The world is immeasurable in its size. There are so many places to visit and people to meet. Many cities can be found bursting with history, culture and life. A traveler can find the most breathtaking places or the most heartbreaking. I have gotten many chances throughout my life to experience both. I have taken trips for leisure, adventure, and others for mission. I have gained knowledge due to these trips, because I have learned so much throughout these worldly excursions.
In the summer of 2007 I went on a 10 day trip to California. It was with a group of 45 girls with a program called Girls Just Want to Have Fun. We left early on a Saturday morning and took an early flight to L.A.X. airport. We had the opportunities to visit Sunset Boulevard, Laguna Beach, SeaWorld, Rodeo Drive, San Diego Zoo and Beverly Hills. It was a jam packed 10 days, filled with excitement. I got to build many new relationships and I expanded my knowledge of the world. The weather, sights and prestige was unique from what I was used to, so it was exhilarating to be around. I have many pictures and a scrapbook full of ticket stubs and pictures.
When spring of 2008 arrived, I went on a 5 day trip to Florida with my Junior Olympic volleyball team, to a National Volleyball Tournament. There were 7 other girls, my coach and I that took an airplane down to Orlando. We participated in the tournament at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex, for 3 days. The other 2, we went to SeaWorld and Coco Beach. At the tournament, there were teams from all over the United States. I got to meet girls from Hawaii, New York and even Guam. The beach was filled with many different people and it was fun to watch people surf and play sand volleyball. It was enjoyable to experience the laid back vibe throughout the city.
I again went on an adventure in the summer of 2008. This time it was out of the country, to Bogota, Colombia. It was a mission trip with my school, and about 10 teens participated. We stayed in Colombia for 3 weeks, working in schools and helping fix up old houses and schools. I was fortunate enough to make many friends, which I am still in contact with today. I loved being submerged into the beautiful culture and learning about the people. There were so many diverse foods, people and beliefs. We also saw the poverty stricken part of Colombia, which completely changed me as a person. Many of the kids came back changed and much more open minded after the 3 week trip.
In the summer of 2009 I traveled with 8 other girls into the Canadian wilderness for a 28 day adventure. As a part of the program Les Voyageurs, we took a 12 hour bus ride up into Manitoba, Canada. We canoed for 28 days to our final destination in Ontario. We slept in tents, ate dehydrated meals and portaged 2k long trials. I learned so much about myself and how strong I am, both physically and mentally. I loved working on a team and building friendships with the girls. Watching the sunset and sunrise while paddling, was unbelievably breathtaking.
Traveling has obviously been a major part of my life, and my beliefs and personality have been shaped due to those experiences. I feel really blessed for all the opportunities that I have had. I hope to continue traveling around the world and even further broadening my worldly knowledge.
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