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  • Two years ago I went to Los Angeles and Hollywood, California. It was a great experience. It opened my eyes to new ways of living and I had a blast touring the cities. California was the chosen place for the year’s annual choir trip. I was so excited about going on this trip that I told all my...

  • Scalding fountains and multi-colored pools were only a few of the magnificent sights I was encountering. Yet the fountains weren’t man-made, and the multi-colored pools weren’t the work of any earthly artist. I was in an other-worldly place; a hot, barren moon on earth. The memories from those long...

  • Going about your everyday routine can even be cyclical and sometimes when you want to step back you can’t afford to go on a vacation that will just tire you out. Luckily, I’m proud to say I live where you vacation. Down here in Miami, Florida tourists come from all over the world just to get a...

    Tags: USA
  • The cool breeze flickers in the air, momentarily relieving my skin from the scorching sun. As we follow our tour guide, I notice how perfectly the tree’s green leaves complement the blue sky. I snap a picture with one thought in my mind: this place is too peaceful to be a concentration camp. I...

    Tags: Europe, Germany
  •             Saood Abdul-Kabir peers over me as I dipped a big toe into sleep. As soon as I was drowning in the blackness of sleep, Saood encroaches upon my sleeping figure and shakes it awake. This pattern was precedence for all occasions. There was no sleeping around Saood Abdul-Kabir...

  • Quarter Finalist 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship It is amazing what the power of the pen can do inclusively, it granted me the opportunity to go on an expense free trip to New York and Washington D.C. It is amazing what the power of the pen can do inclusively, it granted me the...

    Tags: DC, North America, USA
  • v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} A Little Slice of Heaven I left on my mission trip to Haiti expecting to have a memorable and life-changing experience. At that point I thought of Haiti...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •             United Airlines flight 1957 from Philadelphia International to Tel Aviv Airport in Israel was a little over eleven hours. Seeing as how this was my first time outside the country, the only thing keeping me calm was my preparedness. I knew I should sleep on the flight, but my excitement...

    Tags: Africa
  • On a chilly spring day in March of 2007, I was approached with the most daunting idea. It was my pastor, whom I barely knew, asking me if I would like to join him and the team on a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico. He had seen me volunteer at the church for years, and thought I would make a great...

    Tags: Caribbean
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