Paying for a trip to Europe

By: Annie Blakeley - Contributing Columnist

Every couple of years, a trip is put on by a teacher at Richmond Senior High School. This is usually achieved through an organization call EF tours. This trip is set up separately from the senior trip.

The payment plan begins two years before the travel date — which, for me, meant a couple of weeks ago.

The trip is a 12-day tour of Europe. The time is spent touring London, Paris, Florence, Rome and Capri. I’m very excited to go and I also have really big plans during travel: I hope to vlog the trip, so as to share the trip with family and friends, as well as document my time there.

In event of the beginning of this plan for a trip, I have begun to ask myself many questions. For one, I realized that to make this vlog, I’d actually need to learn how to edit, upload and record a video in high quality. Another realization I had was that I actually have never created my own YouTube account, as I never had a need to create videos or comment to YouTubers.

On a separate note, I needed to ask myself the real and big question of: How exactly do I pay for this?

Where can I get a job? Who hires 15-year-olds? Is it possible to have someone sponsor me? Should I fundraise?

As I began to ask myself these questions, I looked for answers. Asking around a couple of fast food restaurants, I found that most don’t hire until you are 16. Upon this, I realized that I would also need a workers permit, as all individuals who are minors do, and attempted to procure one — which in itself is a horrendous story that you should likely ask me about.

However, all I know to do is to search for a job just like any other person would.

Annie Blakeley is a rising sophomore at Richmond Senior High School, is a band and chorus student and a member of First United Methodist Church in Hamlet.

Annie Blakeley

Contributing Columnist