Caribbean

  • As I boarded the plane to be carried across the sea I was strangely calm. I was at peace. I was surprised by this, for this would be my first mission trip overseas and yet all that I felt in that moment can be explained best by the lyrics that were pulsating through my brain, “It is well, It is...

  • Standing on the edge of a boat, staring out at the Atlantic’s turquoise water -buoyancy compensator inflated, regulator in hand- I began to wonder if learning to dive was such a great idea. When I first approached my teacher to join the PADI Club, scuba diving seemed like a great adventure. QUARTER...

  • "The big fish come in and swallow up the little fish." That is what Captain Crosby said to my family and me as we sailed out to Stingray City in Grand Cayman.SEMI-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPGrand Cayman is full of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. From the Seven...

  • There is a special place in my heart for the origin of my heritage. That place is called Puerto Rico. It was the most dazzling, gorgeous, and love-filled place I’ve ever had the opportunity to visit.  Not only has it given me an extremely tranquil presence in my soul; but it also has given the most...

  • As I exited the airport in Carolina, I inhaled deeply—the air was crisp and refreshing, just as I had imagined it to be. I looked around and was in awe at everything I saw; I could see the sandy beaches in the distance, the dazzling blue sky, and some palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze. I was...

  • We exit the small guide bus into a strange and isolated local marketplace near Negril, Jamaica. The tiny shacks are often covered only by tattered tarps and supported by crumbling columns. The native Jamaicans run to us, bearing gifts and warm welcomes in Patois, a language similar to English...

  • I look around and see a place outside my comfort zone. Instead of the crisp, modern structures of buildings and casinos in Nevada, I see deteriorating slabs of concrete and weatherworn brick. In place of desert sands and sparse vegetation, my vision is captivated by the countless shades of green...

  • There is a mountain in the Dominican Republic named Brison. Never would I have guessed, with my lack of athleticism and of experience in hiking, that I would one day reach the top. But when jumping out of the comfort zone, all doubt and hesitation must stay behind. If I was going to do this, I was...

  • Sweat dripped down my temples as I sat perched on the off-balance wooden chair. The street behind me bustled with activity and the foreign language chattered in the background. I glanced around the porch, seeing my mother and three other people from our mission group, along with Gido, the man who...

  • The 18 hour drive from Virginia to Florida was exhausting but all the while worth it. I was on my way to go to Cuba. As I walked onto the plane, my heart filled with excitement. I haven’t been there in years.FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIP“My home,” I thought as I was just about...

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