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  •     In a small, rural town surrounded by cornfields everyone thinks the same, dresses the same, and any bit of individuality is frowned upon.  There is, however, a small percentage of people in the middle of the cornfield who want to know what else exists in the world.  There are a few who know...

  • Swaziland. A small country in southern Africa facing big problems. Swaziland has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in the world. Some 200,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS out of a population that is on pace to dip below one million. This horrible disease only exacerbates the problems of poverty...

  • The date is July 18th, 2007. My family and I are on Florida Interstate 4 East, traveling in the family car at 70 miles an hour. We are headed to exit 74A, to Universal Studios Orlando. Out the window to my left I can see a giant, swirling mess of green, steel roller coaster tracks. Excitement...

  • I was recently given the opportunity to take the trip of a lifetime. In April 2006, I traveled to Honduras where my ancestors and family lived. During this trip I learned about the history of my family, facts about the country, how my dad grew up, more about him, and what its like to live in a...

  • August 13th, 2006, a picturesque island day, perfect for our family reunion. Think beautiful palm trees, a cerulean sky, white sand, a colossal cruise ship, and my whole family together for the last island day to end a spectacular week of fun, sand, and delectable drinks with pink umbrellas in them...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •   I see the patched landscape below, hues of vibrant greens and golden yellows of the French countryside, as the jet begins the descent toward Charles de Gaulle International. There are quaint red-roofed houses dotting the landscape near the occasional groves of trees. A picturesque stream of...

    Tags: Europe, France, Paris
  • My most favorite travel experience was when I took a cruise to the Bahamas. It all started with a 2 hour drive to the Nashville Airport. From there a plane took my family and I to Atlanta, Georgia where we could then get on a plane to Jacksonville, Florida. A short, yet exaggerating ride in the...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • As I loaded my iPod with music in preparation for our ‘Summer Road Trip’, I knew my mother, my sister, and I were going to be spending many hours together in the van. Our starting point was Tempe, Arizona, heading for Disney World (Yes!) in Orlando, Florida via mini stops in Austin, Texas, and New...

  • Semi Finalist 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Is the world actually greener on the other side? I wouldn’t know because I have been stuck in my hometown for almost my whole life. I have never visited the wonderful, exotic places in Asia, I have never experienced the cruel cold in...

    Tags: DC, North America, USA
  • A Noisy Silence              There I was sitting in the middle of a cloud forest on a mountain top in Honduras. Unlike the schools in the states, Insitituto El Rey had no walls or doors just a rusted tin roof to protect the students from the afternoon rains that were held up by rust bars. A small...

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