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  • In the summer of 2007 my family took off for a 3-week long road trip to the Grand Canyon. This is the same trip my mother took with her family as a child. She was determined we would do the same. Day one we made it to Texas. We visited San Antonio and Six Flags. We also walked the River Walk where...

  • How did my family decide to travel to San Francisco in the summer of 2011?  Did we make a list of all the interesting places we wanted to see and discuss the numerous possibilities?  No, it was because we couldn't seem to get Train's song, "Save Me, San Francisco," out of our heads for about a...

  • A city of the unknown, and a state more than one-hundred miles away, and an airplane ride for the first time; these are the first things that came to mind when my chaperone asked me, "You want to go to U.C.L.A. for the Tavis Smiley Leadership Conference for one week with some students from the...

  • This summer I went on a mission trip to Ashland, Montana with my Youth Group. My first thoughts when we decided to go there were, "Wow! I'm going to be on an Native American Reservation!" My next thoughts were, "Oh, man! Montana is in the middle of nowhere!" The date of our departure was arriving...

  •  “The day has finally arrived!” I exclaimed to myself as I drove to the airport. I was flying to Cancun, Mexico. It’s my first time there. I am nervous, scared, anxious, excited and beyond happy. During the flight I keep trying to imagine what the moment is going to be like when I arrive and I see...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Have you ever taken a family vacation in which you've already been to the place before? Well, that was this trip- but inside of thinking "Are you serious," I was psyched! Sure the trip was for my brother's baseball tournament in Cooperstown Home of the All-American Game, New York. The experience...

  • To me there is only one indication of the real official summer, and that is when I go back to my home country Sweden for summer vacation after schools over. If you let that sink in real quick, you will notice that there are two things that indicates that the summer is coming; That I go to Sweden...

    Tags: Europe
  • Every year since I was 14 my family has traveled down to Russell Springs, KY with our close family friends, one of which grew up there. The intent of the trip is to visit her family who still reside down there. Everything is so vast and open in Russell Springs and everyone lives in small houses on...

  • The distinctive memory is in my head like it was yesterday… tears of joy flooding my aunts’ faces while seeing their nieces and nephews for the first time. Having any sort of emotion after 24 hours of flying and layovers was on the verge of impossible, but I instantly knew after stepping off that...

    Tags: Europe
  • We are welcomed by a gust of hot, dry air as we walk off the plane and out the terminal. We’re an odd group: girls and boys ranging from age 13 to 18, all different sizes, from all over the country and all clad in bright neon orange t-shirts, with the words “SINO Language Gateway” plastered across...

    Tags: Asia

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