With Thanksgiving right around the cor…wait…tomorrow! Where has the time gone? With Thanksgiving basically here and the end of the year drawing nearer, the TFT Family has been reflecting on everything that we are thankful for. Travel has become an integral part of each of our lives, and we hope that it has done the same for you and will continue to provide you with memories for the rest your lives. In honor of travel and to celebrate Turkey Day, we would like to share with you what travel has given us that we are most thankful for.

Katie ZinkhamDirector of Operations 

I’m thankful for mountains. 
I’ve had the fortunate chance to see mountains in several different countries. There is always an overwhelming since of calm and empowerment every time I take in a new breathtaking view.
Yosemite National Park, CA

Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Emma UriInternational Programing Manager

I’m thankful for experiencing living history every day in Greece. 
I love being able to walk right up and touch history in order to be reminded that there are many more similarities between us all than there are differences.
Nemea, Peloponnese, Greece

Nemea, Peloponnese, Greece

Keith RichardsonBusiness Development and Strategy Manager

I’m thankful for the friends I’ve found through travel.
Knowing that wherever in the world I go, there are people who want to share their lives and stories with me makes me appreciate my travels even more!
Selfies with new friends in Greece

Discovering the Greek islands with new friends

Margaux CharpentierEuropean Development Manager

I’m thankful for having the time to take nature walks in some of Spain’s most beautiful regions.
Although I love the hustle and bustle of city life in Madrid, nothing beats the calm of the woods and the smell of fresh air.
Hitting the trails in Spain!

Hitting the trails in Spain!

Taylor KlinefelterContent Strategist

I’m thankful for hidden travel gems.
Living and traveling throughout the African continent for almost four years has provided me with countless opportunities to venture off the beaten path and discover hidden gems around just about every corner.
The Rock Restaurant, Zanzibar

The Rock Restaurant, Pingwe, Zanzibar

Marco NaranjoCentral and South America Program Manager

I’m thankful for surfing in Costa Rica.
Getting the chance to surf both the Pacific Coast and Caribbean Coast makes me feel very lucky! I love surfing the crystal clear waves in the Caribbean and watching amazing sunsets after a surf session on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. Pura vida!
Catching some Costa Rican waves!

Catching some Costa Rican waves!

Taylor JaczkoJunior Counselor

I’m thankful for the friendships I’ve made through travel.
From diving headfirst into a new culture together, to crying from laughter about stinky cheese in Munich, travel pals make the best pals!
New friends at the Paris Christmas market

New friends at the Christmas Market in Paris

Tori van SambeckBusiness Development and Marketing Manager

I’m thankful for Travel for Teens!
Working with TFT during the past few years has opened up numerous doors and provided endless opportunities. I’ve met some incredible people, including some crazy colleagues, wonderful parents, and inspiring students! Looking forward to all of the amazing people I’ll meet and adventures I’ll have with TFT in 2017!
Staff training 2016, Philadelphia

Staff training 2016, Philadelphia, USA