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5 Reasons to Get Excited for Student Travel in 2014

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 @ 10:40 AM


Happy New Year! Jumpstreet would like to wish you all a positive and productive start to 2014.

This year promises to be a big one for student travel. There are countless milestones, festivals and special events to look forward to, and Jumpstreet would love nothing more than to share them all with you! Any of these can be added to your tour, so let us know if you'd like to do so.

There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to list everything happening next year, so here are five reasons why 2014 is going to rule for student travel.

1. New York City: The National September 11 Memorial Museum

September 2014 will mark thirteen years since the tragic events of 9/11. This spring, the National September 11 Memorial Museum will open its doors to the public, hosting a fascinating and humbling collection dedicated to the past, present and future implications of this historic event. The organization already offers a great interactive experience online, but the museum expects to mark a new dawn in the event's ongoing legacy. Not to be missed.

2. Québec City: The 350th Anniversary of Notre-Dame de Québec

This stunning Catholic institution in the heart of Québec City was the first to be built in North America, making it the first Catholic parish founded north of the Spanish colonies. It’s an impressive milestone in a city already rich with French Canadian history. The 350th anniversary will pay tribute to all aspects of the Basilica-Cathedral’s impact on Jumpstreet’s native province, with events happening year-round including exhibitions, youth summits and themed festivities. A must-see for religion and history buffs alike!

3.Ottawa: First World War Centenary

This year, the world will begin its four-year tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the First World War. The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa will mark the occasion with a First World War Centenary Gala, not to mention various exhibits paying tribute to this pivotal event that shaped the world as we know it. Fans of 20th Century history, this is the place to be.

4. Montréal: Les FrancoFolies

2014 marks the 26th anniversary of Montreal’s world-renowned Francophone music festival, Les FrancoFolies. In June, Jumpstreet’s home city, the epicenter of les bon vivants, will open its doors to French-speaking performers from every corner of the world for a week-long shindig celebrating the very best in French music. There’s always a great offering of free, outdoor performances for you and your language-loving students to enjoy. You’ll never walk away from Les FrancoFolies without discovering a new favourite artist!

5. Boston: Innovation in the Art of Food: Chef Ferran Adrià

Starting February 15, Boston's Museum of Science will open this fascinating food exhibit inspired by Spanish Chef Ferran Adria, the man behind the mind-bending molecular gastronomy revolution. When it comes to Adria’s approach to cooking, ‘unorthodox’ is putting it lightly. He’s renowned for taking flavours, textures, and non-traditional high-tech appliances and creating a dynamic, multi-sensory eating experience. The exhibit will take you through his thought-process, the emergence of his cooking movement and the impact that it has had on today’s ‘foodie’ culture. Whether fine dining or fast food is your thing, this promises to be an entertaining visit that will blow your mind!


Topics: Festivals, Montreal, New York City, Boston, Ottawa, Quebec City, History, Food, Art, museum