Happy Thanksgiving! 

Of course, Day 24 of the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project* is about giving thanks.

Seeing what others have – and don’t have – around the world often helps us appreciate our own good fortune. What are you thankful for this year ?

First and foremost, I am thankful for my family and friends who have supported me on my current trip, even if they don’t always understand or agree with it.

I am thankful for my adorable niece and nephew whose videos and pictures always make me smile. Hopefully they will still remember who Aunt Katie is by the time I get home.

I am thankful for Mr. Kimball, who taught World Civilizations in high school and really inspired my fascination with the world around me.

I am thankful for Professor Hesli, who taught several of my international politics courses in college and further sparked my interest in the former Soviet Union.

I am thankful for Patty and Brian, who agreed to permanently adopt my cat Leo. While it brings a tear to my eye to let him go, I know it is best for both of us. He needs stability and I need flexibility.

I am thankful for Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook may be annoying at times, but I am so thankful that it has allowed me to reconnect with wonderful friends from the past and stay connected with so many friends and family while I travel.

I am thankful I had the opportunity to participate in Fear Experiment and meet so many new amazing friends before I left Chicago.

I am thankful for indoor plumbing and central heat.

I am thankful for Snickers and Peanut M&Ms. I may not have survived my first month in Russia without them.

I am thankful for gluten-free hamburger buns in Finland.

I am thankful for Irina at the Apple Hostel in St. Petersburg for getting my ATM card back for me.

I am thankful for Vladimir who gave me a ride back to Irkutsk from Taltsy in the snow on Wednesday for free. And chatted with me in Russian the whole way.

I am thankful that I got to spend a weekend on Olkhon Island and see Lake Baikal – and that I met Maarten and Marie-Ann from Belgium who made it so much more fun.

I am thankful for fellow travel bloggers I have gotten to know over the last year: Amanda, Val, Ali, Andy, Sherry, Michaela, Lisa, Russ, Scott, Julia, Michael, Brooke, Kim, Gillian, Jodi, Jaime, Katie, Adam, Caz, Craig, Ayngelina – I am sure I am missing someone, but all of you have inspired, encouraged and/or supported me in the months leading up to my trip and as I hit the road. I’m not sure this would be possible without all of you.

I am thankful I have the ability to travel at all. While many travel bloggers often write that travel is possible for anyone, in reality, for the vast majority of the 7 billion people in this world, it isn’t. I am thankful that I was born into circumstances in which I could even dream of traveling in the first place.

Finally, I am thankful for all of you out there reading. Whether we are good friends, online acquaintances or have never even met, I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and I am so thankful for your comments and your emails. Knowing that I am touching even one other person out there warms my heart and makes it all worthwhile.

*Throughout the month of November, BootsnAll is inviting bloggers from around the world to join them in a daily blogging effort – the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project -  designed to reflect on how our travel experiences over the last year – or whenever – have shaped us and our view of the world. Bloggers can follow the prompts as strictly or loosely as they like, interpreting them in various ways and responding via text, photos or video posted on their own blogs.

 

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8 Responses to “30 Days of Indie Travel Project: Giving Thanks”

  1. I am not doing the Indie travel project but I gave thanks as well – for travel and all that I have learned and experienced!
    Jeremy Branham recently posted…Giving thanks for travelMy Profile

  2. And we are thankful that you are taking on this journey which provides for very interesting reading! I know it may be tough at times, but there aren’t many people who would’ve taken on a trip like this so you should be proud of what you have (and will) accomplished!
    I am very thankful for Twitter and blogging – I have met so many interesting people from around the world who I may never have met otherwise.
    Julia recently posted…Magnificent, Marvellous, Mad MixquicMy Profile

  3. I’m so glad to have met you too, thanks for mentioning me (and Andy who is sitting right next to me). Happy Thanksgiving :-)
    Ali recently posted…Malaysian Borneo – Visiting the OrangutansMy Profile

    • Happy Thanksgiving (belatedly) to you both as well! It was so great meeting you guys at TBEX and keeping in touch since! Hope you enjoyed some turkey in Germany!

  4. Plenty of great things to be thankful for….
    The World of Deej recently posted…First Class to Amsterdam for $78My Profile

  5. I’m thankful for having gotten to know you better, too! And to be following along on your awesome adventure!
    Amanda recently posted…Photo of the Day: Trevi Fountain (HDR)My Profile

  6. I’m thankful that we have gotten to “know” each other as well! I have found a ton of inspiration in your “off the beaten path” RTW, and hope to do a ton of the same next year.

    P.S. You still need to see a hockey game over there for me!
    Scott recently posted…My Dia De Los Meurtos in MexicoMy Profile

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