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Motor coach Driver of the Year 2018 Announced

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Jul 18, 2018 2:32:29 PM

Motorcoach driver Rickey Bessent and New Mexico Texas Coaches out of Lubbock, TX, were awarded for going above and beyond to enhance the travel experience of band and choir students this past spring. Bessent was nominated by more than once Director’s Choice group leader for his personal care of all passengers during the spring 2018 travel season .

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Topics: motor coach safety, Travel Advocacy, Student Group Travel, driver of the year

Insider Tips to Planning the BIG Trip

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Jun 12, 2018 6:30:00 AM

We polled our most experienced student travel experts and have boiled down the 5 top tips to help you begin planning your group's overnight trip. Unlike traveling with your family, moving 75 to 100 kids and making sure they have food and a place to sleep in an unfamiliar city can be a challenge.

As early as 18 months before departure you should start thinking about your trip to ensure a safe and fun travel plan with plenty of student and parent participation.
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Topics: Travel Planning, Trip Safety, Budgets, Destinations, SYTA Accredidation, Marching Band Trip, Performance Travel, Travel Advocacy

Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple: NYC for Students

Posted by Johanna Feminear on Jun 5, 2018 7:15:00 PM

With so many opportunities for students in New York City, planning a trip to the Big Apple can be daunting. While building an itinerary that keeps your students occupied is never an issue in NYC, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the size and scope of the city and all its offerings. Be aware of cramming too much into your itinerary -- that’s sorta like trying to eat an apple in a single big bite! If you do that, you'll miss the flavor, the texture, and the crunch; and if you aren't careful, you may end up choking!

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Topics: Destinations, Marching Band Trip, Performance Travel, New York, Student Group Travel, Affordable Travel, Safe Itinerary

Making the Most of Summer Break

Posted by Stephanie Fox on May 30, 2018 4:24:20 PM

Summer break for directors like you is certainly well deserved. In fact, even science tells us that relaxing and taking a break is important. But, while relaxing and recharging is critical to your success in the classroom next year, we also know that using the summer to regroup and get ahead has its merits as well.  We polled some of our former educators on staff and a few of our customers to see how they make their summer break worthwhile.

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Topics: Travel Planning, Student Group Travel, relax, summer break, recharge

Hawaii: The Ohana Experience

Posted by Allison Graham on May 11, 2018 3:03:49 PM

For 15 years I've personally escorted thousands of students and their group leaders to Waikiki on the island of Oahu in my role with Director’s Choice. When my directors tell me they are ready to begin planning the “big” trip, I always suggest Hawaii as an option.  Not only is it breathtakingly beautiful, but it’s full of adventure, cultural experiences, and memorable performance options.

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Topics: Travel Planning, Destinations

Disney Youth Programs Unlock Student Potential

Posted by Marcie Truby on May 8, 2018 7:00:00 AM

By Marcie Truby, Director of Operations

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Topics: Disney, Marching Band Trip, Clinics, Performance Travel, Workshops

Midwest Success

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Apr 17, 2018 8:18:13 AM


Director's Choice has developed a special continuing education opportunity for up and coming music educators to experience the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. This opportunity is actually the brain child of our Director of Performance Alan Hanna born from his conversations with some of our music educator friends and clients. As a former music educator himself, Alan has a deep passion for the development of music educators and sustainment and advancement of music education in our schools. I sat down with Alan to really understand from an educator's perspective, what attendance at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago has to offer a developing music directors and their programs.

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Topics: Travel Planning, Travel Benefits, Destinations, Clinics, Performance Travel, Chicago

Travel Insurance: Is It Worth It?

Posted by Travel Insured International on Apr 3, 2018 10:42:00 AM

Travel protection is a great way to help protect your travel plans and investment. Coverage ranges from Trip Cancellation to Baggage Delay to Medical Evacuation. But is it worth it? Check out some of the most commonly asked questions.

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Topics: Travel Planning, Trip Safety, Budgets, Insurance

Disney Done Right

Posted by Amanda Knight on Mar 13, 2018 9:54:00 AM

Disney is one of the most magical, memorable trips you can take and it’s great for student groups! However, before you begin planning your itinerary, I want to share my best advice about how to do Disney right for you, your group, your schedule and your budget.

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Topics: Travel Planning, Trip Safety, Disney

New Motor Coach Monitoring and Enforcement May Impact Student Travel

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Mar 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

No more fudging on motor coach driving hours. No more unscheduled stops. No more last minute itinerary changes. New mandated Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) on commercial coaches may impact student travel. Here’s what you need to know.

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Topics: Travel Planning, Technology, Trip Safety, Industry, electronic enforcement, motor coach safety

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A Blog for Performing Arts Educators

Director's Choice is passionate about furthering your classroom. We're not satisfied just being your go-to travel experts. Many of us have been in your shoes and know how much goes on in a classroom. That's why we've created Unpacked, a blog of curated content to help you reach students, plan effectively and create memorable performance experiences.

Unpacked brings you authors and guest bloggers from all over. Directors, travel experts, industry insiders, you name it! New blogs are out every other week with content and advice to help you and your students.

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