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Turkey Delights - ACIS President Peter Jones Visits Istanbul

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Turkey. It is at once an exotic place, a border country between Asia and Europe which has this veneer of Euro sophistication, spotty in places, but reassuringly there. Istanbul’s airport, Ataturk International, is actually quite a welcoming place. A fairly modern arrival terminal that has pretty much all the stuff that Boston’s terminal E seems to lack (shops, restaurants, Starbucks – anything that would make your journey more pleasant). The only hold up is the visa processing, which is done ahead of time yet still tacks on a couple of minutes to each passenger’s stamp of approval. On my recent trip, I avoided the long lines by grabbing a fast track pass. Even though they should not have given it to me, the British Airways' staff seemed quite accommodating, dishing them out like nobody’s business. Thank goodness, otherwise the line would’ve been a bit of a nightmare.

Tour Manager Spotlight: Meet Lucy Ryan

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Get to know our tour managers, well-traveled and fascinating individuals who make your ACIS educational tours truly unique and unforgettable. Today we're happy to introduce you to Lucy Ryan.

A Passion For Travel: The Inspiring ACIS Community

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Not only does ACIS pride itself on delivering the best quality educational tours in the industry, but we also are fortunate to have a strong community of passionate teachers and students that have traveled with ACIS over our 36 years. The majority of teachers who travel with us are repeat travelers (over decades!), refer us to their colleagues, and even later on work with us as Academic Travel Advisors –  eager to lend advice and a helping hand to new ACIS group leaders.  We don't mean to brag, but our community is full of the brightest, most inspiring and motivating teachers – who also love travel. How lucky are we?!

7 Travel Planning Tips for Busy Teachers

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An experienced teacher and ACIS group leader offers tips on how to balance a busy teaching schedule and organizing student travel.

This is a guest blog post written by Pam Skaar Meier, History Teacher at Eden Praire High School and ACIS academic travel advisor.

One of the questions I have been asked at conferences, conventions and even at my own high school is “How do you find the time during the school year to organize a student trip?”

How Social Media Can Help Grow Your Travel Group

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Interested in how to host a superior recruitment meeting? We have a webinar for that! You can watch it online on our YouTube channel.

So you've made the leap and signed up for an educational tour with ACIS - congratulations! Now the fun begins. Students will be excited, interested, and inquisitive about traveling, but they may not all come rushing through your door to sign up immediately. The best way to encourage your group size to grow is through offering readily available information at their fingertips. What do students always have at their fingertips these days? Smartphones and keyboards! 

Generate Buzz

Generating a buzz around your trip can be helped with effective social media engagement. 

What The Eiffel Tower and ACIS Academic Travel Advisors Have In Common

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This guest blog post was written by Academic Travel Advisor, Nicolette Miller. 

Riding up the glass elevators of the Eiffel Tower with the world of Paris at your feet is an exhilarating and powerful experience.  It is somewhat scary as you glide upward, but you know that you are held up by one of the architectural wonders of the world. Gustave Eiffel designed the Eiffel Tower to be supported by four bases, ingeniously curved inward, making an amazingly strong structure with the ability to support thousands of enthralled visitors.

A Royal Student Traveler Spotlight!

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Every month we bring you a new 'Travel Changes Lives' story that highlights the achievements of our former student travelers. This particular post was inspired by another of our blog posts, written by ACIS Tour Manager Chris Relton. He wrote about his experiences of encountering the British Royal Family while traveling with ACIS. 

One of our group leaders, teacher Kathy Mead, commented on that blogpost that one of her student travelers had met the Queen while on an ACIS trip. We were intrigued and just had to find out more! So we chatted with Lilli Evans, former ACIS traveler to find out about her royal experience!

What to Wear: Winter Travel in Italy

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We're big believers in being prepared travelers and packing light, but just because your travel gear is functional doesn't mean you can't be stylish! Your clothes should be destination appropriate, while also representing your personal style. In this edition of "What to Wear," we're focusing both on the location and the season of your next educational tour.

In Situ: The Beauty of Experiencing Art Through Travel

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This guest blog post was written by Lucy Bartholomee, an art teacher, writer and avid traveler based in Texas.

The thrill of standing in front of great works of art—live and in person—is breathtaking.  Teachers of visual art spend our lives sharing the joy and excitement of looking at art with our students in the classroom. The opportunity to travel overseas with my art students has multiplied that experience to an infinitely greater level of learning and fulfillment. On top of that, it’s so much fun!

8 Instagram Accounts for Travel Inspiration

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Wanderlust: noun \ˈwän-dər-ˌləst\ a strong desire to travel.

Are you preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime trip? Or a seasoned traveler that always has travel on the agenda? Or maybe you're an armchair explorer who hasn't traveled - yet. No matter where you are on the travel seeker spectrum, you're about to get a dose of wanderlust from our list.

Enjoy your virtual journey around the globe with these Eight Instagram Accounts for Travel Inspiration:

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