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Dear Costa Rica

By Kaitlyn, a world-schooled, homeschooled and unschooled teen traveler who shares her adventures traveling the world on ThisTeenTravels. |  Dear Costa Rica, Your country stretches forever with its glorious scenery and landscape.  Your beaches seem to glisten in the sun while the birds fly in the empyrean above our heads. You open your arms wide delighted for clueless tourists traipsing across your land. Your people welcome us in and leave us with an impression that they’ll keep us internally. They beam from ear to ear, smiling....

Iceland: The Golden Circle with Season Tours

By Simone Benson, a Fourth Grader in San Diego Our friends in San Diego recommended Season Tours, and we are so happy they did! Our guide, Tyffi Tyffason, picked us up at our apartment near Reykjavik at 8:30 in the morning, and we left to spend the day touring the Golden Circle. This is one of Iceland’s most popular destinations, and it’s not even a circle. Nesjavallavirkjun Power Plant First, we took a scenic drive to the geothermal power plant...

The Mysterious Machu Picchu: An Incan Citadel in Peru

By Eryn on Earth, a Native of Hong Kong Who Is Currently Traveling the World. Fifty-Five Countries and Counting. Machu Picchu is one of the most well-known icons of the Incan Empire and holds a few examples of the intelligence of the Inca culture. It was built in a traditional Inca style, with large pieces of polished stone that fit together like puzzle pieces. Neither cement nor glue was used to hold the grand structures together, and as we wandered...

An Unexpected Journey in Hobbiton: The Land of Fantasy and Magic in New Zealand

By Travelin’ Kait Global traveler, citizen of the world and avid volunteer who has (so far) visited more than 60 countries on six continents. She is also co-founder of Kids Unite 4 Hope, inspired by her time volunteering at a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey. Beyond the rolling green hills of the North Island lies Hobbiton, the famous movie set for the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies in New Zealand. As one of my favorite experiences during our...

On Top of Iceland’s Hekla Volcano with Moonwalker Tours

By Simone Benson, a fourth-grader who lives in San Diego |  If you want to explore Iceland in a way most people don’t get to see it, go off the beaten path and ride up Hekla Volcano with Moonwalker Tours. Our guide, Bessi, picked us up at our apartment in his Land Rover. (He told us that it is a very bad idea to call it a Jeep.) So off we went in one of the most fun cars,  umm…Jeeps…um....

Velkominn to Puffin Island in Iceland

By Bryce Benson, a fourth-grader in San Diego who likes travel, coding and performing on stage On our first full day in Iceland, it was my mom’s special day–her birthday! To celebrate, we went on a wonderful puffin island tour, which left from the Old Harbor in Reykjavik. Check out Mr. Puffin here. The puffin tour was puff-riffic! We went onto a dock while we waited for the tour to start. In the cold water below, we saw jelly fish...

Bogota, Colombia: A City That Inspires

By Sean Treichler, a passionate global traveler and avid swimmer/ocean-lover who is entering high school this fall in Orange County, California |  Located within the eastern Cordillera of the Andes and 8,660 feet above sea level, Bogotá is a city that has been held dearly in regards to all of my travel experiences. The high-paced, contemporary city not only enhanced my understanding of true culture and artistry, it augmented my spirit and morale through exposure of the capital’s true treasures....

Good Morning, Vietnam! Introducing Our First Travel Vloggers: HTYolo and Pawprint.

It’s a blog, it’s a video, it’s a vlog! Today’s post is something new: two travel vloggers reporting from Vietnam. Henrik and Anouk Thomas have traveled extensively with their parents since they were eight and six years old, respectively. Here are a few fun things they did while visiting Vietnam and what they learned while exploring this exotically beautiful country. Hikes through brilliantly green rice paddies, bat-filled caves, underground tunnels, exotic markets, squid fishing and more. Check it out! (Editor’s...

My Junior Year, Bay Area, College Road Trip

By Jasmine “Jazzy” Contile, who is entering her senior year at High Tech High International high school in San Diego. This blog shares how she approached the ultimate question for high school juniors: where do I want to apply to college? There’s just one way to find out: road trip!   |  When I heard about the San Francisco or, as we called it, “Bay Area Trip” that my junior class of 100 students (give or take) would be embarking on, I...

Food from Puebla Mexico

By Haley Sherman, a 15-year-old from Gilbert, Arizona who has been on a long-term journey to travel the world with her family, Let’s Just Travel, since 2014. |  When we left for Puebla, Mexico, I made a promise to myself that I would try most, if not all, of the food that was offered in Puebla, whether or not that food was out of my comfort zone. I’ve gone so far out of my comfort zone it’s actually hard to see...