I hope everyone is very full of Thanksgiving meals and happiness! This Thanksgiving, I headed over to North Carolina to reconnect with my aunt, uncle, grandmother, and cousins. It’s been an absolutely wonderful time reconnecting with them and spending time with the most wonderful family imaginable.
Although I certainly am thankful and appreciative for the big things… my extremely supportive family, my friends, a roof over my head, and plenty food and water, I thought it would also be pretty fun to acknowledge the little travel things that I am thankful for as well.
Because let me tell you, after plenty of time on the road, the little things really do feel like blessings.
I am thankful for people who pick up hitchhikers.
Hitchhiking has a bit of a negative connotation, however, it’s a great way to get around! Not only do you learn about the person with whom you’re getting a ride from, but you’re also reducing your carbon footprint! Let me tell you, I am SO thankful for cars that stop by to pick up some exhausted, stranded travelers.
I am thankful for hostels with good wifi
Don’t get me wrong; I think it’s a great thing to get away from social media and the connectedness of the world sometimes. HOWEVER, when ill whilst traveling, there’s nothing more that I want to do than text my mom for comfort! It’s also EXTREMELY difficult to blog without wifi, so I’m very appreciative of hostels with high speed Internet!
I am thankful for people who invite you into their homes
Every time I’ve been invited into a family’s home or out with them, I have learned so much about different cultures and places. I always leave feeling so much more whole and warm; the kindness and love that people welcome you with make every single moment so elating.
I am thankful for natural beauty
This one’s super broad, as it should be! I’m thankful for travelers’ standard of beauty being so much different than those at home. You don’t need to wear the most fashionable outfits or tons of makeup to be considered pretty while traveling… Seems shallow, but it’s a great feeling knowing that materialistic things don’t play as much of a role as we think they do at home; personality is everything!
I am also thankful for natural beauty in the scenery sense. Sometimes we take our surroundings for granted and forget how amazing the world we live in truly is. I am thankful for all kinds of scenery, especially the mountains! What can I say? I’m a mountain girl.
I am thankful for the people I’ve met whilst traveling
I’ve said this time and time again: the people you travel with have the potential to change you. I have met some of the most important people in my life through traveling. There’s one person in particular that has absolutely changed my life for the better and I cannot imagine a life without meeting them. They truly were that influential and incredible.
I am thankful for finding clean water
I’ve gotten sick off of dirty ice and water too many times. There’s nothing better than finding a fruit shake stall that doesn’t make you sick! The first thing I did after getting home from a big leg of my gap year (Thailand and Nepal), was drink out of my sink. I appreciate clean water immensely.
I am thankful for the control of indoor temperatures
When it’s hot, I am so thankful for air conditioning. When it’s cold, heat and fires are the most incredible things. We often overlook AC and heating, but I am so immensely thankful for it.
I am thankful for short lines
I’m not a patient person. I love short lines.
I am thankful for danger (sorry Mom)
I have been shaped the most by adventures that have an element of danger to them. Something about having to be a little more careful excites me and makes everything I feel seem ten times more real. I’m not a daredevil, but I am thankful for the events that haven’t been the safest, as I’ve really learned how to grow and be on my own through them.
I am thankful for travel
I don’t even need to explain this one.