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  •                My mother and I were eating Japanese food when she asked me the all-important question.  My auntie was going to Japan and offering to take me with her.  Did I want to go?  Of course I did.  I had been longing to go to Japan for years.  I eloquently replied, “Umm, yes?”             I...

    Tags: Asia
  • Walking through downtown Seattle is much like walking through any other city in America: it possesses the hustling and bustling that comes with enterprise and business. Yet it also maintains a level of serenity. Due to Seattle’s prime location, you are never more than a few blocks away from a...

    Tags: USA, Washington
  •      A couple years ago, I attended my high school's bi-annual music trip. All students who participate in band or chorus are eligible to attend, so there were quite a few students who went alone on the trip, whether I liked it or not. The destination for that year was Florida, a place all tourists...

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  • Miles away from civilization, camping at Lane Lake in the high Sierra, the conveniences of modern day life were almost completely gone. As I finished brushing my teeth that cold morning a few days into my school backpacking trip, I looked down at my tooth brush that was covered in white mint...

  •     During the summer of 2007, I attended a youth conference at the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The theme of the conference was "Extreme Makeover: Heart Edition." Along with my youth group, there were approximately two thousand teenagers who attended the...

  • I stood with nerves tingling among a small, shy group of teens at the airport. I, at fifteen years old, paid for my own tuition and plane tickets to come on this four-day Washington D.C. trip organized by TeenPact: together, the expenses totaled to $588.40. My parents paid for my week-long Metro...

  • Travel is invigorating. It’s broadening your horizons in a completely indescribable way and opens yourself up to new cultures, customs languages, foods, and even ways of thought. For some, it’s an enjoyable experience, with breathtaking views and a relaxing atmosphere, but for others, it is both...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • For Thanksgiving of 2008, my Dad's family decided to take a cruise to Mexico on Holland America line. When I was told, I was ecstatic to say the least. I had been on cruises before and loved them, and escaping the cold, wet fall sounded great. That was before I learned the truth: Holland America...

  • Family—noun: a primary social group consisting of parents and their offspring, the principal function of which is provision for its members (World English Dictionary). While there have been many attempts to define it, there are no words to fully communicate the emotional and spiritual...

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