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  •   N early four months ago, I was boarding my first plane that was designated to go beyond the U.S. boundaries, the boundaries that I’ve labeled home. I was more thrilled than anxious to see the world beyond the United States, and perceive its beauty with my own eyes. It’s one thing to see pictures...

    Tags: Europe
  •   When people think of the ocean they may think of the sand and water, while others may have images of horrifying shark attacks.  Every thought of the beach was terrifyingly scary but I was sure it would pass. On every trip we take as a family we drive even if would have taken us 2 days. From our...

  • The summer of 2012, my aunt, uncle and cousin Sasha invited me on a three-week trip to Colorado and Utah. I was there partially to keep my cousin company on while camping and touring state and national parks. They had made this type of trip before and in fact planned on revisiting some sites, as...

  • In the year 2009 I got a letter from an organization named People To People. I had no clue what the organization was about or the purpose. I later learned it was an ambassador program and I would get the opportunity to travel to England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. Dwight D. Eisenhower founded...

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  • I am a member of our church. We planned this trip for a year. After garage sales, baked goods sales, doing odd jobs in the community, and people donating for this trip, I was ready to go to the YWAM mission base in Heredia, Costa Rica. The list of things that was needed on this trip: sleeping...

  • Butterflies were swirling around in my stomach like an angry tornado. My heart was thumping so hard I thought the cars next to us could hear it. As I looked out of the front window, a hunter green road sign read "San Diego 10 miles". It was Spring Break of 2008 and it was my very first time ever...

  • In July 2009 my mom and I traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico to attend a Spanish Language Institute. We were traveling with a fun group and I have so many photos of our experiences (see http://www.edweb.csus.edu/bmed/mexico/). We shared lots of experiences with our new friends, but one thing my mom and I...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • I call Deland, Florida my home; my community; my final destination. Deland is a small, friendly town of about 20,000 people and is located just thirty minutes from the famous Daytona Beach. It is also centrally placed between the two large cities of Jacksonville and Orlando. Deland has much to...

    Tags: Florida, Heritage, USA
  • My stomach fluttered with anticipation and excitement as our Boeing 727 took off from the rain-soaked Portland Airport towards the Golden State of California. This, however, was not just any trip; this was the high school band trip to Disneyland. The once-in-a- high-school career opportunity to...

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