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Reasons to be thankful

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According to the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics, there is no busier day than today for long-distance travel. For Americans, at least.

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Thanksgiving Day is busier than Christmas, busier than New Year, busier even than the day before Thanksgiving.

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During the six-day Thanksgiving travel period, they say, 'the number of long-distance trips (to and from a ­destination 50 miles or more away) increases by 54 percent… compared to the average number for the remainder of the year.'

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And of the six-day period, today is the busiest.

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What makes us travel? Today perhaps, it's all about family. But in general travel is one of those things we should be most thankful for.

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The chance to open our eyes a little wider, breathe a little more deeply, knowing that we are blessed to be able to wander this beautiful planet of ours. Happy Thanksgiving. RM

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