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  • You know how your family is always saying that you need to take a family trip for things like "bonding". Ew. But to most of us teens, as long as we have WiFi and our heaphones, we're alright.QUARTER-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPOn this particular morning in July, me and my...

  • “Caution: Trail not maintained. Use not recommended.” I think that is an accurate representation of my family vacations. My mom has always been a huge fan of a good adventure, and so far in my life I’ve been swimming in the ocean with manta rays at midnight, stuck on a dogsled at the center of a...

  • I suppose it begins 8 hours into our first day there. Stumbling out onto the streets of New York City with only five hours of sleep, we certainly looked the part of clueless tourists—my camera was slung around my neck while the rest of the family bore backpacks the size of their torsos. Our...

  • There is a strange, painful beauty in watching the forests burn. This must be why so many others have pulled over to the side of the highway, entire families leaning against their dusty cars, staring up at the mountains in silence as smoke spills over and fills the valley, enveloping the sleepy...

  • I have always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon. I imagine it would be beautiful to hike part of its 227-miles of length or to camp in the valley and stare up at the mile deep walls of rock. Instead, I went to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, which is a mere 50 miles long and 0.189394 miles deep (...

  • When I heaved myself onto the dock, I was tinted yellow. I was also slightly oily, with subtle odors of mud and sulfur. I grinned at my reflection and breathed deeply, inebriated by the scent of crisp mountain air tainted by pond water which dripped from my eyelashes onto my nose. With goosebumps...

  • I must admit, when my mother first pitched the idea of zip lining through the trees in the beautiful forests of Alaska, I was nervous, my mind instantly filled with questions and concerns. What if I don't like it? What if I mess up? And worst of all: What if I fall?QUARTER-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN...

  • Winding through the ruins of a different age, I try to imagine those who walked this ground thousands of years ago. These dusty bricks, I think, were once the foundation of familiarity, a home – and I imagine a person sleeping safely in what is now an eroded rectangle. In my mind, the perfect...

  •    The sun was beckoning for me to join him on his daily journey of rising and setting. Usually he goes on his task of bringing forth the day and making way for the night without igniting my curiosity, but today I could not ignore the bright golden hues splashing my face with rays of gentle warmth...

  • I yawned for what felt like the twentieth time to clear my ears. The sign out my window said 5,000 feet. The road got thinner and uneven which resulted in many jolts and jerks as we made our way to the top of the dormant volcano. The sun was still beaming through the wispy stretched out clouds and...

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