Thankful Travel

As I sit here on Thanksgiving eve, watching loved ones snooze on the couch in front of a roaring fire, I find myself waxing poetic and thinking back on the past year. Thanksgiving is a great holiday not only for the opportunity to commune with friends and family, but for the chance to reflect on the previous 364 days and what has changed, for better or worse, in our lives.

I am thankful for those around me who make my life so special and for the unique opportunities we have had together. I know that I am lucky and believe me, I do not take that for granted. Here are a few photographic reflections on the past year.

What are you thankful for this year?

While in Ireland last November, we spent a lovely afternoon at the Guinness Store house with Dublin as our backdrop.

Calle Arenal, Madrid
Our first trip of 2010 included a stop in Madrid, our first time in Spain. I fell in love with the city right away and loved its pedestrian areas, like the Calle Arenal.


Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech was always a frenzy of activity, especially in the Djemaa el Fna. Shown here is a very smoky Djemaa el Fna night market.



Ellis Island
NYC was a whirlwind, but I loved my visit to Ellis Island.

Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine Florida
I really enjoyed our brief visit to St. Augustine, especially learning more about the history of the town. This view is of a cannon facing the city at the Castillo de San Marcos.


Tres Rios Resort, Riviera Maya
I was fortunate enough to have been invited to the Tres Rios Resort in Mexico where some of my favorite moments were spent in the mysterious cenotes.


USS Arizona Memorial, Oahu Hawaii
Honolulu was an amazing place but the most impactful moment for me was at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor.


Lanai Hawaii
Lana'i never falls to surprise the visitor. This view, captured one foggy morning at Koele, was not at all what I was expecting, but was lovely nonetheless.


Nassau, Bahamas
I visited the Bahamas for my first time this year, but the trip was short and made me desperate to return for more. I love being on the water and our boat trip was a great way to tour around the islands.



Kotel, Western Wall Jerusalem, Israel
Traveling through Israel was an amazing experience. I particularly enjoyed visiting the Kotel or Western Wall during Friday night prayers. This shot was taken a few days later when it was far less hectic.

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

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