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  • Some people travel the world so they can cross the sites of their bucket list. Leaning Tower of Pisa? Check. Statue of Liberty? Check. I guess I’m not like most people, though, because I’d rather travel the world for the little things. Buckingham Palace is beautiful, but my favorite thing about...

  • I had the worst trip ever when I was in 5th grade. My family and I decided to visit San Francisco, which was about seven hours away by car. On the trip, several horrible things happened, which include my younger brother throwing up, a police car stopping us, getting lost, getting turned away from...

  • For many years I believed I was well traveled and I understood much of the world. Now, I laugh at my previous assumption. I realize diverse cultures make up our world, treasures to be experienced through travel. I have experienced several states and another continent. The summer before my sophomore...

    Tags: Europe
  •             Many teens over the course of a summer, can say they have been on an amazing cruise or have been to some exotic beach somewhere. When I go back to school I can say that I helped build a house for an extremely poverty stricken family in Mexico, painted the outside of a school for...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • My junior year I took a trip to Ireland towards the end of May. It was a wonderful and interesting experience. I had never been anywhere like it nd was so excited I got the chance to go. It was for my sisters graduation present so all four of us girls got to go on this enduring trip. It started...

    Tags: Europe, Ireland
  • I left Austin, Texas on the morning of May 28, 2011 with my mom, sister, and grandma. We made stops at Los Angeles, Tokyo, and then to our destination at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was an incredibly long flight but I could not hold in my excitement as the night lights of the city came into...

    Tags: Asia
  • Whitehall, Michigan. A place where my instincts and emotions run deep. My roots are here. A town where my grandfather grew up…and then my dad, aunts and uncles…and now me. My family has a cottage up there on Lake Michigan which we visit several times in the summer. Growing up there we do a lot of...

  • YOLO…it’s an acronym meaning “you only live once.”  When my school announced a trip to Europe which would include 4 days in London, England, my friends and I knew this was the experience of a lifetime that we couldn’t miss…and it proved to be just that!  One day stood out more than the rest...

  • For three years I had watched my father leave our family for ten days to go visit some strange land that I knew nothing about. All I knew was that my dad was traveling to a destitute country called Sierra Leone in West Africa. As a freshman in high school I decided that I had to go with him and see...

    Tags: Africa
  •   “Howzit! Welcome to Sud Africa!” That was the first thing I heard stepping off the 18 hour  flight from Washington D.C. It was all so new and exciting, different smells, a new language, a completely new atmosphere, pretty much a new everything. This was only my second time in South Africa in...

    Tags: Africa, Heritage

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