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  • The scent of thick, tropical flowers, fire in the night, wild rain and the crashing sea fill my memory so vividly when I think about Hawaii, these smells become almost visible. My mother had won a trip to Maui because she was a State Farm Insurance Agent, and she chose to bring along my little...

  •   Two weeks, that’s all it took for me to change my outlook on people and on the world. On June 14th, I departed from the Tampa Airport to begin my journey with six friends and twenty-one strangers, a journey that I will remember for the rest of my life. I was on a tour called Europe Grand Tour. I...

    Tags: Europe
  • “We’re going on vacation this summer in our own backyard!” What? You got to be kidding me. I just graduated high school. I’m ready for one last outstanding family vacation to some exotic place where I can create lasting memories before I venture into the world of the unknown: college. Luckily, Mom...

  • I stared at it. What stood before me was utterly unexpected and made me reconsider the sanity of the human race. I had always known some of the Israelis were a little out of touch with the rest of the world, but this undoubtedly verified my theory.           Four meters tall. The tallest on the...

  • Imagine taking in the bustle of Paris from atop the Eiffel Tower. Imagine the sights and sounds of a bullfight in Ronda...Imagine sitting in a bonnet and bloomers around a campfire in the middle of the prairie. Honorable Mention 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Spending a week on a wagon...

  • It was 3am Friday morning when I departed from Indianapolis on my way to meet up with my team before heading to Jacmel, Haiti. The flights themselves were nice and smoothe. The minute we arrived in Haiti though, our entire mindset changed. You walk out of the airplane and load a bus to take you...

  • I’ve never felt small before. Despite being five feet tall and seventeen, living in the third largest state in the US, dwelling on a planet that is so often criticized as being insignificant in the vastness of the universe, I’ve never felt dwarfed absolutely by the beauty of something. But then...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • My eyes bolted open.   A mere foot away stood a masked, black-haired woman holding a gun point-blank at my forehead. My heart leapt, but not because the click of the trigger would send a bullet barreling through my brain, but because it could send me and my roommates into a locked, hospital room...

    Tags: Asia, China
  •   Unlike many teenagers, I had only seen the ocean once. So, when my friend offered to take me on a vacation to Florida, my answer was of course, yes. Along with an all expense paid vacation to Florida, my friend told me we would be going to Disney, and also Universal Studios. I had always...

  • The last time my entire family went to the beach was in 2008.  We rented a beachfront property in the town of Brant Beach.  My room had floor to ceiling windows facing the ocean, every evening granting me a full light show as the sun set over the glittering waves.  This vacation was a bit rough...

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