If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Courtesy of Patrick Hascall

Samoa because I’d like to see where and how my husband was raised and to experience the place he called home for the first 13 or 14 years of his life before moving to Hawai‘i. Understanding his background, culture and genealogy would not only allow me to gain knowledge of his past, but it would allow us to share an experience with our nephew whom we are raising. That would be priceless.

– Jaimee-Linn Shaw


If I could go anywhere in the world, I would want to go to Africa. People always say the people there are poor or they have diseases but I don’t care about that. I like to help people when they are in need. There are so many things that I would want to do.

First, I would want to bring them fresh water and food. Sometimes they don’t get the meals that they need, and it takes a toll on them. We have so much food here in the United States, and we should send them some. They barely get enough water so to bring them bulks of bottles would be a great help.

I would also like to bring them clothes. People throw out their clothes nowadays if there’s even a tiny hole or stain on it. Some of the people in Africa don’t have any clothes. Parents can give away their kidsʻ clothes to people in need instead of throwing them away.

It’s the small things that people don’t think about that matter the most. We dump food and waste water like it’s nothing, but some people don’t even get anything most days. If we just stopped and thought about what we are doing, it would make a difference.

– Kylee Nishimura


If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to Utah. It’s not an ideal spot for vacation, but I would go solely because most of my closest friends have moved there. What’s fun about Australia, Paris or Tokyo if you don’t have fun companions? It’s been awhile since I’ve seen my friends, and I can just imagine how fun it’d be to reunite one time. It’ll be just like the good old high school days, being young and reckless. Life’s changed a lot since they left too, so I’d want to catch up for sure. Texting is great and all, but nothing beats face-to-face interaction. I’m sure we’d go on some crazy adventures there.

–  Ivan Joseph Garo


I would want to go to Japan to visit. I think I have this ambition or dream to one day take a vacation there because I watch anime where they have beautiful mountains and snow. Not only that, but a spooky haunted forest. I’m into the paranormal so I’d like to experience it at night. Either that or go to a very haunted location with friends all around the world, kind of like Ghost Adventures.

– Spencer Pahulu


Greece because they are in economic decline and the houses there are going for less than $300,000 for a gigantic house. And the beaches are so much more beautiful.

– Connor Bennett


Since the first time I laid eyes on the wonderful metropolis that is New York City, I knew that it was the only place where I belong. It continues to be my life’s dream to make it there one day. New York City to me is the center of the entire world. It is the global epicenter for music, art, fashion and commerce. No other city, country or place symbolizes that in my mind and captures my intense fascination. I’d be perfectly content if someone told me I had to be confined to Manhattan for the rest of my life. To me, if there is a heaven in the afterlife, it’s the streets of Time Square. I cannot emphasize enough the warm feeling I get just thinking about one day roaming around the city, taking in everything from the subway, the hot dog carts, the Empire State building, Broadway and more. Even the loud busy street filled with angry cab drivers doesn’t faze me. I love it. New York City will always be the one place on this earth I need to be.

– Christian Sylvester


If I were to travel anywhere in the world, I would probably go home. I have seen enough of the world to know that being with my family is more important than going to New Zealand (or anywhere). I have found myself on the other side of the world once and to be able to see my family and friends would be more rewarding than any traveling experience I could have.

– Joseph Farrell


If I could travel anywhere in the world, it would be somewhere less developed, low population, simple government and with beautiful nature. I’m not sure if a place like that exists or where that may be, but some place to escape the materialistic industrialized America. Something that is a major concern of mine is the state of the environment around the world. I’d love to visit somewhere with minimal human manipulation of nature. Our environment is something bigger than any human made issues, economics, foreign affairs or everything we stress about will be quite pointless the day we run out of resources and can’t survive.

– Paige Simkins


If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would travel to Venezuela. Although this is currently not the best place to go, due to political uprisings, Venezuela has always fascinated me. It’s one of those South American countries that you really wouldn’t hear about on a day-to-day basis. Venezuela has a very rich culture that contains a very deep history. The people are passionate but they have gone through all the challenges of a hard life that we only see on TV. However, as Gandhi said, “To understand another person is one of the greatest things one can do and is more than most manage to do in their life.” So I want to go to Venezuela so that I can understand and celebrate a people who are much different than I am and who come from a much different place than I do because to me, that is beautiful and something worthwhile.

– Ethan McArdle