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  • I stood on the lawn and looked out across the creek to where, downstream, the roaring waterfalls rested. It all felt like a dream; the lush grass tickling my toes, the cool water, and the thundering falls.  Everything here was just simply old order and beauty, luxury, peace and sensual indulgence....

    Tags: Europe
  • My most memorable travel experience began on June 25, 2008; I had just turned fifteen the day before, and I was a nervous wreck. I had just completed my freshman year, and I felt intimidated as I sat on a bus packed with seniors from a different school. I was already homesick the second the bus...

    Tags: Europe
  • You could say that my last vacation was created out of spur-of-the-moment-excitedness, and the availability of a great hotel room at a discounted price. It was located in a place that could be the picturesque epitome of a tropical getaway, and perfectly enough didn't include having to see...

  • My mother is Irish and Italian and my father is Puerto Rican. They are both strong believers that my siblings and I should be proud of our heritage and learn about our culture. So, three years ago we took a family vacation to Puerto Rico. Not only did I learn about the culture and my heritage, but...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • As the end of freshmen year approached, my mother told my siblings and I that we would be traveling to Pakistan for the first time. I was excited to hear the news, but I was still nervous because I had no idea what to expect. I have seen the beautiful scenery the country offers only through the...

    Tags: Asia
  • I held the seat in front of me in a white-knuckle grip as our tour bus negotiated the switchbacks and hairpin turns necessary to ascend from the valley town of Aguas Calientes to our destination in the peaks above. The week I had spent in Peru - a week of churches and museums, altitude sickness and...

  • In June of 2008, I went on a missions/relief trip with a small group of teens and adults alike to a small city in Mexico. While we were there, we helped refurbish a church among other things, but it was a little boy at an orphanage called Casa Hagar that melted my heart. This little boy is 3 years...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • If you thought that Richmond, Virginia was just an old city filled with civil war relics and battlefields, think again! While there is a lot of rich history to be found and enjoyed in Richmond, from the towering statues of famous leaders down Monument Avenue to the famous Americans buried in...

  • Las Vegas? Whatever!The alarm is set for 3:00 AM. The taxi is coming to pick us up at 3:45 to go to the airport. Who would choose such an hour to travel? 'But,' my mom says, 'We'll have the entire day if we leave early.' We're going to Las Vegas for our vacation. It's August. It will be very hot in...

  • My story begins, not with my blood family, but with my youth group family. We were all huddled together, conversing at two in the morning while waiting to begin our trek to the airport, three hours from our cozy little town in Monticello. The time between then and the plane ride to Tampa seemed...

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