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  • Sometimes water is thicker than blood. Sometimes the lines between families and friends can be blurred into something beautiful. Sometimes it is not just about a day at the beach, but what came of the moments shared between people. This is the story about my second family. This account begins...

  • One might not think of traveling to Salem, Oregon for an interesting vacation, however, those that don’t are missing out on the hidden gem of the northwest.  Salem is in the ideal location of Oregon- just south of the bustling cosmopolitan city of Portland, just east of the stunning, secluded...

  • It’s seven-thirty on a Saturday morning.  I’ve been up since about five.  I shouldn’t be tired.  But I am, and my sister’s cough has tried my every nerve.  “Take some cough medicine!” I snap at her.  She glares at me.  She has this icy glare that, when I was younger, shut me up.  Now it only makes...

  • My obsession started in the summer of 2009. I had heard many great reviews about a relatively local place from called Wildwood in New Jersey. Figuring out that it was only about 5 hours away from me, I had begged my parents to consider the idea of visiting as well. Fortunately, they said yes. The...

  • Blue waves crash below me as our plane silently glides towards our destination. I have been to Hawaii many times before in my life, but this will be different. Rather than the typical beach-goers, we are going to see the true history of Honolulu, the side that many hear of in a lifetime but few...

  • One of my favorite travel destinations is Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. I’ve been there multiple times, and it never loses its magic for me. The reason I’ve been there multiple times is that there’s so much to do. The city itself is absolutely beautiful. I would make the two-hour trip there...

  • Upon hearing the words “Grand Canyon”, 99% of the world’s population pictures an endless wasteland carved by the Colorado River. The lingering 1% sees him or herself looking up to the rim of the National Park. They see the Canyon from the bottom of the abyss surrounded by wildlife and all that...

  • In the summer of 2007 my family vacation started out with a bad omen: rain. My family and I were leaving rural Arkansas with pine trees, dirt roads, murky ponds and endless miles of cow pastures for sunny, beautiful, Florida. I was wanting nothing more out of our vacation than a change of scenery...

  • The story of this vacation started as the plane wheels left the runway, but the journey to Oregon truly began the moment Mt. Hood decorated the plane windows with snow-covered mountaintops. Here there are wonders that tower far above the reign of skyscrapers; here the pulse of the ocean out-roars...

  • As a resident of South Florida I am engrossed in a plethora of different cultures and people from every corner of this world every day. These surroundings evolved my interest in the world outside of South Florida. I took every opportunity to study such countries as Costa Rica, France, Cambodia,...

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