Today, on this 19th day of thanksgiving, I am thankful for having the opportunity (throughout my life) to travel. I’ve been to many places and seen some wonderful things and today I want to share some of that with you.
Growing up we didn’t take many vacations but when we did we usually did it up right. I thank my parents for spoiling the heck out of me on those fun vacations and appreciate the fact that vacations weren’t an “every day” thing. That just made them all the more special.
Here are just a few of the places I’ve been:
California – too many times to count but I was 7 the first time and WoW what a trip!
Canada – if you grew up in Northeastern Ohio then chances are you visited Niagara Falls more than once!
Toronto, Canada – 5th row seats (right under the chandelier) for Phantom of the Opera at the Pantages Theatre for my 25th Birthday; thanks, Schmoof!
Florida – I actually lived there for 6 years and the truth is you can visit the Mouse one too many times!
New Mexico – I almost bought 750 acres of land there once; a beautiful and often misunderstood state!
Arizona – top of the list of my all-time favorite places to live. Hot in Phoenix in the summer but live a bit farther north and you get snow in the winter too (if only for two days).
Las Vegas, Nevada – yes, you can live there and not succumb to the sinful things. Its not easy; but it’s a whole lot of fun too!
Mexico – too many times to count; but I’ve traveled to several places in this beautiful country – by boat, by plane, by car, and on foot. Don’t forget your passport the next time you go.
Every state between Ohio and Florida; Florida and Nevada; and Nevada and Maine. Please forgive me but if I never have to travel the width of Texas again it will be too soon!
New England – if you live in Maine then chances are you’ve been to New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island – discuss. (More about the great state of Maine, tomorrow.)
New York City – many times driving through but only once to the city to do the touristy stuff. And yes, it was scary driving in mid-town Manhattan; I am a small-town girl!
Upstate New York – have you ever been to the Norman Rockwell Museum? Fabulous!
The Bahamas – warm, wet, sandy, and beautiful; by boat or plane!
Okay, that was more than a few places so I thought I should stop. But how lucky am I? And I haven’t even begun to travel. I’ve never been to Europe or Africa or Seattle, Washington – a bizarre threesome but three places I wish to visit, nonetheless.
And someday I hope to retire to Italy and spend the rest of my days writing, enjoying good art (G’s and others), and pasta. This is more than a hope but still a dream – we’ll get there someday!
So yes, today I am thankful for all the wonderful places I’ve been in my life. I am thankful for every moment of every journey – good or bad; I wouldn’t trade a single second of the education I’ve received along the way.
Thank you to all the people who ever had a hand in making my travel possible. Without the ability to be there and here I never would have made it here from there.
All travel destinations listed above
Please Note: I really haven’t been to a whole lot of places compared to some world travelers. But I am sincerely thankful for every place I’ve ever been and I hope to travel to many more places too.
Take time to appreciate every place you’ve ever been and never regret how you got (to) here from there!
And if you wish to know why there is all this thanking going on in this thankful month of November, please read 30 Days of Thanksgiving-One Day at a Time . Remember, being thankful for your many blessing does not have to be just a November thing. Enjoy!