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  • In the summer of 2011, I had the pleasure of traveling, along with forty-two others, to France, Italy & Greece with the People to People Student Ambassador Program. For three weeks, I was able to see the sights of cities such as: Athens, Olympia, Pelopinnese, Verona, Florence, Porto Viro, Rome...

  • Over the past decade or so, I have been going on yearly excursions with my family to visit my grandparents over the summer. They own a beachfront home on Long Beach Island--known as LBI to locals--a small, 18-mile long island off the coast of New Jersey. Now when most people read this, they will...

    Tags: New Jersey, USA
  • I’ve always thought that I knew any and everything about the civil war.  The week of December 26, 2009, my mother took my brother and I on what she called, “a civil rights tour”.  I didn’t think there would be any way that I could enjoy myself on an educational vacation.  However, I learned a lot...

  • The traveling experienced that changed my life forever happened in spring of 2012.  I signed up to go on the Pay It Forward Tour. Note, that when I decided to embark on this journey I had no idea what so ever what the Pay It Forward Tour was, I just knew that I wanted to FINALLY do something that...

  •  Die Antworten Liegen in Deutschland “We are not alone”. These words stood on a poster on the wall of a typical high school classroom above a picture of the world globe. However the only landmass present was the United States. I silently smile at the poster’s subtle sarcasm that seemed to...

    Tags: Europe
  • 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...

  • "Hurricane ike is charging toward the Texas and Louisiana coastline. It's expected to make landfall within hours. Our meteorologists say the storm will bring certain death to people who refuse to evacuate from Galveston Island." Oh that beautiful Galveston Island. I remember our trip there like a...

  •           I have been to Boston, Mass more times than I can count and I love the city like a second home. However, one trip did not turn out as happily as it should have. During spring vacation my mother decided that my brother, herself and I would go to Boston with my aunt and cousin. My first...

  •       Twilight: the series that took the world by storm. What, you may ask, does this have to do with a vacation? Well, my family got it in their heads that I was a diehard, Edward-obsessed fan, and proceeded to plan a Twilight-inspired tour of the Northwest coast, including a few stops in...

  •          Rachel Carson, an American marine biologist and nature writer, once said, “Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” In other words, people can find strength in the beauty of Earth. Even after all of the wars and...

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