I started thinking today about all the travel-related things I am thankful for. Gadgets, guidebooks, deals and discounts are all wonderful, of course, and I'm very thankful for them.
But when I thought carefully, I realized I am most thankful for the many people who came before me over the centuries, ordinary people like me as well as powerful rulers, who realized that places like Charlemagne's Aachen Cathedral (pictured), Edo Castle and Yellowstone National Park were worth preserving. Without those people, none of us would be able to visit these splendid destinations.
We travelers contribute to the preservation of the world's natural and cultural treasures, large and small, when we visit them, pay admission and donate to the organizations that support these preservation efforts. We help raise awareness of the importance of these heritage sites and national parks when we talk about our travels. When we do so, we stand on the shoulders of the travelers who have gone before us.
I'm thankful for all of my readers, because you, too, appreciate the importance of travel. I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful weekend.
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