Vacations

  • Maine is a beautiful state nestled on the coast of New England.  It kisses the chilly Atlantic Ocean while spreading its arms toward the Canadian Province, Quebec.  It’s filled with natural majesty; all manners of rock formations, beaches, and snow sprinkled forests.  On the southern tip of Maine,...

  • I have always heard that trips enlighten, and yes, that is true. After a trip to Thailand, I realized that trips teach many different lessons, especially on how you perceive the world, and they remind you to be grateful. But these lessons did not come from people, instead, they came through a...

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  • We walked nine miles in one day. It’s a statement that perfectly describes New York City: fast-paced, sprawling, and exhilarating. And my trip to the metropolis was all of that and then some - the journey of a lifetime. Our first tourist stop was Central Park. I expected to dread the popular...

  • Many summer vacations include relaxing on the beach or lounging in a hammock under a blue sky with warm sun. However, my summer vacation was much less relaxing but surprisingly every bit as enjoyable. My family and I embarked on a two week road trip to the Western United States, which was...

  • The first thing I distinctly remember was the stifling temperature and humidity. Although it was summer back in Pennsylvania, I didn’t have the slightest idea of the meaning of “heat” until I stepped out of Queen Beatrix National Airport. The warmth rattled through my body, and I immediately wanted...

  • A few years ago, my family had rented a house in Massachusetts with a pool to spend a week’s vacation. En route to our destination, we had gone to a local ice cream store, SoCo Creamery; the primary reason for our odyssey that Saturday afternoon had been the discovery of a new branch of this ice...

  • If you take one look at Instagram posts under the hashtag “#vacation”, chances are you’ll see photos of people surrounded by palm trees, tanning beds, and beachside pool service in some far off tropical paradise. In my family, the idea of a vacation is different. With a history geek for a father...

  • We had been on Big Island for a week, enjoying the vibrant blue water and colorful Hawaiian reefs, when our family decided we wanted something more adventurous. Naturally, we decided to visit a volcano — Mauna Kea. Driving hours through cow fields and lava fields to arrive at the base, we gazed at...

  • Venice, Italy is like no other place in all the world. Venetian beauty cascades from atop the clanging San Marco bell tower all the way down into its teaming maze of canals. Walking the narrow, twisting, cobblestone streets, I couldn’t help but stare around in silent wonder. My family, however, is...

  • “The ocean is everything I want to be. Beautiful, mysterious, wild, and free.”  The first time I laid my eyes on the ocean, I instantly fell in love.  Ever since I was a young child I had dreamt of the moment that I would put my toes in the pure, white, soft sand. I was surprised that in only...

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