5 (More) Things I’m Thankful For

by Gray Cargill on November 25, 2009

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., and I thought it would be a good time to focus on gratitude.  Sometimes we travelers obsess on the negatives–high prices, crowds, poor customer service.  But there is still plenty to be thankful for in the travel world.  I am still thankful for everything I mentioned on last year’s list. This year, I have five more things to add to that list:

1. Everyone who supports my blog by reading, subscribing to my feed, following me on Twitter, and becoming a fan on Facebook.  You all rock.  I’m especially grateful for your comments on what you see here.  Writing in a vacuum can become demoralizing after awhile.  Your feedback is what keeps me going.

2.  All the interesting, fun, and cool people I have met during my travels over the past year. I’ve met some passionate Disney fans, fellow bloggers, Katrina survivors, and other solo travelers, among others.  Honestly, this is one of the best things about solo travel: the people you meet.

3. Twitter. Over the past year, I’ve become more than a little reliant on Twitter.  I have connected with some awesome travelers and bloggers on Twitter, and I know that any time I have a travel-related question, and I can tweet it and get a response within a day at most.  Thanks to the travel folks I follow, I have been exposed to tips, advice, and travel articles I might not have otherwise seen.

4.  My Nikon D40 DSLR.  I have never had a really good quality camera before for my travels.  Even my Nikon Coolpix didn’t get the kind of terrific details that the DSLR does.  For instance, I traveled to England back in the ’90s, and my camera died mid-trip.  This was pre-digital, so I had no idea the photos I did take would suck so bad.  It’s a shame.  Because the more time passes, the more I wish I had great photos from that trip to supplement my memory.  I don’t have to worry about that any more.

5.  Finding some terrific new travel blogs to follow. I subscribe to more than 30 blogs on my feed reader and follow still more on Facebook. There are others I visit less frequently, but enjoy them nonetheless.   (Some people watch baseball, I read travel blogs.) For the sake of space, I won’t list them all here, but you’ve probably seen the links in the sidebar of my website.  They’re there for a reason.  I figure if I enjoy those blogs and websites, you might too. There are a lot of wonderful writers and insightful, adventurous travelers out there–all unique in their own ways.  Do yourself a favor and check them out.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. May your travels be safe.

SoloFriendly November 26, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Thanks, JoAnna! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

SoloFriendly November 26, 2009 at 7:04 am

Thanks, JoAnna! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

joanna_haugen November 25, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Yes, yes, yes, can't relate and yes. I think you said it all quite well. Happy Thanksgiving!

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