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A Mother-Daughter Weekend Adventure in San Francisco

By Brooke Noelle, co-founder of Pedis-n-Passports, a mother/daughter travel blog Talk about an epic weekend! Hi everyone. It’s Brooke. I just got back from the most incredible weekend in San Francisco and want to share our adventures with you. I’m not saying we hit everything on our list because we didn’t come close, but we certainly tried to get as much in as possible. In honesty, a weekend is not nearly enough time to spend in San Francisco. We left feeling...

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...

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...

The Gentle Giants of the Baja Lagoons of Mexico

By Eryn On Earth, a Native of Hong Kong who is currently traveling the world. Fifty-five countries and counting! |  Wales and humans have had a bitter history. We’ve slaughtered them to the verge of their extinction, and whaling is still going on today. Despite the tension between us, these Baja whales pushed away the negativity and welcomed tourists to their home. The grey whales travel to the shallow Baja lagoons from the Arctic, and gather here to give birth...

Cancun: Looks Like Heaven–Our First Day in Mexico

By Reka Kaponay Teenage writer and traveler who has been traversing the globe with her parents and twin brother since 2001. Follow her journey at www.dreamtimetraveler.com.   |  The palm fronds sway languidly in time with the beat of the bus as the driver swerves left round a corner, missing a gardener trimming the airport hedges by a hair’s breadth. My mind barely registers the close call. For a moment I’m still up above the clouds, marvelling at the cotton...

Washington, D.C.: On Painting Impasto

By Samantha Kiss Second-place winner of the 2016 Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarship When people think about visiting Washington, D.C., they create an impressionist painting characterized by swirling shades of patriotism: dashes of museums crowded with artifacts, towering monuments, and ribbons of ethnic restaurants mingling with office spaces. This is the big picture. This is what we put on postcards and in picture frames....

A Guide to a Teen’s Night in Chicago

By Sabina Benson Eighth-grader at Roosevelt International Baccalaureate Middle School |  Chicago, “the windy city,” is full of people, art, music and great food. My parents and I were lucky enough to see the musical “Hamilton” there. Although that was most definitely the highlight of the trip, there was plenty to do. Here are some of my suggestions of what to do in Chicago in just 24 hours....

Hamilton Chicago: Take Your Shot with These Helpful Tips

By Sabina Benson Eighth-grader at Roosevelt International Baccalaureate Middle School in San Diego I am obsessed with Hamilton. And this Christmas, my parents surprised me with tickets. (Yes, I cried!) We boarded a plane from San Diego to Chicago on Christmas Day and saw the show December 30. For those of you also lucky enough to score next-to-impossible-to-get tickets to Hamilton, here are a few tips....