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Curacao Attractions

A southern Caribbean gem with a Dutch flair that has it all for families: eco-attractions, great beaches, historical culture, friendly locals and more.Just a mere 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela, Curacao, part of the Netherlands Antilles, is a melting pot of over 50 cultures.  The 171-square-mile island is renowned for its coral reefs and deep sea diving and is immune from most tropical...

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A Third-World Paradise I Call Home

  I have paid multiple visits to the diverse island of the Dominican Republic. Not only have I vacationed there several times, I even lived there for seven years. My stay in this complex island has allowed me to fully understand, appreciate, and fall in...

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Ayiti:The Land of High Mountains and even Higher Hopes

 When the massive earthquake hit Haiti, and I saw the hundreds of suffering faces on the news I knew that I needed to do something. I am half Haitian and not very connected with my Haitian family. It hurt me looking at the television screen seeing all those people,...

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La Republica Dominicana

For spring break this year, I went on an ASB trip with the Pre Med Club. It was really a turning point for me. I had so much fun, and it really renewed my motivation. After the trip, I really felt a lot better about everything in my life, which was great after such a long first year of college. When I first stepped off of the plane in the airport in Santo Domingo, I was so nervous and so...

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Young Travel Writers Scholarship Entry: Magical Punta de Mita

The mystique of travel and the discovery of new and exciting places have the ability to give one feelings that are indescribable. When reflecting on journeys past, one often experiences nostalgic pangs and the fulfillment of life journeys gone by. The beholder of these feelings is the only person who can truly know the value of his or her own...

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Quebec Calls Filmmakers to the Slopes

When my husband David Gil executive-produced Snow Board Academy at the Chantecler (888/916-1616) in St. Adele, Quebec, about an hour from Montreal, I fell in love with the area. The film starred comedian Jim Varney and snowboarder Corey Haim, and is about a ski resort that...

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Sea of Cortez

 January 2009, the second half of my junior year of high school, I traveled to Baja Mexico with a group of students from school and my science teacher to study Humpback Whales. I lived on a research boat for 6 days on the Sea of Cortez. Over the course of those 6 days I saw thousands of dolphins, humpback whales jump completely out of the water and ate some of the most amazing Mexican...

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With Peru as My Teacher (with photos)

As the aircraft lifted off the runway and propelled itself into darkness, I clutched my travel pillow and hoped for a smooth flight. I was heading to Peru to study the effects of tourism on culture and the environment with the non-profit eco-tourism group, Crooked Trails. Crooked Trails and Western Washington University, where I was studying for an Environmental Studies degree, had partnered...

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Traveling Through Life: How Education Lead to Service-Young Writers Scholarship

When I was at the University of California I was always envisioned myself leaving the comfort of my country to volunteer abroad. A travel study abroad program in Carribbean and South America ignited this ambition. The poverty I witnessed in the global south narrowed the gap of ignorance and allowed for the exploration of opportunities in human service. While this dream is still...

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Young Travelers Writers Scholarship

              It was the time of my life after I came back from the Bahamas just last October. It was even more fun because we left on Halloween. There was a costume on board in which I departed from previous attires and went as a Venetian pirate. I bought a mask at the farmer’s market which gave me the idea. I was trying to get used to being on land...

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