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Younger teens taking more exotic trips
By BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor
Sometimes the pure fun of travel makes a bigger impact on kids than the educational aspects. Shana Jordan, 17, is spending spring break this year in http://www.thrillcoastertours.com - visiting amusement parks.with schoolmates from of the Sacred Heart in . She'll be visiting , , Florence and . But she expects to write her college essay not on Italian art and culture, but on two summer trips she took with ThrillCoaster Tours -
"It's being able to do what every kid loves - but parents don't want to take them to do," she said. "You come for the coasters, but you love it for the friends who turn out to be like family. There's a whole world of coasters. But I also learned so much about myself."