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Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Of The Seas – How It Fared

Our cruise specialist reports on whether size matters on the new Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas - the largest cruise ship sailing the seas today.As a family travel specialist, I often preview new ships, and friends who are not in the industry will sometimes casually ask for feedback. However, the arrival of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the...

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Metatlonoc, a Hungry Driven Town

Young and curious, I smiled at the children that gave me the preciously wrapped chiclets. I loved the minty savor of the gum as I consistently chewed it. This gum was a simplistic representation of how the children of Mexico earn a living. Although...

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Mexico as I never saw it before

For the first time in my life, my eyes were opened to the intense and unimaginable world of poverty when I traveled to Mexico two years ago.  My mother and I had vacationed in Mexico many times, but my Spanish had considerably improved, and I could finally engage in real conversations with those outside our hotel.  That ability alone showed me a glimpse of a life I could never possibly live, and...

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Curacao Attractions

A southern Caribbean gem with a Dutch flair that has it all for families: eco-attractions, great beaches, historical culture, friendly locals and more.Just a mere 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela, Curacao, part of the Netherlands Antilles, is a melting pot of over 50 cultures.  The 171-square-mile island is renowned for its coral reefs and deep sea diving and is immune from most tropical...

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A Third-World Paradise I Call Home

  I have paid multiple visits to the diverse island of the Dominican Republic. Not only have I vacationed there several times, I even lived there for seven years. My stay in this complex island has allowed me to fully understand, appreciate, and fall in...

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Ayiti:The Land of High Mountains and even Higher Hopes

 When the massive earthquake hit Haiti, and I saw the hundreds of suffering faces on the news I knew that I needed to do something. I am half Haitian and not very connected with my Haitian family. It hurt me looking at the television screen seeing all those people,...

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La Republica Dominicana

For spring break this year, I went on an ASB trip with the Pre Med Club. It was really a turning point for me. I had so much fun, and it really renewed my motivation. After the trip, I really felt a lot better about everything in my life, which was great after such a long first year of college. When I first stepped off of the plane in the airport in Santo Domingo, I was so nervous and so...

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Young Travel Writers Scholarship Entry: Magical Punta de Mita

The mystique of travel and the discovery of new and exciting places have the ability to give one feelings that are indescribable. When reflecting on journeys past, one often experiences nostalgic pangs and the fulfillment of life journeys gone by. The beholder of these feelings is the only person who can truly know the value of his or her own...

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Sea of Cortez

 January 2009, the second half of my junior year of high school, I traveled to Baja Mexico with a group of students from school and my science teacher to study Humpback Whales. I lived on a research boat for 6 days on the Sea of Cortez. Over the course of those 6 days I saw thousands of dolphins, humpback whales jump completely out of the water and ate some of the most amazing Mexican...

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With Peru as My Teacher (with photos)

As the aircraft lifted off the runway and propelled itself into darkness, I clutched my travel pillow and hoped for a smooth flight. I was heading to Peru to study the effects of tourism on culture and the environment with the non-profit eco-tourism group, Crooked Trails. Crooked Trails and Western Washington University, where I was studying for an Environmental Studies degree, had partnered...

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