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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...

Below the Surface of the Galapagos Islands

By Eryn on Earth, a Native of Hong Kong Who Is Currently Traveling the World. Fifty-Five Countries and Counting.    |  Despite how much I love going snorkeling, I always dread getting into the Galapagos ocean. If it weren’t for the interference of an icy Peruvian current, the water would be much warmer than it actually is. Sitting above water in our this wetsuits, it’s hard to believe that we will soon jump into the home of almost 450 fish...

Hiking the Narrows at Zion National Park

By Dennis Pilipenko, college-bound teen travel blogger who frequently contributes to Celebrate the Weekend The Narrows On my family’s trip to Zion National Park in Utah last summer, my father and I undertook a hike up the Narrows, and the experience was much more enjoyable than the ominous name would lead you to believe. The Narrows is the narrowest section of the Zion Canyon, and most of it is submerged in water. You can hike up from Temple Sinawava or down from Chamberlain’s Reach to the Virgin River located at...