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  •              Despite the late hour in which I found myself I could not help but gaze in awe at the beauty that was Maui. Being a boy who had lived most of his life in the urban desert of Las Vegas I was completely unaccustomed to the plethora of life and vibrant natives that I found on the small...

  • A few years ago, my family and I traveled with a group from my school to Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We went through a humbling experience when we visited Dachau, a concentration camp located just outside of a town. Being the first Nazi camp opened in Germany, Dachau served as the prototype...

  • Alaska is a unique place to visit that contains rich, natural beauty. There are never-ending opportunities that are always worthy of a picture. Whether you’re here with your children, spouse, friends, or family, Alaska has great activities to keep you busy. QUARTER FINALIST 2013 FTF TEEN TRAVEL...

    Tags: Alaska, Exploring, USA
  •    Going from Wisconsin to Montana, there are a lot of changes. Changes I never knew occurred I saw right before my eyes. On this trip, I learned a lot of life values, geographical changes, and saw species I didn’t know existed. It was a life experience.             Life values were one of...

  • On July 1, 2010, I got back from Costa Rica. Back from the hot days and rainy afternoons. Back from the graveyard shift night walks.   Overall, the trip with the teen summer program Rustic Pathways was amazing. Although I was slightly apprehensive because of the small group number, the trip was...

  • Taking a vacation to the South Pacific was a new, unexplored experience for me. Growing up in small town Nebraska I have never experienced even seeing the ocean. So when the opportunity to take a school trip to Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji presented itself, I accepted the challenge....

  •              Less than a week after school, the world moved beneath me. I could see banks of clouds and fast moving earth and water as I pondered my position and destination: France. The EiffelTower. Paris, Nice, Mediterranean beaches, Normandy. I couldn’t even wrap my mind around the sensation of...

    Tags: Europe
  • As I step off the airplane all I am thinking about is if the rest rooms in the Nairobi, Kenya airport are sanitary, because I desperately need one after flying for fourteen hours. I don’t even take time to notice the women milling around me in colorful outfits or appreciate the beauty of the...

    Tags: Africa, Exploring
  •            I believe I am the luckiest girl in the whole United States. How cool is it to spend your 13th Birthday in Alaska. Yes, I know what you are thinking snow, ice, darkness why there. I will tell you why there because, depending on where and when you go it is not bad at all. I think the...

  • Denmark, the birthplace of the tale of The Little Mermaid and one of the oldest kingdoms in the world,  is a beautiful country. I was born in The Netherlands to a Danish mother, Helle, and American father, Ron. When I was only 3 years old, I moved to the United States of America and have done...

    Tags: Europe, Heritage

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