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10 Reasons to Use an NTA Tour Operator

The National Tour Association (NTA) has been one of the world’s leading travel organizations since its founding in 1951. Comprised of 2,000 members who represent all 50 states, every Canadian province, and more than 40 other countries, NTA has a presence everywhere you’ll go. Among these members are 650 tour operators who plan and execute trips to every corner of the globe. This vast network of travel professionals can be a great benefit to you for the following reasons:

  1. Connections: NTA tour operators are part of a network of tourism professionals who package or represent attractions and destinations throughout the world.
  2. Experience: NTA tour operators have been in business an average of 23 years (Educational Tours has been in business even longer – since 1974) and are among the most knowledgeable in the industry.
  3. Protection: NTA tour operators are required to carry a minimum of $1 million in general liability insurance (Educational Tours carries even more…much more).
  4. Numbers: NTA tour operators have access to competitive pricing due to the volume of business they do and their industry relationships.
  5. Customization: Most NTA tour operators customize packages for groups based on specific interests and needs.
  6. Timing: NTA tour operators understand how to plan activities, meals, and free time throughout an itinerary so your group is satisfied and comfortable.
  7. Details: When planning and executing a successful tour, NTA operators manage crucial details that a less-experienced travel planner might never consider.
  8. Teamwork: NTA tour operators have access to experienced tour directors who handle all the logistics so you can enjoy your time with your group.
  9. Trust: An NTA tour operator will find out exactly what you want and put it all together, which allows you to focus on other areas of trip management.
  10. Wow factor: Every day NTA members throughout the world are creating new, inspiring experiences with leisure group travelers in mind.

*Information provided by the National Tour Association.

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The Value of Hands On Learning

Education is a very important part of every child’s life. In order to get a better grasp on some topics, hands on learning is needed. The use of hands on learning for elementary school children has proven to increase the level of retention that they have regarding certain information.

In addition, with obesity on the rise, it’s very important that young children are taught healthy habits early in life. Hands on activities and exercises can help to promote these healthy habits. Depending on the age of the students, there are countless ways to help create a fun and interesting day in the classroom or a fun mommy-and-me day at home.

Hands on learning can be for children of all ages. Here are four key benefits of child learning in a hands on environment:

1. Personal Guidance – Many hands on activities can be taught to a classroom of students. In these settings teachers are known to be more hands on with the students themselves in a one-on-one environment instead of addressing the entire class as a unit.

2. Greater Retention – By having a hands-on experience, children can retain at least three times the amount of information than if they were just learning from word of mouth.

3. Access – Some students may not have the capacity to understand the meaning of a teachers lecture. However, with hands on software, equipment, or experiences, students can better understand the crux of what the teacher is trying to convey.

4. Stimulated Learning – When a child is working in a hands-on environment they are automatically enticed to touch, feel, and move objects. With these senses stimulating the child’s mind, they will develop a greater interest in the task at hand.

There are many students who gain more knowledge from hands on learning than from reading or listening to lectures. The ages of these students vary from as young as two or three years old to adulthood. Some college courses have implemented hands on learning for their students. The hands on technique to teaching and learning can be used for any age as long as the material and lesson plan creates a foundation for the students to learn.

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Benefits of Educational Tours for Adult Groups

Education through travel is different from education in a classroom where you are given material. Education through travel means experiencing it for yourself while creating long lasting memories. However, students are not the only ones who can benefit from educational tours. Educational tours for adults are becoming more and more popular for those who are interested in learning about a new culture, but who also might be uncertain about the logistics of planning such a trip.

There are many benefits to joining an educational tour geared toward adults. For one, the trip is completely customized to your group and the age of the group. An experienced guide creates a trip that you could not otherwise have planned on your own. Accommodations, activities, and airfare are all planned for you; you just pay one lump sum and it is taken care of. This package deal alone is a major benefit for first time travelers. Another benefit to educational group travel is safety and security. Traveling in a group is safer and more enjoyable. Having an experienced tour guide along with your group also allows you to experience the unique features of the region without fear or uncertainty. If there is a language barrier, your tour guide can assist you in communicating with the locals.

It is never too late to learn something new. From a new language to a new skill, educational travel educates and entertains. If you want to experience a new culture while learning something new and expanding your global perspective, an educational tour would be great for you.

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Top 10 Most Popular Southern California Attractions

From theme parks to national parks and everything in between, Southern California is the ideal vacation destination for anyone seeking a unique traveling experience. Below is a listing of some of The Golden State’s most popular attractions:

1. San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park is one of the only wild animal parks in America where animals freely roam in their own adapted environment within the zoo. The zoo boasts over 4,000 animals and multiple exhibits that include the Elephant Overlook and the Journey into Africa Tour.

2. Disneyland Resort in Orange County features two theme parks: Walt Disney’s original Disneyland Park and the new Disney California Adventure Park. Visitors can enjoy dining, shopping, nighttime entertainment, and top rated resorts in addition to the many roller coasters and attractions of the parks.

3. Catalina Island, off of the Southern California coast and only 22 miles from Los Angeles, is accessible via boat or ferry. Two Harbors is a rustic resort village and a popular location for water sport enthusiasts who can enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, or diving. The waterfront community of Avalon is a small city ideal for shopping, dining, and sightseeing.

4. Hollywood in Los Angeles is a classic attraction for visitors to Southern California. Experience the historic Hollywood sign, go shopping on Hollywood Boulevard, take the walk of fame, or go on a celebrity and movie stars home tour.

5. Joshua Tree National Park features over 800,000 acres of rocky terrain and the popular Joshua Tree that has thrived in the barren climate of the area for decades. Visitors can experience hiking trails, nine campgrounds, and challenging rock climbing.

6. Malibu Bluffs Park off of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu is ideal for families. Visitors can go whale watching at the whale watch station, go hiking on a number of trails, or enjoy a picnic on the large lawns overlooking the beaches of Malibu.

7. Venice Beach in Los Angeles is perhaps most well-known for the famous boardwalk where you can enjoy the famed people watching, shopping, dining, and various entertainment. Be sure to also see the many Venice murals along the boardwalk.

8. Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park in Buena Park features rollercoasters, the California Market Place with 15 shops and restaurants, live entertainment, and the famous “Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.”

9. Legoland in Carlsbad, just north of San Diego, comes complete with rides and attractions, all made from DUPLO blocks. This destination is for people of all ages seeking a unique and exciting experience.

10. Beverly Hills in Los Angeles has some of the best shopping and dining in the area. Take a walk down Rodeo Drive, see the Beverly Wilshire that was once home to Warren Beatty and Elvis Presley, or go window shopping at one of the designer boutiques along the way.

Educational Tours creates custom tours for groups of all ages and sizes. When you book a trip with Educational Tours, you can be confident your trip is completely customized and unique. Educational Tours offer unique Southern California packages that comes will transportation, activities, lodging and meals.

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The Top Rated Educational Tours in the US

When it comes to educational tours, the possibilities are virtually endless. From walking the Freedom Trail in Boston to visiting all the monuments and museums in Washington D.C. The United States is full of history! Many parks offer endless beauty as do the hiking trails that settlers once traveled long ago. These parks include Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks. The Redwood Forest should be included as well. Not only will you be able to see landmarks such as “Old Faithful,” but you can also look over the continental divide and experience some of our grandest mountain ranges in the world.

Do not forget the many historic towns along the Chesapeake Bay. There is a cruise that travels down the James, Potomac, and Delaware Rivers. Maybe going down to the “Big Easy” is more your style where you can venture on and explore the famous cemeteries that Louisiana has to offer.

New England is full of historical landmarks and offers beautiful sites as well. Depending on what season you will be traveling, you are sure to not be disappointed. Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons in New England. You can view all the leaves on the trees changing colors and visit the cranberry bogs. In Massachusetts, you can visit Sturbridge Village and get a real idea of what times were like in the early 1900’s.

Some of the most popular tours people choose to take in the United States are of Washington D.C. “The Capitol Tour,” D.C and New York, D.C. and Williamsburg, Hawaii: The Island State, the Civil War Tour, and Broadway and the Arts Metro Tour. These are just some of the various tours that are available, and students can receive the lowest prices guaranteed since it is considered an educational tour. Who knew learning could be so much fun?

Another great educational tour is in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia. You can catch a glimpse of where our forefathers gave birth to this nation. Not only will you be able to see the Liberty Bell, but you can also walk through Independence Hall, and with a short ride you can see where the battle of Gettysburg took place. These places and many more offer learning experiences for the young and the old. As mentioned before, the possibilities are virtually endless!

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Choosing the Best Tour for Your Dollar

Plan Your Next Vacation

We all would love to go on a wonderful tour but know that some can be extremely costly. Don’t get discouraged though, because there are operators that you can rely on to help get your money’s worth.

The best way to start planning your next vacation is to consider these important factors:

  1. Where do you want to go?
  2. Would it be best to go there during the off-season?
  3. Would a group tour be best?
  4. Is it in the right price range?

Traveling During the Off-Seasons

Traveling during the off-season can actually save you money from the additional costs that accrue during peak traveling times. You will be easily surprised at how many great deals are available if you look in the right spot at the right time. Airfare on different discount sites change by the day, right down to the hour. A price you may find right now may not be the least expensive two hours from now.

The Benefits of Group Tours

Whether it’s an adult group, school group, or performance group, group travel doesn’t mean you’ll be put into a group of people you can’t stand the whole trip, even though that’s what a lot of people think.

Group tours are unique because they allow you to experience your destinations in ways you couldn’t anywhere else. No matter your destination, you’ll always have a guide who knows the area as well as whatever language of the country in which you are traveling. This ultimately allows you to stay far from being swindled by locals who want to take advantage of tourists.

Tagging along with a group will not only add support and help when needed but will also allow an opportunity to truly relax, enjoy the scenery, and get the most out of your vacation.

Cruises

There is a plethora of cruise lines as well that offer amazing, affordable vacation experiences. And remember, when we say “affordable,” we don’t mean low quality. Tours by cruise are great because they often include all-inclusive packages. All-inclusive package deals tend to cover airfare, hotel stay, food, and activities.

Custom Tours

To start planning your custom tour this vacation season, give us a call at 1-800-574-3898. We’ll help you find the best locations with the best amenities at the best price.