A group project that sets up a mock travel agency that employs students to conceive, plan, budget, and then explain and market a vacation to a certain part of the world. Students had to research on the Web what actual airlines, railroads, hotels, and restaurants cost as they made up a tour of a certain country or region. What would tourists want to see? What does this country have to offer in terms of history, culture, food, entertainment, museums, and landscape? By the end of the project students had made a vacation plan that they could actually use next month, if they had the money and wanted to do it. I imagine being a travel agent is not so very different than their role in this group project.
This was a great way not only to learn how to work in groups but also to learn physical and cultural geography.