Whenever people think about their best vacation ever, a school trip isn’t the first thing that comes to their train of thought. However, as long as you have a great destination, amazing friends and memories, and an exciting time returning home then anything or place can be the best vacation ever. The best vacation ever happened last year during high school. I was a member of the Texas High robotics club, The T-Bots. Every year the team goes to competitions to challenge other schools or organizations robots. The competition was in the Big Easy, New Orleans! When the day finally came to take the trip, my excitement could be felt from across the entire galaxy. I was born in New Orleans, so to be returning to my birthplace after 17 years was very nostalgic. A couple of years ago the T-Bots went to New Orleans before I joined, and they mentioned that all the wonderful sites and restaurants were utterly astonishing! Finally the trip was underway with the best friends a guy can ask for. This long drive to New Orleans is the milestone of my friendship with the T-Bots. A very strong bond was created that day which will never be broken because each one of us had something in common, yet we were complete opposites.
We shared hilarious and charming stories with each other. The trip became even more interesting once we let out our inner “nerdiness.” Superheroes, video games, movies and anime were the main topics we jabbered about on the 8 hour drive. It was just heartwarming to me how well a group of people can get along with each other (even with the pointless, comical arguments we had about superheroes and anime). Once we made it to New Orleans, the team and I went out to eat at a magnificent pizzeria. The pizzas were sizzling hot but extremely delicious. The entire team shared the pizzas along with helping pay for the food. That is how every night went that week in New Orleans. After every competition, we would go out into the town and have a blast! I got to take pictures of autographed jerseys of players of the New Orleans Saints and even eat an oyster! Bowling night was one of the best parts of the vacation. We challenged each other on our last game of the night on who can get the best strike.
I had the best strike of all! All my friends cheered me on once it happened. It was the best week ever! Following days of competition, fun activities with the team, and eating great Cajun style foods, it was time to head home. It was around 8pm when we left, so everyone was pretty tired. None of us wanted to leave New Orleans though considering how much fun we had there. A couple hours passed and the bus wasn’t even halfway home. All of a sudden there was a loud hissing sound. The bus has a flat tire in the middle of nowhere! It would seem as if this incident was the worst part of the vacation, but in fact it was one of the best things to happen that week.
During the almost 3 hour wait, my friends and I took the time to watch movies that we brought along to pass the time. We bonded even more that night. It took a while but the tire was finally fixed and we were underway yet again. At last, we reached Texarkana! It was 6am and everyone was absolutely exhausted. It was all worth it though because we made the trip worthwhile. The trip to New Orleans was a marvelous experience to me personally. It felt like home to me. Vacation or not, the trip wouldn’t have been as good if I didn’t have anybody to enjoy the experience with. Anything or any place on the Earth can be the best vacation ever if you just have a great destination to reach, loving friends and pleasurable memories, and the best time of your life returning home.