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Madeira: The Pearl of the Atlantic

Usually I would not be excited if there were clumps of dirt on my food. Not so in Madeira.

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A Holy Affair

Crying girls, yelling boys, pacing leaders -- these aren't phrases that usually come to mind when people think about their favorite vacation; but most people don't use words such as hypothermia, Swiss nuns, or drowning to describe it either.

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Parisians Never Need Restrooms After Dark...

If there is one thing that all of man kind shares, regardless of race, gender, or religion, it is the unifying urge to (on occasion) relieve oneself. Everyone's got to go sometime, right? Well, that's what I thought; at least until I went to Paris last spring.

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At the age of fifteen, I had the privilege of taking the trip of a lifetime. The destination was Ireland and we arrived on May 17, 2005, my fifteenth birthday.

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Family Trip to Sweden

As I teenager, I attend school, participate in extracurricular activities, and, of course, get caught up in the high school experience. However, I never thought my life would be changed by a girl named Karin Gustafsson who lived thousands of miles away in a small town called Kalmar.

Tags: Europe, Spain


It just so happens that this past summer was my first trip abroad on a student exchange program to Spain. I was walking out of my school after the bell had rung and saw that I had missed a call on my phone.

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Advice from an Expat

The BBC has four channels. Add ITV and Channel 5 for a grand total of six lousy viewing options on the 'telly.

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A Rememberable Trip?

When many people reminisce of past vacations, they think of laughing with their families and spending long days on the beach. Well, I can't say I think the same.

Author: Anonymous

Tags: Europe, Exploring


Honorable Mention 2007 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

By the time November comes around in school, the band room is buzzing with rumors of what the next band trip will be. Last year, countries like China, Italy, and Spain were coming out of the mouths of every other student holding an instrument.

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Back to the Cultural Basics

Finalist, 2007 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

The 3rd floor terrace of my Aunt Angelina's house in Sicily is breathtaking. I was sitting there in the mid-July dry heat appreciating the gorgeous view on a purely aesthetic level, when as usual my mind started to wander off and get lost in the surroundings -- natives doing their everyday business -- housewives hanging laundry, toddlers screaming and grandmothers subsequently reprimanding them.