Vacations

  • My harness was given its final inspection, the sliding glass doors opened suddenly and then I was stepping outside and onto the platform.QUARTER-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPLast summer, my best friend and I made a list of everything we were scared of and wanted to conquer...

  • 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...

  • Getting lost is rarely the goal. QUARTER-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPAlthough the marketplace was covered by mosaics and completely shaded from the blistering sun, I could feel the heat of the day wafting through the corridors of this maze they call the Grand Bazaar. Bizarre it...

  • I was extremely thrilled knowing that I would be seeing one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayans. Previous vacations meant swimming at the resort pool, and sipping delicious pina colada. However, this year my dad booked us a trip to learn a little more about history. The ancient...

  • 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...

  • Did you know that its possible to travel internationally sans a valid passport? I experienced this first hand when my father and I traveled to Australia to visit family. We packed up and headed to Denver International Airport like any other trip, but when we we reached our exit for the airport, my...

  • I look around and see a place outside my comfort zone. Instead of the crisp, modern structures of buildings and casinos in Nevada, I see deteriorating slabs of concrete and weatherworn brick. In place of desert sands and sparse vegetation, my vision is captivated by the countless shades of green...

  • 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...

  • Majestic mountains, luscious forests, towering rock formations, a brilliant yellow sun, a magnificent thunder storm; the diversity astounded me. With every passing mile, a new scene erupted into view, each entirely unique yet just as stunning as the last. And all of this in our own backyard.SEMI-...

  • 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...

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