractions across the nation that welcome school trips with specialized programming and itineraries. Whether your group wants to learn about American history at the National Constitution Center or experience the magic of Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, there is a Student Travel Spotlight to match your interest.

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Feature Articles

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Students of the Game

How student & sports travel segments share a post-pandemic playbook

Ask an Expert: Trends in Student Travel

Keith Snode from Kaleidoscope Tours explains developments in student travel as the sector recovers

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5 Essential Student Trip Tech Tools

Make your next field trip paper-free and integrated with these apps and platforms

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Theme Park Thrills Return

These new attractions, programs and seminars will appeal to student groups

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School Trip Fundraising 101

Tips to maximize your efforts and create the best outing for students