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  • Nine hours in the air, three airports, a six hour time change, two opposite climates; spring break 2005 in Maui, Hawaii. Every year we went to a different place for spring break, and for the most part the agenda was the same each time. We would fly out of O’Hare International where snow still...

  • The car nosed its way onto the narrow road, and my heart sank into my stomach.  The “road” in question was a thin ribbon of faded asphalt that made its subsistent path along the spine of a jagged ridge that protruded abruptly from an equally-harsh valley, the bottom of which couldn’t be seen.  The...

  • There are times in life when the simplest things can make a significant impact on you. A situation like this happened to me this past week when I was on vacation with my girlfriend and her family in North Carolina. Up to this point, I had never gone on vacation, because my family was not...

  • As my parents, two brothers and I got off the plane, we immediately sensed we were in for a culture shock unlike any other . The bustling airport of Zurich welcomed us with a brouhaha of different languages, and as we tried to make sense out of the signs posted haphazardly around the terminal we...

    Tags: Europe
  • Rain patters softly onto the palm-leaf thatched roof. The rigid concrete wall creates an uncomfortable seat, and the kids who press in close against my arms are muddy and damp, but I don’t care. Neither do they. Cupping warm popcorn in their hands, they stare at the rainbow-bright illustrations...

  • Beauty of the Heart When you're young, the world can be anything you want it to be. If you love fairy tales, you can go through your days as a princess, or a prince. If you love the ocean, you can be a shark, or a crab.   The world is yours for the taking because you are young and pure. There are...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Travel has always taken place within the human race, raising the question: what drives the need to travel and why is the pursuit of travel never ending amongst our kind?   â–º  best video 2012 Teen Travel Writing Scholarship â–º  Honorable mention 2012 Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Signing Up...

  • As I was waiting for the plane to take off I kept thinking to myself about what it was going to be like in Italy, till I got there. During my trip in Italy, I learned a lot about the country's culture and history. The country compared to America is so different and it is surprising how a couple of...

    Tags: Europe
  • Sydney, Australia My family's first trip to Australia was in November 2010 and our first stop was in Sydney. We had met up with my cousin over there that was from Melbourne, OZ. It was pretty awkward at first because we haven't seen each other for years. So the first thing we did on this rainy day...

  • I want three things from life:  to discover and explore as much as possible, to know that I made a difference in an increasingly unscrupulous world, and to have good stories to tell. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved history—first it was dinosaurs, then it was Egypt, and now it’s whatever I...

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