Get Up and Go: Five More Inspirational Travel Quotes

It’s hard to believe 2017 is just a few weeks away. I’ve already started making travel plans for the new year. Have you? If you need some inspiration to get up and go, here are five more travel quotes guaranteed to make you want to book a ticket somewhere.

Here are five more of my favorite travel quotes that are sure to inspire you to get up and go.

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This week, things are busy, busy, busy as I prepare to fly to Michigan to spend the holidays with my family. It’s that crazy yet wonderful time of the year. I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone safe travels this season. Thank you for reading.

Take trips

Here are five more of my favorite travel quotes that are sure to inspire you to get up and go.
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Your place in the world

Here are five more of my favorite travel quotes that are sure to inspire you to get up and go.
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Travel is priceless

Here are five more of my favorite travel quotes that are sure to inspire you to get up and go.
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Power and love

Here are five more of my favorite travel quotes that are sure to inspire you to get up and go.
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The journey changes you

Here are five more of my favorite travel quotes that are sure to inspire you to get up and go.
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What is your favorite travel quote? Let me know in the comments below!

Five Inspiring Travel Quotes

In my November recap, I included a travel quote from actress Shirley MacLaine. Since then, I’ve been thinking about other travel quotes which inspire me. Between screenshots saved to my phone and an out-of-control Pinterest board, I have quite a few.

These are some of my favorite travel quotes that are guaranteed to inspire you to pack your bags and go!

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Today, I thought I would share five of my favorite inspiring travel quotes. Perhaps one of these is just what you need to hear in order to get up and go!

Don’t wait

These are some of my favorite travel quotes that are guaranteed to inspire you to pack your bags and go!

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Come alive

These are some of my favorite travel quotes that are guaranteed to inspire you to pack your bags and go!

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See the world

These are some of my favorite travel quotes that are guaranteed to inspire you to pack your bags and go!

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Have an adventure

These are some of my favorite travel quotes that are guaranteed to inspire you to pack your bags and go!

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Do something different

These are some of my favorite travel quotes that are guaranteed to inspire you to pack your bags and go!

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What travel quotes inspire you? Leave your favorite in the comments!

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Madrid

My favorite American holiday is just one week away, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little homesick. Rather than moping (which I’ve already been doing quite a lot of since the election), I’m gearing up to celebrate Thanksgiving in Madrid!

What do you say? Are you in? Here are my recommendations for how to celebrate Thanksgiving in Madrid.

As wonderful as living abroad can be, even the most committed expats get homesick at the holidays. Here are five ways you can celebrate Thanksgiving in Madrid!

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Share the holiday

Last year, both of the schools where I taught celebrated Halloween as part of the bilingual curriculum. However, neither school had any mention of Thanksgiving in the course plans. That’s where I stepped in! After a month of teaching British English (occasionally going as far as pronouncing vocabulary words with an English accent), I was more than ready to share something distinctly American.  In a short presentation, I told the story of Thanksgiving and described how Americans typically celebrate. Afterward, the whole class traced their hands and made turkeys. Whether with your students, colleagues or non-American friends, don’t pass up this unique opportunity to share your culture and customs.

As wonderful as living abroad can be, even the most committed expats get homesick at the holidays. Here are five ways you can celebrate Thanksgiving in Madrid!
How cute are these little turkeys?!

Eat Thanksgiving dinner

Perhaps what you miss the most about Thanksgiving in the States isn’t friends and family but rather turkey and stuffing. If that’s the case (and no need to feel bad if it is), several restaurants in Madrid celebrate Thanksgiving with special meal deals.  Here’s one I’m personally considering:

The Roll: For 35 euros, The Roll (Calle Amaniel, 23) provides a full, traditional Thanksgiving dinner, including a welcoming glass of cava and a glass of wine. For 10 additional euros, you can drink unlimited beer and wine during the meal. Reservations can be made by phone (918 05 79 30) or online.

Watch football

So, I guess I should just put this out there…I’m a Lions fan. Hey, they’re apparently first in the NFC North right now! Win or lose, watching the Lions play on Thanksgiving (every Thanksgiving) is a huge part of the holiday for me. Time change or not, as part of how I celebrate Thanksgiving in Madrid this year, I’m determined to watch them play the Vikings. I haven’t decided whether I’m going to try to stream the game or watch it at a bar like this one:

James Joyce Irish Pub: For fans of American football, James Joyce Irish Pub (Calle de Alcalá, 59) is one of Madrid’s hidden treasures. NFL games are broadcast live on three big screen televisions. Like The Roll, James Joyce offers a Thanksgiving menu for 27 euros and 50 cents. Reservations are accepted. 

As wonderful as living abroad can be, even the most committed expats get homesick at the holidays. Here are five ways you can celebrate Thanksgiving in Madrid!
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Bake a pumpkin pie

I don’t have an oven in my piso, but if you are fortunate to be so blessed, why not use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to test out your culinary skills? If not pumpkin pie, perhaps another holiday classic: green bean casserole, anyone? Taste of America, Madrid’s authentic American market, can help make your food fantasies a reality with its wide range of products and ingredients. Behold: pumpkin pie filling, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce and so much more.

As wonderful as living abroad can be, even the most committed expats get homesick at the holidays. Here are five ways you can celebrate Thanksgiving in Madrid!
I’m more of an apple pie person, but if pumpkin pie is your jam, Taste of America has everything you need (minus the oven). Image Credit: Mark Fowler 

Express gratitude

In the end, it doesn’t matter if you pay for a fancy dinner or bake a pumpkin pie. What matters is embracing the most important part of Thanksgiving: gratitude. Say thank you to your colleagues and friends for welcoming you to Spain. Tell your family and friends back home how much you appreciate their support. For all its ups and downs, take a moment to be grateful for your life abroad.

Have you ever celebrated Thanksgiving in Madrid? How about somewhere else abroad? What did you do to celebrate?