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  •    West Virginia is a small state in the Appalachian Mountains that is often overlooked when planning family vacations, but what people do not realize is that we have a beautiful state with activities the whole family can enjoy. Many people do not even know our state is here. You would not...

    Tags: USA
  • Visiting Europe was the most amazing experience I have ever had.  Going to Madrid and Barcelona, Spain was absolutely fantastic!  There is so much to see and tons of things to do in both cities.  I went with the Spanish classes at my high school, and we went on tour with a company called EF Tours...

    Tags: Europe, Italy, Rome
  •      5:30 a.m.- the car is packed and everyone is ready to go! Woo! The Outer Banks awaits! This is the trip our family has been waiting for all year long! So, naturally, everyone is excited, well except the dogs. They know we're going away for a few days and they're sure to miss us.  So we hit...

  • After years of waiting, I finally took the flight back to Chinato visit my hometown. I miss authentic Chinese food, my friends and of course my parents.    21hours of sitting on the seat without moving was a total nightmare.I don’t describe myself as a moving person, but staying in a frozen...

    Tags: Asia, Heritage
  • Three years ago, I went to Jordan to visit my family and to touch base with my roots. It was the most enriching traveling experience of my life. Not only did I revisit mosques that I hadn’t been to in years, I met new people. I attended a beautiful hadra—a religious poetry reading with a rhythmic,...

    Tags: Africa
  • Dusty street carts bustled along the sidewalk, passing various clothing and grocery vendors who lined the streets with umbrellas and blankets covered with fruits, vegetables and trinkets. Lao ye (Grandpa) wheeled his rusted bicycle to carry the groceries that Lao lao (Grandma) had haggled down to...

    Tags: Asia, China, Heritage
  • Seeking closure for my six-week, summer trip to Tibet, I decided to sit on the roof of our hotel, contemplating the significance of the trip for me. Overlooking the skyline of Lhasa, I could see the whole city: the Barkor shops closing up for the night, the humble residences in the distance, and...

    Tags: Asia
  • When I was little, my favorite book in the whole world was The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke. The book was about a group of runaway children who lived in Venice, Italy by themselves, and were lead by a boy named the Thief Lord, who stole things from rich people so that the children could sell them...

    Tags: Europe
  • The six of us stood on the upper part of the busy highway bridge in Bilbao, Spain, looking down with confusion at the world-famous Guggenheim museum and the slow-moving river below us.                 “This isn’t the way we came,” Alexandra reiterated, looking over Zoe’s shoulder at the map and...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
  • When it came time for my family to make our way to California for a cruise down the Mexican Riviera, I wasn’t expecting much in the way of landscapes. We drove through miles of uninteresting sagebrush and plateaus to reach the West Coast; and upon our arrival at the Super 8 Motel in Long Beach, I...

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