11 Places To Visit On Summer Vacation

11 Places To Visit On Summer Vacation

11 places I would visit this summer if I could.
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Everybody has a list of places they want to go on vacation. Whether it be somewhere tropical, somewhere new, or somewhere adventurous everyone has many places they would like to visit during summer vacation.

1. The Bahamas

This is one of the most popular vacationing destinations ever. With its beautiful beaches and interesting culture it would make for a fun summer trip.

2. New York City

Ah yes, the sights and sounds of New York City, also known as the city that never sleeps. Its fast-paced and multi-cultural lifestyle is sure to please everyone.

3. Paris, France

Another well-known vacation spot is Paris. Maybe a romantic get-away or somewhere to take the kids to learn a new language and culture.

4. London, England

The setting of many famous movies and the country of some of the most talented (and hot) actors. This is yet another cultural and historical experience everyone should have.

5. Tennessee

Home to the birthplace of country music, a multitude of museums, and the Rocky Mountains Tennessee is a gorgeous state. One can find one half of the Titanic Museum located in Pigeon Forge close to the Hatfield and McCoy's Restaurant.

6. Alaska

Home to one of nature's most fantastic light shows, Alaska is one of the more adventurous places to visit. There are a lot of outdoor activities to engage in and can overall be a fun adventure.

7. Florida

Florida is another beachy destination that offers a ton of theme parks like Disney World, Sea World, and Aquatica. You can find pretty much anything for any type of person in Florida.

8.Greece

For anyone who may be into Greek mythology, Greece is the place to visit this summer. It's gorgeous and the kids can enjoy recreating scenes from their favorite Disney movie "Hercules."

9. Rome

Of course if you visit Greece, you also have to visit Rome. Those Greek Gods have warlike counterparts that were adopted when Rome was built (which of course wasn't in a day).

10. California

Yet another place touched by Walt Disney with Disneyland, the West Coast offers a lot of amenities, including beaches, celebrities, and much more.

11. China

Finally, if you are feeling extra exotic this summer, visit China. It's full of great food and new experiences that you can't miss out on.

Wherever you decide to go on summer vacation, make it fun for all those involved. You don't want bored children or a significant other whose missing the romance. Plan a vacation for the whole family, not just yourself.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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5 Ways My Mission Trip To Jamaica Changed The Way That I See The World

One love, one heart

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This past summer, I traveled to Kingston, Jamaica with 20 of the graduating seniors from my high school class, where we worked with the Mustard Seed Communities and visited different locations where they housed children and adults with special needs. This was truly a life-changing experience and I am so thankful I was able to go because I learned lots of different things about myself, as well as the world.

1.  I don't have it bad at all

Kate Tulenko

It's true that everyone goes through struggles in their everyday life. I found myself struggling a lot last year, but when I went to Jamaica, I learned that I do not have it bad at all. I have so many blessings in my life that I take for granted, and the kids in Jamaica really made that clear to me. Now, I see my life through a more positive lens and remember that anything bad happening to me really isn't as bad as it seems.

2.  It's so easy to love others, despite their flaws

Kate Tulenko

Lots of people in the world judge others based on their appearance or reputation. But in Jamaica, the caretakers and children loved each other despite their flaws. It was truly beautiful to see so much love in one place where there was no judgment or hatred at all.

3.  Singing makes everything better

Kate Tulenko

It's true! Whenever my friends and I would sing songs with the residents, no matter how their days were going, it would put the biggest smile on everyone's faces. There was not a frown in the room, which was amazing to see. Honestly, I still get these songs stuck in my head sometimes.

4.  A smile can change someone's day

This is Moses, he had such a big heart and we would always dance together

Kate Tulenko

Some of the residents we worked with were scared of us when we first saw them, but when we smiled at them, their wall immediately came down and they were suddenly so happy to see us and spend time with us. This is true back at home too—if you smile at anyone, it instantly changes their mood and makes them so much happier.

5.  Giving to others is more rewarding than giving to yourself

Kate Tulenko

When I was in Jamaica, I wore these bracelets and hair ties around my wrist when we visited one of the elementary schools at the Mustard seed. When we were playing with the little kids, they begged me to give them a bracelet or a hair tie. This was interesting to me, because I thought to myself, "What's so special about a string bracelet?" But when I gave it to the little girl, she was so happy and thankful for it that it made me feel wonderful to give it to her. This trip was truly life-changing and I would go back to Kingston, Jamaica to be with these little kiddos a million times over again.

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