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Trabisimulation_print © DDR Museum Berlin 2017

How does the DDR Museum educate students about life in East Germany?

We take a look at the DDR Museum’s newest addition to its permanent collection which calls on the exhibition’s vast collection of artefacts to provide a perspective of life in the Soviet Occupation Zone. Read more

Published: 21st April 2017

Teacher with student

4 ways to progress your teaching career by leading a school trip abroad

What practical actions can you take to improve your teaching career and direct your future?

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Published 28th March 2017

Students studying in Normandy

How to boost student sign-up for your school trip abroad?

You want to provide your students with an experience that not only supports curriculum learning but their personal development. You have sign-off from your SLT, but need to boost sign-up from your pupils. We have a tool for that… Read more

Published: 23rd March 2017

Taken from Party Leader visiting Florence

Toolkit: Additional support during the planning process of a school trip

There are many aspects to consider when planning a school trip abroad for your students starting from choosing the right destination to promoting your tour and completing the process. Here we explore a solution as Toolkit supports Party Leaders from start to finish. Read more

Published: 16th March 2017

Competa, Malaga

A destination report: Unpicking Andalucía and what the region offers students

Discover what the region of Andalucía can offer your students on a school trip as our Cristina reports back on the many new experiences and learning opportunities available. Read more

Published: 3rd March 2017

Trenches Memorial Museum of Passchendaele

A destination report: Flick on the battlefields

The Travelbound team made their way to Ypres to learn more about what the area offers students studying World War One. Flick recounts what has changed since her last visit and how schools can benefit from providing their students with a learning experience on the battlefields. Read more

Published: 23rd February 2017

Empire State | Callum Funnell

Guest Blogger: The Big Apple - An Enriching Educational Extravaganza

Media and film lecturer at Exeter College, Caroline Reid provides an account of leading a media trip to New York for her students and the benefits of providing a unique educational experience abroad. Read more

Published: 21st February 2017

Young geographers taking to the coast for fieldwork

Translating the geography curriculum through an educational tour abroad

We take a deeper look at the geography curriculum and its objectives. Discover how a geography school trip abroad does far more than tick the boxes for student development. Read more

Published: 15th February 2017

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How to enhance your students’ knowledge and experiences in Valencia

Our Valencia competition winner, Kate Broadribb, presents her view on the city of Valencia and how she would support her students’ learning through new experiences and context. Read more

Published: 8th February 2017 

Students performing on music tour F.Hoogreef

The newest music destinations for performance groups this summer

Always working to provide additional options for your music performance tour, the Travelbound team work tirelessly to identify new opportunities for students to perform on stage and experience a new culture. Read more

Published: 31st January 2017

Brilliant Residentials

How the Château du Molay contributes to Learning Away’s Brilliant Residentials initiative

In line with Learning Away’s Brilliant Residentials initiative, we take a look at how the Château du Molay provides the best of both worlds with a centre-based approach in the heart of the Normandy region. Discover the benefits to both the learner and teacher here. Read more

Published: 24th January 2017

Christmas Markets In Germany

Top 8 German Christmas Markets

Find out about the most magical, educational and beautiful Christmas Markets in towns and cities across Germany with our top 8 guide. Read more

Published: 13th December 2016

Alte Nationalgalerie Hof | c_Scholvien

The Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany

With a wealth of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany to choose from, we take a look at our top 10 and highlight what you and your students can expect to gain from an educational tour to the country’s culturally rich regions. Read more

Published: 4th November 2016

School group at Pompeii

What benefits can be gained from leading a geography school trip to the Bay of Naples?

From the heights of Vesuvius to the rugged coastline of Amalfi, we take a look at the Bay of Naples and the opportunities the region presents to young geographers. Read more

 

Published: 13th October 2016

Student group in Ypres

Guest Blogger: Bringing added educational value to your music tour abroad

Former Head of Music, Howard Sayer, shares his experience of leading his choir abroad for a music performance tour. Identifying opportunities for his students to discover the history and culture of the area, Howard uses Bruges as his case in point as the 100th anniversary of WWI took centre stage. Read more

Published: 11th October 2016

School group visit to Memorial de Caen

Understanding the value of outdoor learning in Normandy for UK schools

Normandy has long been a go-to destination for UK primary and secondary schools seeking an educational trip abroad. Providing a range of options across the curriculum, discover the true value Normandy holds in providing a learning experience for your students. Read more

Published: 16th September 2016

City of Arts and Sciences | CCO Palsson

Valencia’s contribution to supporting student development: The City of Arts and Sciences

Holding pride of place in Valencia, the City of Arts and Sciences delivers a learning experience to students through interactive, highly visual and engaging areas designed to inform and support development. Find out how your school can benefit from this addition to your tour. Read more

Published: 8th September 2016

The winners of the Travelbound Media Competition 2015/16

The winners of the Travelbound Media Competition 2015/16

The winners of our media competition have been announced! #MyTripFlick attracted a great amount of entries from college and university students sharing trip memories from their Travelbound educational tour. Read more

Published: 8th July 2016

Swanbourne House Choir in Arromanches

Guest Blogger: How a music tour to Normandy provides more than a stage to perform on 

Matt Phillips from Swanbourne House Choir takes the time to reflect on his group’s music performance tour to Normandy. Combining concerts with exploring the local history and culture, Matt highlights the clear benefits of taking students on a music tour abroad. Read more

Published: 24th June 2016

Science Week: Sustainable Energy and Environment

Guest blogger: Austria - Providing context and theory for your next school science trip abroad

Presenting your school's senior leadership team with a proposal for a science trip abroad doesn't have to be testing. Robert Hainitz shares his vision for a science week abroad to engage students in a varied learning experience while supporting curriculum needs. Read more

Published: 10th June 2016

Mont Saint-Michel through a camera lens

Top 5 must-see French towns for your school tour to Normandy

Normandy remains our most popular destination for schools seeking an educational tour that ticks the boxes for history, food, culture, and language opportunities just a short hop over the Channel. Discover our top 5 must-see towns to explore in the northern French region and the learning opportunities available to your students. Read more

Published: 3rd June 2016

View over Barcelona

A destination report: How Barcelona shapes up as a popular educational tour for schools

A team from the Travelbound office ventured to the Catalan capital to discover what Barcelona offers school groups. Here, our very own Cristina recounts the team’s experiences in the city which has held its position as one of the top ten most popular destinations for educational tours. Read more

Published: 25th May 2016

Wildern School support staff in China

Guest blogger: 3 reasons why you should take students on residential trips

There is a lot that goes into making an educational tour abroad for your students successful, but the potential rewards far outweighs any long nights spent thinking about the preparation. Here, Kate Broadribb gives her top 3 reasons for leading student on an educational trip. Read more

Published: 11th May 2016

CH&FS group photo | St Mark's Square, Venice | Jason Sant

Guest blogger: Uncovering cuisine through a student tour to Northern Italy

An educational student tour abroad proves to be an equally eye-opening experience for Party Leaders as well as students. Lecturer Jason Sant looks back on a trip to Bologna and Venice which provided his students with an insight to Italian cuisine and the many processes involved in creating distinct flavours. Read more

Published: 15th April 2016

Cristina travelled to Valencia with members of the Travelbound team

A destination report: Discovering the educational value of a cross-curricular tour to Valencia

Proud of its culture, the city of Valencia holds onto its traditions while embracing modern structures. Discover what your students can learn from a tour to the ‘Orange Blossom Coast’ from our very own Regional Account Manager, Cristina, who explored the city and its educational points of interest. Read more

Published: 5th April 2016

Shebbear College at Auschwitz II

Guest blogger: Shebbear College’s Poland Trip Report

Shebbear College’s Mark Charman recounts his students’ educational tour to Kraków and the wide range of experiences that have supported their learning. Taking in both historical landmarks and cultural traditions, find out what really stood out from their trip to Poland. Read more

Published: 1st April 2016

Newlands Girls' School performing in Noordwijk | Travelbound Music Tours

Guest blogger: A destination report on our music tour to Noordwijk 

Newlands Girls’ School’s Ian Shilling provides a guide on what to plan for on a music tour and his take on what a trip to Noordwijk offers his students in aiding their development and experiences at school. Read more

Published: 21st March 2016

Travelbound | The German experts

We truly are the German experts!

It’s official… Travelbound are the proud winners of the 2016 Best Group Tour Operator Germany Product Award. Our very own Madeleine made her way up to the German Travel Show to pick up the award on behalf of Travelbound and network with our partners. Read more

Published: 7th March 2016

Stand in the footprints of Rocky Balboa on the steps of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Uncovering the benefits of an educational tour to Philadelphia 

We caught up with our Regional Account Manager, Katherine, as she reflected on her trip to Philadelphia. Find out what the “Athens of America” can offer your students on your next school tour to the USA. Read more

Published: 2nd March 2016

Ashville College's trip to the Rhineland | Germany

Guest blogger: A teacher’s take on music tours

With 31 years of teaching in his back pocket, Phil Redding continues to share his passion for music through leading music tours for students. Find out about his drive to go the extra mile. Read more

Published: 16th February 2016

Paris sightseeing | Royal Holloway Gospel Choir | Credit Thea Pope

Guest blogger: 8 things I’ve learned as a university tour leader

Thea Pope is a final-year student at Royal Holloway, University of London. As the elected group leader for the Royal Holloway Gospel Choir, Thea shares with Travelbound her top tips to organising and surviving a music tour. Read more

Published: 7th January 2016

Sandringham School performing at Arromanches

Uncovering the benefits of a music tour abroad

Seeing your students rise to the occasion as they take to the stage can be a hugely rewarding experience. However, there are many more benefits of taking your group on a music performance tour abroad. Read more

Published: 25th November 2015

Marking Remembrance Day with a poppy | Travelbound

Remembrance Day 2015

This Sunday will once again commemorate the servicemen and women of those from Britain and the Commonwealth who have contributed during the two world wars and later conflicts. For many, stories of life during these engagements continue to cascade through the generations as we continue to remember. Read more

Published: 6th November 2015

Group experiencing a Kung Fu lesson | China | Travelbound

Uncovering the benefits of a school trip to China

China continues to attract school groups looking to gain an insight into the history and culture of one the world’s largest economies. Providing students with new and engaging experiences, China’s major cities allow for teachers to extend their learning through cross-curricular links that encompass both lessons from a booming technological era and an ancient civilisation. Read more

Published: 16th September 2015

Students on the bridge | Claude Monet Foundation at Giverny | Travelbound

How a school trip to Paris supports art and languages in the curriculum

For many learners, it is not enough to acquire knowledge without seeing its relevance to themselves. While Paris remains a popular destination for language students, the city provides art students with the stimulus and inspiration to explore ideas and promote creativity within their own work back at school. Read more

Published: September 9th 2015 

Berlin skyline | Berlin | Travelbound

Uncover the history of Berlin on your next school trip

The city of Berlin may be the cultural heartbeat of Germany, but there is greater value to a school trip to the capital than to try currywurst. For teachers, Berlin is an open-air museum featuring landmarks significant to key periods in the history of Europe and the wider world. Discover the benefits of bringing learning to life in Berlin. Read more

Published: September 3rd 2015

The Colosseum | © Tim Jenkins

Uncovering the value of a classics trip to Rome

Delve into the classical world of Ancient Rome and enable your students to actively engage with a range of key landmarks that helped define the period. Here we uncover the value of a classics trip to Rome and how it can support your students’ learning. Read more

Published: August 28th 2015

Students in New York City with Travelbound

Uncovering the cross-curricular benefits of a school trip to New York

Covering numerous subjects across the curriculum, New York proves to be a winning choice for cross-curricular study tours abroad. We explore the benefits of a school trip to The Big City and how it can open up a world of learning opportunities. Read more

Published: August 19th 2015

Student at the American Cemetery | Normandy | Travelbound

Uncovering the benefits of a school trip to the historical region of Normandy

Covering primary level to GCSE stage, Normandy provides the perfect setting for school groups to understand history in context covering key aspects stretching from Medieval to Modern history. Find out how your school can benefit from a history trip to Normandy with Travelbound. Read more

Published: August 12th 2015

World War Two educational tours | Travelbound

VE Day: Commemorating 70 years

Today marks 70 years since VE Day was declared with the defeat of Hitler and the Nazi control that reigned across Europe. While the Allied powers would still face the fight from Japan for another 3 months, the 8th May 1945 presented an end to World War Two in Europe. 

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Published: May 8th 2015
I_Amsterdam_Sign | Travelbound

Flick on Amsterdam - A destination report

Our Regional Account Manager Flick ventured out with some members of the Travelbound team to explore the city’s many educational excursions, accommodation options, transport links and to learn more about how your students will benefit from a trip to Amsterdam. 

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Published: April 14th 2015
Berlin | Travelbound | © Tim Jenkins

Willkommen in Berlin! 6 standout excursions for your school trip to Berlin

Think you can see all of Berlin in just one visit? Think again! The city is awash with learning opportunities and history bursting out of its “Berlin Walls”. Do not fret, as below are 6 standout excursions that are sure to provide your students with a mixture of history and culture and inspire further learning. Read more

 
Published: March 23rd 2015
70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz

70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz

Today marks a poignant moment with 70 years since the survivors of Auschwitz were liberated by the Soviet forces advancing west. The commemoration is set to be held...   Read more

 
Published: January 27th 2015
©breadandbutter.com (Tom Kretschmer)

Bread & Butter Europe Edition – The tradeshow to whet your fashion appetite in 2015

Fashion, big brands and the industry’s elite – welcome to Bread & Butter! 2015 is set up to be another huge year in the world of fashion and Bread & Butter (B&B) will be kick-starting the new season in style...  Read more

 
Published: November 18th 2014
Haus der Kulturen der Welt

transmediale 2015 - Looking beyond blurred lines: What is the purpose of art and technology in everyday life?

One event exists to ensure your eyes are truly opened to a world where the relationship between art, culture, technology can clearly be identified and interpreted for your benefit…transmediale, Berlin.  Read more

 
Published: October 22nd 2014
Coming World Remember Me | © Souwoon Cho

Coming World Remember Me Workshop - REMEMBER. HELP. REFLECT. CONNECT

ComingWorldRememberMe is a sculptural art project aiming to create 600,000 clay sculptures by 2018 - each representing a soldier and spanning 50 nationalities that died on Belgian soil during the First World War. Read more

Published: October 6th 2014

Untitled, © Syd Shelton_FotoDocument

A guide to the Brighton Photo Biennial

The Brighton Photo Biennial promotes numerous opportunities for students to question what they see. Through also attending talks that explore topics and exhibitions on display, students are encouraged to develop independence of mind in creating their own ideas. Read more

 
Published: September 30th 2014
The home of Jazz | New Orleans | Louisiana

Discover Louisiana: Where music and history walk hand in hand

Dive into the history of the Pelican State and you’ll soon learn of the events that brought together a variety of cultural flavours to create a community that reflects on its past and embraces tradition in its identity. Read more

 
Published: September 12th 2014
9/11 Memorial Museum | New York

An educational trip to New York: Exploring the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Unnerving scenes witnessed through TV screens could only tell part of the horrors the City of New York faced on September 11th 2001. The harrowing events from that fateful day had a far-reaching impact not only on the lives of the families who lost loved ones but on the political world. Read more

 
Published: September 11th 2014
Theatretrain Reading at Disneyland Paris | Travelbound's Step into the Magic

'Celebrate the Magic through joy and laughter' with Travelbound’s Step into the Magic

The Disney parade is a spectacle admired by all when you visit Disneyland. The unique opportunity to take part in the pre-parade with an audience stretching from Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and along Main Street saw Theatretrain groups... Read more

 
Published: September 9th 2014

Top 5 school trip memories

We know that educational school trips help students learn and create memories they will cherish for a lifetime. But, what about you - and the other party leaders - who take them? We polled 30 party leaders to find out their funniest, most poignant, or unusual school trip memories. Here are the top five… Read more
 
 

Published: June 24th 2014

Trip report: Steeple Claydon School students meet D-day veterans

A school trip to Normandy to meet six WWII D-day veterans – for the 70th anniversary of the D-day landings - will have a lasting impact on the students who attended, according to one of the organisers. Read more

Published: June 23rd 2014

A former Sherwood Ranger shows students examples of the equipment the veterans would have used.

D-day veterans tell their stories to students

To help school students understand the importance of the 70th anniversary of D-day in June, we set up an opportunity for around 125 students from two UK schools to meet six WWII D-day veterans at our Chateau du Molay in Normandy. But why did one former tank commander show students his toothbrush? Well you’ll have to read our article to find out. Read more

Published: June 19th 2014

In pictures: Students meet WWII veterans on 70th anniversary of D-day in Normandy

Around 125 school students visited Travelbound’s Chateau du Molay in France on June 5th this year and heard eyewitness accounts of the D-day campaign from some of the veterans who fought in it. The students met six WWII veterans in France to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-day landings the following day. Here are the day’s events in pictures. Read more

Published: June 17th 2014

French Market Assignment

A Class Without Walls – How learning outdoors can break the barriers of learning for the modern student and teacher

Learning Outside the Classroom is more than a manifesto. Enter any school and you will see attempts to broaden the experiences outside the classroom, even if it is still within the school grounds. However, as much as we turn to a combination of innovation and ‘old-school’ resourcefulness, there is an element of the learning process that is hard to replicate in a limited environment – experiences. Read more

Published: June 11th 2014

Travelbound in Krakow

Experience matters: Providing teachers with all they need to know about a school trip to Krakow

A number of the Travelbound team were invited by our partners in Krakow to inspect our hotels and explore the activities we offer to our student groups.  Read more

Published: June 9th 2014

 

Ygsol Bryn Elian School

Sharing Memories

School trips surely rank as the ultimate in photo opportunities – all mates together, delving into new adventures in exciting foreign locations. From a mass selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower to the form teacher asleep on the bus, these are the images that just keep on giving. Read more

Published: April 15th 2014

Musée de Somme

World War I - Commemorating 100 Years

Here we take a look at the upcoming events commemorating 100 years since the start of the Great War and how your students can benefit from crossing the Channel this year. Read more

Published: March 18th 2014

Memorial de Caen

Memorial de Caen: Educating school groups about World War II

From the moment students step of the coach, the Memorial de Caen provides a strong message – a lesson learnt by many – on the outcome of war and the futile attempts of one man to cut the freedom of others. Read more

Published: February 21st 2014

Estelada

Good Gaudi! Why Barcelona is the leading school art trip destination

Some may argue it is in the name – Barça: The Passion. The reality is that the passion extends beyond the name of this city and into the artistic flair that adorns every building and street, every gallery and park.  Read more

Published: February 14th 2014

Chinese Dragon

Chinese dining dos and don'ts for students

With the fast pace of technology and more accessible transport links, you could assume that cultural differences no longer play such an obstacle for student travellers going from the West to the East. However, there are still quite a few dining customs that students should take head of when traveling to China. Read more

Published: January 31st 2014

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

How the New Year's Day Concert inspires music students

An inspiration to many, music and performance teachers around the world find out how a music tour can boost your students’ interest and ambitions. We take a look at the New Year’s Day concert in Vienna to understand how this event inspires music lovers and highlights Vienna as an ideal destination for a music tour for your student group. Read more

Published: January 24th 2014

Paul Klee - Fire at Full Moon 1933

Exhibit Guide: Paul Klee - Making Visible at the Tate Modern London

A city that has always been popular with art students, London’s Tate has ensured colour will indeed bounce off the page this winter. An opportunity not to be missed, the work of Paul Klee is bound to inspire students on their university field trip to experiment with colour, while providing an insight into the creative processes of this master of art. Read more

Published: January 13th 2014

Chateau du Molay

The Château du Molay: 250 Years of History

It seems we don’t need to look much further than the walls of our Château du Molay for a history lesson. Gemma and Lisle, who head the Château team in Molay-Littry, dived into the past of this historic building to uncover the secrets and stories that have bridged over 200 years. Read more

Published: January 6th 2014

Krakow

Mountains, Museums and Mines – A view of an educational tour to Poland

We like to work close with our partners around the world to provide educational tours that tick the boxes for learning and enjoyment. Together we provide our Party Leaders with the information and arrangements to make their school tour a success. This week we caught up with our agent in Poland, Tomasz, to hear about the must-see visits and what you can expect from an educational trip to Poland. Read more

Published: December 12th 2013

Falaise

Top 5 excursions for an educational tour to Normandy with Travelbound

To provide our schools with the latest information and expert opinions on the destinations we offer, we sent out our International Executive Souwoon to Normandy. We caught up with Souwoon to hear about her recent trip and her top 5 excursions for an educational tour to the region. Read more

Published: December 9th 2013 

WWII Battlefields

Top 5 excursions in Normandy for the study of WWII battlefields

Looking towards the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy, our Product Specialist Madeleine has thought about her top excursions for a history and battlefields educational tour to Normandy. Read more

Published: December 4th 2013 

Boppard

Trip report - The Rhineland

We caught up with one of our schools who recently travelled to the scenic Rhineland in Germany where they took in the historical and cultural sights, tasted the local Spezi and came together as a group. Hear about their six-day educational tour to Germany and the memories of a school trip that will remain with both the students and staff. Read more

 

Published: November 27th 2013

Premiére Vision

Première Vision - An educational tour of fabric design

Here at Travelbound, our University and College Tours Team are getting excited about the Première Vision exhibition held in Paris this coming February. The event provides the chance for students to pinpoint the new weaves and fabrics that may be making an appearance soon and to network with other fashion and textile students. Read more

 

Published: November 26th 2013

Louisa - Top of the Rock

Louisa on New York - A destination report

Louisa is one of our Regional Account Managers here at Travelbound and recently joined groups on their tour of New York City. We caught up with Louisa upon her return to gather an insight into her visit and the educational value of a school trip to the Big Apple. Read more

 

Published: November 19th 2013

Statue of Liberty

Why New York is towering over other city destinations this year

The city that never sleeps, New York is becoming increasingly popular with schools, colleges and universities as a destination that ticks all the boxes for educating, enlightening and inspiring students of all ages. Find out why New York may be the ideal next trip for your group. Read more

 

Published: November 18th 2013

Remembrance Day 2014

Remembrance Day

A poignant moment of silence as we remember the many lives lost during the Great War. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we stop on the order of the great King George V to mark the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, and the end to World War I. Read more

 

Published: November 11th 2013

Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall - 24 Years On

Today saw the 24th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. November 9th 1989 marked the day when East met West and the ideological barrier between the two began to crumble. Read more

 

Published: November 9th 2013

Bournemouth University - Tour to Berlin

Trip Report - Berlin

According to one of our returning groups, the highlight of their recent trip to Berlin was seeing a theatre production by experimental performers the Blue Man Group.  We asked the tour organiser to answer a few quick questions about his tour. Read more

 

Published: October 9th 2013

New Travelbound Website

Five Reasons to use our new Travelbound website

 
Because we aim to do everything we can to make your life easier we’ve put together this simple yet handy guide to using the new website. Read more
 
 

Published: September 16th 2013

New Travelbound Website

Welcome to our new website

While we’ve had the odd moment to catch a ray of sunshine or two over the Summer, we’ve been pretty busy here at Travelbound HQ. Not only have we been working hard to rebrand all of our documents, presentations and promotional material, but also… drum roll… give our website a fresh design and new look! Read more
 
 

Published: September 11th 2013