Part of the experience of travel is the experiences you take away. We gathered for a Twitter party to talk about travel we’re thankful for, trips to remember, who inspired our wanderlust and dream travel gadgets. Read on for a roundup of topics we discussed.
WHAT TRIP ARE YOU MOST THANKFUL YOU GOT TO TAKE? WHY?
@dipaolamomma So many it’s hard to choose. I’m thankful I can say that.
@weekendscount We are thankful to take any trip, vacation days are definitely few and far between!
@teresashaw Choosing favorite trip = choosing favorite child. I’m thankful for all of them!
@simplyandreah The trip I took to Australia when I was 17.
@chellez437 My late honeymoon to Disney because it meant my husband was home from overseas and safe with me.
WHO DO YOU HAVE TO THANK FOR INSPIRING YOUR LOVE OF TRAVEL? WHY?
@twokidsandamap I have my parents and our many military moves to thank for the passing on the travel bug!
@Saving4Jewels My dad. He will always wake us up at 5am in the weekend to get ready and just go where ever the road took us.
@kymri National Geographic magazines (Dad’s library in his den – NG mags and Encyclopedias) inspired my wanderlust!
@kimorlando I think I have to thank motherhood – I knew I had to show my kids EVERYthing. All people, cultures..Still working on that.
@judy511 I feel like my hubby & I developed it together. My parents treated vacays as obligation, not fun.
@JocelynBeeman My Mom “why sit still when you were made to move”.
@DesertChica Mine is my mom! She was always planning and plotting the next trip.. still does!
@DebMomof3 My mom, she traveled all over the world every summer when she was a teacher, b4 I was born. Loved hearing her stories growing up!
HOW DO YOU THANK PEOPLE WHO MAKE YOUR TRIP BETTER (HOTEL STAFF, TOUR GUIDES, ETC.)?
@plentyostars Always leave a good tip. I used to work as a hotel waitress and some travelers were so nice!
@savvyshopper92 Thank them, and then tell their boss.
@alittlebiteof I usually leave a simple thank you note with $ in hotel rooms. Someone told me years ago that hotel staff really appreciate it.
@weekendscount To thank hotel staff, we always complete comment cards to attest to their amazing customer service!
@kimorlando Share the love. Tipping is important but letting a manager know about a job well done goes even further. Take the time.
WHAT ARE YOUR KIDS MOST THANKFUL FOR WHEN THEY TRAVEL?
@alittlebiteof I think my son recognizes how much we travel. I think he has the travel bug like I do, so he is always willing to get up and go.
@furrykarma Getting to sleep in the same room as us.
@suerodman Disney Social Media Moms Conference. 16 yo was talking this weekend about how much fun he had –
Disney’s not just for little kids.
@teresashaw They’re young, so they’re most likely thankful for late bedtimes and restaurant meals.
@cribchick2 My grandkids get to pick our activities on vacation, they get to be involved.
@Cammi72 No school!!
@mombian What is my kid most thankful for when traveling? Late bedtimes.
WHAT TRAVEL GADGET WOULD YOU BE MOST THANKFUL TO OWN? WHY?
@rychepet Or a gadget that lets you pause time…so you can enjoy & take pics.
@Cammi72 GPS is so awesome! SO thankful for it!
@do_it_all_moms My cell phone, It has everything I need, GPS, map, phone service, apps for dining & entertainment.
@chellez437 A tablet with Wifi. Takes care of entertainment during the trip, get reviews, maps, get ideas for food/activities.
WHAT MAKES A TRIP MEANINGFUL, EVEN LIFE-CHANGING?
@cdntripseeker A connection… Whether with people or land or history or your true self. That’s what makes travel amazing.
@TibsTravel Stretch what I think I know — that makes travel meaningful. Bigger borders.
@lovethatmouse When you look up and realize you’ve been completely in the moment ALL DAY LONG! Love that.
@MaryHeston For me it is all about the people you meet along the way.
@Happy1Lisa When you go a trip to to see a loved one and know that this will be last time you see them due to illness.
@TheSuzieJohnson Actually enjoying the vacation, spending time with loved ones, putting aside work and being in the moment.
@SheBuysCars You know it was a great trip when trouble with the flight home doesn’t ruin your zen.
@bredanielle0602 The funny moments, meeting nice people who take you under their wing, and just being with family.
@CindyRichards It’s the foibles. Funny stories live on in infamy so the trip never dies in your heart–or family lore.
*Note: Comments are sometimes edited for spelling (the vs teh due to fast Twitter fingers!) and for abbreviation that our non-Twitter bretheren may not understand (DH vs dear husband). They are not edited for content as we feel it is valuable for everyone’s original thoughts to be heard.