Category Archives: Blog

AST Shares: Fundraising Reflections

Fundraising is typically an essential part of trip-planning for our groups, and depending on how prepared you are it can either be a nightmare or a dream. Thomas Ruggieri, a band director in Youngstown, Ohio, offers his insight in student fundraising with this article we are sharing from Teach and Travel. 'I encourage students to…
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New York State’s Hidden Gems: Adirondacks

The Adirondack Mountain region is one of the most gorgeous and most hidden attraction zones in the entire state of New York, the region filled with outdoor recreation options, fun dining experiences, and unbeatable New York state scenery.  In the second part of our 5 part New York State’s Hidden Gem series we will…
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Field Trips for Literature Lovers

If your student group is interested in a literature-themed field trip this year then you most certainly need to take a look at this helpful blog full of great places across the United States with ties to some of literature's greatest names. Hartford, Connecticut - Harriet Beecher Stowe - Uncle Tom's Cabin Visit the Harriet…
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The 7 Best Beaches in Charleston

Charleston's historic city vibe gives way to several Atlantic coast delights, barrier island treasures, and beachside bliss opportunities left and right. There are several different beach options within the Charleston area, with a beach to meet every group's needs, whether you are visiting for family fun in the sun or a secluded romantic getaway. Check…
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10 Fun Things to Do Outside of Disney World

When your group comes to Orlando you don't have to spend all of your time at Disney (or any of it if you don't want to), there are plenty of things to do outside of the 'Happiest Place on Earth' that will make you just as happy! Whether you are looking for something additional to…
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Friday Feature with Michelle: Morgan’s Wonderland

Visit the world’s first theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment. The completely wheelchair-accessible park features more than 25 elements. Do you have a group with special needs? Don't let them miss out on the fun this year, take a trip to Morgan's Wonderland, the San Antonio Texas theme…
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Itinerary Feature: 3-Day Southern Florida Beach Getaway

There tends to be a common theme among seniors, and student groups in general, when it comes to planning a big trip with AST, and that theme is BEACHES. [caption id="attachment_31053" align="alignright" width="400"] Fort Lauderdale beach cafe with tropical palm trees and blue sky[/caption] Most of our groups want to spend some time in the…
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10 Unforgettable Trips to Take in 2020

2020 is going to be a year full of fun festivals, exciting events, and truly incredible travel opportunities all throughout the year, from annual holiday traditions to major parades and performances. We have put together a list of 10 trips we think you should consider taking in 2020 to make it a bit easier on…
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The Best 5 Parades for Student Marching Bands – 2020

2020 is shaping up to be a spectacular year for marching band performances across the United States, especially when it comes to parades! With several iconic annual parade traditions around the country, marching bands of all shapes and sizes have several opportunities to shine and represent their school and hometown pride. Many, if not all…
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Overnight Sleepover at Ripley’s Aquarium

What could be more exciting for your students than sleeping overnight inside an aquarium, schools of fish and sharks swimming all around them while they dream the night away? Ripley’s Aquarium offers overnight programs at various locations that allow student groups, scout groups, and family groups to come sleepover after hours in the aquarium, each…
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