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Planning, Promoting and Preparing for a Senior Class Trip


There are thousands of travel destinations in North America to enjoy and explore. One of the premier destinations for those looking for an exciting holiday is the Grand Canyon. With majestic vistas and beautiful valleys, it's no wonder that the Grand Canyon is visited by millions each year.

Best Time to Visit

Those looking for fun-filled North American holidays need look no further than the Grand Canyon between late spring and early fall. Both the North and South Rim of the canyon are opened during this period and all points in the interior of the canyon are accessible. The North Rim is closed during the winter due to snow cover on the road leading to the area.

Your first step to visiting the Grand Canyon is to choose where you want your journey into the canyon to begin. There are two primary entrances where services such as food and accommodations are offered to visitors. These are the North Rim area of the canyon and the opposing South Rim area. The South Rim is the more popular destination, with several quality hotels to stay at. Both areas offer spectacular views of the canyon without having to descend into the area itself. There are even roads along the canyon rims to drive down if you want to get a broad idea of the vast size of this natural wonder.

Every year, seniors from around the United States prepare to take a trip with their fellow students. While some trips remain close to home, others tend to be more extensive. These trips may or may not have educational significance, but they do require plenty of preparation.

Choosing the Right Location

Students look forward to their senior class trip for years. Some begin saving early and others begin discussing location options the year before they plan to leave. Senior class trips in the USA are varied depending on the location of the school and the amount of money that students and the school want to pay. Sometimes students take an extended weekend and head to the closest amusement park. Other times, everyone will head over to a historically significant area to get in some last minute educational information before leaving high school.

Choosing a location is the most important part of the planning process. Students, parents and educators need to know where the class will be heading in order to start discussing the cost, the travel arrangements and the activities that will take place while everyone is away. Some schools allow the student leadership (with a teacher's help) to determine where the class will go. Once a potential location is selected, students research how to get there, where they will stay and what they are going to do. If a conflict arises in the planning, the location may need to be changed.

Fundraising and Collecting the Money

With the location set, students and parents need to start thinking about how to pay for the senior trip. A class may have money set aside that can be used towards the travel arrangements, but a majority of the cost tends to fall on students and parents. Everyone receives notice of the overall cost of the trip in advance. This usually does not include extra spending money and it may or may not include meals.

In general, a head count is taken to see which students are planning to attend. Schools will often require that students be passing all classes in order to attend. Once this number is set, parents, teachers and other chaperones are added. Hotels are contacted, the airline reservations are set, if necessary and any other travel needs are taken into consideration. When planning high school trips to Washington DC, it is important to find out if tickets needs to be purchased in advance for different museums, monuments and other activities. Transportation is another detail that often takes time to arrange, especially with the congested city atmosphere.

The Day Before Leaving

All money should be collected well in advance of leaving. The day before the trip, students and teachers will meet to go over the itinerary as well as the rules of the trip. These discussions include whether or not students will have the freedom to go off on their own, where and how they will meet up and any behaviors that will not be tolerated.

A packing list is also included to make sure that students have the right attire and items needed to make the senior trip more enjoyable. For example, those traveling to climates different than their own might need to pack jackets and hats or shorts and sandals, depending on the location of the senior trip. Once this meeting has concluded, there is nothing left to do but head out and have a great time together.


AUTHOR BIO: Donna Spelling writes regularly on student travel destinations for both educational and travel websites and blogs on topics like Senior class trips in the USA and high school trips to washington dc. She spends time consulting with her local school districts to ensure that every trip is successful. When not writing or traveling, she enjoys spending time volunteering.

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