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  • The summer before my freshman year in high school, a couple of my soccer teammates and I traveled to the Bahamas for vacation with one of the girls' parents. We stayed in the popular hotel, the Atlantis. This was on of the first time I'd ever been out of the country, and it was also the first...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • On June 15th, 2009, I departed on an amazing adventure with a group of people from Raleigh, NC to a foreign land, widely known as El Salvador. They called us the “AIM team,” “Ambassadors In Mission,” or sometimes we were identified as “that group of people with the brown shirts.” Our main goal...

  • Ever since I can remember, I've always been taught to give thanks for everything I have such as food, clean water and my home because there are so many unfortunate people out there without these essentials. As a young girl I was very ignorant; not in a negative way but through my lack of...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Finally, the day I had worked extremely hard for to board my flight all the way to Hawaii, was here. I had dreamed of waking up on the beach at my own leisure and being pleasantly entertained by fire dancers and hula girls, just like any other dream vacation to Hawaii, right? After boarding my...

  •   Normal 0 /*-->*/ Imagine: It’s a Sunday night and you are already packed. You know your leaving tomorrow morning at 7:00 AM so you know you need some sleep for a 11 hour plane ride but still feel restless. So you make yourself a fried egg sandwich. Finally, you lay down to watch the Lizzie...

    Tags: Europe
  • This trip could not have come at a worse time.  I was sixteen years old and at the end of my sophomore year.  Simultaneously, I had been practicing taekwondo for nine years.  The month before I was supposed to depart on my Aegean Adventure, my black belt testing was moved to occur while I was in...

    Tags: Europe
  • My family has always been the kind to go on the boring, educational type of vacations. When my friends would come home from Puerto Rico and the Bahamas with cornrows in their hair, I would be jealous because all I got out of my trips were museum brochures and achy feet. As I grew older though, I...

    Tags: Africa
  • The word vacation means different things to different people. To some people it might mean relaxing on the beaches of Hawaii, to others it may mean touring all over Europe, but to me it means a week of fun in the sun at Lake Powell. By fun, of course I mean inner tubing, wakeboarding, swimming...

  • June 13th, 2011 Finally! The group is off and ready to embark on our long-anticipated Explorica tour around Europe! My three best friends and the rest of our thirty-person group can’t wait to hit the cultural hotspots of London, France, Switzerland, and Italy. With our cameras charged, we’re...

  • I sat in a curiously speckled kitchen, dotted with trinket cows. They were mounted to the wall, stuck on the fridge, poised on the stove, splashed by the aceite of many a meal. Tía Alba, as she is known in Chimaltenango, has a knack for the vaca. We were sitting at the fold-out table eating...

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