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  • Visiting Cozumel was by far my favorite trip for several reasons. It is an island near the busy Playa del Carmen so you get the privacy mixed in with all of the choices of a non-island visitor. There are literally endless activities to do. We stayed at a place called Hotel Melia, which was...

  • I believe that humanity in Italy is full of something America is missing: love and peace. These moral traits contribute other characteristics that reflect outwardly in people. Characteristics such as: hospitality, friendliness, happiness, and patience. As I, and many others have ventured to this...

    Tags: Europe, Italy
  • I was a month from turning 18 when I stuffed myself, my iPod, my book, and my suitcase in the backseat of my parents' car for a weeklong visit to my aunt and uncle in Rifle, Colorado.  This was no "two hour tour", as my mother insists that driving is cheaper than flying, and that one can only...

  • Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to go to New York City. Being raised way out in the country; something about such a big city drew me in. Every summer I would beg my parents to let me go. Eventually their will powers caved, and the summer after my freshman year I arrived at LaGuardia...

  • We adopted my sister, Maya, from India when she was one year old. As she grew up she asked questions about where she was from and what it was like there. My parents promised to take her to India when she was twelve years old. Eventually the time came and we planned our trip to India. I didn’t...

    Tags: Asia, Heritage, India
  •        I was staring at the gray cotton seat in front of me wondering how it was that I could be surrounded by 45 strangers with all of their luggage and little kids crowding the space around me and yet at the same time be surrounded by nothing. Of course not all of them were strangers. My friend...

  •     If your heart tells you to try something new, never ignore it because it might as well be more than what you wanted. To start off an adventurous summer vacation, my family and I took the advantage of the warm weather and headed out on a trip to Lake George, NY which is situated in the...

  • During the first two weeks of our visit to China we had a tour with a lot of people who came to see China as their vacation as well. Some of the people on it were nice and others were very obnoxious and didn’t care about the people around them. We started from the top of China and made our way...

    Tags: Asia, China, Exploring
  • Alarm buzzes. Groggy eyes only opened by force. Sunlight creeps in, the time has come.  Bags packed, barely zipped. Awake enough to realize this cycle will repeat in twenty-four hours. Getting up for anything, much less a vacation, is a chore in itself. Going to a hotel and waiting a whole day...

  • Chocha is my grandmother.  She was born in Rome, Italy and had promised me since I was a small child that she would one day take me to visit her homeland. This was a day that I dreaded! You might wonder why I would make such a statement about my beloved relative. My father was born and raised in...

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