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When thumbing through a vacation brochure, I am utterly dissatisfied by the images of families posing under palm trees or near ancient buildings and the bland facts that accompany the vibrant pictures. The information barely captures the image of a country’s colorful culture for those like me who...Tags:
Semi Finalist 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship I could hardly believe the sight as I first stepped into my room at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington D.C. I could hardly believe the sight as I first stepped into my room at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington D.C. As if I just...Tags:
Have you ever felt like traveling to a place that is relaxing and upbeat at the same time? Well, there is only one place on earth that encompasses both of these adjectives. That perfect destination is none other than Cape Town, South Africa! From white sand beaches bathed in turquoise seas to...Tags:
My journey to India was unlike any other. Europe and South America are in my blood, but Asia is a whole other creature, and India was simply chaotic. The car ride to the Halcyon Apartments in Koramangala where I would be living in for three weeks was the ride of a lifetime. The roads had no lanes,...Tags:
When I stepped off the plane at the Heathrow airport in London, I was already enthralled with hearing so many English accents surround me that I completely forgot about the other, more crucial part of my trip: traveling to Scotland. During our trip in London we stayed at the Kensington hotel, which...Tags:
I entered the new residence hall, almost feeling like I was going into a prison. I passed a security check, noted the strict rules that I must abide by, and followed the staff member onto the normally forbidden territory of the Boy’s Floor to drop my luggage off. Intimidated by the graffiti I...Tags:
In January 2010, I got my first chance to go overseas - it was also my first time out ot the USA! I wanted to go to Africa with my church so badly! I was willing to work for it. I raised all my money, I filled out all the forms, and I was ready to go! I went with my mother and 24 others to...Tags:
I remember the time I went to Paris with my family. That was a trip that I will never forget. That was the first time I ever went anywhere outside of the city of Miami. It was on the summer of 8th grade. I remember it being so hot. I was so excited when I got the news that we were going to my...Tags:
The best trip I have ever taken was on a tour bus going up the southern east coast. I went on it when I was a sophomore in High School. It was a trip I took with the YMCA Black Achievers (now called the Teen Achievers). It was a college tour visiting HBCU’s (Historical Black Colleges...Tags:
It’s a feeling I can’t explain, I don’t think anyone can actually, it’s a feeling that cannot be put into words but once one experiences it, it will never be forgotten. That’s what backpacking is, it’s a chance to be free, nothing stopping you from being exactly who you want to be, it’s the feeling...Tags: