Let's do a little exercise. Take a moment. Breathe. Shake out your arms. Wiggle your toes. Close your eyes for a few seconds. The summer is almost here. Picture it. And in the meantime, it feels a little bit like playing out the string on another school year. That's alright. Take your time because it feels right! It's been stressful worrying about teaching kinds in class and remotely. It's unnerving at times thinking about "pandemic," "the new normal," or "we are in this together." And it's occasionally been a struggle to cope with the students who aren't old enough to take it as seriously as they should. Or maybe even some parents.
But, slowly and surely, things are looking up for the first time in a long time, hope for a resumption of our lives that we paused over a year ago. We understand where you're coming from and, when you're ready, you can reach out to us.
So before your tasks start to pile up again, EWT will be your helping hand that will take a load off your shoulders: your next educational trip. A safe, thrilling experience filled with curiosity, learning activities, involvement, and fun. As a teacher, you can rest and relax; our team will take care of all the details. Rely on our expertise in booking accomodation, organizing meals, and arranging all the events, classes, and volunterring necessary to ensure an unforgettable itinerary.
And to guarantee a safe and healthy trip, we were recently granted the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp in recognition of our commitment to adopting global health and hygiene protocols. Our passengers can experience safe travesl in complicance with the WTTC Terms & Conditions.
We recognize that you are casting an eye toward some holiday time, so we want to ask you to take advantage of that vibe. Please have a look through our featured destinations and let us know what grabs your attentions. Just remember: our quotes are free. Let's get the ball rolling in the right direction before the tasks and chores of the busy school year pile up. All it takes is for you to select an itinerary, give us an idea of how many participants, and when you'd like to go. We'll take it from there.
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May 13th, 2021 Newsletter
Memorial Day, honouring those who sacrificed their lives while serving in the U.S. military, is coming up soon. On this occasioni, we thought that we would share with you our top Memorial Day U.S. cities as inspirtation for future student tours. Partake in various visits and celebrations to help your students strengthen their understanding of Memorial Day's significance!
Keep in mind that every EWT tour remains completely customized so that your students get the most of their hands-on learning experience in the field of your choice.
If you're thinknig of building an itinerary around Memorial day for your students, Washington DC should definitely be your go-to! This patriotic and iconic city overflows with historical sights to help students grasp a concrete understanding of important events and their context, such as Memorial Day.
Visit the Arlington National Cemetery to pay homage to the military personnel who is buried there. Take a guided tour of the National Mall and discover the National World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorials (where you'll see the names of thousands of Americans who have paid the ultimate price for freedom), and the Abraham Lincol Memorial with a view of George Washington Monument from afar.
Don't forget to partake in festive events too! The National Memorial Day concert as well as the Parade are great opportunities to celebrate and remember the brave soldiers and veterans who didn't die in vain.
New York City
Welcome to the city that never sleeps! New York City offers something for everyone, especially on Memorial Day weekend – which also marks the official beginning of summer.
Start by bringing your students to the Interpid Museum's Flat Week free event to honor the U.S. military. Take a tour of the ships docked in Staten and Manhattan Islands; partake in diverse military demonstrations, activities, and concerts; and meet servicemen and women currently serving in the U.S. military. On this occasion, another must is to attend a Parade. We especially recommend the Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade – where all veterans are invited to attend – or the Little-Neck Douglaston Memorial Day Parade.
Make sure to also take a walk around the 9/11 Memorial, an interesting work of art where you and your students will be able to pay homage to those who lost their lives.
Ideal for music groups, New Orleans will know how to create a festive ambiance to patriotically celebrate the U.S. men and women who bravely lost their lives. Enjoy and/or have your students publicly perform in one of the festivals available such as Birdroot Festival – celebrating the city's International Music Chamber and featuring live performances – or Greek Fest
Don't miss a visit to the National WWII Museumto pay homage to soldiers. After touring the museum, you and your students will enjoy music performances and a ceremony before taking part in a national minute of silence.
A unique destination overflowing with culture and nature, Denver is the perfect opportunity to organize a versatile tour for your students.
Join the Memorial Day Parade – followed by The Veterans Memorial Day Tribute at the Veterans Monument – for your students to get a chance to commemorate the men and women who lost their lives while serving their country. Bring them on a hike to celebrate the land that veterans defended; you can choose between multiple options ranging from Washington Park to Red Rocks Park Amphitheatre – an absolute must-see for music teachers - and Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park.
Don't miss the myriad outdoor concerts on the occasion of Memorial Day such as the Denver Day of Rock, featuring 25 free rock concerts! The Center for the Performing Arts also organizes a multitude of events that are worth checking out, like for instance Cameron Mackintosh's Les Miserables; Sense of Sensibility The Musical; or The Downtown Denver Arts Festival.
We hope that you are feeling inspired and are looking forward to your next tailor-made itinerary with you.
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April 15th, 2021 Newsletter
Happy Thursday, educators! With the vaccine to the wide audience on the way, now is a good time to start thinking of where to bring your students next.
At EWT, we know how planning a tour from start to finish can be taxing. As a teacher, juggling between educating and travel planning can easily distract you and burn you out, eventually causing your tour to be full of stress. It shouldn't be that way.
As such, we thought that providing you with a travel planning timeline and checklist may bring you a sense of relief. While we'll always accompany you closely throughout the whole process – from requesting a proposal to booking your next trip, letting us arrange it all for you and getting ready to travel –, there are a few things that you can do at your end to foster safety.
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April 8th, 2021 Newsletter
This week we would like you to know us, the EWT's Sales Team, a little bit better. We decided to share with you some of our own travel experiences during the summer of 2020, when it was possible to travel within our beautiful home province, British Columbia. What was it like, and what did we personally get out of it?
Find out more below!
2020 has been the opportunity for me to explore further my adoptive country since 2018. Originally from Europe – France, to be prices – I am used to the possibility of taking a short flight to a selection of foreign countries. Mostly for that reason, I tend to travel internationally rather than locally when having the choice; but honestly, I am so glad I stayed in breath-taking BC this summer! I made the most of the beautiful weather – a rarity in the Vancouver area – in a range of local destinations such as the wine regions of the Okanagan and Lilloeet as well as lush Vancouver Island.
The drives to each of these natural splendors were undoubtedly the highlights of my summer. Located only about 3 to 4 hours from Vancouver, the Okanagan surprised my by how different it is, both in its scenery climate, which reminded me of California, and its scenery. The hilly drive to Lillooet from Vancouver was literally the most beautiful one I have ever been on. My experience in Vancouver Island can be summed up as adventure and wilderness. Mostly camping around, I have had a lot of fun hiking, surfing, and taking pleasure in the simplest things of life – cooking an outside meal before relaxing around a cracking fire.
I already loved BC before, but now, I am in complete awe!
2020. What a year! Even though I was in Milano in February, a couple of days before the outbreak of Corona in Italy, the last 9 months were mostly dedicated to the family, to new home office experiences, to the world transforming through my window. The four-season passed by and I witnessed all the changes happening behind my computer screen. My wanderlust had to be tamed. Not an easy task when your passport is your best friend.
The challenge of travelling during a pandemic was accepted and the whole family drove around beautiful British Columbia whenever it was possible. In August, we discovered the South Cariboo region around 100 Mile House, its lakes, and wonders. We loved the wild nature, the calm lakes, the portentous mountain. A month later we visited Kelowna for the first time. An enchanting city that offers fresh-water beaches, abundant natural attractions, and mesmerizing views from the mountains overlooking the Okanagan valley. Kids and adults enjoyed it. British Columbia is undoubtedly an amazing place to be.
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March 15th, 2021 Newsletter
Overnight trips are always a great opportunity to discover, interact, and create everlasting memories. Yet, while on the road, with all the excitement, the experiences, the thrill, meals tend to be festive or fast. The overlooking of the energetic, nutritional value of the meals is also an important part of the trip – it can be as educative as any other item in the itinerary. And tasty enough to be replicated at home!
Here are some tips and ideas of colorful, tasty and fun food to carry along when traveling.
The intriguing quinoa - not a grain, not a seed – but a plant originated in the Andean Region of South America. First used for human consumption around 4,000 years ago, it is called a "superfood" because of the rich quantities of protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins, and dietary minerals. Quinoa, "the gold of the Incas" can be easily prepared and used in several dishes. You can find it in different colors: white, red, and black. Rinse it before cooking!
You can use either the regular, stovetop pan or the rice cooker for your batch. For each cup of quinoa, add 1 ½ to 1 ¾ cups of water. Season it with salt, pepper and whatever adds taste and color to your dish: turmeric, curry powder, allspice, oregano.
Once ready, move it to a large bowl and, again, the sky is the limit! You can add canned tuna (from responsible sources, check the can!), chicken breast as the complementing protein. Otherwise, our vegan favorites are sundried tomatoes, juicy olives, sliced hearts of palm (also from responsible sources!) and even sultana raisins.
If you want to complement your breakfast or have a quick meal in between attractions, carry along with your quinoa salad container with you!
Hummus means chickpeas. It is an inherent part of all the Levantine diets (the historic name of the Middle East). From Damascus through Jerusalem to Cairo, Hummus is ubiquitous in every snack break or meal. Chickpeas have a considerable amount of several nutrients, as of dietary fiber, protein, vitamin B6, and manganese.
Even though you can find it in most grocery stores in North America, it is very easy and satisfying preparing your hummus. All you need is canned chickpeas, strained and skins removed. Tahini – a paste made of ground sesame seeds can be added too. The other basic ingredients are garlic, lemon juice, salt, and olive oil.
On a food processor, add tahini and lemon juice first and blend it until creating a soft paste. Then add the chickpeas, the garlic, salt to taste, each one separately, and give it another minute to each ingredient to swirl in the processor. Add cold water to make it rich and creamy.
You can enjoy it as a dip it with some toasted pita bread on the road or make a sandwich, adding olive oil, smoked paprika, pickles slices, tomatoes, and cracked black pepper, over a tortilla or a pita bread... A true vegan, nutritious, middle eastern accent to any quick meal!
The sweet tooth doesn't take vacations. And a good source of natural sugars is important to give your body enough energy to keep you on the pace during a school trip. Even though industrialized granola bars look attractive and nutritious, their amount of processed sugar and other not-so-healthy ingredients is too high.
Use oats and your favorite nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashew) to prepare your own granola bars. Combine them and put it in the oven for around 15 minutes, to toast. Use syrup – organic maple or homemade, combining sugar unsalted butter, honey, and salt. Melt them together until sugar is dissolved, then combine it with the toasted oats and nuts in a big bowl, stir everything together. At this point, any other solids like dried fruits, seeds can be added. If you want chocolate chips, add it after the mixture reached room temperature. If chocolate melts, your bar will become a runny mess.
Cover a rectangular pan with parchment paper and distribute the mixture evenly. Allow it to chill in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Cut it with a large knife into evenly sized slices, wrap it individually with wax or parchment paper. It can last a week at room temperature. Excellent for long overnight trips in the early morning or late evening guilt-free indulgence!
We hope that you are feeling inspired and are looking forward to designing your next tailor-made itinerary with you.