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I admit, my initial excitement about going to Hawaii wasn’t due to any genuine eagerness for new cultural experiences and enrichments. Rather, the first image that popped into my mind was one of me spread across the sand, sunbathing. When my parents first suggested Hawaii in July of 2009, I...Tags:
Have you ever experienced something so incredible and unbelievable that you would wake up every morning, thinking that it was a dream? Have you ever wondered how you were so lucky to be experiencing something so amazing? As a seventeen year old girl, I have been able to experience this surreal...Tags:
The amount of forethought and preplanning one does before embarking on a family vacation to a foreign country can mean the difference between a perfectly enjoyable trip and a disastrous one.When I went on a two and a half week trip to Italy last June with my family, we were able to have the most...Tags:
It could have been yesterday: The tangled stratum of purposeful noises, the primitive industrial pollution, the draft of oriental fragrances, the fluctuating wall of rushed foreign syllables. It was a world of western desire despite the eastern reality. I remember the chaotic bicycle traffic, the...Tags:
New Braunfels, Texas is a relative vacation spot for many people seeking to escape reality for a day, a weekend, or maybe even longer. Quite a few people refer to this town as a tourist town because throughout the year, people from all over the country and all over the world flock here to...Tags:
One of my most memorable and personal travel experiences was this past summer when my youth group from church and I went on a mission trip to Nashville, Tennessee from July 2009. While we were there we did a lot of things we wouldn’t normally do in our day-to-day lives. We stepped out of our...Tags:
A year ago, my best friends in the entire world moved nearly 1500 miles away. I still miss them terribly, but a few months ago I finally had enough money saved for a plane ticket to Phoenix. I got together with a mutual friend, and soon we were speeding down a runway at five in the morning,...Tags:
I stepped out onto the ground at the airport on the Big Island. It was exactly how I imagined it. Tribal, made only of palm trees and other Polynesian plant life. It was the smallest airport I’d ever set foot on. Just as my feet hit the ground I heard the stereotypical “Aloha” and...Tags:
Israel is a place that means many different things to many different people. When I made my first visit to the Promised Land, I came hoping to gain new perspective on a country that’s experienced so much conflict and strife over the years. But I didn’t really notice anything obvious during my week...Tags:
The locals call the place Firenze. I call it a masterpiece. Florence was the first place I actually travelled to as a tourist rather than a kid complaining about having to go with his family. We stayed a total of 4 days in the heart of the European Renaissance, enjoying the most of it. Our group...Tags: