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  • “Is it even legal for a motel to be in this bad of shape?!” That was the first thing out of my mouth as we pulled up to the sketchiest shack I’ve ever seen in my life. My mom and I were road tripping from our home in Colorado to Vermont and we were trying to find a place to stay for the night in...

  • Maui Awakening      Two short weeks before Christmas my family and I ventured across the pacific to take a vacation. For me, the last few weeks of 2009 were spent exploring the warm, tropical island of Maui, Hawaii. In my lifetime, I have traveled to many states across the country, but none...

  • Grandpa tossed two helmets under the passenger seat and revved the engine.  “I’m not wearing one.” He shoved his hand into the Skittles bag.  “Me neither,” I tested. His glacier gaze cracked; an impish grin exposed a gold molar. 2nd PLACE 2014 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPI never knew the...

  •  In November of 2008, I experienced the most incredible week of my entire life. I had packed myself a bag, with a pillow and blanket in hand, and set out for a weeklong road trip with five friends from Minnesota. I knew beforehand that living in a dirty, smelly van with six guys in a band for a...

  • As I carefully dragged my sleeping bag out from a pile of typical dusty, smelly closet debris at one o'clock in the morning, I tried to recall the last time I spent the night in a sleeping bag. As I generally avoid any sleeping arrangements that lack a comfortable bed, I figured that I most...

  • I knew it the first time I toured the college campus. After reading all the articles proclaiming Elon as America’s most beautiful campus, my dad and I drove through on a visit. The traffic ahead of us stopped beside a pond with a large fountain to allow a swan to cross the street. Not a duck, not...

  • Aboard the plane to the Dominican Republic, my mind was engulfed with images of barren cities and hunger stricken citizens. The entire demeanor of the country that I envisioned was desolate and defeated. When I stepped into the airport terminal out of the air conditioned United Airlines jet, I hit...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • There are many beautiful pictures of Italy's Amalfi Coast, but nothing compares with the feeling in your chest as you drive on the winding, one lane road that connects Sorrento, Amalfi, and Positano -- you sit on the edge of your seat to see what awaits you around the next curve. The views are...

    Tags: Europe
  •      Twenty five juniors and seniors, six teachers, and a forty-five foot charter bus; this screams trouble, however trouble was the farthest thing from our agenda. My typical summer usually includes days lounging on the beach, spending time with friends, and maintaining a part time job at a local...

  • Castles, Cathedrals and Cats, oh my! If there were three things that my trip this past summer had plenty of, those would definitely be at the top of the list. Where do you ask, was the land that possessed a multitude of such treasures? Spain was the destination for my group from Dallas, Oregon,...

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