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  • I have been very lucky in that my parents always believed in going just that little bit further to expose my sister and I to people, places, sights and experiences that not so many people get to enjoy.Thats why last June we found ourselves on a flight (www.bookingbuddy.com) to the caribbean coast...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • I step out of the car, glad that the 14 hours of airports and plane rides are over, and excited to be back in beautiful downtown Los Angeles again. I look down the road towards the pink and black stars which create the Walk of Fame. I take a deep breath as my mom and I enter the Renaissance Hotel...

  • In September of my junior year of high school, I took an unofficial visit to Boston University. Aside from the school’s stellar academics and repeat women’s soccer championships, its city life captured the essence of culture. My plane descended just as the sun set over the city and danced on...

  • The dank, frigid odor of the New York Underground flooded our senses as we stepped nervously onto the platform. Our train rumbled on into the black abyss, leaving the five of us glancing worriedly around the station. A handful of sodium vapor lamps breathed a dim yellow glow across the vast...

  • My journey began in Paris. After an arduous nine hour plane ride, I finally arrived at the St. Charles Hotel. Before even unpacking, our group was up on their feet, ready to see the city. Some of my favorite experiences were the simplest ones: strolling through the Avenue des Champs-Élysées,...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • “An di! An di! (Eat more!)” My aunt weaves through the small kitchen carrying bowls of hu tieu:  vercimilli noodles in a warm, savory broth. It is raucous and rowdy everywhere; people are eating cross-legged on the tile floor, children are squealing and running barefoot, and the smell of...

    Tags: Asia, Heritage
  • The sweat pours off my forehead, my maroon polo sticking to my skin as I sit in my uncomfortable chair on the airplane, looking mournfully around me as it sets in that for the next 16 hours I will not leave this tiny space. I take in a deep breath, steadying myself. China, I think, China will be...

    Tags: Asia, China, Exploring
  •  Every individual within this world has a passion within life.  Since the age of ten, mine has been towards assisting and working with people of diverse, yet equally important cultures.  This past summer, I traveled to Ukraine for ten days on a mission trip with various members from my church.  We...

    Tags: Europe
  • Any traveler must know that the only true way to experience a new place is by seeing, feeling, touching, or tasting the area’s spirit. I have been to many national parks and to a few different cities across the nation, but the place I have visited with the most spirit is New Orleans, Louisiana....

  • Taking a vacation to the South Pacific was a new, unexplored experience for me. Growing up in small town Nebraska I have never experienced even seeing the ocean. So when the opportunity to take a school trip to Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji presented itself, I accepted the challenge....

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