My mom and I took a trip to the Grand Canyon in the summer of 2010.

Since I was little, my parents instilled in me a desire to travel and see the world. As a family, we would take yearly summer trips to different parts of the country. I've been all along the East Coast and have toured the big cities of the East like Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston.

My parents love going out West, however, especially to see the National Parks. I've been to the Grand Canyon twice, and the beauty of the canyon is absolutely breathtaking. My goal is to someday complete the rim-to-rim hike.

Whenever my family and I travel, we always incorporate outdoors activities into our excursions, and sometimes the outdoors is literally the entire reason we are traveling. For example, when I was in high school, we chartered a sailboat in Belize and stayed onboard for over a week.

It was definitely a new experience to be away from civilization for so long, but seeing the beautiful coral reefs and deserted islands definitely made everything worth it.

Without my family, I have traveled to London, Paris, Italy and Spain on three separate trips. Each time, I have learned so much about other cultures, and through traveling, I have learned about myself as well. I studied abroad in Spain the summer after my freshman year at UF, and for six weeks, I lived with a host family. This experience not only improved my Spanish-speaking skills, but also my understanding of Spanish customs.

My cousin and I skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado.My friends from high school and I make a wish at the Trevi fountain.During my trip to northern Spain, I hiked in the Picos de Europa.

Through my travels, I have grown to appreciate what I take for granted in the United States. In the future, I hope to continue taking trips abroad. Next on my list - South America!