The Land Down Under | My Family Travels
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Ever since I can remember, I have been traveling. I have lived in numerous places thanks to my dad’s job and I even got to live in Germany for four years. Even though I had the privilege of traveling in Europe, there was one place that was always in the back of my mind. Lucky for me, opportunity to visit that place came knocking on my door my junior year of high school. I received a letter in the mail from People to People to travel to Australia with them the following summer. I couldn’t contain my excitement! I remember running through my house to find my parents to tell them the good news. They happily agreed that it would be a great experience.

People to People is a student ambassador program that takes students all around the world to learn about different cultures, something that has always been of interest to me. My parents took me to the information meeting and without hesitation I signed up for an interview.  Nervously, I waited for the call to see if I was accepted to go on the trip.  The call came, and I was going to the Land Down Under! Over the next 6 months I attended meetings so I could learn about Australia and meet all the people in my delegation and the delegation form Louisiana that we would meet once we got to our destination.

Finally, the day came! Now all that stood between me and Australia was a 15-hour flight. The second we landed, though, our trip began. Right away we met our delegation manager who would be our tour guide for the next three weeks. Next we got acquainted with the delegation from Louisiana. Even though all of us were exhausted there was no time to waste. Every minute of our trip was packed full of fun and educational activities.

We began our adventure in Cairns. There we went snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, played with koala’s at the zoo, met aboriginals who taught us how to throw boomerangs and spears, and tried kangaroo steaks. (Which were absolutely delicious!) From there we traveled south to our final destination, Sydney. In between there and Cairns we stayed busy with fun, rewarding adventures all while making life-long friendships.

On my trip I got the chance to do so many exhilarating things. Some of my favorites were; visiting Whitehaven Beach (known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world), camping on a farm, sailing on a maxi-yacht, exploring caves, holding a live crocodile, snorkeling through shipwrecks, feeding dolphins, rappelling down a 200-foot cliff and seeing all the breath-taking sights in Sydney. All of this was tons of fun and I don’t think I could possibly pick just one thing that was my favorite over all of them.

My trip didn’t just provide me with adventures filled with endless activities. It also motivated me to travel even more which helped me make a new goal for myself; to travel to all seven continents. I really love seeing and experiencing different cultures. It’s fun to see that the way we live is not how the whole world lives, which a lot of us think because we never get to see anything but our home. I believe that it’s important that we learn about the world. A lot of us are very close-minded and if we all opened our eyes we could make not just our society, but also the whole world a better place. 

 

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