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Read This Before You Travel Internationally With Your Phone

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 @ 10:30 AM

FREEZE!

Before you Instagram that mountain of poutine you’re about to eat during your class trip to Quebec, or search Google Maps for directions to the Eiffel Tower during your student tour of Paris, your cell phone bill is begging you to read this.

Many phone plans include unlimited calls, texts, even data plans nationwide, but as soon as you go abroad you could be looking at hundreds of dollars in additional fees. This five-step guide will help you use your phone on the road without breaking the bank.

 

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Topics: Student travel, social studies, International, Spanish, Central America, Costa Rica, Germany, Europe, Trip-Planning Resources, Travel tips, French, Quebec, History, winter, Montreal, Boston, New York City

Thanksgiving Dinner, Inspired by Canadian Geography

Posted by Michael Johnson on Fri, Oct 5, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

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Topics: Food, History, thanksgiving, culture, Holiday, Canadian Travel, Canada

Five Keys to a Fantastic Class Trip Fundraiser

Posted by Michael Johnson on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 @ 12:23 PM

This is a sponsored blog post in collaboration with our partner, Recipes in a Jar. If you're based in Canada and looking for a class trip fundraiser that's as simple as it is effective, Recipes in a Jar is your answer. They'll set you up with a free, personalized online store where you'll sell their product: elegant mason jars containing the dry ingredients for delicious and healthy recipes! It's socially responsible too. Check 'em out!

An effective fundraiser is more than a means to support your trip cost: it can raise awareness, boost registration, and energize your students. The following steps can help you not only get your trip off the ground but also build a lasting tradition of student travel in your community.

 

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Topics: Student travel, social studies, International, Spanish, Central America, Costa Rica, Germany, Europe, Trip-Planning Resources, Travel tips, French, Quebec, History, winter, Montreal, Boston, New York City

Five Simple Steps to Managing and Making the Most of Your Class Trip Spending Money

Posted by Michael Johnson on Wed, Sep 5, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

This one goes out to the parents and students!

Sure we're a little biased, but class trips RULE. Really though, what's better than visiting, seeing, tasting and experiencing new things with your friends?

As you prepare for your epic school trip, you're going to think about spending money. It's inevitable. You'll need some for a few meals (mostly lunch), snacks, souvenirs, etc. Thing is, you're going to need that spending money for the entirety of your trip. It's harder than it sounds! So here's how you can manage and make the most of your student tour spending money.

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Topics: Student travel, social studies, International, Spanish, Central America, Costa Rica, Germany, Europe, Trip-Planning Resources, Travel tips, French, Quebec, History, winter, Montreal, Boston, New York City

The Next 5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When You Start Planning Your Class Trip

Posted by Michael Johnson on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 @ 11:36 AM

We recently talked about the first five questions you should ask yourself as you embark on the preliminary planning of your class trip.

Questions are good! That's how we get answers. So let's keep it going.

Here are the next five questions you should be asking. Now that the early-stage thinking is done, you want to start thinking about the glue that will piece everything together. That way, your trip will really start to take shape and your community will have something tangible to think about before the school year kicks into full gear.

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Topics: Student travel, social studies, International, Spanish, Central America, Costa Rica, Germany, Europe, Trip-Planning Resources, Travel tips, French, Quebec, History, winter, Montreal, Boston, New York City

3 Things About Québec’s Montmorency Falls That Will Take Your Breath Away

Posted by Michael Johnson on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 @ 02:18 PM

We know what you’re thinking: “Waterfalls in Québec? At this time of year?! Have you lost your marbles?”

We haven’t lost our marbles … not yet at least. Whether it's January or June, the glorious Chutes Montmorency (Montmorency Waterfalls) is a must-see for any Quebec City school trip. Québec’s founder, Samuel de Champlain, named the falls after Henri II, duc de Montmorency, who served as the viceroy of New France in the 1620s. The falls are the tallest in the province – taller even than Niagara, in fact – and are host to spectacular views, stunning natural formations and French Canadian legends that could have been written by Nicholas Sparks.

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Topics: Jumpstreet, Canada, Canadian Travel, Student travel, Quebec City, History, winter

The First 5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When You Start Planning Your Class Trip

Posted by Michael Johnson on Wed, Aug 8, 2018 @ 10:58 AM

So, you'd like to plan a class trip. That's genius! You are a genius. The world is a better place because of you.

But what comes next?

Having spent almost three decades listening to teachers from communities all over North America, we’ve boiled down some questions to help you stay organized and energized throughout your planning experience.

To start, here are the first five questions you should ask yourself as you embark on the preliminary planning of your class trip:

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Topics: Student travel, social studies, International, Spanish, Central America, Costa Rica, Germany, Europe, Trip-Planning Resources, Travel tips, French, Quebec, History, winter, Montreal, Boston, New York City

Woot woot! Jumpstreet is on Instagram now.

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Apr 10, 2018 @ 12:32 PM

Today is a momentous occasion. Why? Because Jumpstreet is officially on Instagram now.

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Topics: Jumpstreet, social media, instagram

Happy Holidays from Jumpstreet Tours!

Posted by Michael Johnson on Thu, Dec 21, 2017 @ 02:12 PM

THE BEST PART about the Holidays? It’s the connections we make.

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Topics: Holiday, Jumpstreet

Using Geography to Make the Most of Your Thanksgiving Meal

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

No matter where you live in the U.S. - no matter how many football games you watch, or black Friday sales you (barely) survive - the dinner table is the beating heart of Thanksgiving. The image of a family crowded around the table - passing bowls of stuffing, mashed potatoes and various pies while mom or dad ceremoniously carves the turkey - is a portrait of Americana.

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Topics: American Travel, Food, History, thanksgiving, culture, Holiday