What Travel Makes Me Thankful For

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the US and we wanted to know, “how does travel make you thankful?”  You discover so much about yourself when you travel but at the end of the day, whether it’s the comfort of your own home or the ability to just take a trip, there’s plenty to be thankful for.

We polled some of the Contiki staff about how the ability to travel and see the world makes them truly thankful.  Here’s some of their insights and we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

“I am thankful for travel because I always end up coming home with a new favorite song – other cultures’ music is so beautiful and different!” – Jen

“I am thankful for the friends I have made from around the world. I am thankful for being able to learn more about the world and how I want to fit in it. I am thankful for the history and culture that I get to experience even if it means sweating in the Cambodian heat or freezing as it snows on top the Eiffel Tower. I feel traveling makes me more humble and appreciate home.” – Ashley

“Travel makes me thankful that I can see that the world is much smaller than I realize.” – Tara

“When it comes to travel, I am thankful for experiencing new culture, meeting new people, trying the local cuisine, learning about the history and places I visit, and feeling liberated.” – Brooke

“Travel makes me thankful for the people I’ve met, for the home I get to return home to, and for the amazing cultures and cuisines I get to try – that is what living feels like to me!” – Vy

“Travel makes me thankful for 24 hour convenience stores, the ability to see and experience different cultures around the world, my own bed, and hot showers.” – Justin W.

“Travel makes me thankful for the opportunity to see the world, friendships around the world, and the comforts we take for granted at home.” Delphia

“[Travel] makes me thankful and appreciative of the diversity and the mix of people on this planet. There’s always something new to see on a distant shore miles and miles away and it makes you appreciate what you call “home.” – Nicholas

“I’m thankful for the friends I’ve made from around the world through travel – from Australia to New Zealand to Italy to New Caledonia Island! I’ve shared with them many laughs, nights out, music festivals, and crazy experiences like skydiving. And after a long trip mixed with overnight trains and hostels, travel also makes me thankful for the comforts of home and company of close friends and family.” – Andrea

“Traveling gives me perspective. It reminds me there is so much out there to do and learn and whatever I’m struggling with at the moment probably isn’t that big of a deal.” – Michelle


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