Trip of a lifetime

Empowering students through summer travel experiences

Kunsang Dolma

TRIP OF A LIFETIME
My thoughts before I went on my trip was anxiousness and excitement as my trip
was the longest since I was doing Crossroads. This trip made me so exhilarated that I
was looking at the pictures on the Reinteentour website nonstop waiting and counting
the days.As the days coming up, me and couple of other girls who were on the same
tour decided to talk and discuss about how excited we were about this trip. We talked
endlessly about what we're most excited to see and experience and how crazy it was
we were going all across the country. However I was also worried about being homesick
since I had never been that far away nor that long from my family and friends. But I
could barely think about being homesick from the excitement. In light of all of that I was
also very busy packing making sure I had everything and my mother packing to much
and having to unpack again. This whole experience before even going on the trip was
amazing on its own, the anticipation of my new lifelong friends and memories gained
was something almost impossible and too good to be true.
During the trip my most amazing memory I made was all the hiking to Bryce
Canyon and to yellowstone and to all the other amazing national parks was incredible. I
had never seen such beautiful sites in my life. The journey made and connection we all
had with each other while hiking was extraordinary.No matter how scary and unknown
hiking was I felt as though I had gained another great hobby or passion I want to do in
the future. Also for me personally the camping days became one of the best bonding
and loving memory of everyone on my tour. Most of the kids including me had no clue

how to build a tent nor to help make food. But after awhile we were having competition
to see which tent would be the best or the fastest built. This showed so much growth we
all had from the beginning to the end and it all made us proud when we didn't need help
to built the tent and we already knew the drill. Even though camping was rough and
sometimes gruesome either it was the weather or the bugs to the crampedness in the
tent. In away it just made the situation more fun for everyone this made it so that we
would all talk and laugh and make light of the situation. The late night talks me and the
other girls would have about the trip to what we were going to wear or go tomorrow was
so much fun. I will cherish how easy the girls on the tour made it so that everyone was
friends all the girls were so nice and considerate of each other their was never any
issues. We would all swap roommates so every trip everyone would room with each
other and no one was left out. Although there was ups and downs which was expected
since this was a trip with 33 teenagers for 40 days meant their was going to problems
sometimes. But with each problem it became easier to stop it as we all became close
and problems were forgotten in all of the fun and excitement of the activities.
They’re so many thing that I have learned from coming onto this trip. But the best
one was that in the adventures, that I got to experience was we got to meet new people
and experience crazy activities those memories change you it definitely changed me. A
quote that best describes my feelings would be “The world is a book those who do not
travel read only a page”. This quote is what I best learned, before coming on this trip I
had only known my page which was only one page out of hundreds and thousands.If I
had never stepped out and went on this trip would I have known the great national

parks or of the history of the lands or my new friends. Or would I have been able to do
those activities like ziplining and surfing and other incredibly fun things. For me it was
astonishing that I have lived in this country for so long yet I had never ventured outside
my home to see the new places and experiences of everyone. A thought came to me
that this is my country that I am going to lead and live for my entire life and future
generations.This trip showed me how different each state was it was like a whole new
country in each state.Traveling is incredible for young or old, travel will always inspire
and provoke new thoughts, beliefs or simply a new way of life.Trip of a lifetime will
forever be in my memory I am so grateful you gave me an opportunity to see things that
would be insanely impossible for me to do.The fact that this program gave me and
hundreds of kids a chance of a opportunity that most kids would never get is
greatfull.Thank you so much I hope more kids get to this same enlightening trip. I
believe that all kids should experience this no matter what social or economic standings
they have kids should be shown more than their one page of their endless book.

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    "I may be multiracial and I may be living in the ghetto but what I am going to do with my life is going to be historical."



    "I may be multiracial and I may be living in the ghetto but what I am going to do with my life is going to be historical."


    Alphonso

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    “This trip made me realize that there’s more to the world than the South Bronx.”
    “This trip made me realize that there’s more to the world than the South Bronx.”

    Selina

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    "I am really and forever will be thankful to Trip of a Lifetime for giving me such an exceptional experience this summer that will be forever remembered."

    "I am really and forever will be thankful to Trip of a Lifetime for giving me such an exceptional experience this summer that will be forever remembered."

    Jennifer

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