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  • FORTUNATE ENOUGH. If you’re fortunate enough to travel, you’re fortunate enough. Adventure is limited only to your imagination and mine was stretched on the ultimate road trip as my family made our semi-annual journey to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. With 400 years of history and 125-miles of...

  •               The most thrilling thing I did during the summer of 2008 (and probably during my lifetime) was to tour Western Europe for twenty-five days with Explorica Student Tours. This experience with my peers, who at the time were all strangers to me, changed my outlook on meeting new people,...

    Tags: Europe
  • Another Home My trip to Pakistan was a long a-waited one; eight years in the making. After two days of traveling halfway across the world our plane landing felt almost unreal. The moment I stepped out of the airport and into the city I knew I couldn't have been dreaming, I could have never imagined...

    Tags: Asia
  • 07.14.11, left home at 6:00a.m. to drive 317 miles to see a ‘rock’.   Chimney Rock.  I had learned the history in fourth grade, but seeing it and some of the other formations on the way was interesting.  On to Hot Springs, SD, to Mammoth Site.  We were able to dig and be part of those scientists...

  • Nineteen days, five thousand one hundred and thirty nine miles later, we finally arrived home.  Schaeffer vacations were never known to be endless weeks of beach resorts; but, even this was nothing like we’d ever done before!  In almost three weeks, we drove from San Francisco, California to our...

  •  “Whoosh!” The bright multi-colored water pillar shot up into the air to signal the beginning of Disneyland’s World of Color. Along with the many water pillars dancing and changing colors, the occasional bright roaring flames hurled by flamethrowers lit up the night sky for a spectacular thirty...

  • The summer before my junior year in high school I went to Peru on a mission trip with my church, St. Andrew Lutheran Church. My church goes there every two years to visit and help an impoverished town called Pachacamac. I traveled there with my best friend, Ruth, and also many other people from my...

  • In the spring of 2012, my junior year of high school, I had the pleasure to go on a Royal Caribbean cruse to the Bahamas. It was for four sun filled days spent out near the beautiful clear ocean and three nights bursting with laughter and spontaneous singing. On our cruise we were able to visit a...

  • Going on a mission trip doesn’t seem like a great vacation, and in a sense it’s not, but it is definitely something everyone can benefit from. People take vacations to be surrounded by a different atmosphere than what they are used to in their day to day lives. They go to get away from their hectic...

  • The very first thing I remember as I stepped into baggage claim, after 24 hours of traveling, waiting in line for customs, and being jetlagged to the point of just wanting to fall asleep on the nearest bench, was the sea of smiling faces. I felt almost like a celebrity, as the people waiting for us...

    Tags: Asia, China, Exploring

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