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  • I juggled the tube of sun lotion from one hand to the other, weighing the merits of putting on a layer while my Girl Scout group was stopped for a break. In an attempt to leave the IndianGarden campground before the hour grew too late, that is, at 5:30 AM, I had forgotten to slather on a coat...

  • I wanted to run away. The classes, the parties, the people: high school - I was done with it. That plane could have been going to Timbuktu for all I cared. In my mind Cambodia, Africa - it was all the same. I didn't care where I went, I just needed to leave. I think that's what made my first two...

  • During spring break of my sophomore year, I traveled to Ecuador with five other students from my school.  We lived with families outside of Quito for three weeks while we attended school, worked on our Spanish skills, visited popular sites in and around Quito, and just experienced a different...

  • People do not drive without first having a known destination, not unless they are willing to waste gas. So before deciding to travel, it is important to determine the reasons for embarking on the journey. Oftentimes, people neglect this and come away from a vacation full of regrets and wishing to...

  • I paced back and forth in the guest room as humidity pressed down on me from all sides. I desperately wished I could be back on the Swiss Travel bus with my Spanish club, but instead I was in a strange house in San Jose, Costa Rica. My best friend Seve was my only connection to a culture and...

  • For some the ultimate vacation is soaking up the sun, lying in the warm sand off of the shores of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. For others a favorite vacation spot might be hitting the slopes in Vail, Colorado. For me, the best vacation was not spending the week at the top of a penthouse suite, but...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • This excursion in New York City started as any other would: with a subway ride. To a New Yorker? Commonplace. To a Floridian? I’m still wrapping my head around the idea that ‘underground‘ doesn’t have to mean ‘underwater’ like back home.  My father and I take line 6 and get off at Canal Street....

  • My first instinct was that I wasn't going to like the Estrella Mountain community. There was not much too it. All I saw was, The Elliot Market drug store, a gas station, and houses. In mind that was really all there was and I didn't understand why my single mom wanted to settle here.  It has now...

  • For as long as I can remember, my immediate family, my cousins, and I have always camped at a state park for a few days during summer vacation. That’s exactly what I was expecting during the summer of 2011, so when my dad and my uncle decided to break tradition and take us to South Padre Island...

  •  At the time my parents got divorced, I was a freshman in high school in Iowa. My mother decided to take me to Las Vegas, Nevada and start a new life away from my father. My mother and I packed up all of our belongings and stored it in a moving truck and started our journey down to the southwest....

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