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5 Eccentric Festivals to Check Out During Your Class Trip to Europe

Posted by Tristen Clarke-Cousineau on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 @ 08:59 AM

Europe is a mosaic of cultures and personalities. It brims with colourful, sometimes even strange festivals that have grown oh-so important over time. Here's just a handful of these festivities that are definitely worth checking out during your Europe class trip.

When Travel Changes My Life

Posted by Michael Johnson on Wed, May 4, 2016 @ 12:38 PM

“Traveling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

We love winter in Quebec!

Posted by Mark Clarke on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 @ 10:25 AM

Jumpstreet's Student Travel Winter Packing Guide is Here!

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Dec 1, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Picture this: it’s the night before your trip to Quebec’s wintery wonderland and your room looks like a dog’s breakfast of wool socks and long johns. You sit on top of your suitcase and carefully zip it shut, and just as you’re about to pat yourself on the back for a packing job well done, that sinking feeling sets in and you realize: I forgot to pack underwear!

We’ve all been there before. Packing for a trip, particularly one that will take you into the heart of a Canadian winter, can be overwhelming. While you don’t always have the luxury of being over-prepared for your adventure, you certainly can’t afford to be under-prepared.

Luckily for you we’re here to help!

Don't let Your Post-Class Trip Phone Bill Have the Last LOL

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Freeze! Before you Instagram that mountain of poutine you're about to eat during your Montreal school trip, or search Google Maps for directions to Central Park during your  class trip to New York, 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.

Let’s say you're on one of Jumpstreet Tours' student tours to Europe. You’ve landed in Paris and you’d like to check the weather. You open the weather app on your phone and find the info you’re looking for. You then share a selfie on Facebook and Instagram, followed by a quick email to parents informing them that the group arrived safely. You then attach a group photo to the email. This otherwise normal, 2-minute interaction could cost you up to 75$! And you haven't even arrived at your destination yet! It adds up fast.

Three Things Jumpstreet Taught me About Travel

Posted by Véronique Blais on Thu, May 1, 2014 @ 03:59 PM

Véronique Blais joined our office team last June. With a background in Language and Communications, the trilingual 23-year-old fit in right away, bringing a natural enthusiasm and work ethic to the Operations and Marketing projects that she supports. In December we asked Véro to write about her firsthand experience of a student tour of Québec City; this time, she was gracious enough to share her thoughts on how working here has impacted her understanding of travel.

The floodgate

s have opened! As teachers and students from all over North America pour into their motorcoaches to hit the road for their epic spring tour adventure—venturing to the likes of Quebec, New York City and Europe to greet their intrepid Jumpstreet tour leader—I find myself wondering how working for Jumpstreet Tours has impacted my perception of student travel. In many ways, the idea of working for a company that specializes in offering extraordinary educational tours has affected my understanding of travel as a whole. Here are three examples:

Take A Gander at our Many Ghost Tours

Posted by Michael Johnson on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 @ 01:33 PM

Halloween is a Centuries-old tradition with many different incarnations, from ancient Celtic harvest festivals to all-night zombie movie marathons. Whether you’re bobbing for apples, carving pumpkins or embarking on an epic trick-or-treat run, the events of October 31 are shaped by the myths and symbols that express our fears, our thrills and especially our unending love of candy.

The Magic of Montréal en Lumière

Posted by Michael Johnson on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 04:07 PM

The French expression bon vivant refers to someone who simply loves life to the fullest. The spirit of Montréal is bon vivant personified. Between its youthful student population (second largest in North America) and cultural diversity, Montréal has mastered the art of breathing life into its vibrant cityscape.

Perhaps the best way to tap into Montréal’s bon vivant spirit is through its festival calendar. Depending on who you ask, the city is host to as many as 60 festivals a year. That’s five a month! Our city’s penchant for festivalsis such an integral part of its identity that we devoted an entire chunk of our downtown core, le Quartier des spectacles, to hosting these massive shindigs.

Naturally, some festivals are more renowned than others. Both the International Jazz Festival and Just for Laughs, in June and July respectively, immediately spring to mind, drawing not only millions of visitors but also thousands of world class performers. There’s also Les FrancoFolies, another summer music festival that is fast-becoming a global epicentre of French arts and entertainment.

So we’ve got our summer festivals pretty much covered – now what about those less forgiving months when les Montréalais trade the sunshine in for snow? That’s where Montréal en Lumière (Montreal Highlights Festival) comes in, a two-week showcase of the city’s wondrous, wintery metropolis. Having first kicked off in February 2000, the event has since evolved into a non-stop party. The festivities revolve around an epic Nuit Blanche, an all-night citywide party that includes live DJs, fine dining, stunning art installations and countless activities to keep you nice and toasty. Did we mention the 360-foot outdoor slide?

Jumpstreet never misses Montréal en lumière, and this year we’d love for you to join us! If you’re only a few hours’ drive away, our action-packed 2-day “Lumière” student travel program is just the ticket to get you and your class trips in the thick of it.

Visiting from further away? No sweat! We’re more than happy to customize an itinerary especially for your needs, incorporating the wildness of Montréal en lumière with an extended visit of Québec.

Photo courtesy of Montréal en Lumière.

Jumpstreet’s Favourite French Canadian Thanksgiving Recipe

Posted by Michael Johnson on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 @ 03:07 PM

Here at Jumpstreet, one of the many ways we celebrate our Canadian roots involves getting together with our loved ones and eating copious amounts of pie-based food. We call this wonderful feast Thanksgiving, and we celebrated it last weekend.