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I wasn't exactly exploding with excitement when I first got on the bus heading for Sky Ranch summer camp. It was in Van, Texas, in the middle of nowhere and possibly the last place in the world I wanted to be. But as is normal for every teen, my mom didn't see it my way. She saw the trip as a...Tags:
After two years of raising money, planning and practice, we had finally made it. The Shawnee Mission West High School marching band landed in London, England, just two days after Christmas 2011. Officially, we were in London to march in the New Years Day Parade, but we were also there to...Tags:
About a year ago, my older brother, my mother, and I decided on a whim to shoot up to Burlington, Vermont. We had no idea what there was to do or see, but we had heard about the city’s vibrant culture and atmosphere. We made the decision to go in June, so we had to take what we could get.The day we...Tags:
I recently traveled to WashingtonD.C. with my parents to visit several colleges. While I value the observations and opinions of others, there is nothing like experiencing something in person. You learn so much more when you can see it, touch it, smell it and EXPERIENCE it for yourself. ...Tags:
All I held was a piece of paper with an address written on it. I could have cared less if my entire luggage had been lost; I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at last. Neither family nor friends for an entire month; just me. I was set free. Driving along la Avenida General de...Tags:
When I took my People to People trip to Australia last summer, I didn't know all about where I was going or what I was headed for. By the time I came home, I didn't think anything could ever compare. I was nominated for the trip in February, four months before we would leave. That meant lots...Tags:
Off the plane we stepped, into the dry, menacing heat that we would come to love over the next 10 days. Having lived in Scotland for the last 7 years, any glimpse of sweat came as a welcome surprise. So it began, our journey into the heart of Malawi. Our agenda - painting schools, visiting an...Tags:
“Okay kids, we’ll go ahead and tell you. We are going to take a weekend trip to Atlanta, Georgia next weekend!” Mom said. “Really?” I exclaimed. “We have to go to the Lamborghini dealership!” Kaleb piped in. “Well, we should start planning,” encouraged Dad. The next...Tags:
I could hardly contain my excitement as I drove up the tiny, winding road. Up I went, up, up, up. When would I ever get to the top?QUARTER-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPAt last, with a sudden, final curve in the road, I was atop the hill. Standing before me was a colossal,...Tags:
In the fall of last year instead of bundling up with sweaters and sheepskin boots I was stuffing my suitcases with swimsuits, sandals, and a myriad of sunscreen. Instead of worrying about exams or essays like my peers; I was packing for a school sponsored Bahamas escape. At the time I figured it...Tags: