Where I’ve Been and Where I’m Going

By Mary Smith

A lot of people like to travel.

There’s just something about seeing other cities, tasting new foods from different restaurants, and finding cool historical museums. Even better, staying in hotels and relaxing all day is just as fun.

Some of you have yet to visit very many places, and some of you have seen many different cities and states. School trips and competitions may have been a chance for you to experience travel. Regardless of your situation, it’s fun to explore the ideas of traveling and where one could go!

I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to see many different places. My parents decided to take my sister and me to see various sites at an earlier age in hopes that we would do the same for our future kids (and so on). Because of these opportunities, I’ve seen so many cool landmarks, learned about different cultures, and experienced a lot of fun activities.

So why am I telling you all of this? Because you should travel. If you don’t think that you would be able to afford traveling, there are many solutions. You could get a job that requires travel. You could simply try to travel with a budget (yes, this would require lunch meat sandwiches and cheap motels, but at least you’re seeing the world). You could study abroad in college. However you decide to make it work, traveling is worth it.

Here are the places you should definitely go at least one time in your life:

1. New York City, NY

I’m sure you would have never guessed. Yes, you should totally go to New York City! Even if you don’t like big cities, it’s really different to simply experience all of the noise, taxis, and people. New York City has so many museums, landmarks, and events for tourists to enjoy. On top of that, I’m sure that you’ve seen those crazy food videos all over social media with giant milkshakes or cookie dough served like ice cream- and most of those restaurants are all located in NYC! You can even see a Broadway play, which I guarantee will blow you away with fantastic acting, singing, and props.

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2. Tombstone, AZ

Wait, this is an actual place? Believe it or not, Tombstone is a town in Arizona. If you’ve seen the movie, you know that the famous Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp walked the streets of Tombstone. Visiting Tombstone is too cool. The shops and restaurants have workers that actually dress in old-fashioned western clothing. You can see the Boothill Graveyard (a well-known cowboy cemetery), Tombstone Courthouse (the original), and get really cool souvenirs. The streets still appear dusty and old-fashioned. There are even horses everywhere in the tourist area!

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3. Durango, CO

Everyone knows that Colorado has the most beautiful mountains and nature. If you want to see a truly beautiful mix of city and scenery, visit Durango, Colorado. There is one opportunity in particular that places Durango on this list. While you’re there, you can take a train from Durango to Silverton. Experiencing this was one of the best things I have been lucky enough to do. Not only do you spend hours admiring the beautiful features of Colorado’s outdoors, you also spend two hours in Silverton, where you’re encouraged to shop, relax, and eat. It was truly a memorable event.

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4. Carowinds Theme Park (between North and South Carolina)

I definitely could not leave this beauty out. If you love roller coasters and thrill rides, this is a must. With several coasters to choose from, this is an adrenaline-lover’s dream come true. It is by far the best thrill park I have ever been to. Even if you’re not a fan of big hills and high speeds, the Carolinas have plenty to offer. North Carolina boasts the Great Smoky Mountains, beaches, historical mansions, and airplane museums. South Carolina has an equal amount of attractions, including several zoos, the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, beaches with seaside theme parks, and great seafood.

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Despite your choices on vacation locations, traveling is worth it. There is nothing like seeing new places. Whether you decide to visit a closer area or a completely different country, you will remember your trip forever.

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