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Is your Travel Provider Travel Safe Certified?

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Dec 5, 2018 11:55:32 AM

Keeping students safe is our number one priority. That’s why Director’s Choice has taken the initiative and formally adopted safe industry standards as well as developing our own rigorous TRAVEL SAFE certifications.

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Topics: Overnight Travel, Safe Itinerary, Travel Advocacy, Liability Insurance, SYTA Accredidation, Trip Safety, Travel Planning, SYTA

Ethical Practices or Just Profit?

Posted by Jon Locke on Nov 5, 2018 10:34:30 AM

When Director’s Choice was founded in 1996, I was still an active music educator in the classroom at a high school in West Texas. My focus was on helping my students individually, as ensembles, and making the overall program better from one day to the next. I believed numerous performance opportunities and traveling as a group was vital to the overall advancement of the entire program. With our world getting increasingly smaller with technology and a voracious appetite for experiences out of their communities, students and families today demand to travel, learn, and perform abroad.

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Topics: Student Travel, Overnight Travel, Travel Finances, ethics, Trip Safety, Safe Itinerary

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: SYTA Accredidation, Performance Travel, Marching Band Trip, Destinations, Budgets, Trip Safety, Travel Planning, Travel Advocacy

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, Insurance, Budgets, Trip Safety

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

Advocating Ethics, Creating the Standard

Posted by Jon Locke on Dec 2, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Being ethical in business is the highest guiding principle of Director’s Choice. In fact, it’s the reason I started the company over 21 years ago. As a traveling band director, I wanted more for my students and more for the money they and their families raised. This is what being ethical is about. It was essential for me to be accountable to my students and their families. I felt I owed my students more than the average travel and festival experiences offered to us at that time.

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Topics: Community, Travel Planning, Trip Safety, Industry

Helmets vs. Hotels

Posted by Stephanie Fox on Oct 28, 2017 10:51:00 AM

How is student travel evaluated and vetted in your district?

It’s an ongoing priority for schools and districts to evaluate and implement policies and procedures to keep students safe. For instance, the effects of football related concussions have made news, prompting many school districts across the country to reevaluate safety gear and their procedures for purchasing this gear.

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Topics: Travel Planning, Trip Safety, Budgets, SYTA Accredidation, Liability Insurance, Travel Bid Analysis

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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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