I want to see the world!
But I haven't yet, not even close. Most of my travels have been within the United States, with one unforgettable trip to Israel when I was in high school. But I love the exhilarating feeling of packing a suitcase and heading to the airport or hitting the road to see a new place. After each trip I take, I find I want to continue to experience different cultures, food and people. Each location has something different to offer, and I learn and have fun along the way.
Some of the most memorable places I've visited:
Hiking, sleeping in the desert under the stars, living on a kibbutz, floating in the Dead Sea, 50 of my closest friends; I couldn't have asked for a more memorable experience.
However, I was also in Israel during the Lebanon War. You would think this would be scary, but I honestly didn't feel like I was in danger. Because of the War, we were unable to visit the northern part of Israel, which is supposed to be beautiful. But I have no doubt I will be back to visit again some day.
While we were traveling, I had the opportunity to interact with other Israeli teenagers, and get their take on what it's like to live in Israel. I was able to eat Israeli food, which consisted of a lot of schwarma (my personal favorite), falafel and hummus.
To the right is a photo of Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world, taken by Chris Yunker.
The city that never sleeps.
During the summer of 2011, I had the opportunity to live in New York for 10 weeks while I did an internship. I loved how the city was always moving, and there was always something to do.
My top five things to do in New York:
- See a Broadway show (Many have great student discounts!)
- Go on a run in Central Park
- Go to the Union Square farmer's market
- Have a cupcake at Magnolia Bakery
- Eat Chinese food in Chinatown
One of my family's favorite places to Vacation is North Carolina. My grandparents have a house in Sapphire Valley, and we make an effort to visit every summer.
It's a great place to relax, read a book, go hiking and, being from Florida, escape the brutal summer heat.
My family and I have hiked to the top of mountains and down to waterfalls. It's best if you get started early in the morning to avoid the heat. Pack a lunch and eat with an incredible view! Don't forget to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.
It's a polar opposite atmosphere from New York, but one of the most beautiful places I have visited in the United States.
Above: My brother, Brett, and me after a hike.