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The ins and outs of choosing, training and working with chaperones

A great chaperone can make all the difference on a student performance tour. But the inverse is true as well – a challenging chaperone can be frustrating, and take your …

Consider this! New destinations you’ll love

Our top destinations are popular for a reason – they offer incredible opportunities for students and educators to explore, perform and learn together. But don’t limit your travel dreams to …

Fan friendly – travel packages for friends and family

Music educators know that having a dedicated group of friends and family supporting your program makes all the difference. These are more than fans – they’re dedicated boosters who attend …

Behind the music – an interview with John Hagstrom

In today’s post, we have the privilege of speaking with John Hagstrom, a member of the trumpet section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). John’s passion for music education has …

Keeping students safe – on the road

When it comes to traveling with students, safety is everyone’s top priority – the parents, directors, chaperones and travel planners. Student safety is a broad topic and one that we’re …

Sharing September 11th with Students

Today’s middle and high school students are too young to remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001; but thanks to the many educational opportunities in Lower Manhattan, students can …

Step one: Get parents on board

 

When it comes to convincing students to sign up for a performance tour, there’s one thing we’ve learned: you don’t have to convince students to sign up for a …

Making memories possible – BRT’s travel scholarship

Giving students the gift of travel is the dream of directors and parents alike, in schools across the country. Though every group we partner with follows a fundraising plan to …

Our top 10 destinations – and WHY!

We’re often asked which destinations around the world are most popular for student performance tours. Sharing the list of our most-visited cities and countries is easy – but why share …

Keep it covered – why your students need trip insurance

Every year, more of our travelers are packing something extra before they head out on their performance tours – trip insurance. As travel planners who have come to expect the …

International Travel – Mythbusters Edition

Summer has us daydreaming of all the far-off places we’ve been and reliving the feelings of being immersed in new languages, cultures and cuisines. We love traveling internationally with students …

Ahead of the curve

As our amazing clients and educator friends are heading into the summer, we’ve can’t stop thinking about fall. Why? Let’s take a moment to reflect before we take a sneak …

Ready, set, SUMMER!

If your school year hasn’t wrapped already, then you’re definitely counting the days. But are you all set for summer when it comes to your upcoming performance travel? We’re here …

Traveling foodies – great eats on tour

Exploring a new city isn’t just about the sights, sounds and experiences – it’s also about the food! We love to include restaurants that feature some unique-to-the-area menu options so …

Music education hits the road

A majority of our team of travel consultants started their careers in music education. From band to orchestra, choir to musical theater, our teaching veterans understand the impact music can …

Ten reasons we love Chicago

We have big love for Chicago. Way more than we can fit into a measly ten reasons! Not only is Chicago our hometown, it’s also one of our favorite places …

Getting to know you: a chat with Russell Marcason, Tour Director

In a recent post, we gave you the full scoop on our “cast of characters,” the incredible team members that make travel magic happen for students each and …

Why booking early really does matter

This time of year is one of our busiest – from March 10 to April 10 we’ll be traveling with over 200 groups to incredible destinations around the world. The …

The ins and outs of paying for student travel

If there’s one thing that has the potential to make directors crazy – whether they’re considering their first trip or planning their fifth – it’s money. And we’re not talking …

Your trip’s “Cast of Characters”

Orchestrating an incredible student travel experience isn’t a one-man show. But if you’ve never worked with us, you might not know about the behind the scenes players that dream up, …

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