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Teachers Find Innovative Travel Opportunities

February 02, 2010 07:06 AM
by Sarah Amandolare
A small city in New York state offers special travel deals just for teachers and their families, but there are plenty of ways for educators to travel frugally.

Winter Recess Deals in Ithaca, NY

Ithaca, N.Y., presents its fourth annual Winter Recess from Feb. 12-21, featuring discounted travel for teachers and their family members, according to Budget Travel. Ithaca expects to see nearly 5,000 visitors taking advantage of an enticing array of activities and attractions, such as spa discounts, half-priced meals at restaurants and low-cost snowshoe rentals. Budget Travel reports that “[m]ore than 100 events” will be held during Winter Recess, including tours of dramatic Taughannock Falls.

The Ithaca Loves Teachers Web site has further details about Winter Recess events, activities and prices. The 2009 Winter Recess drew more than 4,300 teachers and family members, and the event is the “first and only citywide festival for state public school teachers” in the U.S., according to the Web site. All teachers of grades K-12 are invited, as well as “district employees and their guests” with valid school ID, a union membership or “note from your principal.”

Background: Ithaca travel

The Ithaca area and western New York State boast relaxing waterfalls and a bustling downtown scene, while wine trails lead oenophiles around clear blue Finger Lakes, dotted with sail boats and contented locals. Learn about Ithaca’s abundant culinary, outdoor and wine-themed tourist opportunities.

Related Topic: Travel for teachers and students

Explorica is a travel company catering to teachers. Their selection of tours, regional experts around the world, planning tools and social networking applications help ensure an immersive international (or U.S. travel) experience for teachers and their students. Explorica is affiliated with several high quality tourist organizations, including the Student Youth Travel Association and the National Tour Association.

Teachers Travel Web connects teachers around the world for bed and breakfast-style stays, home-exchanges and house-sitting posts. A yearly membership fee of about $65 is required to access listings, and any teacher, educator, trainer or counselor is eligible for membership. Teacher Travel Web was started years ago by a New Zealand couple. 

In an article for Suite 101, English teacher and freelance writer Thadra Petkus offers ideas for teachers looking for ways to travel abroad. She presents summer and spring break options, and tips for saving or making money while traveling as a teacher. Hobbies, such as photography or writing, can be lucrative for traveling teachers. Teaching abroad or chaperoning student tours can help teachers finance international excursions as well.

New Orleans Educational Travel

New Orleans teems with intriguing historic sites, unique architecture, an eclectic array of museums and enough personality to keep even the most jaded student enthralled. Plan an educational tour of New Orleans, or get ideas for a field trip to the Crescent City.

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