The Great Opportunity

11,700 miles and 42 days later, I'm headed back home. This trip went by in a blur, and it's crazy to think I fit 14 countries in such a short amount of time. My trip was filled with so many incredible sights and some great company. I was able to experience both sides of the …

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The Magnitude of a Moment

“Do I need to remind you of the finite nature of life? It’s like the song says, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.” Life is so fleeting; memories come and go every second. Moments with the people we love, in the places that take our breath away, and the emotions we crave. Each day …

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A Yearbook of Travelers

"A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles."  - Tim Cahill My journey abroad was one filled with days of both quiet solitude and joyful laughter. Nearly every day, I met someone new. Just when I would begin to feel lonely in the vast world, I would meet someone who brought a new …

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The End of a Journey

"We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic to creativity. When we get home, home is still the same, but something in our minds has changed, and that changes everything." 139 days ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect when boarding my flight out of Omaha, the most familiar …

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Upward and Onward

I’ve been on dozens of planes in my life, each feeling different emotions. I’ve felt the nerves kick in while flying cross country to national gymnastics meets. I’ve felt sheer joy coming home with my teammates after winning a national championship title for cheerleading. I’ve felt excitement when trekking to Montana to reunite with my …

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The Year of Changes

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." - Omar Khayyam 2017 was a hectic year for me. I started my senior year at a new high school, so every day was filled with learning something new about myself and spending some quality time with my friends. I used to count down the …

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Trading Parties for Planes

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu A single step. One split-second decision can change everything in your future, everything that your outlook of life depends on. My life changed three years ago, when I decided that I wanted to make my memories actually memorable. This step was …

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