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  • Shiny Golden Magic Three things I miss the most about Paris:    1. Croissants   2. Naps at 4 o’clock in the afternoon   3. A sense of amazement. The days are different in this country. Some may think this strange: After all, isn’t dirt just dirt? Aren’t trees and grass and sky the same everywhere?...

  • Many life lessons are learned from very serious events that change people’s lives forever.  Whether it is a fatal car accident from a drunken driver or a broken marriage from a steamy meaningless affair, everyone has one lesson they will never forget how they learned.  My lesson happens to be...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • My story begins, not with my blood family, but with my youth group family. We were all huddled together, conversing at two in the morning while waiting to begin our trek to the airport, three hours from our cozy little town in Monticello. The time between then and the plane ride to Tampa seemed...

  • Of the many trips that I have taken in my life, ironically, the most memorable one was one filled with numerous problems: to Dubai. In spite of having visited Singapore, Malaysia, India, and China, we had never faced back-to-back dilemmas during travel and, with only four days to use, our ability...

    Tags: Africa
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  • “This is the best part!” says Hannah as we watch cheese buyers and sellers haggle. We are at the cheese market in the cobblestoned courtyard of Old City Hall in the town of Gouda, in the The Netherlands.HONORABLE MENTION 2014 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPHannah, 13, is Dutch and has been to...

  • In Washington D.C., the last thing you would expect to see is 250 teenagers in blue corduroy jackets. Being one of nine students who attended the Washington Leadership Conference through my summer of junior year. After waiting two hours in the Denver airport, we were finally on the plane and on our...

  • When we boarded the plane in Chicago, my peers and I knew there was no turning back. No more hiding in the comforts of our hometown. No more kisses from mom and dad. No more communication with friends and family back at home. This was it; all we had were each other. For one week, we were expected...

  • Being a military child, I get the opportunity to travel quite a bit. I have visited all over the world, lived in exciting places, and taken many vacations to places I never thought I would. Out of all the vacations that I have taken, my favorite was to Garmisch, Germany. It was five years ago, in...

  • The trolley driver rings the rickety vehicle’s bell to signal the tour of Grand Haven has officially started.  It’s unbelievable that he is able to fit in Grand Haven’s finest attractions in only one hour, since there is seemingly an endless amount. We all buckle up, eagerly awaiting what the...

    Tags: Michigan, USA

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