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  • I am not going to lie, I am not new to traveling at all.  My parents have both been in love with traveling since their early twenties and have not once hesitated to include my sister and me in their travel adventures (I went on my first international flight when I was 2 months old). My parents have...

    Tags: England, Europe
  • “I’d like you to raise your hand if you have ever seen the ocean,” my sixth grade teacher asked the class one day during a lesson. In an instant I was surrounded by hands waving in the air above my head. Whispers came from peers seated near me; ‘have you really never seen the ocean?’ I looked...

  • I walked out of the gated yard and into the cobblestone street without shoes on, looking for Joni. It was the summer before my junior year of high school, and I found myself in the country of Albania in Eastern Europe on a mission trip with my church youth group. We were to stay for two weeks, one...

    Tags: Europe
  • She stares at the ground, not believing the amazing location underneath her feet. She looks up at the sky waiting for someone to awake her, to bring her back to the reality of her limited life. After years of not knowing, never leaving the impossible threshold of Ohio finally, she’s here. The...

  •                 Our family has been going on road trips for as long as I can remember.  Every summer a new destination is set - an airplane is rendered unnecessary.  Highway 89 and late night stops at Country Inn’s became habit.  While driving may seem like a hassle, I have come to appreciate the...

  • I was born to two parents who chose to emigrate from Peru to the United States. My father came to the United States in 1984 and my mother thereafter. They came here with very little but managed to do with the cards they were dealt. They got through some very tough times and managed to raise a...

  • Boats. Not my favorite place to be,espically spending the night on one. The waves crashing on the sides, the boat moving back and forth, and no way to get off.  Now don't get me wrong it was a big ferry boat, but something just didn't feel right about this boat other then the fact it is one of my...

    Tags: Europe, Italy
  • Sure, India has its share of problems with weather and pests, but yearly visits to my grandparent’s home have even made mosquitoes seem like my extended family. However, two summers ago, just when I thought nothing could surprise me, I came across the most meaningful experience of my life.  ...

    Tags: Asia
  • “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are” Samuel Johnson. Growing up one is shown many different perceptions of the world around them. From fairytale stories to the movies shown on the television, one is able...

  • I have recently been given the opportunity to experience something very humbling; something that has changed my outlook on life dramatically. This summer, I found two weeks to travel to Ecuador and volunteer. I used the volunteer agency Institute of Field Research and Expeditions, or IFRE, for...

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