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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...Tags:
'You think you live in the middle of nowhere? Come here!' (My Journal entry from 7/24/07) 'Here' was the Crow Creek Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota settled just southeast of Pierre. 'Here' contained nothing but rolling hills with cattle, the occasional shrub, and hay fields upon hay fields...Tags:
A chill wind, a towering band of mountains, a light snowfall, the distinct scent of lush green pines, maybe a curious bear in the tree line if you’re lucky. These are among the first things that herald you as you pass through the small eastern gate of Yellowstone National Park and into a world...Tags:
This June, I traveled with my family through Italy and Spain. We like to absorb the culture of the places we go rather than traveling to tourist destinations, so instead of hotels, we rented apartments through Feel Barcelona and Home Away. We’ve rented apartments before in New York and Chicago,...Tags:
If there is one thing from home that you could introduce to the indigenous Peruvian people, what would it be?” My answer: NOTHING! This was a question my peers and I had to consider one evening last summer during our community service/travel trip to South America. Many gave answers you might...Tags:
When my mom announced travel plans to Charleston, mounds of negative things ran through my head. I contemplated “Why are we going to Charleston? South Carolina has the exact same thing as North Carolina. I think I would rather go to New York or Disney World. I was apprehensive as I envisioned...Tags:
Quarter Finalist 2010 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship One week, no parents, and halfway across the country; whatâ€™s not to love? The summer between my eighth and ninth grade years, a trip was offered that took almost 150 of us to Washington, DC. One week, no parents, and halfway across the...Tags:
As I extend my left leg and push off from the hold, my right arm struggles to grasp the rock above me. This sport is all about focus and determination, two traits that define my current state of being. I stop momentarily and look about me; it seems surreal that I am in the center of Alaska’s...Tags:
On jolly Christmas Day, two years ago, I opened a rather strange gift. It wasn't wrapped, simply taped shut in an ordinary brown mailing box. I carefully peeled off the tape, wondering what could possibly be inside such a poorly decorated present, and pulled one frilly fuchsia lei from the box. I...Tags:
Letchworth State Park is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Located in the hills of Western New York State, the 17-mile stretch of the Genesee River is known as the “Grand Canyon of the East”. There is a magnificent gorge bisected by three stunning waterfalls, Lower, Middle and Upper.My...Tags: