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Our Type of Traveler: Tracey Friley

Friday, January 30, 2015

Phase 2 of The Passport Party Project is Underway!


Have you met the 10 Teen Travel Ambassadors
that make-up Phase 2 of The Passport Party Project? =)

Welp. Here they are! #twirling
And with their PPP Teen Mentors too! #doubletwirl

"To have a passport would open up so many options to me. First of all, I would be the first person in my immediate family who owns a passport. Furthermore, I would have the ability to travel to different countries.
Although a passport is li
ttle in size, it would mean a big thing to me; it would change my whole mentality." 

Jasmine, age 14 / PPP Teen Ambassador, Phase 2

PPP Teen Mentor: Barbara Eubanks

"I would like to travel because I would like to experience, explore and see different parts of the world and then be able to share and talk about it to others."

Crystal, age 14 / PPP Teen Ambassador, Phase 2
PPP Teen Mentor: Karla Aguilar Perez

"I would like to travel to Paris because I think it is a unique country. I like the way the French speak. I always wanted to visit the Eiffel Tower. Paris is just so different from any other place I have ever visited. At least that is what I see in the images."

Unyce, age 11.5 / PPP Teen Ambassador, Phase 2
PPP Teen Mentor: Carille Guthrie

"Having a passport will change my life because it will allow me the freedom to be able to travel anywhere I want to go. Going to new places, meeting new people, trying new foods, and learning all along the way is priceless."
Alexis, age 13 / PPP Teen Ambassador, Phase 2
PPP Teen Mentor: Amanda Ponzio Mouttaki

"Having a passport will change my life because I will be able to go anywhere that I want to. It will give me confidence that I can travel anywhere in the world and it would be special to me because I would be the first person in my family to have one. Once I have my passport, I would want to help my family get one also."

Corinne, age 12 / PPP Teen Ambassador, Phase 2
PPP Teen Mentor: Dana Bell

"I want to travel because I want to explore different cultures and trades. I want to go where it is not familiar [to] me and I am [having] new experiences."

Elyce, age 14 / PPP Teen Ambassador, Phase 2
PPP Teen Mentor: Angela Myers

"Having a passport would change my life because it will enable me to go places that I wasn't able to go before. It would help me to learn and try new things."

Taylor, age 12 / PPP Teen Ambassador, Phase 2
PPP Teen Mentor: Renée J. Ross

"I feel as if traveling while you're young is the gateway to going on bigger adventures and doing greater things."

Jordan, age 14 / PPP Teen Ambassador, Phase 2
PPP Teen Mentor: Chelle Roberts

"My new friends at my new school travel everywhere, all of the time. I am at the school on financial aid. My mom is always looking for a way that we don't have to let our finances dictate our outcomes. They talk about visiting Scotland, Dubai, etc. over the summer, and I can only listen and dream. My mom said dreaming is important, but one day I want to be able to talk about where I went, what I experienced and what it was like. I want to join the world-citizen conversation."

Maggie, age 14 / PPP Teen Ambassador, Phase 2
Teen Mentor: Shannon Lynberg

"Culture, language, history and beauty is what is found when you travel. If you don't travel you miss out on the opportunity to encounter new experiences and gain new perspectives."

Marilu, age 17 / PPP Lead Teen Ambassador
PPP Teen Mentor: Tracey Friley


IT'S PASSPORT PARTY TIME!
#letsgetthispassportpartystarted

Friday, October 3, 2014

Dreaming With HomeAway

Virgin Gorda Villa via HomeAway
I'm going on another dreamy sailing bareboat charter in the BVIs with The Moorings in April and was looking at HomeAway for a place to stay for a few days before my fella and I hit the sea. After perusing obsessing about the British Virgin Islands property pictured above, I decided to ask some of the Advisory Board Members and Ambassadors from The Passport Party Project to pick their dream vacation rental from HomeAway, housing sponsors for the Phase 2 Teen Villa in France's Caribbean Guadeloupe Islands next June (2015). Just for fun. And just because we all have travel dreams, right? 

Enjoy.

Oh. And keep dreaming. You know what they say… #dreamsDOcometrue




You may say I'm a dreamer

But I'm not the only one…

~John Lennon

Les Saintes Villa via HomeAway
"Les Saintes is one of my absolute favorite parts of the Guadeloupe Islands. It's as close as it gets to paradise -- an archipelago just 20 minutes way by ferry from Basse-Terre. The infinite views of rolling bluffs and of the Saintes Bay, the French cafes in town dotting cobblestoned streets and the near-deserted white sand beaches -- I'd go back any day and the dream would be to stay at this HomeAway villa."
~Lebawit Lily GirmaAdvisory Board Member
The Passport Party Project / Phase 2


House "Sun Hill" Kizimkazi via HomeAway
"I selected the beautiful Sun Hill house on the island of Zanzibar, Tanzania as my dream property. It's not the largest property in the area but its proximity to white sand beaches, and views of sunsets and the moon make this the perfect location for some me time." 
~Deanna Lewis, Ambassador
Passport Party Project / Phase 2


El Rincón del Sella via HomeAway
"Ribadesella is a really lovely rural village in northern Spain that I had the chance to stop in for one night earlier this year. It's close to the beach and the mountains and I would love to go back again and stay much, much longer."
~Amanda Ponzio Mouttaki, Advisory Board Member
The Passport Party Project / Phase 2


Monteroni d'Arbia Villa via HomeAway

"I selected the beautiful Monteroni D'Arbia Villa, located in Borgo Santo Pietro, Italy, close to Florence and Sienna, as my dream vacation rental! Its decor, lush landscape, swimming pool and modern amenities are a dream come true! This Villa is absolutely heaven on Earth!"
~Gwendolyn Santiago, Ambassador
The Passport Party Project / Phase 2


Beyoglu Apartment Rental via HomeAway

"An apartment in Istanbul's Beyoglu district. Ever since I was in college I have dreamed of visiting Istanbul. This beautifully decorated apartment with breathtaking views of the Bosphorus would be the prefect place for a vacation exploring this gorgeous city!"
~Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, Advisory Board Member
The Passport Party Project / Phase 2

Maldives Villa Rental via HomeAway
"The Maldives is my dream vacation. The view alone looks like heaven! I instantly fell in love just looking at the photos!"
~Marcella James, Ambassador
The Passport Party Project / Phase 2


Ubud Villa Rental via HomeAway
"Here is where I would love to go in Bali, Indonesia. Somewhere with ocean surrounding me and fresh, warm air. Never been there yet but it looks amazingly dreamy and inspiring."
~Nicole Melancon, Advisory Board Member
The Passport Party Project / Phase 2


Placerville House Rental via HomeAway
"I like this cute little house in Placerville, CA because the views are amazing! It looks homey and welcoming. I could see staying a few days at this place."
~Shay Olivarria, Ambassador
The Passport Party Project / Phase 2



Lago Ranco Chateau via HomeAway
"Lately, I've realized that my travel style is evolving in that I'm craving travel to destinations where nature, in all of its splendid glory, takes centerstage. That's exactly why this Patagonian lake house in Chile is calling my name!"
~Dana Bell, Advisory Board Member
The Passport Party Project / Phase 2



Palmermo Soho House via HomeAway
"Buenos Aires is one of my favourite cities in the world: classy and glamorous and sexy all at once. It's fitting, then, that I would choose a property that embodies everything I love about BsAs!"
~Oneika Raymond, Advisory Board Member
The Passport Party Project / Phase 2


Banyuls-sur-Mer Villa via HomeAway

"Banyuls-sur-Mer is a lovely part of France that I've visited last year and I long to go back again. I loved the area! The views and the beach are stunning. This is one of my favorite places in the world."
~Dori Peaple, Advisory Board Member
The Passport Party Project / Phase 2


Anguilla Villa via HomeAway
"I love Anguilla. All of the beaches are public and they are absolutely awesome. Staying at this luxury villa would make my next stay in Anguilla absolutely Heavenly!"
~Renée Ross, Advisory Board Member
The Passport Party Project / Phase 2


Villa Turquoise via HomeAway
"This property is in Zanzibar, Tanzania and right on the beach which is the perfect combination of a vacation for me. The rental is heavenly with its pristine views and impeccable furniture, simply divine."
~Roni Faida, Advisory Board Member
The Passport Party Project / Phase 2

Turin City Studio via HomeAway
"This apartment with a splendid view of Turin, Italy is exactly what I am looking for and would love to visit. It would be the right place to start exploring the city and the surrounding areas in Piedmont."
~Karla Aguilar Perez, Advisory Board Member
The Passport Party Project / Phase 2


* * *

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite,
and you do not know what it will bring back,
a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Teen Girls in Paris

L to R: Jazmyne, Chemere, Kamryn & Lauren…in Paris
Photo +Tracey Friley 
I took 4 girls and 1 college senior to Paris this summer (July 2014) for a 2-week travel abroad experience like no other. The parents paid some and I paid some. As is the case with The Passport Party Project, it is my way of giving back.

Kamryn (14), Jazmyne (16), Lauren (15), Chemere (14), Mary (24) & I (age unknown) lived in our very own apartment in the Le Marais. We ate escargot, croissants, and French onion soup. We explored the Catacombs and went to the top of the Eiffel Tower and Montparnasse. We shopped for our own groceries and rode the Métro to Père Lachaise. 

We traveled with heart and donated diverse children's books to Libraries Without Borders. We sang an Al Greene song out loud in a Paris boutique and sat on the grass at both Versailles and Parc des Buttes Chaumont. We walked and laughed in the rain. We tried new things and made new friends. The girls learned their way around Paris on their own with a map and a gentle nudge from me. They took a photo with a French model. 

Seeds were planted. Lives were changed. Lightbulbs went on. It was a great trip. They are great girls. And I am just grateful that I was there. =)

Here is a photo essay of our trip in 20 photos (in no particular order)…

TRACEY'S NOTES from July 12, 2014
Wonder in Paris ~ at Notre-Dame De Paris
Photo +Tracey Friley 

TRACEY'S NOTES from July 10, 2014
This is THEIR trip, not mine; so they are planning their own 
#Paris itinerary
Photo +Tracey Friley 

TRACEY'S NOTES from July 10, 2014
Kamryn eats her first escargot; while next to her, Chemere has her first French onion soup.  
They were both smitten.
Photo +Tracey Friley

TRACEY'S NOTES from July 11, 2014
It's Friday night, so after a late dinner we explored the cobblestone streets of Paris
. This was at about 10:15pm.
Photo +Tracey Friley 

TRACEY'S NOTES from July 11, 2014
After strolling the Champs Élysées today, we came back to our apartment and everyone made their own flower crowns as a fun craft project. If the sun is out tomorrow, the girls say they want to wear them out. We'll go out to dinner in a few hours.
Photo +Tracey Friley 

TRACEY'S NOTES from July 17, 2014
One of the stops on our 10-mile Night Bike Tour that started at 7pm and ended at close to midnight and included a boat ride along the River Seine. Long day. Hot day. Fun day. Pooped.
Photo +Tracey Friley 

TRACEY'S NOTES from July 17, 2014
Random cool photo on Rue des Francs-Bourgeois.
Photo +Tracey Friley
TRACEY'S NOTES from July 14,  2014 ~ BASTILLE DAY
Some of the girls are watching the Bastille Day parade on the television right now; but before we turned it on, we got our own show of military planes in the sky.
Photo +Tracey Friley 

TRACEY'S NOTES from July 16, 2014
Domaine de Marie-Antoinette, Versailles.
Photo +Tracey Friley

TRACEY'S NOTES from July 18, 2014
Their first fashion show in Paris
. Hoping it's not their last. With the exception of one young lady who isn't into fashion (which is just fine), They. Were. Ecstatic.
Photo +Tracey Friley
 

TRACEY'S NOTES from July 16, 2014
It was hot. At least 100 degrees. And we were at Versailles 
walking from the chateau to the Petit Trianon on a dirt road between manicured hedges; the sun blazing. The girls were ahead of me. And then I saw a small opening to my left. It was a gate. So I pushed it open and called the girls back. We were in another world entirely. I had no idea if it was okay to be there, so we were quiet as we walked through the shaded woods. Is that a rabbit? And then it was time to go, so we left out of the same gate we crept into.
Photo +Tracey Friley 

TRACEY'S NOTES from Paris Trip, July 2014
14 year old Chemere led our group on this day and figured it all out with no help from me.
Photo +Tracey Friley 

TRACEY'S NOTES from Paris, July 2014
16 year old Jazmyne wants to be a professional photographer, so I encouraged her to check out any photography studios she might see on our walks in Paris
. She's a thinker. I like that. And I really love this photo.
Photo +Tracey Friley 

TRACEY'S NOTES from July 13, 2014
We pack our lunch every day since we're always out & about. Today was no exception. It is a unique experience to have lunch at a cemetery in Paris, n'est-ce pas? But, alas, life is MADE for unique experiences.
Photo +Tracey Friley 

TRACEY'S NOTES from July 20,  2014
Today we went back to the Marché! Flowers, food & personal shopping. Headed back out. There's more to buy, more to see! *twirling*
Photo +Tracey Friley 

TRACEY'S NOTES from July 19, 2014
Explorers. The plans we had when we left the apartment this morning went up in smoke. Instead, we let Paris speak to us.
Photo +Tracey Friley 

TRACEY'S NOTES from July 18, 2014
We got to sleep in this morning. It was much needed, as we've been some busy bees here in Paris
. Walked by Lauren & Jazmyne's room and saw Lauren in the window reading. I thought it was a darling sight. 30 minutes later, she was back in bed fast asleep. We're all up now. Getting ready to go to a 30-minute fashion show at Galeries Lafayette and then see what else Paris has to offer today and into the night.
Photo +Tracey Friley 

TRACEY'S NOTES from July 22, 2014
On their 13th day in Paris
 and after numerous interactions with the Iron Lady from below, the girls finally made it to the tippy top of the Eiffel Tower today.
Photo +Tracey Friley 

Versailles selfie.
Photo +Tracey Friley 

TRACEY'S NOTES from July 20, 2014
One of the main tenets of The Passport Party Project (and any teen trips I curate) is to give a little something to the local community wherever we travel. The idea is to travel with heart. On this trip to Paris, the girls all brought children's books to donate to Libraries Without Borders
. Great job, ladies. Great job.
Photo +Tracey Friley 

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