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  • Ever since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to explore the world.  I was always interested in meeting new people and embracing their culture.  I have wanted to travel to different exotic places all my life.  I want to understand the lives of other people  and what its like to "walk a...

  • The United States holds some of the most beautiful sites in the world. During my life I have been fortunate to travel this country extensively, and I've never finished a trip without a story to tell. I've been stuck in the middle of the desert in a broken down train on my way to the Grand Canyon (...

    Tags: Europe
  • As I stepped into the van, my heart was racing, and I was about to overflow with excitement.  People laughed and talked all around me, and I could sense that they too felt the same way I did.  Not one of us had ever been to our destination.  My dad and I were headed to the Cherokee Indian...

  • Two years ago, my family went to Virginia and Washington D.C. at the beginning of the summer. We traveled with our cousins and grandparents from San Jose and stayed with other cousins who live in Virginia. It was like one big family reunion! For the first half of the trip we stayed with our cousins...

  • I can not think of another teen my age who has had the opportunity of a life time to soar across the country and visit their family. Every year during Christmas my family and I fly to New York to visit our relatives. We usually spend a week doing the usual routine: see the whole family ( all 6 of...

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  • I knew this trip would be different. But my gut feeling was beside the point. The point was that as I sat in the passenger seat of that awkward, white truck I saw a wasp clinging to the side of our vehicle. I thought to myself how ironic it was that this wasp, an insect that can fly, was clinging...

  • Hiking the Andes Mountains, seeing extraordinary waterfalls, finding exotic foods, and living without Internet was not on my "To-Do" list this summer. Originally, I was planning on visiting my parents' home country, Ecuador, just to see family and go to the beach. It would be just another typical...

  • On my first and, so far, only international trip, my family and I arrived in Rome, Italy on April 16, 2007. After we had dropped off the bags at the hotel, a grand welcome, as scheduled by the Globus tour, was a seven course dinner. Overwhelmed by the various aromas, I dove into all the dishes...

    Tags: Europe, Italy
  • Most of the traveling that I have done has been planned and set in stone before I ever leave home. Upon leaving for the beach, my family decides which days will be 'beach days' and which day will be our water park 'extravaganza.' Prior to flying to Europe, our teachers devised an itinerary that had...

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