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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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Favorite Pins of the Month

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Pinterest is such a great option for those at home dreaming of far off places, planning trips, or even adding things to your bucket list. Make sure to follow us on Pinterest! These are my favorite pins of May:

This pin lead me to an amazing website called Roadtrippers.com, where you can find any attractions, restaurants, points of interest, camping sites, and hotels nearby. As summer draws nearer, the opportunity for traveling does as well. This website will help in finding local places to eat and top attractions nearby as you go along your destination. It’s a great planning tool!

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Next is something everyone must have on their bucket list. Probably the most breathtaking thing to see:

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A Lantern Festival in Thailand. Definitely worth seeing and being apart of.

When you’re in a foreign country and don’t speak the native language, it can be rather difficult to communicate with anyone. However, with the help of these apps, all of that awkward signing will be gone! Click here for the top 3 most recommended apps!

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This picture is so pleasing to look at… It might be the bright colors, the places, the rustic look. I just love it! It inspires me to visit all of those tropical places! The beaches, the sun, SUMMER isn’t coming SOON enough!!!

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Even if it takes a lifetime…

Forget Niagara, Visit Iguazu in South America!

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What’s Iguazu Falls?
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Iguazu Falls are the waterfalls on the Iguazu River. They are located on the border of the Argentinean province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. Most of the falls are on the Argentina side of the Iguazu River. The name “Iguazu” comes from the native languages of Guarani and Tupi as a combination of the words “big” and “water”. There are a few hundred smaller waterfalls along these falls with a number that fluctuates from 150 to 300, depending on the rainfall.

The falls are a breathtaking experience that can be overwhelming in the sweetest of ways. They overlook vast jungles and all you hear are hundreds of falls beating into the river. Apparently when Eleanor Roosevelt visited Iguazu Falls, she exclaimed “Poor Niagara!” Iguazu Falls is wider than Victoria Falls, which segregates Zambia from Zimbabwe in southern Africa, and much larger than the Niagara, to say the least.
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The Guarani people have a myth regarding the falls that is a classic tale of star-crossed lovers. A man named Taruba and a woman named Naipi were engaged and preparing for their wedding when the Serpent God catches sight of the woman and demands her to be sacrificed by being thrown in the river so that she may join him. In an attempt to escape the Serpent God and live happily ever after, Taruba decided to canoe Naipi to a faraway land. This god, son of the supreme God, caught them and raced after them consumed with anger and grew to the size of the river. Unable to catch up to them, he forced the earth to split, and the lovers fell into the cracks. Taruba was unconscious and landed on the embankment and Naipi was turned into large rock. Taruba woke up to the sight of his beloved being transformed into a rock and went to rush down to her, but the Serpent God forced his fingers to be stretched into the embankment and turn into roots. Taruba was transformed into a tree. These lovers were eternally condemned to live in such a condition, always seeing each other but never able to touch. They are still able to show their love by forming a rainbow together which stretches from the Brazilian side of the falls to the “rock of Naipi” in Argentina.
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The falls are a perfect abroad trip for the family. The Argentinean side is where you can see most of the falls, but if you make a trip to the falls, you can make it a chance to visit both Argentina and Brazil. And if you hang out on the Brazil side, and if you’re meat-friendly, make sure to visit a churrascaria!

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/ 

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