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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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Life Without the Internet!

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Oh no, is there such a thing? Believe it or not, Internet is not everywhere. Whether you are visiting a different country, on a plane, or in the mountains where you don’t get service, you obviously need to resort to doing things other than checking Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, or Teentraveltalk.com. Here are the top 5 things you can do (or that I at least did in Mexico):

1. Enjoy your surroundings!

I was in Mexico, and instead of being stuck on my phone, I was able to hang out with my family without getting distracted with alerts on my phone (not that I’m that popular, anyway). Look around where you are at and go on an adventure!

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2. Read!!!

I’m a book nerd, but reading makes time fly by so fast! Go by the library before your trip and pick up some books. They’re basically movies in your head. This is a list of books most recommended for teens. You could also read or browse through the magazines that are offered on the plane.

3. Download games that don’t require Internet.

Frozen Free Fall and Dots Free were my best friends on road trips in Mexico. While waiting in long lines, like in Disneyland, the app Charades makes an hour seem like 20 minutes. We had random people in the line join in with our game because we had a grown man jumping around like a chimpanzee for a clue. It was a blast with everybody participating! There are many more apps, check them out here for Andriod users and here for iPhone users.

4. Go outside!

Okay, careful with this one. If you are on a plane, don’t go outside the plane. This one is if you are on land, in a different country where there isn’t any Internet to be found. I played softball and soccer with my little cousins and I honestly had a great time. We played tag, which I got tired after a minute of being tagged because they are too fast. Or you can go outside and take a nap while sun bathing.

5. Cards or board games.

I don’t know about your family, but my family is pretty competitive. Whether it’s trying to win Loteria (Mexican Bingo) or playing Spoons, we all get into the spirit of the game and before you know it, the time goes by fast. There are so many games that you could play with cards. You could be the only one playing Solitaire, with a partner you can play Go Fish!, and with a big group there is always Spoons and 21.

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There are several things not included in the list but feel free to make up your own or add! So next time you are in a remote area without Internet/Wifi/Mobile Hotspot/4G, take a moment to do it the old-school way.

Spring Break: SoCal and Baja!

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Spring Break: a time for beaches, sand, pools, relaxation, and of course, traveling! Over Spring Break, my family and I visited San Diego and Tijuana and Rosarito, Baja California. Our trips included visiting 2 beaches and the hot springs again. You could read more about the hot springs here.

The first visit was to Belmont Park in San Diego. This is similar to Santa Cruz, California where there is a boardwalk, roller coasters, and food! This beach is beautiful, but it tends to get really packed, especially during those hot summer days! Bracelets are available for those wanting to ride the rides there. We even saw a baby sea lion there!

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The second beach was Rosarito Beach. Located in, you guessed it, Rosarito! The beach is always buzzing with activity. There are clubs nearby with good music and there are always people trying to sell you something. So on my visit, I got cornrows! They were $4, which is not bad at all, because on a cruise we went on, they were for $75 the same ones!

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In Florida, the prices are insane!

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Lastly, the hot thermal springs in San Carlos:

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Basically, you rub clay all over to exfoliate your skin. Then you get into the super hot Jacuzzi-like-natural pool and take off all of the clay. It helps clean your skin. Afterwards, your skin is like a baby!

Spring Break is all about relaxation and having fun with family and friends! Or sometimes it’s about spending time at home catching up on TV shows on Netflix. I enjoy both but the point is to have fun!

The Pittock Mansion

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The Pittock mansion was built as the private residence of The Oregonian published Henry Pittock. It is a château in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon, with 22-rooms, sitting on 46 acres.

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Some claim the mansion is haunted by Henry Pittock and his wife, Georgiana. People have supposedly sensed their presence, as they proudly claim the mansion as their territory. After all, the Pittocks came from pioneer stock and built a huge financial empire. Their mansion was their everything. It was as if their whole lives led up to their home.

That being said… the house is overwhelmingly beautiful. The ornate architecture and the overall extravagant style of the mansion, reminiscent of the French Renaissance.

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For youth (ages 6-18), admission is $7.00, whereas with adults it is $10. Children under 6, though, can go in for free. Also, the backyard is free, and that’s where the scenery is. You can see Mt. Hood and the whole city of Portland. It is breath-taking, to say the least.

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For more info: http://pittockmansion.org/ 

Remembering Hanauma Bay in Hawaii

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Looking back at all of our family pictures, I found our scrapbook on Hawaii. My favorite pictures came from Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. This is a very touristy place, due to its stunning natural features.

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You can literally see all the reef because the water is so clear! Once you are down there, you can see how there is snorkeling gear being sold there, in case you didn’t bring your own.

Beforehand, you are asked to watch a video about wildlife safety, because these creatures are in their natural environment and they are only there for visitors to see not touch. Remembering back, I remember encountering an octopus! At the time, I just remember thinking how weird-looking the octopus was. Their swift movements as it went back into its tiny little hole was crazy! This huge octopus fit into a little tiny hole, I was just in shock! There’s actually a YouTube video that somebody posted about seeing another octopus that looks exactly like the same one I saw: here.

There were so many fish, turtles, and eels that could be found. I snorkeled the whole time because seeing the different fishes interact with each other and go into their home was really amazing.

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If you plan on visiting Hawaii (Oahu, specifically), I highly recommend visiting Hanauma Bay! Check out their website for more information, click here.

 

La Bufadora.

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Every time we go to Mexico, we always visit Ensenada, Baja California. You’ve probably been there from a cruise that you’ve been on, or maybe from when you pass through when you go to the beaches in Baja California. One of our favorite spots is always visiting la Bufadora,or the Blowhole.

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The Pacific water is never warm, so when you get splashed, you’re freezing. Although, you do feel freshened up on those hot, humid summer days. We have gone a couple of times where the blowhole isn’t it’s usual self and there isn’t any water being sprayed. So if you do end up going, the blowhole might not be the way it is in the picture. It just depends on the day.

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Usually, after we get soaked, we go change. Keep in mind that in certain parts of Mexico, you have to pay in order to use the restrooms. There is a person, usually, in the front giving toilet paper once you pay 5 pesos. On one of our trips, we asked to use the restroom to change from our soaked to dry clothing, and the person said we had to pay! So we ended up changing in the car. The money adds up.

There are many shops where you can buy souvenirs all around. And lots of different photo opportunities. Sometimes there are lion cubs where you can take pictures with them, or men dressed as Aztec warriors. You take your pick…

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