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  • Because I am considering a career in marine biology, my mother recently sent me to a youth camp known as Sea Camp San Diego.  This week-long camp is designed to help students learn more about the ocean and the marine animals that reside in Southern California.  This summer camp turned out to be...

  •     We were six women in search of adventure, ready to leave our Midwestern lives behind for 10 days in Paris – strolling the Seine, savoring boeuf bourguignon, and soaking in the city from atop the Eiffel Tower. It only took a few days until we were reminded just how American we were. The message...

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  •  Even with the Gecko, lost luggage, missed flight, unplanned night in Denver, and serious nausea, it’s my favorite vacation ever.  Those who know me know I love vacations and I love to plan and prepare things, it’s both a blessing and a curse.  So, upon hearing I could plan for my mom and me to go...

  • I was in love, or the closest thing to being in love that I had ever been. That itself was adventure enough for me. Therefore, I tried not to think about the first six weeks of my summer, which were to be spent on yet another summer vacation. These almost always involved a road trip, and this time...

  • The summer after my freshman year was when I lost everything I took for granted and gained a necessary new perspective. The most impacting part of the trip actually began before even arriving in my destination country, Peru. I was traveling with my brother, Colin, and about twenty other...

  •   When someone mentions a great ski resort, destinations that pop into the mind of any skier or rider include Vail, Jackson Hole, Park City, and Squaw Valley. Idaho is the last place any sane person would look to vacation, let alone go for a ski trip. It's rather unfortunate for them that they...

  •   The summer of 2010 remains the most influential time I have ever experienced.  That summer was the time I went to Kenya, Africa on a mission’s trip for thirteen days.  The things I experienced there, in the slums of the Mathare Valley, are things that I  cannot accurately describe...

  • In the summer of 2011, I had the pleasure of traveling, along with forty-two others, to France, Italy & Greece with the People to People Student Ambassador Program. For three weeks, I was able to see the sights of cities such as: Athens, Olympia, Pelopinnese, Verona, Florence, Porto Viro, Rome...

  • There is no doubt in my mind that the best trip that I’ve been on so far has also been the simplest one.  In middle school I never had many friends. When I got to high school I figured that everything would just carry over. Like usual I was wrong. Honorable Mention 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing...

  • Resplendent, Tranquil, and Blissful best describe San Clemente Beach in California. The sun always sets across the water, sinking into a beautiful black metallic blanket covering the massive stretch of an infinite horizon. Camping on the bluff, I am lulled to sleep by the soft sound of boat horns...

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