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    Thanksgiving is the time of the year when you are supposed to spend time with your family and your loved ones and remembering the things that you are thankful for, but that doesn’t mean that you have to do it at home.

    Traveling at Thanksgiving usually entails visiting relatives or family who love in a different city, but you can make this all-American holiday even more special if you are spending it in a fun and exciting place. Preparing a Thanksgiving outing is not an easy task, especially if you are aiming to make everyone involved happy, but it is possible, especially if your chosen destination is simply too good to miss. So to give you a few ideas about where you could spend the upcoming holiday, here are some great travel destinations for Thanksgiving 2011.



    So what’s the connection between an island belonging to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Thanksgiving? Not much, but it is so much easier to think of things to be thankful for if you are on an idyllic island, lounging on a beach and enjoying the sun.

    There will be no Thanksgiving chilly weather on Aruba, and you can spend your time doing water sports, exploring the exotic wilderness, and sampling culinary delights.

    Brussels, Belgium

    A traditional Thanksgiving dinner must include turkey and pie, but if you go to Brussels you won’t be sorry to trade the potatoes and gravy for the mind-blowing local cuisine. Nibble on French fries (a Belgian invention, in fact) and gulp down Belgian beer while sightseeing around the cobbled streets and historical monuments.



    If you want a traditional Thanksgiving celebration on American soil but you still crave tropical sun, beaches and the occasional brightly colored cocktail, then you have no other choice than go to Hawaii, and it’s guaranteed that it won’t be a decision you’ll regret.

    The stunning natural wonders of Hawaii’s islands coupled with the laid-back atmosphere create a great place for celebrations of any kind.

    Vieques, Puerto Rico

    This small Puero Rican island hasn’t been a tourist destination for long, but its charming rural character makes it incredibly hard to resist. Esperanza is the most touristy town on the island, with a delightful beach, but there are many more vacationing spots to choose from, and some interesting historical attractions for when you’re not relaxing on the beach. The spectacular bioluminescent bay, Mosquito Bay, is also a must-see.

    Plymouth, Massachusetts

    Plymouth, photo by Paul Keleher

    If you want to celebrate your Thanksgiving as thoroughly as possible, you should visit the place where it all began. The first Thanksgiving in history was celebrated in Plymouth in 1621, when the Mayflower Pilgrims shared a meal with the native Wampanoags.

    Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner in a historic setting and visit some of the countless sights related to the holiday and the history of the Pilgrims.


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