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#Mydreamistotraveltheworld.Wheredoyoudreamofvisiting?

Kaushikee
Kaushikee Dublin High School Chapter President
10d Dublin, CA, USA Conversation

I've touched on this before but travel has always been a passion of mine. Experiencing and immersing myself in other cultures has fascinated me and it's something I'm always looking for opportunities to do. Even with the advent of new technology, I think there's nothing like being in a foreign country and truly falling in love with a place. It's sad because there are so many places I'd love to see and so little time in the day. 

I've been hoping to travel to these three places before I graduate high school though:

1) Japan 

- Japan is such a beautiful country and the culture has always fascinated me. It's been on my list for so long that I'm hoping I'll be able to visit soon.

2) Maui, Hawaii, United States 

- I've visited all the Hawaiian islands but this one but after everything I've heard of it, I'm sure I'd love the isolated paradise.

3) Turkey 

- Middle Eastern culture is unlike anything I've ever experienced before and I'm sure a trip to Turkey would be an experience unlike any other. Saddening as it is, considering the current political climate, time appears to be running out to plan a simple visit to this country as well.

Where would you like to travel soon and why?

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  • Kaushikee
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    10d ago Dublin, CA, USA

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  • Peggy Urry
    9d ago

    I love Japan and its culture. We had Japanese exchange students while I was growing up and I had the privilege of living on the northern Island of Hokkaido--one of my favorite places. We had planned to go back this year, but after several things happened to prevent it, we decided it must not be a good idea. LOL. Maybe next year. I do recommend getting a rail pass (spend the extra and get the first class pass if you can) and a pocket wi-fi. They're worth the money. My husband went to Turkey last year and we had thought maybe we would be able to go sometime this year, but like you, the current political climate makes us hesitate. If you like cruising, I recommend it in the Mediterranean. It's a lovely way to see many sites. 

    I love Japan and its culture. We had Japanese exchange students while I was growing up and I had the privilege of living on the northern Island of Hokkaido--one of my favorite places. We had planned to go back this year, but after several things happened to prevent it, we decided it must not be a good idea. LOL. Maybe next year. I do recommend getting a rail pass (spend the extra and get the first class pass if you can) and a pocket wi-fi. They're worth the money. My husband went to Turkey last year and we had thought maybe we would be able to go sometime this year, but like you, the current political climate makes us hesitate. If you like cruising, I recommend it in the Mediterranean. It's a lovely way to see many sites. 

    • Kaushikee
      Kaushikee Dublin High School Chapter President
      9d ago Dublin, CA, USA

      That sounds beautiful. I’ll remember your advice when I eventually plan those trips to Greece and Turkey. I hadn’t considered a cruise but you’re right; it’s a great way to see multiple places quickly.  I’m sorry your trips to Japan keeps falling through. Like you said though, I’m sure things will come together when the time is right. Did you have a chance to attend school in Japan when you were younger?

      That sounds beautiful. I’ll remember your advice when I eventually plan those trips to Greece and Turkey. I hadn’t considered a cruise but you’re right; it’s a great way to see multiple places quickly.  I’m sorry your trips to Japan keeps falling through. Like you said though, I’m sure things will come together when the time is right. Did you have a chance to attend school in Japan when you were younger?

      • Peggy Urry
        9d ago

        No, I didn't attend school there. I was a missionary. I was so excited to go and be among the Japanese people and my experiences there were wonderful. It was back before there was much technology, so I lost contact with most of my friends there. I still feel like it's a second home. 

        No, I didn't attend school there. I was a missionary. I was so excited to go and be among the Japanese people and my experiences there were wonderful. It was back before there was much technology, so I lost contact with most of my friends there. I still feel like it's a second home. 

        • Kaushikee
          Kaushikee Dublin High School Chapter President
          9d ago Dublin, CA, USA

          That sounds like an amazing experience and I can imagine how influential it was for you. It's amazing that you've been able to find yourself close to another place. Was there a particular reason you choose Japan for your trip? I know you touched on this, but do you think you'd ever return, or try to reach out to the some of the friends you made online? 

          That sounds like an amazing experience and I can imagine how influential it was for you. It's amazing that you've been able to find yourself close to another place. Was there a particular reason you choose Japan for your trip? I know you touched on this, but do you think you'd ever return, or try to reach out to the some of the friends you made online? 

          • Peggy Urry
            9d ago

            It absolutely was an amazing experience. Especially since I already felt a kinship for the people. I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and there are currently over 67,000 missionaries from our church, mostly ages 18-21 (older couples serve as well). I went when I was 21 (many years ago haha!). We apply to be missionaries and our bishop (similar to a pastor) submits it to Church headquarters. They assign the missions, we don't get to choose. I felt really blessed as it was a place I really wanted to go and a place I believed God really wanted me to serve. We do get to choose to accept the 'mission call'. I did and then spent eight weeks at the Mission Training Center learning Japanese and basics of teaching the gospel. The best, though, was when I was able to go to Japan and continue learning and being with the people. It was a very dear experience. 

            It absolutely was an amazing experience. Especially since I already felt a kinship for the people. I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and there are currently over 67,000 missionaries from our church, mostly ages 18-21 (older couples serve as well). I went when I was 21 (many years ago haha!). We apply to be missionaries and our bishop (similar to a pastor) submits it to Church headquarters. They assign the missions, we don't get to choose. I felt really blessed as it was a place I really wanted to go and a place I believed God really wanted me to serve. We do get to choose to accept the 'mission call'. I did and then spent eight weeks at the Mission Training Center learning Japanese and basics of teaching the gospel. The best, though, was when I was able to go to Japan and continue learning and being with the people. It was a very dear experience. 

            • Kaushikee
              Kaushikee Dublin High School Chapter President
              9d ago Dublin, CA, USA

              That sounds like a beautiful experience and it's clear from your description that it was rather impactful. I've also learned a lot more about the missionary process from your post so thank you for that as well. The opportunity to truly immerse yourself in a place and understand its people is clearly a special one. 

              That sounds like a beautiful experience and it's clear from your description that it was rather impactful. I've also learned a lot more about the missionary process from your post so thank you for that as well. The opportunity to truly immerse yourself in a place and understand its people is clearly a special one. 

              • Peggy Urry
                9d ago

                True. And I hope you are able to have that experience in the future. It definitely helps 'broaden our horizons'.

                True. And I hope you are able to have that experience in the future. It definitely helps 'broaden our horizons'.

      • Peggy Urry
        9d ago

        Have you thought about doing a student exchange? It would be a great way to be immersed in the culture.

        Have you thought about doing a student exchange? It would be a great way to be immersed in the culture.

        • Kaushikee
          Kaushikee Dublin High School Chapter President
          9d ago Dublin, CA, USA

          It's definitely something I'd like to do in high school or college. It seems like an amazing opportunity to connect with a place and gain an understanding of the culture. I love learning different languages though so I feel like it would help with that as well. Did you ever consider studying abroad? 

          It's definitely something I'd like to do in high school or college. It seems like an amazing opportunity to connect with a place and gain an understanding of the culture. I love learning different languages though so I feel like it would help with that as well. Did you ever consider studying abroad? 

          • Peggy Urry
            9d ago

            Being surrounded by native speakers will definitely help in learning the language. Yes, I did consider studying abroad but I was limited by my ignorance. I didn't think I could do something like that because it cost too much. And, I was really timid to try new things. 

            Being surrounded by native speakers will definitely help in learning the language. Yes, I did consider studying abroad but I was limited by my ignorance. I didn't think I could do something like that because it cost too much. And, I was really timid to try new things. 

            • Kaushikee
              Kaushikee Dublin High School Chapter President
              9d ago Dublin, CA, USA

              I completely understand that. I've always been apprehensive about taking those risks but I've realized it's the only way to truly develop an understanding of the world you live in. It's clear you've since explored other countries and cultures though so that's great. Do you feel like travel has helped overcome that fear of trying new things?

              I completely understand that. I've always been apprehensive about taking those risks but I've realized it's the only way to truly develop an understanding of the world you live in. It's clear you've since explored other countries and cultures though so that's great. Do you feel like travel has helped overcome that fear of trying new things?

              • Peggy Urry
                9d ago

                Probably a little bit, but I think a lot of it came from learning about myself and getting older and not caring so much what people think. As long as I'm good with God, it's cool. And I guess being older, people aren't as scary. Who's going to try to make off with some 6 foot 50 year old woman? No one. Hahaha!

                Probably a little bit, but I think a lot of it came from learning about myself and getting older and not caring so much what people think. As long as I'm good with God, it's cool. And I guess being older, people aren't as scary. Who's going to try to make off with some 6 foot 50 year old woman? No one. Hahaha!

                • Kaushikee
                  Kaushikee Dublin High School Chapter President
                  9d ago Dublin, CA, USA

                  Haha. I think confidence does build with age and faith definitely helps ground those fears. How do you think teens can help themselves cross some of those hurdles and take risks?

                  Haha. I think confidence does build with age and faith definitely helps ground those fears. How do you think teens can help themselves cross some of those hurdles and take risks?

                  • Peggy Urry
                    8d ago

                    I suspect it's a personal journey. We have different temperments and levels of shyness. I think being a young adult is difficult because you feel like you can't fail or mess up--especially with peers around. YAs are pretty ruthless. I would say, be OK to be real. I love this quote my daughter gave me for Mother's Day: "The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet." --Mohadesa Najumi Also I think realizing that high school ends, we (for the most part) go our separate ways, those 'friends' you had will lose track of you and you of them, your paths will diverge, you will make new friends at college or employment. Be kind to everyone (but this doesn't mean letting people take advantage of you). Idk if that even helps. I think your genuine interest in humanity is HUGE! 

                    I suspect it's a personal journey. We have different temperments and levels of shyness. I think being a young adult is difficult because you feel like you can't fail or mess up--especially with peers around. YAs are pretty ruthless. I would say, be OK to be real. I love this quote my daughter gave me for Mother's Day: "The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet." --Mohadesa Najumi Also I think realizing that high school ends, we (for the most part) go our separate ways, those 'friends' you had will lose track of you and you of them, your paths will diverge, you will make new friends at college or employment. Be kind to everyone (but this doesn't mean letting people take advantage of you). Idk if that even helps. I think your genuine interest in humanity is HUGE! 

                    • Kaushikee
                      Kaushikee Dublin High School Chapter President
                      8d ago Dublin, CA, USA

                      That's really impactful advice, thank you. It's so easy to lose perspective and forget that high school won't determine or reflect our entire lives. I'll definitely be writing that quote down and keeping it as a reminder for the future. 


                      I didn't even consider how personal of a journey it would be as well and it's so important to remember. Understanding that our experiences won't be the same as ours helps to re-evaluate decisions as well.

                      That's really impactful advice, thank you. It's so easy to lose perspective and forget that high school won't determine or reflect our entire lives. I'll definitely be writing that quote down and keeping it as a reminder for the future. 


                      I didn't even consider how personal of a journey it would be as well and it's so important to remember. Understanding that our experiences won't be the same as ours helps to re-evaluate decisions as well.

  • Danica
    9d ago

    Honestly I love your list. I have never been to Europe. I am dying to go to Paris, anywhere in Greece like Mykonos and Italy

    Honestly I love your list. I have never been to Europe. I am dying to go to Paris, anywhere in Greece like Mykonos and Italy

    • Kaushikee
      Kaushikee Dublin High School Chapter President
      9d ago Dublin, CA, USA

      Paris is absolutely beautiful and the culture of the city has always captivated me. I feel like it would be amazing to live in Europe for a year. There’s just so many places to see there. What was your favorite vacation experience?

      Paris is absolutely beautiful and the culture of the city has always captivated me. I feel like it would be amazing to live in Europe for a year. There’s just so many places to see there. What was your favorite vacation experience?

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      9d ago Dublin, CA, USA

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  • Edward He
    5d ago

    Within the next year or so I would like to travel to London and the other parts of England because I always wanted to go and see the Big Ben after watching it in an episode of Phineas and Ferb.

    Within the next year or so I would like to travel to London and the other parts of England because I always wanted to go and see the Big Ben after watching it in an episode of Phineas and Ferb.

  • billie chang
    4d ago

    I would love to go to Europe, and visit Italy; from what I have seen, the pictures of the Italian countryside are stunning and I have always wanted to visit. Last year, I went to New Zealand, and that was such a great experience and a contrast from the suburban lifestyle I have now; there, majority of the residents live in the country and farm. I would love to go back there one day! 

    I would love to go to Europe, and visit Italy; from what I have seen, the pictures of the Italian countryside are stunning and I have always wanted to visit. Last year, I went to New Zealand, and that was such a great experience and a contrast from the suburban lifestyle I have now; there, majority of the residents live in the country and farm. I would love to go back there one day! 


Kaushikee
Dublin High School Chapter President

I'm a sophomore at Dublin High and the co-president for DHS Mogul. On any given day you can find me stressing out over academics, pouring over a new novel, spending time with my friends and family, or powering through hours of my favorite television shows and movies. I love to make conversation, so [...]

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