Exploring

  •   Iowa City, Iowa is marked by the face of a Turk that I met there while attending the "International Writing Program: Between the Lines" over the summer. After spending three weeks in the midwest and wondering where the seafood was imported from and why exactly an American presidential candidate...

  • My parents were singing to old rock songs on the radio. My younger sister Emma and friends Rose and Ella were in the back seat with me laughing at ridiculous pictures on Instagram.“Look at the landscape!” Emma said, pointing out.“No more city,” said Rose.“Mountains!” I shouted.Rose hastily pulled...

  • I believe that traveling is meant for exploring things outside of your normal, everyday life.  In September 2011, my family visited our friends in Johannesburg, South Africa, and we decided to do something completely out of the norm.  Our friend's dad owns a bungalow at the Ingwelala Game Reserve...

  • This past summer of 2015, I joined my Japanese class from my high school on a short exchange program in Japan, a beautiful country very different from my familiar America.SEMI-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPBy far the single most influential place I set foot was Hiroshima, a...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • “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 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...

  • In the summer of 2014, I had the opportunity to travel to Europe with People to People Student Ambassadors, a study abroad program created by President Eisenhower. With a group of 36 high school students and 4 teachers from Georgia, I travelled to seven countries—Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the...

  • A gust of warm spring air strikes the open windows of the 768-step tall cathedral. The soft breeze sweeps beneath our feet, spiraling down the winding stairs of Ulmer Münster, one of the most magnificent churches in the world. Dragging ourselves up every shallow step of the 530 foot tall beast, we...

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