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  • Over the summer of 2008, I decided to join my cousins in their trip to Japan. I must describe my trip in 3 words: adventurous, amazing, and appreciative. One of my cousins had been there before, so instead of following a tour guide, we roamed under the city lights of Japan on our own.            ...

    Tags: Asia
  • I was born in Lansing, Michigan, but I have been so much farther than that. From the time I was 6 months old, I have never gone a year without traveling somewhere. I’ve been to Canada a few times, Mexico multiple times, and 12 out of the 50 states in my 17 years. Each trip was a new experience, an...

    Tags: Europe, Italy
  • When I stepped through the automatic doors of the airport in Lisbon, (or Lisboa, pronounced Leesh-boa, to the locals!) I knew that a trip of a lifetime was about to begin. I had arrived in Portugal with a group of students from my school, and our history teacher/chaperone. We were going on a 12...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
  • Growing up my mother and I where inseparable, I worked with her when I could, and hugged her everyday. Being a child for years, there where secrets about my mother that were never mentioned, such as my mothers disappearance for two years when I was three years old?  My mothers leg was deformed as...

  • I think it is safe to say that I spent the entire summer traveling - literally by plane, train, and automobile. Despite the comfort of a Southwest Airlines plane, the surprising spaciousness of an Amtrak train, the (sometimes) closed coziness of an AC Transit bus, or the familiarity of my family...

  • With all the controversy over the Israeli- Palestinian problem, no one ever really gets to see what Israel looks like without the epithet of war. Israel is not what you would call a tourist attraction, but I still traveled there last summer. After 20 excruciating hours of flying, the plane finally...

    Tags: Africa
  • This was it! I was leaving everything I understood to travel to a place about which I knew very little. And so, as I glanced back at my family one last time, waving goodbye, my adventure began. 73 hours, 2 layovers, an AFS exchange student orientation, and 3 bus rides later; I arrived at the place...

  • Though our bus full of school groups had been traversing France for seven days, when we reached Nice, everyone pressed their nose to the window to get a glimpse of the gorgeous new city. The sun was setting over the Mediterranean; natives were taking an evening walk; tourists were snapping...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • On April 6, 2007, I stepped on my first airplane for a direct flight to London. I had spent a year and a half planning for my ten day trip to London, Paris, Lucerne, and Heidelburg. I was nervous about the flight, but too excited to notice.   I was taking the trip with my Aunt Carol, Uncle Rick, my...

    Tags: Europe
  • Road trips, plane tickets, hotel rooms; each one relates to the next and they all fall under the same category, travel. To some, traveling consistently spawns anxiety; for me, however, it rejuvenates my mind and soul. Enthusiasm for travel was not given to me through my upbringing. In contrast, I...

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