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  • Our family is a bit too busy to take vacations -- Lucky for me, I am a Girl Scout. And yes, I'm proud of that. The troop I'm involved with is special.  We're a family; ten brilliant girls, three wonderful co-leaders, and a leader who could outshine Mother Theresa herself. One thing we all have in...

  •     “You’ve never been to an ocean?” most people would gush when they discovered my lack of exciting vacations.      “Never,” I’d reply, knowing I’d probably never see one until I was an adult planning my own family’s vacations. The typical “some sunny beach in Florida” vacation wasn’t at the...

  • I am passionate about languages. English. Spanish. Chinese. Italian. Greek. To be able to communicate with others from different cultures and backgrounds inspires me. In my philosophy, a language not yet learned is a stone unfortunately left unturned. The pursuit of mastering languages drives me....

    Tags: Europe
  • Last year on June 8th, the six of us: my mom, dad, cousin, aunt, uncle, and I, drove to the Los Angeles International Airport in California at eleven pm to catch our two am flight to Costa Rica. We were all completely exhausted. It was awful standing in line for two hours trying and failing to stay...

  • Some trips are worth remembering and others are just a vague memory. My trip to Hawaii however, is far from vague. About three years ago, my brother was diagnosed with brain cancer. He was only ten years old when he heard of his awful sickness. Just hearing the word "cancer" made my family think it...

  •             “Virginia is for Lovers” as so many tourists illustrate each year. As a resident of the Tidewater region in Virginia, I have grown accustomed to the many out of state license plates. History buffs come for the historical triangle of Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown. Thrill...

  • This spring for the first time in my life I went to Lake Tahoe and it was worth waiting sixteen years for. Although the trip began on a sour note it was definitely the best family vacation I have ever been on. When we finally got to the David Wally’s Hot Spring Resort (after getting lost and...

  • Walking into the Memorial Peace Park in Hiroshima, Japan I fully expected my classmates and I to get dirty looks we were in fact Americans and our relatives may have helped in the development of the atomic bomb, that had destroyed so many Japanese lives. Instead we were greeted with smiles. A group...

    Tags: Asia, Japan, Vacations
  • Growing up, I had the opportunity to travel the world, see things others could only dream of seeing, and experience things I had never imagined possible. None of my adventures, however, were quite as mystical and astonishing as my trip to India. This trip exposed me to alternate cultures and...

    Tags: Asia
  • “No, no, no don’t take the bus. Everything is close enough to ride the train or walk."              A native New Yorker dragged a nicotine-stained finger along our tourist map, pointing out his favourite restaurants and giving us tourism advice. We stood on the corner of Avenue A and 13th...

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