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  • Early one morning after much packing, my family and I headed onto a 7 hour road trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. My family consists of five people. First, my parents, who love road trips and insist on traveling no other way, are riding with me. My 21 year old sister who loves to talk just as much as...

  • Imagine yourself on vacation where the weather is hot and the entertainment is sizzling. With both young and old artists of country music, you can’t go wrong when the destination is Nashville, TN. My mother and I had said for three years that we wanted to go to the CMA Fest more than anything....

  •      The hot and humid air felt blissful, after riding in a very cold car for over seven hours. My grandpa had wanted to visit relatives before they passed away, and his desire was the reason for my mom, sister, brother, pregnant aunt, uncle, grandpa, and me all piling into a mini-van for a mere...

  • Even though I’m the daughter of a field hand, and have my own experiences as a farm worker, I had never been to a “farm”. During my sophomore year, my parents decided to visit my Aunt Alicia and Uncle Jesus. These relatives live on a working farm in Kennewick in the state of Washington. We drove...

  • Slovakia. No it’s not near Kazakhstan. Nor is it in the Middle East. If your geography is failing you, does Czechoslovakia ring a bell? Actually, Czechoslovakia dissolved almost twenty years ago and if you look at a map of Central Europe, right next to the Czech Republic is Slovakia. Although...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • Last June, my family and I drove to Destin, FL from Fort Worth, TX.  It was approximately 731 miles, which took 12 hours.  Unfortunately, my brother did not get to go, since he had to work.  Every day we checked the progress of the devastating oil spill to see if it had reached the Destin beaches...

  • The summer of 2011, I traveled with my ten cousins, aunt, uncle, and 93 year old great-grandfather the 590 miles from Auburndale, Florida, to Trussville, Alabama in a moderately sized motor home. The first harbinger of danger manifested in the form of a trip to McDonald's. After our meal, my great-...

  • To visit your motherland is a life changing experience. I had the privilege of doing so in 2007 when I look my extraordinary journey to the beautiful India. As I took my first step into Ahmadabad, India, I was overwhelmed by the rush of the city. Driving down the chaotic streets while seeing cows...

    Tags: Asia, India
  • A week before my freshman year in high school I found myself sweating in the arid New Mexican heat of the Sangre de Christo Mountains. I was on a week long, 25-mile backpacking trip at Philmont, a national Boy Scout camp, where my dad was receiving leadership training. That week, I pushed myself to...

  •         In July of 2011, I hopped on an airplane and flew 6,543 miles to Incheon, South Korea. The sterile and serious environment of Incheon International Airport was off-putting. Numbers upon numbers of Asian businessmen and women walked quickly and professionally, staring straight ahead in...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring

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