Europe

  • During my sophomore year of high school, I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Austria with my school choir for a week long performance tour.  The historic cities of Salzburg and Vienna provided a unique opportunity to connect to classical music in a way I had never experienced before. ...

  • As I gazed up at the arched cathedral ceilings, held aloft by massive Romanesque columns, my mind wandered during mass as I thought about the week my family had just spent completing the Camino de Santiago.  For years, my parents discussed us one day completing the walk across Spain.  A tradition...

  •            The mountains beckon.            No, wait. Not just them. Green blades of grass pressing flat with bounding wind beckon. Meadows shimmering with flecks of dandelion seed beckon. Hundred-karat crystal blue skies strung with gentle wisps of clouds and free-flowing sunshine floods the...

  • Warszawa’s crimson and white, Narodowy Stadium—National Stadium—flashed past the window as I was overcome by a shallow slumber. When I awoke, we were nearing the Polish periphery. Our intercity bus hobbled across the worn, narrow country roads. Content storks nestled on the rooftops with their...

  • All famous explorers that have gone on soul-searching travels have that one location they'll never forget. Chamonix, France was that place for me. The mystical and eerie minuscule town opened my eyes on how small we are compared to the colossal world we inhabit. I discovered that even though we are...

  • The beginning was simple - enrolling in a Spanish class to fulfill a language requirement; a passing comment from my teacher about an upcoming trip to Spain. Never could I have anticipated the impact it would have on my life.  QUARTER-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIP Throughout my...

  • The imagination of a child can go to great extremes. I always imagined myself exploring castles and going out on adventures while riding on a unicorn, going through streets filled with everything I loved and could imagine. But of course that was like 10 years ago. I’m too old for that now, or so I...

  • Have you ever been on vacation abroad and become frustrated because you can’t find a Starbucks or a fast food joint? So have I. But through my travels with my family I have realized that sticking with what was familiar and comfortable was seriously limiting my travel experiences. A new place became...

  • Sprint Canoeing might not sound like the most engaging Olympic sport to spectate, but every event has some element that captivates the audience. For example, water polo is possibly the only sport played while the athletes wear bathrobes. Skeptical? During Olympic water polo matches approximately...

  • I stand on the beach of Colleville –sur-Mer in lower Normandy, France feeling the chill rise from the ocean. The longer I stand upon the same sand that over 2000 men died fighting for, historic stories start to come alive right before my eyes.HONORABLE MENTION 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING...

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