I have a serious case of “Wanderlust”. My parents instilled this quality in me by always making travel a priority in their lives. Their itineraries were enviable: the Great Wall of China, the Kremlin, tangoing in Argentina, ziplining in Costa Rica–their travels fueled my insatiable appetite for adventure and exploration of other cultures.
As an SLP, I bring my adventures into my sessions through photo presentations and other activities. For example, my trip to the D-Day beaches in Normandy, France as well as Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor provided a wonderful opportunity to enhance my student’s understanding of WWII. Travel has enriched my life in numerous ways, including my abilities as an educator.
Naturally, I am always looking for ways to make travel more affordable. If you are planning a getaway this summer, be sure to check out these money-saving opportunities that SLPs can take advantage of!
1. HOTELS: Employees of public schools often qualify for government discounts on hotels. Be sure to inquire when booking your next room. Members of the American Speech & Hearing Association can take advantage of Choice Privileges, which offers savings on over 6,000 hotels throughout the world. There’s even incentive savings for booking in advance. Login into your ASHA account and go to the Lifestyle Marketplace to view the offers.
2. CAR RENTALS: Members of the American Speech & Hearing Association can save big on car rentals! There are discounts up to 25% off; featured rental companies include Avis & Budget. Login to your ASHA account to see these offers.
3. TEACHER IDENTITY CARD: This little gem is available to SLPs and other educators for a $25 fee. I think it’s a small price to pay for thousands of travel, online and lifestyle discounts at home and in over 133 countries worldwide.
4. CRUISES: From time to time, one or more cruise lines will offer special discounts on select sailings. Sign up with Vacations To Go to receive notifications on popular lines such as Holland America & Norwegian. Qualifying SLPs will be required to submit a photocopy of teacher’s certification, union card or letter from principal on school letterhead.
5. LEARN WHILE YOU TRAVEL: Check out Global Exploration for Educators Organization, a non-profit organization that runs subsidized professional development travel programs designed for educators. GEEO give you the option to earn graduate school or professional development credit while seeing the world. The trips are 8 to 21 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. Many programs are accompanied by university faculty that are experts on the travel destinations. Educators are also permitted to bring along a non-educator guest.
Are there any awesome travel-related discounts you have discovered? Please share in comments!