Choosing the right educational destination for your group

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Choosing the right educational destination for your group

Whether you are planning your first trip as a teacher, or you are a veteran of many educational trips, choosing the perfect educational destination for your group can be a bigger challenge than you expect. Picking the right destination can help develop ever-lasting bonds and a positive group culture. Such trips will be life-changing for your students. Everyone involved wants to experience a trip they will look back on with fond memories. These quick tips will help you choose the right destination for your group.

It is disappointing when someone falls in love with a destination and it turns up not being a great fit for the organization. When choosing a destination, focus first on the needs of your group. If the number one need is education, search for a destination offering opportunities for your students to learn from a workshop, clinic or an instructor who is well-established in the educational community. Choosing the right educational opportunity depends on whether your group consists of students new or advanced to the subject. If your trip is more of a celebration for a remarkable year, that expands your options.

Is your group looking for a destination that includes a competition, a challenge or special event? These trips are rewarding as well, but need a little more forethought. The travel experience will be determined by dates of the particular event. There are plenty of events to choose from. For these trips to be successful, it is imperative to plan ahead, due to a possible application processes, first-come-first-served clauses or to ensure the availability of adequate transportation, lodging and dining options for your group.

Maybe your trip needs to be a bonding experience for your group, simply trying new things to grow closer together. This scenario opens the door to many opportunities.

Keep in mind, you know your group better than anyone. You are the individual everyone will be looking to for advice and guidance. If choosing the right destination seems a bit overwhelming, you don’t have to do it alone. Educational Destinations has a team of Travel Designers ready to help.

Here are more helpful tips for choosing a destination:

  • Make a list, like for any shopping trip. Who, What, Where, When and How Much can we spend?. Be realistic – if raising funds is a problem, scale down from a trip to Rome to a visit to Orlando. Make sure the ‘Who’ is an accurate number of expected travelers.
  • List Proposal Ground Rules. “Our trip choice will not be based solely on price, but on a combination of factors: recommendations, price, creativity and value.”
  • Set deadlines for receipt of proposals and for the date of your final decision.
  • Be accessible. Answer questions posed by those giving you a proposal. Present the program to the boosters and to your student advisory group.
  • Plan ahead. The more time your group has to raise money, the more likely all of your expected attendees will end up traveling. Even though some prices may not be guaranteed until closer to departure, you’ve given your people a way to hedge against unforeseen costs by encouraging them to save early and often (see fundraising ideas).
  • Maintain your sense of humor! After all, a trip with your group should be a fun adventure for all involved!

Your trip starts by contacting Educational Destinations today! We’ll work on the details and get you a quote within 48 hours. Where would you like to go?

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