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  • I am passionate about languages. English. Spanish. Chinese. Italian. Greek. To be able to communicate with others from different cultures and backgrounds inspires me. In my philosophy, a language not yet learned is a stone unfortunately left unturned. The pursuit of mastering languages drives me....

    Tags: Europe
  • I always dreamt of going to another country and doing something to help people, let alone children. The dreaming ended when it finally came true in July of 2009. Before I knew it, I was packing my bags and ready to meet up with my team. It was my first time at an airport and on a plane as well....

  • No matter where I go, ther is always that one question that comes up "where are you from?" Russia was no exception. My accent happens to be heavy in both of the languages. This summer I went to Sochi, Russia with my sister, mother, and grandmother to visit my relatives. It was my first time back in...

    Tags: Europe
  • Picture the word ‘travel’ in your mind. Don’t imagine the letters themselves; envision what they mean to you personally as a concept. Once when I heard the word, I saw vast open spaces of a world unconquered. It would’ve seemed strange to me that at this point in my life, the most important trip I...

  •  I applied about two months ago for a key, and that key was going to open a door to another world for me. I applied to go on a trip to Jordan to learn about my roots, Arabic culture, and to improve my Arabic language. About two weeks after I applied I got back the results, and I was accepted....

  • Gliding along the dusty path on my stomach, I grab whatever jagged rock I can reach, dragging my body forward down the deep, dark shaft. Stones jump into my pockets as I scrape my knees along the ground, keeping my head down to preserve the fixtures of sediment above me. I emerge from the mouth...

  • During our trip to Nags Head, North Carolina, I learned a very important thing: never stay with relatives. The trip took seven hours from where we live in Clover, South Carolina, to the outer banks of North Carolina, where Nags Head is located. Not only did we almost get killed by a maniac while...

  • You cannot put Knoxville, Tennessee into a neat, little box and slap a bow on it. It just won’t fit. It’s tasty. It’s musical. It’s cultural. Something that special doesn’t conform into one category. That’s why Knoxville is so great year-round. QUARTER FINALIST 2013 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING...

  •     Imagine yourself traveling to that one place that you have been dying to see for as long as you can remember, but have never gotten the chance to visit.  Now, imagine yourself standing there. If you feel excited or exhilarated, you probably understand how I, along with many other young...

  • Airplane food. Though often the butt of many an unfortunate joke, this scoffed-at cuisine stands alone in my mind, not because of its flavor or its lack thereof, but because of its sentimental value. That chewy, cardboardesque croissant, those ice-cold dinner rolls, the oh-so-yummy mystery meat—...

    Tags: Europe, France

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