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  • We hit the road at about 6 o’clock in the morning on a Monday. This meant traffic, pollution and scorching heat even before the sun rose. Most people in Iran use public transportation or they walk everywhere but even with all the public services, Tehran seemed unbearably crowded. Driving through...

    Tags: Africa
  • In the summer of 2011, my family arrived in San Antonio, Texas. My brother, Anthony, was graduating Basic Training and becoming an Airman. We got to Lackland Air Force Base and stood in with the crowd where the graduates were going to participate in the “Airman Run.” This run is a victory...

  •  This past summer, I was invited to volunteer with a non-profit organization called Healing Hearts Across Borders, where universities students and professionals who are in the field of medicine and science go down to Tijuana every 3 months for 3 days to help the Mexican people there. We aided the...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • I looked out my window to see a mass of barren land with no buildings, roads with no cars, and water without any boats. I was on my way to the communist country of Cuba. Not for business, not for school, but to finally meet family that I had heard about, but never met. So many questions were...

  • My Spanish teacher recommended that I would be an excellent student to go with a small group to Costa Rica. Our trip was organized by Interact Travel. We spent a week with a host family, so I was able to learn more about their culture and language. It was an amazing experience. I will tell you...

  • I am not fond of traveling a lot. My parents never had the opportunity to take me out of town for fun. I have never been to Disneyland,  Knots berry Farm, Magic Mountain, Universal Studios, Golden Gate Bridge, or the beach. Everything changed when I turned 16. My older brother had the chance to...

  • Painted sunsets. Mammoth shadows cast by dusty mesas. Friendly faces of a family I never knew.   Fond memories envelope me in this country wind, and I remember the summer in Montana, nearly two years ago. With the visit of my eccentric grandmother from the wilderness of Montana came the possibility...

  • Until now, my travels were ones that most people only dreamed about. Summers on the beautiful Croatian coast, spring break in South Africa, winter in the Austrian Alps. I had grown up overseas, and I had been spoiled. When we moved back to the United States, we decided to explore this country, as...

  • “This is the best part!” says Hannah as we watch cheese buyers and sellers haggle. We are at the cheese market in the cobblestoned courtyard of Old City Hall in the town of Gouda, in the The Netherlands.HONORABLE MENTION 2014 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPHannah, 13, is Dutch and has been to...

    Tags: Europe, Vacations
  • The early August sun beat down on the prolonging stretch of road. A “Welcome to Utah” sign had long since passed, and our rented black Ford Explorer was filled with a mid-vacation silence, stemming from hours of strenuous exploring. Compared to the extraordinary beauty of the Grand Canyon, the flat...

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