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August 17th, 2014
Spur the moment Friday night, my grandparents decided to surprise all of their grandkids with a trip to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California the next day, Saturday. As it turns out, we visited Six Flags on NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY!!!
Now, we didn’t know what that actually meant. Soon, however, when we decided to ride Boomerang, we found out we get to ride a second time (if you wanted to)! As big roller coaster fans, we were certainly up to it!
Discovery Kingdom has a lot of thrill rides, such as Medusa (the green one in the picture above), Kong (also shown in the photo behind Medusa), Boomerang, Roar, Vertical Velocity, and their newest edition Superman.
For those that don’t care for roller coasters, Discovery Kingdom has a zoo area where they have animals like giraffes and elephants. They also offer elephant rides! Only $15 for adults and $10 for kids! My cousins and aunt rode the elephant and said it was an experience like no other. Now my little cousins can say that they rode an elephant like Aladdin.
No, I’m just kidding. They didn’t pay 10 dollars to ride this elephant. This was the real thing.
Big difference, right? Yesterday was a really fun day! Not having to wait in line twice to get on a roller coaster again was the best! I can’t wait to go back again, and maybe this time I will ride the elephant!
August 13th, 2014
Hi guys! I’m Bianca, a new addition to the Teen Travel Talk team! I’m English, though I was born and bred in Singapore, and I just turned nineteen years old – but exploring the world around me has been a passion of mine pretty much since I was born. I’m lucky enough to be able to say that to date I have been to more than 50 cities, 25 countries and 4 continents – and I can’t wait to share my stories with you!
Growing up in Asia has meant that I’ve had the good fortune of visiting Bali pretty much every summer since I can remember. It’s one of my favourite places on the planet, and so I thought for my first post for TTT, I’d let you guys in on why this little island is your new dream destination!
1. There’s a sense of culture here that is unlike any other. Known as the Island of the Gods, religion and spirituality are of the utmost importance to all its inhabitants – wander down any path at any time and see incense burning over colorful offerings, or even an intricate ceremony taking place. You can literally feel the tranquility in the air – breathe it in!
2. The weather! It’s around 30 degrees Celsius, always. Avoid the rainy season if you can, but not to worry – there will still be balmy sunshine from sunrise to sunset, and the perfect amount of breeze… Max and relax by the pool or beach and add a little tanning oil to really soak it up.
3. You will never, EVER be bored. Each of the island’s bustling localities offers a different kind of experience. Head to Nusa Dua for resort-style luxury, Uluwatu for an action-packed surf sesh, or Seminyak for some serious shopping – and if you’re up for a little more adventure, take a boat out to a nearby island like Nusa Lembongan, and enjoy the view (don’t forget the snorkels!)
4. Bali is one of the most picture-perfect places I have ever been. There’s definitely a ramshackle feel to its beauty – dilapidated houses with straw roofs are right next door to five-star resorts, and children play in the streets by booming beach clubs. But it’s that authenticity in the mix of modern direction and traditional island living that makes Bali so unique.
5. The food and beverage scene on the island just keeps getting better! There is such a range of cuisines – local warungs serve Indonesian food at its finest for under $1, right next to chic new cafés that cook up healthier twists on Western favourites – think spicy eggs with black beans on pulled pork, or tropical smoothies chock full of passionfruit and mango. There’s a little something for everyone, and it’s all bagus!
Although my shortlist doesn’t even come close to doing it justice, I hope you’ve gotten a little taste for this tiny corner of pure paradise, and that you will one day get to visit Bali too! Safe travels! Bianca x
Photo credits to Emilie Butler
August 6th, 2014
When you search for the top places to visit in California (using Google search), a list of points of interest in California pops up. This lists consists of some of the top destinations that are a must-see in California. One of my favorites is Monterey, California.
What does this city have to offer exactly?
You name it, Monterey has it! From a world-famous aquarium, the historical landmark of Cannery Row, the scenic Recreation Trail to Fisherman’s Wharf. There is something for everyone in the family.
The aquarium is absolutely amazing! Your younger siblings will enjoy seeing all of the marine animals and play with the interactive stations. The animals are beautiful and so active! You know how sometimes you go to the zoo and the animals are just laying around–doing nothing–in contrast, the marine animals love the attention!
Whale watching is another big touristic thing to do in Monterey. Depending on the season, there are killer whales, dolphins, humpbacks, blue whales, or gray whales. I love watching the whales give their audience a show as they flip their tail, because they obviously love the attention too!
The history behind Monterey is interesting. Cannery Row was where the sardines and whaling industry took place. It dates back to when the Asian, European, and Native American settlements started. There are many historical plaques in this area of Monterey where it explains the history. My parents were remembering how their grandparents used to eat the sardines from the company back in the day in Mexico.
The parks and beaches here are also worth seeing as well. If you get a chance to visit the city I would recommend renting a surrey bike and touring the Recreation Trail (its an 18 mile trail, we only did about 2 miles of this path).
Don’t forget to bring a sweater, it does get kind of chilly! There is a YouTube video that is all about the top attractions in Monterey, it pretty much summarizes what I explained here. There is so much to do in Monterey, I really can’t wait to go whale watching again!
July 31st, 2014
My family of four – made up of my mom, dad, younger sister, and myself – have held a tradition of taking a family vacation every year during our spring break. My sister and I had the time off from school, my parents would take vacation time off from work, and we’d set off to explore new land. You’ve heard this story before – Chevy Chase does a fabulous job bringing laughter to this classic tale in National Lampoon’s Vacation.
Our family photo album is filled with photos like:
But what’s missing in the family photo album are those “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’m here with them right now” moments. Or what I call the Non-Facebook worthy moments. Like the time we waited 2 hours in line to cross the border back into the United States from Mexico. Or the time we all got a bad case of some stomach bug, and spent more hours in the hotel than we would have hoped. Or the time a truck had caused an accident on the highway, creating a backup of stopped traffic on the interstate for a few hours. These are the stories that were NOT FUN at the time of occurring. And during these panic or boring hours my family and I were not entertained.
These moments happen to most families (and if you have avoided a non-Facebook worth moment yourself, consider yourself lucky!). To the rest of you, I get it. And so does Luisa Frey, Travel expert and mother of two. She shares her family travel expertise in her e-book “Vacations with Teenagers: Connect with Your Young Adult Through Travel & Leisure”. In this easy-to-read E-book, you can learn how to avoid some classic dreaded situations, and make the most of your next family vacation. The book is also available on Amazon for your Kindle or Kindle app.
July 26th, 2014
Last week, after a delicious brunch at the Woodbridge Pub and running some errands, I found myself in downtown Detroit with time on my hands before I had to get back to work. I didn’t feel like spending more money nor did I just want to sit around. I desperately texted a local friend begging for help, “What is there to do FOR FREE?!” Almost immediately, she simply responded, “Try the Detroit Historical Museum.” I looked it up, found out I was three or so blocks away, and made my way down there.