Vacations

  • The golden glow of the pastoral Tuscan countryside had lulled us into a stupor from which our tour guide had so rudely awakened us. He announced that we were taking a stop outside Assisi for lunch, claiming it would be more “authentic” than what we had seen so far, but the rural, fog-shrouded hills...

  • 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...

  • On mile 17.1 of the Colorado River is House Rock rapid, a class 4. This rapid has two holes, a small one left of center at the top, and a much larger one directly center at the bottom after a bend. There's a clear line down the rapid, and after scouting, we climbed back into the boat, buckling on...

  • When you think of any national park, you probably think about a place with bright green foliage and craggy waterfalls scattered over a few acres of land. In Joshua Tree National Park however, that expectation could not be further from the truth. The whole space seems to rumble with a slow rhythm...

  • The minuscule island located just the beneath India is like a speck of dust to the human eye. This island is so small, no one really notices it. For those who do recognize this country, they are rather confused of whether it is part of India or an unknown island where no sort of living creature can...

    Tags: Asia, Vacations
  • My fingers burned and my palms were glued to the rusty metal handle as I held tight, afraid of being tossed from the doorless auto rickshaw during the bumpy ride. My purple shirt had turned black as it clung to my sweat-drenched body. Air was filled with the aroma of sweets being fried by the...

  • It was mid-April, when school was entering its final throes and summer was tickling at the edge of our fancies. Determined to keep my siblings and me from staring at screens for all of our week-long Spring Break, they quickly planned a trip with a few family friends.QUARTER-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN...

  • The sizzling, putrid smell nearly burned off all my nose hair. QUARTER-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPIt was the summer of 2013. My family—my sister, two cousins, aunt, uncle— and I started the fourth day of our week-long tour around Beijing, China. As we ate breakfast at the...

  • "The big fish come in and swallow up the little fish." That is what Captain Crosby said to my family and me as we sailed out to Stingray City in Grand Cayman.SEMI-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPGrand Cayman is full of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. From the Seven...

  • As the school bell rang on the last day, I could not control my extreme feeling of excitement. I opened the classroom’s door and ran insanely fast to the bus. I did not mind the burning sun. I just wanted to go home to pack for the annual trip that I anxiously awaited all year. I wanted to invest...

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