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  •                 For most kids in my school, spring break means a warm, sunny week at the beach, but my sophomore year, it meant just the opposite for me and my family. My family and I packed up the car for the fourteen hour drive from Atlanta to New York City. For my and me, the trip was our...

  • My junior class trip to Europe was out of this world.  We saved for over two years, and were looking forward to a magical trip.  Each of us imagined a different experience. Some dreamed of romance, some of exotic and surreal surroundings.  We didn’t think much about the realities of travel in a...

    Tags: Europe
  • When it came time for my family to make our way to California for a cruise down the Mexican Riviera, I wasn’t expecting much in the way of landscapes. We drove through miles of uninteresting sagebrush and plateaus to reach the West Coast; and upon our arrival at the Super 8 Motel in Long Beach, I...

  • Panama City Beach (PCB) offers more than what the stereotype says; besides the beautiful ocean and delicious cuisine, PCB supports wildlife preservation with St. Andrews State park and the local military with its Naval Base and Tyndall Air Force Base. QUARTER FINALIST 2013 FTF TEEN TRAVEL...

    Tags: Florida, USA
  •    My grandfather, radio receiver affixed to his ear, relayed the coordinates. Terrible and terrific, formations of B-17 “Flying Fortresses” streaked across the war torn sky of a nearly defeated Nazi Germany.  The bombers’ prey, the cultured city of Dresden, seemed unsuspecting and eerily...

  • One of my most recent trips was to El Salvador during the summer of the year 2011.  It was just a trip to visit my family over there in El Salvador.  The trip lasted for about two weeks, and I had an amazing time just hanging out with my cousins.  Since it was a visit that we had planned...

  •   When my parents announced this past winter that we’d be leaving snowy Minnesota for the waters of the Caribbean, I started dancing around the kitchen.             A month later, we arrived in Puerto Rico to embark on The Adventure of the Seas. The ship was huge. Looking at our vessel felt almost...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • 'You guys are going to be overwhelmed when you get there. The mountains are like the Rocky Mountains on steroids.' My Spanish teacher, Mr. Keiser, always knew how to word things just right. He was about to take us on the trip of a life time; we were going to Peru to see Machu Pichu. The group that...

  • A blue tooth brush, a cartoon about a boy, and a little white dog; that’s the extent of the memories, I have of my early life in China.  I left when I was 3 years old and going back, I had fancy ideas of what Shanghai would be like.  My mother told me about when Shanghai was the “Pearl of the...

  • Dr. Sadat arrives home from a long day of work. Greeted by his family, he settles into his favorite spot in the Persian-styled family room. The evening news is switched on, and a gloomy light fills the room as ABC, CBS, or Fox delivers a seemingly endless string of events to the Sadat family's ears...

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