As you are probably aware, Thanksgiving is one of the biggest travel weekends of the year. People travel to destinations close to their homes to be with friends and family. Some people need to travel even further to be with the ones they love. And yet, at the same time, there are so many people who stay home and simply feel grateful for all the good in their lives. Whether you are considering Thanksgiving travel this year, or staying home, I know you will be feeling grateful for all the blessings in your life.
Here is one of my favorite quotes about gratitude:
“Always have an attitude of gratitude.” – Sterling K. Brown
Did you know there is an old maxim that states, “Gratitude is riches and complaint is poverty”? This is an excellent quote to keep in mind, because it reminds you that being thankful is a reward all on its own.
When it comes to Thanksgiving travel, or any travel actually, your attitude can affect how much you enjoy your trip. Do you get stressed out thinking about flight delays? Does an unexpected hiccup throw you into a tizzy? Maybe you simply dislike the unknown that can occur on any given day?
Well, all those things can be looked at as a glass half full. And ruin what could potentially be the trip of a lifetime. Or you can choose to be grateful that you are able to travel and look at these scenarios in a glass half full kind of light.
When you look at those blips along the way as a glass half full, you will realize you can still have fun and enjoy every aspect of your trip.
Here are a few tips for conquering Thanksgiving travel this year!
There are so many things I am grateful for in life. My family. Friends. My job as an expert travel advisor. The list could go on and on. But one of the things I am most grateful for is the ability to travel the world.
Travel has always been one of my favorite things to do. And that is why I regularly jump at the chance to visit any destination. Even at a moment’s notice.
When I travel, I see the world in a new light. I get a new appreciation of each destination. I then try to bring that new appreciation home with me. This helps me not to take so many things for granted.
Of course, you may be thinking that I am always visiting exotic destinations. While I have visited a few exotic places, like Kenya and Romania, some of my favorite adventures have been right here in the US!
There are so many places to discover something new. And some of them may only be a few hours from your home.
If you haven’t checked out any of the national parks yet, I recommend starting there. The Grand Canyon, Denali, and Yellowstone are near the top of my list. I especially love Denali and personally cannot wait to vacation in Alaska again. I still look back at the memories I made there in the past and will cherish them forever.
As you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner this year, take the time to reflect on the vacations you have taken in the past. Then consider which vacations need to be on your radar in the future. Whether it is a long weekend, a week halfway across the country, or a couple weeks halfway around the world. There is a destination out there waiting for you. Be grateful you have so many options to choose from. And that you can enjoy as many of them as you wish on your own, with family, or with friends.
This year, keep this quote by Robert Brault in mind. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things”.
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