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6 Places Around the World to Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday

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Happy Birthday to Mr. William Shakespeare, Bard of Avon! While his actual date of birth is not known (only his baptism was recorded on April 26, 1564), it has been traditional to celebrate his birthday on April 23rd, St. George's Day.

Shakespeare has had such an impact on our world. Needless to say he's had a major influence on theater and poetry, but to this day he has a huge effect on the way we speak. He invented many words and phrases that are now commonplace in the English language. Words such as eyeball, champion, bloodstained, excitement and fashionable were coined by him. As were the phrases a foregone conclusion, foul playlove is blind and wild goose chase. It's estimated that around 1,700 words appear for the first time in his plays. Without him, our language would be far less rich and much less colorful.

Student Travel Spotlight with Erik Kottom

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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 month, we're pleased to chat with Erik Kottom. Erik traveled to Greece and Italy on an ACIS educational tour in 2006 when he was a senior in high school.

Erik is currently employed as a foreign oral English and writing teacher at Southwest University in Chongqing, China. He credits his travel experiences as a young adult as the main motivating factor in his quest to explore the world.

8 Instagrams That'll Make You Wish You Were in Japan Right Now

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One of the many highlights of Instagrambesides capturing your daily life in a colorful stream of photosis traveling the world through the lens of a complete stranger. The search feature on Instagram allows you to travel to all corners of the earth at a moment's notice. If an Instagram user has their location based services turned on, the photo will even reveal exactly where it was takendown to the neighborhood, square, restaurant or landmark. No more hashtag guessing game or comparing landmarks on Google images.

30 Movies to Inspire Your Travels

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You may have seen our recent blog post about books that have inspired the team at ACIS to travel. We also asked a similar question about films. Which movies fire up the wanderlust in us? Here's a list of 30 films—in no particular order—that give us itchy feet.

Are there any films that you find have inspired you to travel? Let us know in the comments below!

Tips for Traveling With Vegetarians on Your Educational Tour

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I've been vegetarian for coming up for 18 years. I think it's fair to say most veggies are quite concerned about what they eat: we've made a conscious choice to avoid meat after all. The choices we have are inherently more limited in terms of what we buy, cook and when we eat out. Therefore what happens when we go abroad on an educational tour can be even more of a concern for us than our meat-eating friends.

I'm going to concentrate relaying my experiences on Europe, as it's the part of the world I know best. The first thing to say is that things have changed, a huge amount, even in the past 15 years or so.

The first thing we used to face, quite widely, was incomprehension. I recall years back ordering a vegetarian meal in Germany and eying the soup up suspiciously. I asked the waitress if it was vegetarian. "Ja" she replied. "But it looks like chicken stock" I said. "Good heavens, no!" she replied. "It's beef stock." She didn't seem to grasp that just because it didn't have pieces of meat floating around it, it should automatically qualify as vegetarian.

25 Books to Inspire Your Travels

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A book is a way of exploring the world without ever leaving home. And while we would say there's nothing better than actually traveling, reading about the many amazing places in the world is a great way to find inspiration for your next trip.

A History of Fish and Chips in Great Britain

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When I was a kid, I used to walk home from my swimming club and stop every Friday night at the fish and chips shop. I would buy myself six pennyworth of chips with crackling. The crackling referred to the batter that had separated from the fried fish. With lots of salt and vinegar the crackling was as delicious as the fish and chips themselves.

It was not a healthy walk home, but one of the more delightful culinary events in my childhood. It was always wrapped in newspaper. Think of it this way – deep fried food covered in traces of lead with some salt and vinegar. That is what “Britishness” is all about.

This dish was spared wartime rationing (rationing actually was introduced in 1940 and did not end until 1954) to boost the fishing industry and it helped to keep the British population fed well during the difficult wartime years.

This Landscape Outside of Paris Inspired an Art Movement

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After the winter months of hibernation, this week marks the annual re-opening of the Fondation Claude Monet – the once home and garden of the famous Impressionist artist. Situated in the town of Giverny, an hour north of Paris on the banks of the Seine, today, this charming small town is known around the world and has become somewhat synonymous with the Impressionist movement.

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4 Ways TripStream Can Help You Promote Your Educational Tour

5 Ways to Use TripStream Before You Travel

TripStream is a photo stream of our travelers' favorite moments on tour. The experiences are authentic. They're real and spontaneous. And they speak volumes to the beauty of discovering a foreign culture with a group of your own friends, peers and classmates.

If you're looking for a unique angle to help promote your upcoming educational tour (i.e. tug at those emotional heart strings!), here are four easy ways to use TripStream:

Europe's Most Historical Anniversaries to Commemorate This Year

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As highlighted recently in my previous blog post, there are many ‘big ticket’ anniversaries throughout the year, each with the capacity to add additional context to any travels you may be making.

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