Trip of a lifetime

Empowering students through summer travel experiences

Chelsy Goris

Summer 2014

Being part of a teen tour was an experience I wouldn’t have been able to partake in without Trip of a Lifetime. Touring around the west coast, seeing marvelous sights, and meeting new people made this vacation one of the best, out of the few, I have ever had. This trip was surely special to me because it was a once in a Lifetime experience.

 

I felt a rush of excitement in me as I was on my way to the airport, I did not know what to expect, but I held high expectations for the next 14 days. It seemed to me that mostly everyone knew each other and I felt a little uneasy since I had come alone, but boarding the plane all I could think about was how in just a few hours I would be greeted by the blazing hot sun of Phoenix, AZ. Once in Phoenix we stopped at the mall for lunch then arrived at the Pointe Hilton Resort where we officially started our day with a few ice breakers followed by some pool time. At the time, pool time seemed like the best thing in the world when I was in 105 degrees weather. Later that day we dined at the Phoenix Hard Rock Café, and it was great to have gotten used to some of the teens I was sitting with. For our second day in Phoenix, we went to see the Diamondbacks play the Tigers, and later that day we went to Wet n Wild, which I was super excited about because lazy pool, water slides, dip n dot ice cream, and wave pool, I mean could it get any better? Just when I thought the day couldn’t get better we went to Melt after dinner to get ice cream.

 

It was already my third day on the tour and we were making our first move from Phoenix to Sedona, AZ. When we got to Sedona the first thing we did was ride the Pink Jeep Tours. It was all great, from our funny and super informative Jeep tour guide, to the breathtaking site of the rocky red mountains. The breathtaking sites didn’t end in Sedona but it had just started. The next few days were spent hiking the Grand Canyon, walking through the rocks of Bryce Canyon, and walking through Zion National Park; they all held sights that blew my mind away. In between the hiking and walking, the evening activities were always great, from bowling, the New York New York roller coaster, and the movies, to doing laundry and dinning at a cowboy show; every night was exceptionally fun.

 

Las Vegas was definitely one of the highlights of the whole trip. Most of our time in Las Vegas was spent shopping, and I enjoyed every bit of it! For me Las Vegas was when I started feeling most comfortable around the people I spent my whole trip with. The following day we were on our way to San Diego, CA, and just being in California alone made me possibly the happiest girl in the world. San Diego was the only stop we had made where we got to go to the beach, and I loved it. Swimming in the waves, napping on the beach and feeling the sand in between my toes was very therapeutic, I only wish we had spent more time on the beach. Our first day in Los Angeles, CA was the most magical day of the whole trip, it was an evening spent in Disney Land. Thinking about the rides, the fireworks, the Minnie Mouse ears, and the caramel apple treat I had at the end of the night makes that night seem more magical every time. Our last two days left on the trip were full of new and exciting things. In Beverly Hills I got the chance to try Sprinkles Cupcakes, Kreation organic juice, and my favorite, Diddy Riese. I also was introduced to Brandy Melville, a store I had never been too but fell in love with at “first buy”. We visited Santa Monica, Venice Beach, the UCLA campus, and Hollywood. In Hollywood we went to the Improv Comedy Club and Universal Studios. Our last night was spent packing and saying our goodbyes as a group, then in the morning we were off to the airport and on our way home.

 

Trip of a Lifetime truly does live up to its name; it surely did make my teen tour a trip like no other. I am so grateful for the summer Trip of a Lifetime gave to me, and the memories I have made out of it. 

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