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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:

Teach and Tweet: Twitter 101 for Teachers

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Social media networks have revolutionized the way people access information, share news, and connect - so much so that this generation of students have been dubbed "digital natives." Students today don't remember a world without computers or the internet, and many are much more comfortable using social media networks than their parents. 

As it has woven its way into the lives of this student generation, social media has undoubtedly impacted schools and teachers. Social media is often used as a tool to enhance education, communication, and learning, and has even become part of the curriculum for many teachers and school systems. 

Are you considering diving into social media for professional use? If you're unsure where to start, we recommend first examining if your school has a social media policy in place, and if so, decide what social media presence may be right for your classroom and professional presence. After that, come back to our blog! We're exploring how teachers use social media with our "Intro To Social Media" blog series.

To kick off this blog series, we're exploring Twitter, and developed a few pointers for setting up and using Twitter as a teacher. 

Tour Manager Spotlight: Meet Simone Aquilina

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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 Simone Aquilina.

2014 Travel Blogger Contest Winner

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Students traveling with ACIS aren't the only talented travelers! We are beyond impressed by the caliber and quality of submissions to our Student Photo and Video Contest, but equally impressed with the busy group leaders who found the time to blog on their trips, and then submit their stories to our ultimate travel blogger contest. 

After reviewing the entries, the judges have decided that the lucky winner is...

The 2014 Photo and Video Contest Winners


We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2014 photo and video contest! Over the course of the last year we received nearly 300 photograph submissions from all over the world, all snapped by our talented roster of student travelers. The judges certainly had their work cut out for them in deciding the finalists!

Students were asked to submit up to three photos to Instagram, Twitter, or our Facebook wall and use the hashtag #aciscontest. Or, they could upload a 3-5 minute video to YouTube. Then students sent us an email confirming the entry. The contest closed August 31st, 2014 and the judges began the tough job of sorting through the submissions.

After careful deliberation, the judges selected the following impressive photos and videos produced by ACIS student travelers. The 2014 winners are...

What To Wear: Costa Rica Edition

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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. So we're kicking off a new blog series, "What to Wear," to help you cover the travel fashion basics of your next destination. Today's edition is all about Pura Vida.

5 Myths About Educational Travel...Busted!

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We understand that arranging an educational trip can seem like a daunting task. We hear the same concerns time and time again from teachers thinking about educational travel. But here's the good news—these common misconceptions are myths that ACIS just loves to bust!

Flights, Cameras, Action! Your Role as a Group Leader While On Your Trip

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ACIS offers a variety of tools to help teachers in the planning stage of their upcoming trips:

All of these tools help group leaders be as well-prepared for their trips as possible. But what should you expect once you arrive? We want everyone, from seasoned group leaders to first time travelers, to be confident in their leadership role while they’re on a tour with ACIS. Here are some tips to keep in mind for your starring role as a Group Leader:

5 Unique Destinations You'll Love on Pathfinder Tours

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There’s no denying that Paris enchants, London entertains, Munich inspires, Madrid captivates and Rome delights. These and other well-known cities are popular stops most travelers’ itineraries for very good reasons. But sometimes the most authentic and memorable travel moments happen in smaller, lesser-known locales. These unique destinations offer spectacular natural features and authentic opportunities to engage with the culture and customs of the people who live there.

Ready for your own off-the-beaten-path, magical, educational travel experience? Consider one of these 5 unique destinations, found only on our Pathfinder itineraries:

How Do You Say Hashtag In French? #LeFrancaisPartout Challenge

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How do you say "hashtag" in French?* Teachers know all too well that today's high school students are attached to their smartphones and always recording their lives on social media. But could students actually use social media to learn something new? All September long, #LeFrancaisPartout challenge encourages French language classes to keep tweeting and posting (l'horreur!), in order to discover that the French language is everywhere. 

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