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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:

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.

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