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  • “The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page” (St. Augustine). Indeed, traveling abroad allows one to dust off the timeworn cover and gain the wisdom hidden throughout the world. My family has instilled this value upon me, so much so that this summer we took a month long trip...

  • This past summer I was fortunate enough to be awarded a scholarship for a trip to Bolivia and Peru for 24 days. It was with the Youth Ambassadors program sponsored by the US State Department. I traveled with 11 other people who I didn’t know and to a continent who’s language I didn’t speak....

  • Galesburg, a town on the western edge of Illinois, was the birthplace of Carl Sandburg, and the host of the fifth Lincoln-Douglas debate. It was also the city in which I had one of my most memorable travel experiences and saw the power of a community of strangers. The California Zephyr, an Amtrak...

  • I thought I was well travelled, after all, I have visited many major cities in the United States. I certainly thought that I understood poverty and homelessness. My mom is a social worker who has worked with non-profit agencies. Certainly I have been exposed to families dealing with poverty, hunger...

  • Every path, no matter how long and winding it can be, has a horizon. Every long walk, no matter how tiring and tedious it is for a small child walking with her parents, ends at an unforeseen destination, like the boardwalk. I was a happy child who tried not to cause too much trouble, but I...

  • My senior year was one crazy stage in my life. I had to apply for college, do scholarships, manage my life and recover from getting hit by a car and tearing 3 ligaments in my ankle. One could say it could just suck the life out of you. I had sunk into a depressing routine of all work no play and...

  • Looking for your next adventure and vacation? Head on over to the city of Seattle and experience all it has to offer! Seattle is located along the Puget Sound in Washington State, USA. It is full of welcoming people and a large variety of things to do! There is something here for everybody to...

  •   Experiencing the Culture of Spain As my feet scuffled across the cool summer sand, my mind was racing, unable to imagine where my friends were leading me on my last night in this magic place. After the bandana was removed from my eyes a beautiful moonlit scene was revealed.  My friends had...

    Tags: Europe
  •  Back in March 2009, I was sitting in the pew of my church listening to my pastor read aloud the usual announcements. My heart raced when I heard Pastor Ben share that there would be an upcoming trip to Israel in November. I was determined to go, though the cost of the trip was $3,400. I found many...

    Tags: Africa
  •  As I crossed the Canadian border 30,000 ft above the soil, all the old memories of my life came flooding back in. Moving from Alberta, Canada to Birmingham, Alabama four years ago was the most life changing experience of my life, but now, as I crossed back across the border to visit again I knew...

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