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Here you can read what other teenagers have to say about travel – from day trips to journeys abroad, shopping, eating, coasting, and other activities on vacation. Also, parents can read what teenagers like and dislike about family vacations and destinations so that they can plan a family trip that YOU will enjoy.

 

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Inspiration from Pinterest: Travel Gifts

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Pinterest: the website where I can spend hours and hours on, other than Tumblr. This month I figured I would feature a few of my favorite pins that have to do with my traveling obsession. Basically, it has to do when you aren’t traveling but still want that feel. Maybe you want to decorate your room sharing all of your travel experiences, or selecting a gift for a lover of traveling the world, or maybe you like wearing something with maps. Let’s begin.

Map socks, anyone?

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These socks are pretty cool, if you get lost, you might be able to find your way with your socks. The link for these are here.

For those hot summer days when you wish you were somewhere on a tropical beach, but you are really running through your sprinklers at home. This is the bathing suit that can transport you to your dream destination spot.

For girls:

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And for the guys:

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Perhaps a pillow of your ticket stub or photo from your favorite vacation:

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You can head over to Kinkos or Staples and ask for your ticket stub to be blown up. Then you can print out that large ticket stub onto a fabric transfer and make a pillow! This is a cute gift idea!

For those who love reading and are in need of a new bookshelf:

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A vintage map iPhone case:

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Who wouldn’t want Eiffel Tower scissors, it would certainly be an eye full, right? Sorry, bad joke.

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If you or you know someone who loves camping, you should definitely get yourself or them this ultimate sleeping bag:

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The Point It book is genius! For when you are in a foreign country and have no idea how to say a word, you can simply take out your handy book, choose from the 1300 pictures, and point to it!

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You can buy it on Amazon for only $8.77!

Make sure to follow us on Pinterest for more travel finds!

Texas Knows How to Do Parks

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A few weeks back I made a trip to the Dallas-Forth Worth area and I fell in love. The food, the shopping, the food, the food, the food. Yes, I ate a lot. I made some time in my trip to visit a really cool park, reminiscent of New York City’s 1.45 mile High Line park, but definitely different. Let me explain.

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In the heart of Dallas, built over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul, are over five acres worth of what’s been described as “urban green space.” Surrounded by food trucks and with plenty of space for frisbee and soccer players to share a field with tai chi groups, this park is bursting with excitement. Built into the park is a playground, restaurant, jogging trails, a pavilion, dog park, plenty of gardens, and a reading room. From the time it opens at 6 AM into its closing at 11 PM, there is plenty to do for everybody.

At the Reading & Games Courtyard, you can play checkers, chess, and backgammon for a tournament with a friend. For those acquainted with the game Pétanque, equipment is available for playing. Similar to Bocce ball and curling, this French game has recently gained much popularity in the US. For those less in tune with hot and trendy games, croquet and ping pong are also available.

There is also plenty to do once you leave the park. Klyde Warren Park is located at the edge of the Arts District of Dallas and within walking distance of the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, AT&T Performing Arts Center, and Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. There’s also plenty to eat, such as Jorge’s Tex Mex Cafe, Proof & Pantry, a hip contemporary French restaurant, and San Salvaje, serving Latin American cuisine. For information on other things to do in the neighborhood, the Klyde Warren Park website lists a good number: http://www.klydewarrenpark.org/Visit-the-Park/in-the-neighborhood.html

 

 

 

 

 

Touring Colleges 101

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It’s getting near that time where you have to apply for colleges, do you know what school you want to go to? Have you ever visited the campus? Do you know what you want to major in? All of these major questions are surging but something that can help is visiting universities and colleges.

Recently I had the opportunity to go on an east coast college trip where we toured 12 schools. These schools included University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Fordham, NYU, Columbia, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern, Tufts, Harvard, and M.I.T. Each of these schools had an Informational Session where if you wanted to before the tour, you could ask questions to students that currently attend the school and ask about the application process, dorms, etc.

The tours consisted walking through model dorms, food court/cafeteria, model classrooms, and the amazing libraries! My favorite was the Boston University library because it was so impressive the way they had so many dedicated sections for a variety of historical figures, deceased celebrities, and famous authors. Another library at a college was 52 miles! The size of these libraries were immense, very impressive.

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My favorite part of each tour was the traditions part. Each college/university has their own tradition or custom that every student does. For some it’s painting a cannon at midnight in Tufts. Others its throwing toast at a football game like in University of Pennsylvania.

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Make sure to take the time to ask any questions you have to your tour guide or in the information session, they will be more than happy to answer any questions. You can just tell how passionate and happy they are about their school, so they actually enjoy answering questions about their home.

Touring colleges really helped open my eyes as to what it is to be a college student and the college life. I believe everyone should check it out before they apply to a school to make sure that is exactly what they want.

New York on a High School Budget

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New York: The city that never sleeps.

There is always something going on. Parties, events, shows, plays, concerts, etc. As a tourist, it’s impossible to do everything in one trip. Much less do it on a student budget. Everything is so expensive! Here are my top 3 tips for doing New York on a budget.

          1. Top of the Rock. There’s no need to pay the $60 to go on the Empire State Building, when you can pay half ($30 for adults) to visit the Rockefeller Center. You get an amazing view and are able to see everything from Times Square, the teeny Statue of Liberty, World Trade Center, etc. You also get the best picture ever (of course you have to pay extra, but its so worth it). 

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       2. Stay at the YMCA in Harlem. For a cheap place to sleep at night, this is the place to go. If you are traveling on a budget, $90 a night is not bad compared to the $230 a night. Depending on getting a standard sized room or a double, the prices will change. However, the YMCA includes a pool, gym access, and more. The only catch is having to share 4 bathrooms per floor. It wasn’t too bad but it was definitely good enough for 13 students on a budget.

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3. Use the subway and buses! Maybe this is a given, but a MetroCard can be used on subways and buses! I didn’t know this. Using this pass, you can get practically anywhere in New York using these two transportation systems. The fare for one ride is $2.75. If you are going to be using the subway and buses, it would be worth it to buy a 7-day pass. Taxis are really expensive, the subway and buses are the way to get around on a budget.

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It’s impossible to do everything in New York. But not doing everything in New York this first time around, means that we just have to come again, right?

5 Best Coffee Shops in [Southeast] Portland to Get Work Done In

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You’re on vacation in Portland, visiting friends, buying vintage clothing, drinking kombucha on tap, doing acrobatic yoga at Laurelhurst Park, watching somebody walk their pet pig, and you realize: You’ve got a paper to write. Or, you’ve got a bunch of emails to send to your boss and co-workers. Or, I need a break from people. One of the best things about Portland is the coffee, and here are some of our favorite coffee shops to get work done and hide out in, if need be!

5) Red Square Cafe (4505 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215)

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This spot is a bit special for those who need to get work done on a computer because this is a free internet cafe. Now, it is a bit of a smaller space, but rarely is it crowded. Sandwiches are their specialty, and you can fill out a sheet for a build-your-own sandwich. The location of the cafe is awesome. If you get bored of sitting around and getting work done, you can take a break by walking further down Belmont and go to some boutique shops. You can also take a stroll through Laurelhurst Park nearby. That said, the Soviet-era theme is entertaining and fun and the atmosphere is nice and calm, perfect for a morning of reading and writing!

4) Coava Coffee (1300 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR, 97214)

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Coava has a loooot of space and is actually has the best coffee in town, in my humble opinion. If you are an espresso connoisseur, you’ll love Coava. As I mentioned before, there is a lot of space, but I will say it can get quite busy. Bring your headphones just in case you need to shut people out. The location is deeply in Inner-Southeast, extremely close to downtown, just in case you get an itch to go shopping.

 

3) Hungry Heart Bakery (414 SE 80th Ave, Portland, OR 97215)

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Now technically… this is a bakery. But they do have coffee. The space is also often quieter and calmer. The coffee is yummy, but the baked good are what make this place special. Bialies (and bialy sandwiches), macarons, croissants (and croissant sandwiches), pastries, muffins, brownies and most famously cupcakes, as well as other fresh baked treats, make up their menu and are sure to please the customer.

2) Bipartisan Cafe (7901 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215)

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Bipartisan is actually right around the corner Hungry Heart, but their specialty is pie. And they do it right. My favorite, personally, is marionberry-peach, but they have apple, apple blueberry, apple marionberry, apple raspberry, banana cream, butterscotch cream, cherry, chocolate cream, chocolate espresso cream, chocolate orange cream, chocolate peanut butter cream, coconut amaretto cream, coconut cream, espresso cream, German chocolate cream, lemon meringue, lemon raspberry meringue, marionberry peach, peaches & cream, peach blueberry, peach raspberry, pear candied ginger, pear raspberry, pecan, pumpkin, sour cream apple, strawberry rhubarb, aaaaaaaaaand triple berry. That’s a lot of pie. Their sandwiches, soup, bagels, wraps, and other baked treats are also delicious, and there are plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. Also, they serve Water Avenue coffee. The space is quite large, though it is often busy, many people are also there to get work done. Also, the decor is fairly entertaining, as they run with an American politics theme.

1) Rocking Frog Cafe (2511 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214)

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So I have to say, this is my favorite place to hide out in Portland. The donuts are homemade and delicious, the coffee is amazing, and every salad and sandwich I’ve had here tastes so fresh! Rocking Frog is located in a house, so there are many rooms, most of which feel like a study or a beautiful library. There’s plenty of nooks to study in, and though it can get busy, there’s usually space. Worst comes to worst, there’s a backyard with plenty of seating.

The thing about Portland, even SE Portland, is that there are countless coffee shops and cafes that are perfect spots to concentrate and do what you need to do. If you come to Portland, I recommend getting as much work done as you can before coming, because you don’t want to spend your vacation in a coffee shop working, but that being said… that wouldn’t be the worst thing, either, right?

 

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