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Travel Things I Am Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving!

While I think everyday should be a day to give thanks, it is nice to have a day dedicated to it.  Before I get into the things I am thankful for, one thing I am not thankful for is spammers!  Arggggg.  I’m hardly a tech savvy person and am barely confident even blogging, but I get headaches when I have to deal with the spam that shows up in the RSS feeds.  If you saw my last post, you might have caught all the lovely spam that disguised itself as part of my post.  I think I finally got it cleaned out (with professional help this time) so I am praying that it doesn’t show up when this post goes out.

Ok, now that I got that off my chest, things I am actually thankful for… I am thankful to my friends and family who know the best way to get to me is to let me figure things out on my own. 🙂  I am thankful for Mr. T who is one of the most boring men I know (you’ve got to click on that link to know I meant it in a good way).  And finally, from a travel perspective, I’ve found a handful of things I am thankful for either experiencing or for making travel easier:

  • I’ve had a goal of visiting at least four new countries every year and this past year, I exceeded that goal more than two fold.  I am thankful that Mr. T understands and supports my passion for world travel and had no qualms about me jetting off for 80 days this summer.
  • Miles and points.  If you’re not a member of an airline’s miles program or a hotel points program, you have to join – even if you don’t travel often.  Eventually the miles and points add up and you can redeem them for free flights or hotel stays among a host of other goodies depending on the rewards program.  Thanks to Starwood points, I indulged at the Westin in Florence…
(Westin Hotel, Florence)

(Westin Hotel, Florence)

…and thanks to my AA miles, I flew British Airlines first class back to home after that long trip!  It will be very hard to go back to economy after that experience: mood lighting, a la carte menus, turn down service, and tea time.  I love tea time!

(First class suite on British Airways)

(First class suite on British Airways)

  • The ability to use my Kindle during take off and landing.  I love my Kindle and having access to a stash of reading material as settle into my seat makes the time fly by.  I’m thrilled the FAA has lifted its ban on electronic devices during take off and landing.
  • A cell phone with free international talk and data.  This is a work perk. Visiting Europe is so much easier with internet access from my cell since I can easily google directions, look up restaurant reviews, book tickets, call and confirm reservations, etc.  I’m especially thankful this is free!
  • An external battery charger.  Special shout out to M, who suggested I fork out the money for a portable battery that could charge my iphone 4-5 times over in one charge.  I wish I had known about this last year when I was in Argentina and my iPhone battery drained like crazy.  If anyone’s looking for something similar, this is the one I bought.

And lastly (but not least), I am thankful to those of you who have written to let me know you are even more inspired to travel after reading some of the posts here.  It keeps me going!

Hope you have a fun, safe, and filling Thanksgiving holiday!

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M - December 2, 2013 - 8:50 am

You write a light-hearted and fun blog.. keep it up!

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