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Spring break, 2012, and my parents, my three younger siblings, and I left North Carolina for a two day stay in a lakeside home at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. The first day was perfectly enjoyable; however, our excursion took an unpleasant twist when we were returning home from...Tags:
Owase is a serene fishing town nestled comfortably in southern Mie prefecture on Japan’s eastern coast, surrounded by towering mountains and twisting rivers. Although Owase is the rainiest place in all of Japan, its small town charms and lovely scenery offer an incredible perspective on rural Japan...Tags:
Every two years, my family would save up enough money to travel back to our roots: Hong Kong. In the August of 2009, I returned back to my homeland. It was different this time around compared to the last few times I visited; the ambience was something i had never experienced before and the culture...Tags:
My mother collects Christmas ornaments. She buys them everywhere we go. Every vacation, road trip, journey -- each place we visit becomes a decoration to hang proudly on our tree. The ornaments hold the memories of travels passed -- of laughter, joy, and adventure. One hangs prouder than the rest....Tags:
Semi Finalist 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Have you ever been somewhere and learned more in one day than you thought youâ€™d learn in a lifetime? Ever experienced something so vivid, so real you thought you could taste it? That was me a few summers back! Iâ€™ve been on several trips,...Tags:
My memory serves me well; I can vividly see the novel, distinguishing architecture of McCormick Place West as it proudly stands in the outskirts of Chicago. I remember taking that first step into the building and being hit with a wave of utter amazement. Words cannot begin to describe how I felt....Tags:
A desert by definition is dry. The sun scorches the desert as one squeezes the liquid from a towel. It's not easy to call a place like that home, and it isn't easy to get used to either. But on rare days, I stand on a mountain, overlooking my community. The wind slashes through the strands of my...Tags:
- I Wanted To Go To Disney, But Instead I Got Pirates, Monsters, A Mission From The Founding Fathers, And A Funny Little Vacation To Rockport, Massachusetts
Five years ago my family took a vacation to Rockport, Massachusetts. I wasn’t very excited. Hey, what can I say? I was twelve, I wanted to go to Disneyworld... or was it Disneyland? Oh well, either would have suited me fine. Fact is, Rockport didn’t sound all that fun to me. Sure, I could swim in...Tags:
It was going to be my parent's 30th anniversary gift to themselves, but for some reason, they didn't want to leave me behind. So there I was . . . almost the only person under 50 on a cruise ship of 800 crew and 1100 passengers. There were a shocking number of wheelchairs and walkers in the narrow...Tags:
When you think of any national park, you probably think about a place with bright green foliage and craggy waterfalls scattered over a few acres of land. In Joshua Tree National Park however, that expectation could not be further from the truth. The whole space seems to rumble with a slow rhythm...Tags: