Our destination experts' profiles

Abby Smith

Area of expertise – Cantabria, Spain

Visit Picos de Europa and take the cable car 1800 metres up to the views of the valley which are breathtaking! An unforgettable moment.

Adam Roney

Area of expertise - Cantabria

Lots of teachers tell me that having Pablo, our NST Destination Manager for Cantabria, as their representative is of a huge benefit. They say the knowledge that he has is amazing and that he really makes the process easier for groups when they arrive in Cantabria.

Amanda Dennison

Area of expertise – London

St Paul’s Cathedral is a great visit. You can take your pupils up to the famous Whispering Gallery or even further to the exterior Stone and Golden Galleries for an amazing view of London.

Andrea Cave

Educational Tour Co-ordinator

Make sure you allow some free time in the city you’re visiting to do a little exploring at your own pace.

Caroline Kyne

Area of expertise – Krakow

Krakow is a remarkable historical city. I'd highly recommend a meeting with a Concentration Camp Survivor or relative. This is a unique and humbling experience where the speaker captivates the group with their astonishing memories and a remarkable survival.

Danielle Butterworth

Area of expertise – Paris

I would highly recommend taking a relaxing cruise on the river Seine in Paris. It is a great way to view the city and many famous landmarks. Headsets are provided in a variety of languages which is great for those wanting to improve their language skills.

Donna Warhurst

Area of expertise - Iceland

When visiting Iceland the best time to view the natural sensation of the Northern Lights is in September/October or March/April when the activity most often occurs.

Felicity Haworth

Area of expertise – The Rhine

The Rhine is a great place to visit. In summer, take a river cruise and visit Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett. In winter, you can’t beat the variety of Christmas markets in Cologne. Take the Bimmelbahn mini train around the city to get the most of your visit.

Helen Keegan

Educational Tour Co-ordinator

Have your parents’ evening early. By doing so you'll have plenty of time to make sure pupils have a valid passport, discuss and arrange visas and sort out any rooming issues.

Jennifer Lawler

Area of expertise – Iceland

Give your pupils our suggested kit list at the beginning of the planning process. This will give them plenty of time to get waterproofs, suitable footwear, etc., so they don’t have to miss out on any activities.

Joanne Methven

Area of expertise – Barcelona

If you're travelling around the city centre on public transport, the most economical way is for groups to purchase T10 tickets.

Kimberley Dumbell

Area of expertise – London

Why not make the most of your visit to the museums in London by adding one of the additional free workshops.

Laura Kochanski

Area of expertise – New York

Dress in layers in New York. Outdoor temperatures can be extreme and the air conditioning or heating indoors can often be on full power. Another top tip - free Wi-Fi is available at many public parks around Manhattan, including Central Park!

Linda Stevens

Area of expertise - Venice

One of the most exciting times to visit Venice is during the Carnival. Watch your pupils’ faces as they stare at people milling around in costumes and masks. I'd also recommend a visit to a costume designer, a mask-making workshop or a gondola ride.

Louise Nicholson

Area of expertise – Washington

Be sure to add a Local Guide onto your tour! Their knowledge of the history and politics of this fantastic city is second to none and will provide your pupils with an enriched understanding of the sights they are visiting.

Lucy Linklater

Area of expertise – London

London is a hugely popular city, so book early to ensure you can get your most suited accommodation and preferred visits too.

Madlen Stephan

Area of expertise – China

To travel to China each person will need a visa. We will provide you with information on the application process and you can also speak to our travel partner, ASLA, who will give useful tips.

Maxine Frudd

Area of expertise – Barcelona

My art groups love Poble Espanyol with its relaxed atmosphere. They get to experience the culture and different communities of Spain all in one village. The Fountains of Montjuïc are just a short walk away, they are a must see too!

Michael Knowles

Educational Travel Advisor

What teachers love about NST is the fact we can tailor-make the entire trip for them with our extensive range of curriculum-linked programmes. We can also offer advice and suggestions based on other teachers' trip experiences.

Michelle White

Educational Travel Advisor

Teachers tell me that the NST Go Explore resources are a fantastic tool for language trips. They say they are a useful tool for pupils and very handy for their vocabulary whilst on tour. They also save teachers so much time!

Natalie McLellan

Area of expertise – Barcelona

Poble Espanyol in Barcelona is a must. It’s a complete model village that's been reconstructed to reflect different styles of buildings around Spain. Pupils can practise language skills, talk to crafts people and experience different parts of Spain in one place.

Rachel Higginbotham

Area of expertise – WWI Battlefields

It is well worth taking an NST Educationalist Guide. Their WWI knowledge is endless. They pitch to the level of the group and really capture pupils' imaginations, whilst allowing staff to focus on the individual needs of the group.

Rachel McDermott

Educational Tour Co-ordinator

You may only see these places and meet these people once in your lifetime. Remember them forever with plenty of photos - they're the ultimate souvenir. Just remember once you have your shot to get out from behind the lens and enjoy the view.

Sam de Freitas

Area of expertise - Berlin

Bernauerstrasse (Berliner Mauer) is an excellent alternative to Checkpoint Charlie for History groups. It tells of the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall and has a visitor centre and viewing platform.

Sophie Owen

Educational Travel Advisor

Book earlier than you think you need to! Booking earlier allows parents longer to cover the costs of the trip, and gives teachers the best chance of securing first choice dates and accommodation at the best price.

Sarah Robertson

Educational Travel Advisor

To increase your ‘catchment’ of students, open up the trip to other subject groups that will all benefit from your chosen destination and their curriculum focus.

Toni Kenyon

Area of expertise – Geneva

When travelling to Geneva it is not necessary to pay for airport transfers or coaching within the city and all visitors will receive a free public transport pass at the airport. The public transport in Geneva in excellent