As we gear up for the holiday season, we can’t help but reflect on the many things which we are so thankful for…

…our clients who are eager to see the world and DISCOVER MORE

…our travel partners friends who make each trip so special

…our team that is so passionate about creating exceptional travel experiences

…our world and the beauty of it and its people that rise above the noise

…and much more! Our team shares what they are thankful for below:

“I am thankful that, despite everything going on, people are still traveling. By doing so they have the opportunity to see new places, meet new people, experience new cultures and have all of the lovely serendipitous moments that create a lifetime of memories. I am grateful for those brave enough to turn off the news and take that one simple step to explore so that they can come home and spread the word that the world is a big beautiful place and, at the end of the day, we are all not that dissimilar.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Kelly Millington

Photo of two monks in Bhutan taken by David Ourisman.

Photo of two monks in Bhutan taken by David Ourisman.

“I’m thankful the world is so big! There will always be a security concern/public health concern somewhere, but thanks to globalization, few places in the world are completely inaccessible. This means that, despite concerns about terrorism/security/zika/ebola/flailing economies/whatever the concern du jour is, there are always new places to explore and suggest to clients.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Louisa Gehring

“I’m thankful that there so much beauty in the world — beautiful scenery, beautiful people, beautiful cultures, beautiful experiences — and that we can experience such beauty through travel.” – Brownell Independent Advisor David Ourisman

“I am thankful for the beautiful sounds of travel – the singing children at a village school in Zimbabwe…the mariachi band at the Mexico beach resort…the lulling languages of each new place we visit…the boom of fireworks over the city skyline…the “wow” of my children’s voices as they make a new discovery…the laughter of my travel companions. Travel creates some of the most beautiful songs of our lives.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Susan Whitson

“I am thankful for all the wonderful memories that travel gives all the people you meet and all the new discoveries you make! I remember the kind family that took me and my friend into their home in Sumatra the year we graduated from college, the roasted goat with peanut sauce we ate in celebration of making new friends, and the volcano we climbed as clearly as it happened last year!” – Brownell Independent Advisor Michelle Cowell

“I am thankful that travel continues to bring my far-flung family together, and that we have the opportunity to be ambassadors for our country as we meet people around the world.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Sam McClure

“I’m thankful that I have had an opportunity to transform traveling from “getting from place to place” to really seeing and exploring not just “places” but destinations, and sharing those new experiences with my clients, colleagues, family and friends.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Joanne Smith

“I am thankful that there is a travel agency like Brownell! I cannot stop going on and on about the dream Brownell Academy was. What a welcome to Brownell! From the incredible professionalism that touched everything, to how kind everyone is, to having the best in the business willingly share in round tables, hallways or bar stools zooooom to awards given for graciousness and spirit and have it all culminate with confetti overhead!!! I am THANKFUL!” – Brownell Independent Advisor Tate Hallford

Martha Rhodes at a Masai Village School.

Martha Rhodes at a Masai Village School.

“I’m thankful for a caring and empowered Delta Sales Support agent yesterday who spent over an hour on the phone with me to get a solution to a problem.” – Brownell Vice President Bowden Sarrett

“I am thankful that we, as travel advisors, can improve the world we live in by introducing people to new places, new ideas, and new traditions. The more we travel, the more we expand our understanding of our world. We grow as people. We connect meaningfully with others. We traverse boundaries and we erase racism. Travel is now more important than ever before.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Jessica Hart

“I am thankful for the global perspective on life that travel affords and the friendships I have now with people around the world.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Martha Rhodes

“I am thankful to be a part of The Brownell Family!” – Brownell Ambassador Laura Clark

“The travel related thing for which I am thankful is my suitcase. When my suitcase is out, I am so happy because I know something special is going to happen; I’m going to connect with a dear friend, collect a new memory with my children, take a destination I have read about from two-dimensional to three-dimensional. My life is going to be enhanced through travel in a matter of moments when I see my suitcase. I put on Chantal Kreviazuk’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” and I thank my lucky stars that I live in this world, and I’m about to go see more it.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Kristen Meckem

“I am thankful that travel inspires & gives me HOPE, by reminding me every day that there is more good in the world than bad, that we have more in common with others than not & that at the end of the day, we are all seeking the same genuine happiness whatever little corner of the world we live in.” – Brownell Independent Advisor Kim Heflin