Why students travel

  • As soon as I stepped out of the car the fumes and smog hit me. I was no longer in the suburbs of the mid-western state of Iowa, my hometown. Squinting through the sun and smog, the skyscrapers came into view more clearly.  Excitement buzzing through my body made it impossible to stand still.  As if...

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  • When I first found out that I would be vacationing in Haiti, I had mixed emotions. Visiting exotic locations is one of my passions, but the idea of spending three weeks in isolated villages had me second guessing the trip’s initial appeal. However, the fact that I would be spending most of the...

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  • Not too long ago my church's youth group traveled to Louisville, Kentucky for the Nazarene Youth Conference event (NYC) that only happens every 4 years. Not only us of course, but actually Nazarene teens from all across the United States, Canada, and even some areas of the world came!  I never...

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  • My most moving travel experience so far has been my 2007 visit to Guangzhou, China, where I had a reunion with my mother Nilofar and my brother Zain. Before that I had not seen them for four years, more than a quarter of my life at the time. I had to content myself with talking to them over the...

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  •       A marketplace. To anyone else my age, this might be considered “ghetto.” But to me, this is beautiful. The walkway is narrow and composed of smooth rocks, with small steps every few feet to follow the slight upward slope of the path. The stalls alongside me are squeezed together with no...

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  • As I start to open the door, bang! I end up hitting another door. I thought to myself “what has she gotten us into?” Two adults, two teenagers, and a dog cramped in a small motel room for the weekend. This is how my trip to Tahoe started, pretty good so far right? Ha, not really! My family and...

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  • ¡Pura vida! Pure life. Going into my one month stay in Costa Rica, I wrote off their national motto as nothing more than a vague, cheesy saying. Little did I know that no other phrase could more perfectly describe Costa Rican living.    I began my journey in my comfortable New York City home,...

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  • It was a brand new year and Big Bear, California had lots of snow. My relatives wanted to take me and my siblings to the icy slopes to learn how to snowboard. I actually wanted to do something easier, like snow tubing. But then I thought that snowboarding would be nice too, so I agreed to do it....

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  • One of my most eye-opening, self-discovering experiences took place less than two hours away from my hometown; I felt the distance sorely nonetheless. I was accepted into an acting program at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in Manhattan, and I was to spend a month in New York while I...

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  • They say you never really know what something is like until you've experienced it firsthand. That you never know what you've been missing until you get a taste of it. A year ago, I realized what I'd been missing in my life -- all thirteen years, five months of it.   It started out as yet another...

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