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#ThankstoTravel: Reminisce & Share Your Unique Travel Stories

We spend so much time moving at the speed of light; always dreaming about the next month, the next year, the next adventure. But sometimes we're forced to slow down and adopt an attitude of gratitude; to reminisce, share and inspire.

We spend so much time moving at the speed of light; always dreaming about the next month, the next year, the next adventure. But sometimes we’re forced to slow down and adopt an attitude of gratitude; to reminisce, share and inspire.

You’re already well aware of how incredibly kind, hard-working, inspiring and resilient our beloved industry is. We laugh during the good times and pull together in times of crisis to lift each other up.

By sharing memories, lessons, and experiences with those around you, each and every one of you is capable of creating moments of magic, growth, and refection.

Use this time to recalibrate and get ready, because we will travel again, and when we do, it will be better than ever.

So you have #togetherintravel, now let us introduce you to #ThankstoTravel, brought to you from across the world, in the UK.

How it started

The movement has been created by The Brighter Group, in collab with We Are Komodo.

The aim of the campaign is simple… show your appreciation for travel and support the industry by reminiscing and sharing some of your most special travel memories.

Join in and brighten someone’s day by sharing a little positivity. Simply use the #ThanksToTravel, then tag 3 friends to pass the message on.

Your #ThankstoTravel shares

Surfing socials with this hashtag will certainly make your soul smile. Here are a few of the wonderful words and images that I have come across so far…

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Thanks to travel I met a witch doctor in a mountain hut in Swaziland. It was also the trip where I spent every single day laughing hysterically with a wonderful group of people, & was the best tonic after an incredibly rough couple of months. Thanks to travel my friends & I spent a night on a deserted island in Halong Bay, playing volleyball & swimming with bioluminescent plankton. Thanks to travel I’ve spotted sleepy sloths & humpback whales in Costa Rica, swam with nurse sharks in Belize, scuba dived with giant turtles in Indonesia, & cried when I saw baby elephants playing with each other at a watering hole in South Africa. Thanks to travel I’ve jumped (& fallen) down waterfalls, out of planes, have a tattoo that I hope translates well into English, eaten enough amazing food to last me a lifetime, slept in weird and wonderful places (Romanian Ice Hotel, anyone?), drank beers whilst watching incredible sunsets, climbed volcanoes & ziplined my way across jungle canopies. Thanks to travel I have a job that I love, although PR isn’t all smiles & rainbows. It’s often long days, pre-event meltdowns, being your absolute charming, best self when you don’t always feel like it & using your brain to figure out how you’re going to solve the problem of epic proportions that you’ve found yourself in. Looking back now I would happily take a ‘bad day’ over the past few weeks because it has been pretty stressful for so many reasons, but most of all because it’s hard to imagine that the very industry that has given me so many opportunities both professionally & personally is in danger of never being the same again. BUT, amongst all the doom & gloom, travel has meant that I have met people from all walks of life who I’m still friends with now, & I’ve been able to spend time with the people I love the most. Thanks to travel I have so many memories that are etched in my mind & are all pieced together like a dodgy patchwork quilt, but that make me, me. #ThanksToTravel

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It’s a crazy time to be working in the travel industry. It’s always slightly mad working in PR, but these past few weeks have completely cast a shadow on any day that ever felt like a struggle. Everything feels uncertain and no one knows when we’ll be able to hop on a plane to escape all this very ugly reality, but it does seem like looking back on holiday memories and planning future trips is getting a few people through lockdown. With this in mind, we are starting a #ThankstoTravel campaign as a little mood booster and to show our support of everyone in the industry. SO, here goes: I’m thankful for travel because it’s been my entire life. I was born in Indonesia and my parents then moved me from country to country – to the Philippines to West Africa to London, I then studied in San Francisco and Australia. It was never an option for me to work in anything but travel. And while it’s not always the easiest or prettiest industry to work in, it’s completely addictive and probably the only work I’d bother rolling out of bed for each morning. I have too many favourite things about travel and so many things I’m grateful for. It’s the best way to fall in love and the only way to mend a broken heart, it’s escaping with your best friends, it’s crispy salty hair and scratchy sandy faces, it’s dipping bread in olive oil, it’s stacks of bangles on your wrist, it’s drinking cheap wine, it’s buying straw bags in markets, making friends with scruffy dogs, it’s big bathtubs and crisp linen, people watching in chic cities, its the best afternoon naps and the worst jet lag, it’s getting dirty, getting drunk, getting sunburnt and getting lost. And it’s a whole world that I’m super thankful that I get to work in. If you’ve managed to read this far then you should share what you love about travel and what memories you might have made because of an amazing trip, and if you already have shared your post, a big thanks for getting involved 👌🏼 #ThankstoTravel

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At some point in the past couple of years (or so) I lost all my confidence. I hated my appearance and I would frequently compare myself to others. I couldn’t bare the dating scene because deep down I didn’t feel good enough. If I wasn’t willing to accept me, why should anyone else? 🎭⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #ThanksToTravel I am slowly on a journey of regaining the confidence that I lost and that’s for two reasons:⁣⁣ 1. I started solo-travelling and exploring the world like I’d never experienced it before. These trips weren’t just holidays to me; they encouraged me to grow as a person and take risks that I would never of imagined taking previously -let me tell you, they paid off! I’ve met the most fantastic people on my travels and I can’t wait to meet more once we’re all allowed to explore again ✈️⁣⁣ 2. I started a travel business; at first this was just meant to be a way to make extra money, but it rapidly turned into so much more. The community and love within our team provides support and encouragement like I’ve never seen it before! I’ve made friends for life and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for both my business and our network 🌍 ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ “𝐓𝐑𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐋 𝐈𝐒 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐎𝐍𝐋𝐘 𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐁𝐔𝐘 𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐌𝐀𝐊𝐄𝐒 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐑𝐈𝐂𝐇𝐄𝐑” ⁣⁣ -I used to only appreciate this quote metaphorically speaking; thanks to my side hustle it can be appreciated literally now too. ⁣ ⁣ Find something you love which you’re passionate about, trust me, it’s a game changer! Thank you travel ❤️

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I adore this movement, and feel so inspired reading your stories, so I thought I’d give it a crack myself…

Thanks to travel, I have gazed at the sun, stars, and moon in 34 different lands, each offering something completely unique.

I’ve been 2200m on top of the world, and 30m beneath the waves. I’ve looked into the eyes of a wild elephant and learned how to swim like a mermaid, on a single breath. I’ve screamed in the back of a bobsled, jumping out of a plane, rafting down a waterfall and down a mountain trying to gain control of my skis! I’ve danced at a strange festival I didn’t know existed in Laos, enjoyed lunch at a sweet Sri Lankan family’s home and been taught how to make jewellery in a workshop in the Cook Islands.

Thanks to travel, my eyes are wide open to everything around me. They’ve captured images of pristine beaches, tropical waterfalls, bustling markets, natural wonders, mystic cities, and uninhabited deserts.

Thanks to travel, my mind is wide open. I’ve become friends with people I’d never have ‘normally’ met and I’ve learned what truly matters to each and every one of them. I’ve seen what life could be like and how unfair it is for some.

Thanks to travel, I’ve experienced five-star luxury and one-star living. I have cried; with happiness, love, and despair. My experiences have allowed me to feel every emotion and I am so grateful for that. I’ve spent days laughing until my face literally ached and sleepless nights, chatting with best friends, that I had only just met.

Thanks to travel I have grown; incorporating beliefs and practices that I resonate with; inspired by the incredible people I’ve crossed paths with during my journey.

Thanks to travel, I have realised that one single person can, in fact, make a positive difference on the planet, and I have taken the steps to become more conscious of my work, actions and wandering footprints.

Thanks to travel, I am becoming the woman I have always wanted to be.

Now I nominate… YOU!

All you need to do is reminisce, write from the heart and share your story on socials using the #ThankstoTravel and #togetherintravel hashtags.

We can’t wait to read them.