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    Can you imagine the most chaotic family vacation you embarked upon?  Everyone has experiences of that vacation that could not seem to end fast enough but still is reminisced about fondly.  My particular vacation memory that comes to mind occurred in June of 2007.  My parents had gathered the notion...

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  • air-conditioner

    After checking through the airport, acquiring a vehicle, and checking into our hotel, we spent a nice afternoon and a relaxing evening in the pool areas. The instant we stepped into our room (my brother and I shared one) my brother instantly turned the thermostat to the lowest air-conditioning...

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    “Why am I here?” I thought to myself as I opened the tattered window, in an attempt to cool down the stifling room. Just a few hours before, my mother and I had landed on the gorgeous island of Jamaica and taken an insufferably long drive into the countryside where I anticipated being in a fancy...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • smokeymountains

    Each summer my family takes a vacation. It usually consists of going somewhere for a few days, either to a bog city or to an amusement park. This summer, my dad decided to do something a little different from what we usually do. We chose to head deep into the Smokey Mountains to stay in Gatlinburg...

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    'Hey, how was your trip to Ghana!?' I get this a lot, and I never really know how to respond. People who ask are waiting to hear about the oppressive heat, the wild animals, and the scarcity of food. In contrast, the first thing that comes to my mind when I think 'Africa' is how frustrating...

    Tags: Africa
  • boat

    Did I lock the back door? was one of the first thoughts that flitted through my mind as my family and I ran through the airport. My family was notorious for never being on time, but we were not going to miss this flight. We all woke up late and were out the door in less then twenty minutes, which...

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    In July of 2011 I found myself on a plane departing from Los Angeles International Airport to Bangkok, Thailand. From there I would take another plane to the northern city of Chiang Mai to meet my friend Shade and her family. Shade lived in Thailand for four years before moving back to California,...

    Tags: Asia
  • 012_24

      In the summer of 2007, I took a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico with my church youth group. Before I went on this trip, I talked to my friends and they all said that Mexico was pretty and that Tijuana was a lot of fun. I was starting to get excited about Tijuana. I was nervous about it at the...

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    Time is ticking. I can see the cars racing by in my window on the hotel shuttle. My mother and I were leaving the hotel and we were on our way to the airport. We were hurrying to catch the bus to board the Carnival Cruise ship to the Bahamas. After walking around with our luggage we waited, we...

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  • My awe-inspiring view of Niagara Falls

    I was a travel virgin. Until, that is, my grandparents invited me on a trip to New York to see Niagara Falls. QUARTER-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIP Sixteen hours in a car cram-packed with 5 people just to see a giant waterfall is a nightmare, right? Wrong. The journey through...

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