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  • When I was in eighth grade, instead of going to the beautiful, sandy beaches of Destin, Florida, like we always had over spring break, I was stuck going to Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, and staying in the wigwam hotel. Honestly, I barely remember what Mammoth Cave was like. All I could tell you is that...

  • The cool, crisp mountain air refreshed me, a Texas boy. An aura of adventure emanated from the lush green slopes, beckoning for the climb, for someone to conquer its legendary path of stone. An hour by bus outside Beijing, the Great Wall has stood for thousands of years as a testament to the iron...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • Quarter Finalist 2010 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship     When you live in a small town like I do, you don’t worry about homelessness or poverty. You don’t have to worry about when your next meal will be.     When you live in a small town like I do, you don’t worry about homelessness...

  • My name is Barbara Ann Jackson and I am fom Jackson, Mississippi, where I was raised by both mother and father until I was five years old. My childhood life was unexplainable because I had to watch and see my mother get abused. My mother Maria did everything that she could to make her marrige last...

  • Many people would describe their “traveling family” as their immediate family members that are related by blood or legal documents, but I would like to call my traveling family as the students from my school. Over Spring break, I had the opportunity to travel to the wonderful countries of Spain...

    Tags: Europe
  • During summer, after completing my freshman year in 2010, my mother’s boss invited her and me to enjoy a week off in Costa Rica. My mother is from El Salvador, which we noticed that the climate and appearance was very similar to Costa Rica’s. We took two planes to get to Costa Rica. One plane...

  • When my brother joined the air force almost 3 years ago I did not realize how much it would affect me. He left for basic training only two weeks out of high school, and always having him around and then suddenly not it was a big shock to my system. Although I would not admit it openly, I missed my...

  • I call Deland, Florida my home; my community; my final destination. Deland is a small, friendly town of about 20,000 people and is located just thirty minutes from the famous Daytona Beach. It is also centrally placed between the two large cities of Jacksonville and Orlando. Deland has much to...

    Tags: Florida, Heritage, USA
  • In a small, locally run taco shack in the middle of rural Mexico, I found myself eating a mysterious taco off an Arthur plate.  That’s right, the 90’s animated kid show Arthur. It was then that I realized this would be more than a vacation, it would be a bizarre adventure.      My Dad, Mom, Aunt...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • I still remember the day I arrived to Shanghai: the painful 14 hour flight from Chicago to Shanghai, and the invisible curtain of humidity that hit me immediately when I stepped out of the airport. But even before that, I remember the tests, the essay, and the interview that got me here on the...

    Tags: Asia, China, Exploring

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