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Travel to me; going two hours away from home, seeing my grandparents and returning the next day. Living in Washington, the most extensive trips I’ve taken with my family have been right next door to Oregon. Even those are far and few between. I don’t know if the common theme of my expeditions...Tags:
In July of 2006, Colony High School's and Alaska's first and only marching band packed their bags and set off for our nation's capitol, Washington D.C. Once there we spent a few days touring around the city of D.C. Then, on the morning of July 4th we suited up, got our instruments out and marched...Tags:
I stand on the beach of Colleville –sur-Mer in lower Normandy, France feeling the chill rise from the ocean. The longer I stand upon the same sand that over 2000 men died fighting for, historic stories start to come alive right before my eyes.HONORABLE MENTION 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING...Tags:
“Howzit! Welcome to Sud Africa!” That was the first thing I heard stepping off the 18 hour flight from Washington D.C. It was all so new and exciting, different smells, a new language, a completely new atmosphere, pretty much a new everything. This was only my second time in South Africa in...Tags:
My family's "What's Up East Coast?" trip starts in southern Florida - my home. I slept for probably most of the six to eight hour drive to get to just the border of Georgia so I can't really say how beautiful the scenery was; but I can say that my fluffy pink pillow came in very handy. Finally...Tags:
The afternoon was ripe with excitement and the car was stuffed like an over-packed linen drawer. The drive would be the worst part, and to be honest I was not looking forward to it. I tried to think positively of the ever wrapping and winding bends that gave birth to heat stricken mirages on the...Tags:
My family doesn’t travel very often and by extension, I don’t travel often either, but with the trips I have taken, I’ve learned one thing. You don’t have to travel to the other side of the globe to have a life changing or eye opening experience; in fact, such an experience could be just five...Tags:
Pounding warmly down, the sun rested high in the sky. Surrounding locals lay out on verdant grass, bronzing their bodies and lazily relaxing. The river rushed rapidly and reflected a gorgeous cerulean blue. The riverbanks, laden with swimmers just exiting the water, contained a current that...Tags:
New York City. One would think that after traveling there for the fourth time it’d be monotonous and boring. Then again, “boring” isn’t exactly at the top of the list to describe NYC. In fact, the city itself is entirely enlivening! There’s a magic that attaches to the deepest of your nerves...Tags:
It is December 2008. I am 14 years old, and I am traveling to my home country, Nigeria, which I have not seen since my arrival in America about 8 years ago. Dressed in a turtleneck, jeans, and boots for the plane ride, emotions are desperately attacking each other – each competing for attention. I...Tags: