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  • Temples and tradition may be Tamil Nadu’s enduring image, but there’s a lot more to this South Indian state now. From designer shopping to organic tea and artist enclaves, this state is dancing to a whole new Carnatic beat. The thought occurred as I watched a grandmother, clad in a traditional...

    Tags: Asia, India
  • As an ambitious fourteen year old, I wanted nothing more than to travel to Europe.  I had no money, no job - I wasn't even old enough to get on a plane by myself!  All I had was a dream.  While school shopping, I noticed an advertisement for a Mead Notebook Cover Design Competition. ...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • Traveling is an experience like no other. Sometimes you might be expecting something from that destination you’re going to, but when you actually get there it can catch by surprise. Teach you things you’ll never learn in school.  This year I went to Bogota, Colombia. I went for a month. I can...

  •     New York City. One would think that after traveling there for the fourth time it’d be monotonous and boring. Then again, “boring” isn’t exactly at the top of the list to describe NYC. In fact, the city itself is entirely enlivening! There’s a magic that attaches to the deepest of your nerves...

  • I sat stiffly at the table full of adults. They chattered loudly, occasionally taking note of my presence, but more often, disregarding me as the foreign girl from America. I stared helplessly at my bowl of white rice and my plate of miscellaneous dishes. I wanted to join the other cheerful...

    Tags: Asia
  •    West Virginia is a small state in the Appalachian Mountains that is often overlooked when planning family vacations, but what people do not realize is that we have a beautiful state with activities the whole family can enjoy. Many people do not even know our state is here. You would not...

    Tags: USA
  • ‘I have a dream…’ usually those famous words are strung together with words like ‘inspiring’ and ‘powerful.’ However, the words that run through my head when my mom speaks them are “Uh- oh.” When she continued, I realized that this adventure was one that I’d like to be a part of. My mother’s dream...

  • Quarter Finalist 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Happy and giddy, yet nervous, I  remember walking off the bus into the Capitol of America. While at PatrickHenryCollege’s Strategic Intelligence Camp our leaders took a half-day to visit the backbone of the United States power. Happy...

    Tags: DC, North America, USA
  • What a spring break it was! Fifty students and adults from my high school toured Greece and Italy from March 25th through April 14th. Our journey back in time began in the city of Florence where we went on walking tours with our guide and visited ancient Italian Churches and the Gates of Paradise....

    Tags: Europe
  • It was a cold and chilly morning on January 2, 2010. It was the start of the new-year and I was up at three in the morning headed toward Modesto, CA. My family arranged a weekend to go to Las Vegas, so that my grandmother could see her daughter. It was my father, my mother, my two cousins Jenifer,...

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