Europe

  • The muggy, humid air that beat down on our travel group had been accompanied by a blazing, fiery sun. As our tour bus crossed the border between Italy and Switzerland, however, the veritable inferno of heat outside the air conditioned confines of our vehicle seemed to lessen. As the bus rose...

  • Two words. Air. Sickness.  I had attempted to prepare myself for the 14 hour “adventure”, but there is no way of knowing how you will handle your first flight.  I, obviously, was not doing very well.  A ticket mishap had split our family of five into five different seats on five different rows on...

  • Travelling lets us explore. It lets us see other parts of the world and how others’ ways of living differ from our own. For me, it was a life-changing experience. I was 15, and straight out of my freshman year of high school. I was still coming into my own, and still a bit intimidated by the world...

  • They always warn tourists about getting lost while exploring the Louvre, but I didn’t think they were serious.SEMI-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPThat is, until I visited Paris two summers ago. I was traveling across Europe with a tour group from my school, the kind that does...

  • Several years ago during my trip to Europe, I had the good fortune to visit Roussillon, a small town located in the south of France. It stands above a valley perpetually drenched in warm sunlight, its stone buildings and cobbled streets an authentic remnant of its past. Picture yourself atop a...

  • My family’s footsteps were quiet on the damp earth. That was fitting; loud noise seemed gaudy here. Even though the broken walls opened straight to the sky, the abbey retained its reverence—noise, it made clear, was permissible only in hushed tones, for here was a building where people had long...

  • The rain steadily fell in misty sheets, so that the landscape was partly obscured by a dewy veil. Our train chugged through damp German villages, swaying gently from side to side. The grey horizon showed no sign of a mood change.HONORABLE MENTION 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPOne of my...

  • My leg bounced up and down in anticipation.  This was it — the part of our three-week-long trip to the Mediterranean that I was the most excited for.  My family and my best friend were on our way to visit the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.  I sat in the very back of our rented van, squished in...

  • Ever since I can remember, I’ve had an undeniable longing to travel the world. I had watched my parents and sisters tour through indescribable places, and all I wanted was my own opportunity. I got my chance to experience the world when a teacher from my high school put on a school sponsored trip...

  • In 8th grade I was that kid who would leave my parents for about 3 days, having had enough freedom and adventure, and come back home as quickly as possible. But that completely changed when my mom convinced me to sign up for an exchange program to Spain through my school. Considering my lack of...

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