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  • Five years ago my family took a vacation to Rockport, Massachusetts. I wasn’t very excited. Hey, what can I say? I was twelve, I wanted to go to Disneyworld... or was it Disneyland? Oh well, either would have suited me fine. Fact is, Rockport didn’t sound all that fun to me. Sure, I could swim in...

  • Finalist 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Twenty-eight--it seems such an innocent number.That is, unless you were actually there in Washington, D. Twenty-eight--it seems such an innocent number. That is, unless you were actually there in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 2009, in a crowd...

    Tags: DC, North America, USA
  • I have recently discovered that sometimes in life it is the little detours rather than the big trips that tend to make all the biggest differences. Over this past summer I took one such detour that has put my life on a whole new course. In July of 2007 my family decided to take a vacation.   Wow!...

  •         On July 14th 2009 my mother, sister, and I set out to drive to Niagara Falls. We packed our bags and car with snacks and any necessities we would have needed for the long trip ahead. We left our home in the afternoon and drove to a hotel in Ithaca, New York which leaves us half way. We woke...

  •          In june 12, 2008 my mother and i flew to our home country Panama to visit my long distance family. Panama is a low economy country that has many villages with families that dont have the luxuries that we take for grant. My abuela, which means grandma in spanish, lives in a neighborhood...

  • Spring break is a time to get away from the drama of high school. A time to escape the catty girls or rowdy boys and relax for seven peaceful school-free days.  When the opportunity arose to take a school led trip halfway across the world to Greece and Italy, I had my doubts at first, but after...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • In the spring of 2011, I went on an unforgettable mission trip with my school to the impoverished, yet beautiful, country of Nicaragua. I was a Junior in high school and could not even begin to fathom the things I would see on this trip. The impact the people of Nicaragua had on my life is...

  • Tiny sunbeams peak through the curtains and fill my room with a dim light. Slowly, I open my eyes, hearing the waves crashing to the shore just footsteps away from my window. Another full day of sun, sand, and sea awaits me at the Dreams Resort in Cancun, Mexico.   Situated at the tip of the...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • As the plane flew over water and edged more and more towards the runway of LaGuardia Airport, a heightened sense of anticipation began to set in; I’d been waiting for this moment for nearly a year and couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that it was actually happening.  As the plane moved...

  •   I’m a recent high school graduate who has lived in the small Township of Montclair, New Jersey for the last four years. Montclair is known for its motto, ‘Where the suburbs meets the city’. Some say parts of Montclair is similar to New York City, which is less than 20 miles away. Like the Big...

    Tags: Exploring, USA

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