I just spoke with a friend whose teenage daughter has an opportunity to travel to Europe with her dance group. While he welcomes the adventure and her first chance to travel abroad, at the same time he’s concerned because he isn’t invited to join her in a chaperone capacity.  She’ll be on her own with her teacher, a guide and dance classmates in a country ten hours from home. What would you do? We have a couple of ideas…

Invite Parents and Chaperones

The first and easiest option for us to suggest is that the dance leader invite parents and chaperones who are interested in traveling with their young friends and family members. The more the merrier we say.

It’s always helpful to have extra adults along especially with teenagers because…  

  • Teens have varied interests and like to split off from the main group to experience venues/activities that may not be included on the tour.
  • Inevitably a traveler or two may not feel well one day. Extra chaperones are great to have along so that the trip leader can still accompany the group on the day’s excursion and the ill student has someone to take care of them or escort them to a physician.
  • Chaperones help with group security. The more chaperones on a trip the more supervision there is.
  • More adults on a trip allow an educator to take a breather every once in a while. Traveling with students can be stressful, a night alone in a hotel room relaxing with a pizza and a good book can be a well-deserved treat for an educator. Easily done with a good number of chaperones on the trip.  
  • It can be a great opportunity for the rest of the family to join in on the trip. While teens don’t normally welcome their parents and siblings on trips with their peers, they might enjoy the idea if their trip gets extended as the family visits additional destinations after their classmates have gone home.

International Travel Close to Home

welcome to canada signIf the teacher of your child’s traveling class isn’t willing to invite chaperones perhaps they would be willing to compromise with parents by offering international travel a bit closer to home such as a trip to Victoria and Vancouver, Canada.

Although it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to Canada from many United States cities, our high school performance tour traveling students feel like quite the world travelers as they cross the United States border from Washington State into Canada. Although a passport is not required for students aged 18 or under traveling by car or bus on a school trip, those that have a passport enjoy showing it and getting a stamp as they enter British Colombia, Canada. Classes that enter Canada on a flight are required to have a passport as they board their airplane.

canada performance tours

Explore Canada on your Student Performance Tours

Many Canadian performance tours start in Seattle at the Museum of Pop Culture. Groups love performing in the Sky Church. At 5,384 square-feet, Sky Church is named after Jimi Hendrix’s ensemble that played Woodstock Festival in 1969. The venue offers an awe-inspiring 33’ x 60’ HD LED screen, accompanied by state-of-the-art acoustics that span an enormous wall. Sky Church is also equipped with a wide variety of lighting effects. The soaring 65-foot ceiling is illuminated with parasols gently floating overhead, enhancing the ambiance of the space. A full orchestra coaching and feedback session is included after the group’s performance as well as student exploration of the museum.

capilano suspension bridge canadaIt’s easy in Vancouver to immerse yourself and your students in nature. The ocean, river and mountains are all just a stone’s throw from downtown. The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is one of the most exciting experiences our students have in Canada. The 450 ft. long, 230 ft. high Capilano Suspension Bridge has thrilled visitors since 1889. Treetops Adventure, also in the park, takes guests into the mid-story of a coastal rainforest on seven suspension bridges attached to old-growth trees. The newest park attraction, Cliffwalk, follows a granite precipice along Capilano River on a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms through rainforest vegetation.

High above Vancouver, amid the towering mountain peaks is Grouse Mountain, the home of North America’s longest aerial tramway system. The Skyride ascends 2,800 ft. from the Lower Terminal to the Peak Chalet at the top of the mountain. New this summer is the Skyride Surf Experience, an exhilarating ride on the top of the tram for a few brave souls that will feel the wind in their faces as they gain altitude and elevation. Amazing photo opportunities, the Sky Theatre, mountain top hiking and zip line adventures await your students at the top of Grouse Mountain.  

Travel Like A Local

Are your group members early risers and looking for a unique breakfast experience? If they are, a once in a lifetime opportunity awaits. Your classroom can enjoy early access to Grouse Mountain, watch Grinder and Coola (bears) explore their habitat as you all learn about Grizzly Bears and bear conservation from one of our experienced wildlife rangers. Afterward, sit down in the Grizzly Lookout Cafe for a delicious bear-inspired breakfast.

butchart gardens in canadaWith oceans and bays surrounding so much of Western Canada, ferries are a favorite local mode of transportation. Sticking with the “be like a local” we like to incorporate into all of our student travel itineraries, the ride from Vancouver to Victoria is made on a BC ferry. Victoria is a must see for band, dance and chorale groups. Performing on the steps of Parliament before a tour of the Butchart Gardens is a memory never to be forgotten.

totem poles in canadaStudents that visit Vancouver Island learn about the native history of British Colombia at the Royal BC Natural History Museum and as they take the walking tour of Beacon Hill Park totem poles. The park has belonged to the city of Victoria since 1882. Beacon Hill Park was originally called Meeacan (the Salish name for belly) by the First Nations people because from a distance, it looked like the belly of a large man lying on his back. In 1956, Chief Mungo Martin and carvers David Martin and Henry Hunt created the world’s largest totem pole (160 feet) from cedar here.

Participate in the Annual Victoria Day Parade

There is an annual Victoria Day Parade that many of our bands have participated in. The sooner the better for planning to be a part of this event as the number of participating performers can be limited.

If your band, choir or dance group is interested in traveling to Vancouver and Victoria on an international student performance tour, take a look at a few sample itineraries that may be found on the link below, contact our Travel Directors by calling 800-544-4723, or submit a lead form on the itinerary page

Book Your Student Travel Experience

Sources:

Visitcanada.com

Grousemountain.com

Beaconhillpark.com

I just spoke with a friend whose teenage daughter has an opportunity to travel to Europe with her dance group. While he welcomes the adventure and her first chance to travel abroad, at the same time he’s concerned because he isn’t invited to join her in a chaperone capacity.  She’ll be on her own with… Read More


  Hurricanes Maria and Irma impacted the island of Puerto Rico in September of 2017 and caused widespread damage that affected both the seashore and mountainous regions of this island paradise. Fortunately, due to aggressive clean-up efforts by local community members and organizations, particularly in the most popular tourist beachfront destinations, Puerto Rico is once… Read More


Boston is “More Than a Feeling”, as the iconic rock band of the 70’s, formed in the city of the same name, would say. Historic Boston is filled with endless educational tour opportunities, a destination that produces amazing events throughout the year and is home to a multitude of unique venues that are perfect for… Read More


International performance tours bring a wealth of cultural experiences, group bonding, and new goals to band and choir students alike. Scotland is quickly becoming a popular destination for the fiery cultural heritage and unique activities it provides. Follow along below with a band’s recent international performance tour to Edinburgh, Scotland! Edinburgh Our band’s adventure began… Read More


“You can do it in Portland, even if you’ve never done it before” is the Travel Portland website’s tag-line and rightfully so. Few destinations offer as much for performing students to do as Portland does, including the headlining Portland Rose Festival. Portland Rose Festival The Portland Rose Festival is an annual event that has been… Read More


The Appeal of Southern California Performance Tours The “endless summer” dream is a reality for high school choir and band performing tours that choose to travel to Southern California. Gazing at the stars (in the sky and on the big screen), walking barefoot on the beach and sharing an amusement park experience with the most… Read More


San Diego is home to over seventy miles of coastline and has an annual average temperature of 64 degrees making it a perfect destination year round for your choir or band trip to San Diego. Numerous student music festivals are produced in this oceanfront city. Student fun and adventure is easy to find, most popular… Read More


Imagine a city with a never ending diversity of attractions and public performing opportunities for choir and high school band school trips. A destination that is filled with history, civil rights activism, southern charm, and is the home of celebrated corporate goliaths such as Coca Cola and CNN. A place where performance options, in addition… Read More


Sightseeing and tourism may be the primary reason most visitors come to San Francisco but for student performance tours to San Francisco, the “City by The Bay” offers so much more. An Exciting Itinerary The key to an exciting itinerary is a series of amazing concerts and performances by world renowned artists, and tours of… Read More


“Start spreadin’ the news, I’m leavin’ today, I want to be a part of it, New York, New York” Frank Sinatra said it best… New York City performance tours are one of the most popular performance destinations of choir and band directors for 2018 and 2019 spring music trips. New York City Performance Tours Venues… Read More