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  •                   For my sixteenth birthday, I thought of many ideas to spend the “ideal age” of a girl’s childhood. I attempted to plan something huge that I knew would be remembered by my peers. My school offered a trip to Europe: London, Paris, and Madrid. I never travelled the world before, and...

    Tags: Europe
  • I had never been away from home more than a few days, so when my middle school offered an exchange program to Mexico I jumped on the chance. I’d imagine Mexico to be this pre-historic place where people transported on donkeys, ate beans and rice for dinner, and wore sombreros on a daily basis. My...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • I once read somewhere that Costa Rica is the land of “no artificial ingredients.”  After my visit there, I must admit I have come to agree.  Not only were the sights and sounds of nature in Costa Rica some of the most beautiful and authentic I have seen, but I meet, in particular, one interesting...

  • Earlier this summer, my extended family decided to get together at Sebago Lake in Maine for a reunion. Every branch of the family spent weeks planning the same trip. When the planning was finished, I viewed it and was able to make adjustments where I believed they were necessary. I suggested that...

  •             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 trip to Nigeria was truly enlightening.  When we arrived at the airport in Lagos , the temperature immediately hit me.  I wasn’t sweating, but I could feel the air, it was as heavy as a blanket as we walked through the tunnel off the plane and into the airport.  We grabbed our luggage and had to...

    Tags: Africa
  • January 2, 2010. The hardest trip I ever had to take. The trip was to my hometown Poughkeepsie NY. I never had been so scared to go in my life. I used to love going to NY to see my family, but this time it was different. I was missing one family member. The key to our family, the apple of my eye...

  • I’ve never really been a mushy person who falls for sap stories about bonding and how long it took for the people bonding to break through the awkwardness, until the summer of 2007, when a travel experience changed all of that. My foster dad, who happened to be my uncle, and I had gotten along...

  • Since returning from Spain I have spoken to many people about my trip, mostly about my home stay, and my home stay family.  When speaking about my trip I always get the same question; did your family speak English?  In response I simply smile and say no.  The next question that follows is ‘well was...

    Tags: Europe
  • My name is Alyah Kanso, I am currently 15 years old and I love to travel. Last year I had the amazing and wonderful opportunity to travel to Italy. Not only did my family, my friends, and I get to visit some of the most famous monuments, we had the chance to sing for the Pope. We stayed at many...

    Tags: Europe, Italy

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