Soul Search

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Author: Anonymous

Tags: USA

The River Captain

Honorable Mention Winner: Family Travel Forum's 2007 Essay C

Like so many things, security is an invisible asset. When we have it, it empowers us to go boldly, to take chances that actually endanger it.

Author: Anonymous

Tags: USA

New Orleans

Honorable Mention 2007 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

The streets are wet. The rain is still puddled in some of the ancient cobblestones, tho the air is clear and dark.

Author: Anonymous

Tags: Soul Search

My Eye-Opening Cab Ride in Israel

Honorable Mention 2007 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

On Saturday mornings in Jerusalem, there are really only two sounds to hear -- silence and prayer. As I walked up the paved road of the Goldstein Youth Village to catch my 8am taxi to Tel Aviv, I heard a mixture of those sounds.

Author: Anonymous

Tags: USA

New York City

Honorable Mention 2007 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

Many families take vacations across the county and around the world, to places new, exotic or simply relaxing. People travel for many reasons, but I believe mine is the best.

Author: Alexandra Pigeon

Tags: USA

A Glimpse Into My Future

"What colleges are you applying to?"

"Do you know what you want to major in?"

"Are you going to get a dorm or live at home?"

Every high school senior has heard these questions countless times. To some, it feels like they've been waiting to go to college forever.  To me, however, the college admissions process seemed to come out of nowhere. I had finally started adjusting to the high school lifestyle when I started getting peppered with questions about how excited I must be to leave.

Author: Anika Patel

Tags: Winner

How I Traveled the World (and Time) in One Day

As I walk through this tunnel of bamboo and listen to the wind whistling through the leaves of the foliage surrounding me, the American names haphazardly etched into the bamboo stalks remind me: no, I am not in the Shunan Bamboo Sea, where the lofty bamboo towers high and bends over to create natural arches that support its weight, like the ones formed above me now. In reality, the pastel-colored houses that rise blocks away from me scream the city of San Francisco, California, not the province of Sichuan, China.

Author: Kaycee Binder

Tags: Winner

Answering a Mother's Call

Dawn’s warm sunbeams peered through cloud cover at intervals, illuminating patches of emerald rice patties throughout the low-lying mountains of Southern India’s ghats; the faintest of breezes glided coolly across my skin, wrapping me tenderly in the silken embrace of a land that I had longed to walk upon for nearly ten years. Mother India had called me, and my every (sloshing!) footstep was an exultant answer.

Author: Joey Chen

Tags: USA

Searching for Sunrises

My eyes are barely open as I unzip the tent fly and stumble outside onto the wet, morning grass. I wonder why I can’t remember hearing the sound of rain the night before, then realize that it must be dew. I yawn and groggily walk towards the oak tree so I can pee. As I follow the trail back to the tent, I catch a glimpse of orange just over the peaks in the horizon. I run back and try to wake my friends, but they all groan and pull their pillows over their heads.

Author: Andee Joos

Tags: USA

VSA (Vacation of Scholarly Acceptance)

Merriam-Webster says that a vacation is a period of time spent away from work in order to rest or travel, but my vacation was much more than that. My time spent in Nashville, Tennessee, blended together family, fear, and future into a two-week adventure.

I’m from Iowa, a state that others tend to ignore, where cornfields are more common to see than houses, and where farmers are too busy harvesting to take a vacation. Iowa was stifling, and I felt trapped. I needed to leave in order to better understand me my ambitions.

Author: Isabella Adelson

Tags: USA

Beyond the Brass Handle

In first grade, my teacher asked us to bring in postcards from all the exotic places we’d been in our lives. My friends brought back little cards with photographs of beautiful beaches, tall towers, and vast canyons. I had nothing to show. Since then, I've always envisioned traveling as endless car rides to exciting destinations or planes landing on foreign soil. To be a traveler, I assumed one must have to exhibit the mastery of mazing through airports, visiting every state, country, and continent on the map.

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