Giveaway day 9





I am doing a giveaway of all my travel loves for the season! These items are simply worth sharing because they’ve stood the test of travel. Starting on Dec.13th I will unveil a new item each day on the blog. You will have 8 am-8pm Mountain Time zone to enter.
At the end of the day we will announce the winner at the top of the post!


The winners will be chosen at random.


In order to qualify:


1.    Leave a comment ON the blog answering the question posted at the bottom blog

2.    Follow our Instagram

3.    Like and tag a friend on our daily Instagram picture



I’d like to consider myself well read. I read several books a year, excuse me while my glasses slip off my nose, but the downside to being a reader and a traveler is that books are HEAVY! My kindle has saved me and allowed me to continue indulging in my love of books. My most recent and HIGHLY recommended read is The Elephant Whisperer.

To enter answer me this:


Who would you like to say thank you too this holiday season? Name them in the comments and tag them on our Instagram post.

Five Take Flight Faves

  • Joyce Frisbie
    Posted at 15:49h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my parents and my boyfriend for helping me with all my medical issues and taking care of me through different things. I know it’s not always easy, but without them I don’t know where I would be. I love them so much.
    I can’t tag them on Instagram they don’t have it. But I’ll be tagging a friend that has helped just as much in the mental and keeping me sane portion of all my illnesses I bttle.

  • Lexi Doepel
    Posted at 15:49h, 21 December Reply

    I am thankful for my little sister Madison, this year had been a season of transition and she has eased the pains significantly.

  • Stacey Aruch
    Posted at 15:50h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my family (Sheri, Abe, and Jillian Aruch) for being so understanding to give me their blessings to follow my passion and teach abroad for the year. Even though I miss them and the holidays and traditions, they are always in my thoughts and a quick FaceTime or message away 🙂

  • Linda McBride
    Posted at 15:56h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my two lovely daughters: Molly Baxter and Krissy Parker. They are the light of my life!

  • Emily Duckworth
    Posted at 15:58h, 21 December Reply

    Oh I have so many people I could thank! But one in particular is my friend Courtney. Her and her husband, Jonathon, are there for me no matter what. They love me and take care of me well! And they are more than just friends, they are definitely my family! I’m also thankful that I get to be Auntie Emily to their daughters! So from the bottom of my heart, thank you Court for being such an amazing friend! I’m not sure where I’d be without you in my life!

  • Emma Culler
    Posted at 15:58h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my team at work. This has been my first job and they have been so welcoming and gracious to me.

  • Stasha Picard
    Posted at 15:59h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my daughter, Keirston. She is brave, beautiful, god centered and fiercely loyal. She has been the rock of the family when I wasn’t. She deserves so much, yet expects nothing. I love her with all of my being.

  • Sydney hanks
    Posted at 16:00h, 21 December Reply

    Daniel. He’s my best friend and this year has been full of major ups and downs for both of us. We’ve been there for each other through everything and I couldn’t thank him enough for that.

  • Mary Ann Rouse
    Posted at 16:02h, 21 December Reply

    My mom! She’s one of the strongest women I know!

  • Kelsey Speer
    Posted at 16:04h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to say thank you to my close friends and family that helped me make a big move out on my own this year. It was a hard transition that I couldn’t have done without them!

  • Quinna Koch
    Posted at 16:04h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my best friend back in Wisconsin for always being there for me through thick and thin. Love you Becca!

  • Bailey Hoeft
    Posted at 16:05h, 21 December Reply

    My momma. She was diagnosed with cancer this year but fought hard to beat it and now she has. She is my entire world and I owe everything to her. So thanks Mom for being such a wonderful and powerful example of a woman and mother. I love you to the moon and back

  • Miranda Morden
    Posted at 16:05h, 21 December Reply

    My husband, he is my rock. And he puts up with a lot of me and don’t leave lol! He’s my sunshine when I find things grey, if I fall I know he will help me pick up all the pieces.

  • Christy Fopma
    Posted at 16:08h, 21 December Reply

    Thanks for being my friend Hannah 🙂

  • Onix Martinez
    Posted at 16:09h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my family but especially my sister Yesenia and my mom who helped me so much at the beginning of the year. I am a nanny and in September of 2016 ended my job due to child going to ls full-time. I was out of work for a few month and didn’t know when I would find my next family. They help me so much with paying bill and covering me as much as they could and Luckily at the end of April I finally I finally found my next work family. I’m so greatful for all their help and will be so happy when I have finally finished paying them back. My sister and mom do not have instagram so I ca’t tag them.

  • Trini
    Posted at 16:12h, 21 December Reply

    I would want to say thank you to all of my university teachers. They aren’t on instagram, so I can’t tag them, but they’ve done so much for me as both a student and a person, especially over the last year.

  • Emily Ernst
    Posted at 16:14h, 21 December Reply

    I want to say thank you to my best friend. This year has been extremely hard on my whole family. But through everything she’s always veen there helping me smile and making me laugh. I could never repay her enough for all shes done for me.

  • Brenna Threatt
    Posted at 16:15h, 21 December Reply

    I’d say thanks to my friend, Maggie, for sticking with me even when my schedule limited how much I could see her.

  • Megan Luevano
    Posted at 16:20h, 21 December Reply

    My mom. I was worried about how I was going to pay to finish my degree. I’m a 36 yo stay at home mom so I didn’t know where I could come up with the money. She took out a loan and paid for my schooling.

  • Sherry jean Dermer
    Posted at 16:28h, 21 December Reply

    I’d like to thank my grandparents, they have never given up on us.

  • Danielle thurman
    Posted at 16:29h, 21 December Reply

    It’s a tie between my mom and husband. My hubby doesn’t have Instagram, so I’ll tag my mom. She is the most amazing person I know. She will do anything for anyone and rarely does anything for herself! I am who I am because of her!

  • Malena Gutberlet
    Posted at 16:32h, 21 December Reply

    Thankful for all my amazing family and friends – and all the opportunity’s I get.

    Nothing but love over here ! <3

  • Minda Traffie
    Posted at 16:40h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my Sister. She has taken me in and made me her ‘big child’ as she says. 🙂 she lets me tag along with her and her children. She allows me the pleasure of helping her out with homeschooling.

  • Denise Marshall
    Posted at 16:41h, 21 December Reply

    I’d like to thank my good friend Lindsay for living inspired. We live worlds apart right now, yet she is still sends messages that brighten my day. We are able to talk and support each other in our daily lives. I love that technology can keep us close even though we can’t see each other in person.

  • Heather graziano
    Posted at 16:42h, 21 December Reply

    I want to thank my five siblings. Even as we’ve grown into adulthood, we have always been close and are here to support each other. I feel so lucky to have so many amazing people in my life.

  • Alyssia Smith
    Posted at 16:44h, 21 December Reply

    I would thank so many people: my parents, my siblings, my boyfriend, my friends, the students I teach and their families, my coworkers. The thanks the people in my life deserve are limitless.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 16:47h, 21 December Reply

    I want to thank my Aunt Sandra. I was temporarily homeless earlier this year, and even though two of her adult children were also moving home for a time, she didn’t even think twice about letting me move in for a few weeks, too.

  • Ashli Barnes
    Posted at 16:48h, 21 December Reply

    (that anonymous one is me… Somehow skipped the name section!)

  • Tiffany Thomas
    Posted at 16:49h, 21 December Reply

    I want to say thank you to my parents who are selfless in what they constantly do for me. They are an inspiration and two of the kindest people I know!

  • Sara Stoffels
    Posted at 16:50h, 21 December Reply

    I cannot express how grateful I am to my parents! I wouldn’t be able to live the life I have today without their love and support!

  • Rylie Dawn
    Posted at 16:58h, 21 December Reply

    I’d like to thank my parents for their ever lasting support and love, the rest of my family for their encouragement and love. My friends for sharing memories with me and always being there for me! Lastly, the family’s i am so lucky to work for! Hey have welcomed me into their families and treat me so well. The opportunities to travel and work have been amazing and I am so grateful for them all ❤️

  • Niccolina Balderree
    Posted at 17:16h, 21 December Reply

    My little brother Keelan, he is such a sweetheart.

  • Katherine Redenbaugh
    Posted at 17:22h, 21 December Reply

    My mom Alana is my hero in many ways. Between having a brain injury thats now made a tumor and still living life as a single parent and a fall time student to graduate in May! Thank you Mum for all you do and never giving

  • Leah Kay Morie
    Posted at 17:26h, 21 December Reply

    I would have to say thank you again to my friend and mentor Evi. She continues to inspire me over and over through the years.

  • Michelle Jilk
    Posted at 17:27h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my grandpa for everything he has taught me and the stories he shares about our family. He doesnt have instagram so i would also like to thank my friend Shawn who is a missionary in Guatemala. I have traveled with her a handful of times and she is spending Christmas down there again away from home ro help the poor. I love her big heart 🎁

  • Gabriella D'Amico
    Posted at 17:27h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my best friend

  • Dory De Gradi
    Posted at 17:34h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my partner for being so supportive when i most need it <3 thank you Mitch

  • Karlee Thompson
    Posted at 17:38h, 21 December Reply

    I’d like to thank Megan for always being down for an adventure. Europe 2018!

  • Tamara Hribernik
    Posted at 17:39h, 21 December Reply

    My entire family 😊

  • Megan Hanson
    Posted at 17:42h, 21 December Reply

    My longtime friend Jenna who is always willing to listen and pray for me and my friend Shannon who inspires me with her travel adventures and challenges me to plan my own trips one of which is to see her 🙂

  • Amalie Bergman
    Posted at 17:50h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to repeatedly say thank you to my dear friend Katie Johnson. That woman is a constant light in my life, and someone who I love to pieces. She always has my back and I hers, no matter where we are in life we can turn to each other.

  • Josie Hecht
    Posted at 17:52h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my dad for working hard so that my family could take a gap semester through Europe and Australia and New Zealand. I would tag him on instagram but he doesn’t have one.

  • See Wei Yee
    Posted at 18:00h, 21 December Reply

    I would to thank my far away friend Laura Iacolina for having me when I visited her in a short notice in November ago… would like to spend more time with her on next holiday trip…

  • May-Mari van Wyk
    Posted at 18:08h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my oldest brother, DJ van Wyk. I quit my job at the end of November and will be starting my own travelling journey in January 2018. You guys have inspired me so much this year. Even though I never applied to be your nanny because life just threw way too many excuses my way, I have realised that the best time is now and that I have to grab every opportunity I get to actually live a life worth living. And my brother has been a constant rock throughout this process. Thank you thank you thank you for inspiring me!

  • Ilea Dibble
    Posted at 18:15h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank the babies in my classroom for giving me more joy than I thought possible and for making me smile with my heart everyday. Watching them learn and grow has made my 2017 amazing ❤️ I can’t tag them on Instagram but I will tag my coworkers/fellow infant teachers who share this love with me everyday and made my days that much better.

  • Noemi Cholbi Carcamo
    Posted at 18:23h, 21 December Reply

    I’d like to thank my family and my best friend for being with me even in the distance. Im living 3.000 miles away from them and it feels like we are next to each other everyday and I’m really greatful for that!

  • Bethany Mercincavage
    Posted at 18:23h, 21 December Reply

    I’m so thankful for my big sister who has become my best friend over the past year! She’s finally living in the same country as me and it’s the best thing! She’s had my back and really encouraged me in pursuing my dreams! Thank you sissy! Xo

  • Melodee McGregor
    Posted at 18:30h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my friend Sandy for welcoming me into her family for the Christmas season!

  • Kaitlyn Hatmaker
    Posted at 18:38h, 21 December Reply

    I want to thank my parents for everything and my awesome boyfriend for everything he does for me.

  • Liz Dreves
    Posted at 19:16h, 21 December Reply

    Definitely my husband who encouraged me to take the risk 20 years ago when our kids were little and we really didn’t have much money to buy a rundown caravan and travel around our country. I was like, we can’t affird it, kids are too young etc. well, glad I didn’t listen. Since then we have prioritised and saved and we have travelled to many places in the world with my children. So glad I got to see the world through their eyes. Now we travel alone and it is different again. Thanks Damon for having the vision to do it now and not wait until our kids were older or we could afford it. That’s why I love watching your travels with your kids.

  • Laura Sharp
    Posted at 19:26h, 21 December Reply

    My best friend, she has supported me all of my life and has been an incredible friend who has always been there! I don’t think anyone could ask for a better friend!!

  • Kelsea Clingeleffer
    Posted at 19:29h, 21 December Reply

    My bosses – they have been incredible leaders who have seen me grow, pushed me to be better, and always believed in me even when it was hard.

  • Becky Irving
    Posted at 19:31h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my best friend Karen she has been a huge support and there for me as I’ve struggled this year.

  • Grace Flint
    Posted at 19:33h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my lovely parents for all they’ve done for me over the years!! (They don’t have social media so I’ll tag my sister on the IG post) 🙂

  • Madison Sumner
    Posted at 19:37h, 21 December Reply

    My parents all the way. I would not be the person I am today without them. They have taught me so many life lesions and how to be the best person I can be. I was so beyond blessed to have the amazing parents I do. I also am so thankful for my boyfriend who has kept me sane while in my program and keeps me laughing each and every day.

  • Eden Hubert
    Posted at 19:39h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my amazing friends and family!

  • Lisa Benjamin
    Posted at 19:44h, 21 December Reply

    I’d like to think my mom. I moved away for a year and was an Au Pair in France. It was an incredible experience that I will never forgot. I was able to travel to places all over Europe. I am thankful for my mom because even while I was away for a year she never stopped being there for me. Even though we were an ocean apart she never failed to make me feel so loved.

  • Silvia Codella
    Posted at 19:55h, 21 December Reply

    I am thankful for my boyfriend and for all the new friends I made during my study abroad program in Cairo

  • Renata r sanches
    Posted at 19:55h, 21 December Reply

    I’d like to thank my mom. Who has surprisily being so strong and is coming back to be the woman I know my entire life. Having her around, caring for me and my brothers even when she was so broken was the biggest gesture of life I have ever had.
    Thanks for understand where it hurts, and not judging my choices. But most important? Thanks for rebuilding yourself and making it much easier to smile!

  • Emily Stevens
    Posted at 19:57h, 21 December Reply

    I would love to thank my beautiful boyfriend for everything he has done for me this year. He has helped me through some incredibly hard times and I wouldn’t be where I am without him

  • True Hernandez
    Posted at 20:07h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to say thank you to my work BFF for being such an amazing mentor so far this year!!!

  • Alyssa Mae Fabiosa
    Posted at 20:07h, 21 December Reply

    I’ve already expressed my gratitude to my parents, relatives and friends all throughout the year. This time, I would like to thank your family for inspiring me to dream big and travel the world. I also would like to thank all the kind strangers I’ve met in my journey for showing me that the world is a beautiful place still full of good people.

  • Eerin Marshall
    Posted at 20:32h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank for wonderful husband for having my back, and always helping me. A Kindle would be fab, because I carted too many books around Europe this year 😂

  • Paolo Bodini
    Posted at 20:38h, 21 December Reply

    I want to thank my girlfriend that was so patient and believed in me one more time. I will try my best not to disappoint her again

  • Valerie Hammer
    Posted at 20:41h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank all of the wonderful and amazing families I’ve had the privilege to work for and care for their children. They are my added family. My parents and sisters are scattered all over the world and I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like, but these other families treat me as one of their own.

  • Paulina Illanez
    Posted at 20:42h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my boyfriend, we’ve been through hard stuff and we’re still here! 💖

  • Michelle Hardisty
    Posted at 20:44h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to Thank my friend Rebecca for always being there for me no matter where in the world we are she’s a huge support even across the sea.

  • Paula Roma Redon
    Posted at 20:49h, 21 December Reply

    I would love to thank Junqueras. One of the best polititians we have in Catalonia. Currently in jail because he was one of the organizers of our Referendum the 1st of oct!

  • Noelle Garvey
    Posted at 21:07h, 21 December Reply

    My husband! He is amazing and always there when I need him. He does so much for our family. I am so in love with him. Thanks babe!

  • Joy Duke
    Posted at 21:07h, 21 December Reply

    I’m grateful for my husband, Jeff…my best friend❤️

  • Lillian Wagner
    Posted at 21:09h, 21 December Reply

    My mom. Single mom, only child : we have a close bond. She is my favorite travel buddy and my best friend!

  • Grazianne Mirele
    Posted at 21:17h, 21 December Reply

    I have so many people to thank.. but surely I’ll be eternally thankful for my amazing parents and sister!! We’ve been far away for quite long now due to my dream to live abroad.. but they’re always with me even in distance!!

  • Amberly Friend
    Posted at 21:30h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my 4 sisters and my mom and my best friend, Jerilyn, for always being there and supporting me the past few years.

  • Emily Carr
    Posted at 21:40h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my sister/coworker/ best friend for always being by my side through laughter and through tears! Thanks for being my travel buddy and always being my go to pal!!

  • Rebeka Pap
    Posted at 21:44h, 21 December Reply

    Hanna köszönöm hogy még mindig elviseled a hülyeségeimet és segítesz amikor szükségem van rád! ❤❤❤ és jó lenne ha nyernénk egyet, nem? 😄

  • Hannah Nikolai
    Posted at 21:49h, 21 December Reply

    I am so very thankful for my family, especially my parents. This has been a year of learning for me, and they have been so helpful and supportive through it. Dad and Mom, thank you for letting your adult daughter live with you while she figures out life!!

  • Olga Pekalska
    Posted at 22:00h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to think Ella a very bright, young, and inspirational grade 8 girl. She teaches me the true meaning of Christmas by always giving to others and helping those less fortunate. She has been on a Guatemala Mission twice now. I would also like to thank my mom Teresa (who is not on Instagram) for always being there for me, no matter what. Most of all for guiding me to be the person I am today.

  • Megan Foote
    Posted at 22:03h, 21 December Reply

    I am thankful for my sister Kate 💜💜 she’s is an amazing person and has always been there for me – I don’t know what I’d do without her!

  • Maycee Gough
    Posted at 22:08h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to say thank you to my sister Alyssa for putting up with my grumpiness (because I work retail) during this holiday season!

  • Rhenn Morgan
    Posted at 22:17h, 21 December Reply

    Thank you Amy for being a good boss. For making work fun and enjoyable to go to work

  • Aubree Midgley
    Posted at 22:24h, 21 December Reply

    I’d like to thank my Husband Jon (and I do everyday) for making it possible to be a stay at home mom. We have our two kids and I enjoy being with them. I never thought this day would happen and I’m so grateful.

  • Aileen Davidson (aileenwashere)
    Posted at 22:33h, 21 December Reply

    I want to thank my mom for putting up with all my stress as I apply for visas and try to find a place to live in Spain for school next semester.

  • Lékai Fanni
    Posted at 22:35h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to say thank you to my boyfriend, because he made this year so special for me!

  • Jill R McCrae
    Posted at 23:05h, 21 December Reply

    I’d like to thank my patient, loving, incredible husband, Scott. Thanks, Scott!

  • Virginia
    Posted at 23:14h, 21 December Reply

    My friend Bell. We met nine years ago on holiday and only reunited this year. We have a great friendship and get along amazingly!! I am very thankful we continued our relationship all these years and got the chance to meet again! ♥

  • Krissy Hinton
    Posted at 23:22h, 21 December Reply

    My mother. She always makes Christmas special and loves me and my siblings so well.

  • Jordan Bender
    Posted at 23:27h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to say thank you to my sister Sarah for always being there for me

  • Julie Williams
    Posted at 23:33h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to say thank you to my best friend. The red to my blonde. Thank you for uprooting your life to fly and help me when I needed it and for being the best God another a mom could ask for. I love you!

    • Julie Williams
      Posted at 23:34h, 21 December Reply

      Her name is Saundra Nida. Forgot that part 😉

  • Nina Kaddouri
    Posted at 23:36h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank my best friend to introduce me to South Africa, which has become my second home !

  • Marissa Marecle
    Posted at 23:51h, 21 December Reply

    I would like to thank Jenney!

  • Laurie Szentirmai
    Posted at 00:31h, 22 December Reply

    Lol not so familiar with Instagram but I tried. My previous boss Tiffany gave me an opportunity before she herself left for another job. It was the best opportunity even if temporary. I am so thankful for that opportunity because not only did I loovvvee the job I also learned so much.

  • SHANNON Heid
    Posted at 01:10h, 22 December Reply

    My kids for making me feel like a kid again! The spirit of the holidays is always best seen thru the eyes of children! I’m so blessed to have them and share this time of year with 2 toddlers!

  • nicole l
    Posted at 01:40h, 22 December Reply

    I would like to say thanks for my sister for always helping out with my little one.

  • Rachel Ann
    Posted at 01:55h, 22 December Reply

    I am thankful for my mom and all the support she has given me.

  • Desiree Bouchard
    Posted at 02:55h, 22 December Reply

    I would like to think my parents my sister and the people who help me graduate from college in June without them I would not have graduated college

  • Juanita Orozco
    Posted at 03:21h, 22 December Reply

    I would like to thank my sister Laura, she become my best friend and support me with the lost of our grandparents this year. She all the year help me, taught me and was there to listen me when I was in troubles or was there if I need a simple hug.

  • Jessica Nettles
    Posted at 04:09h, 22 December Reply

    Cathryn for being my best friend

  • Sara Palomino
    Posted at 04:52h, 22 December Reply

    Rolando, my boyfriend. For being who he is: always ready to have fun, expressive in his love towards me, patient through misunderstandings, transparent, and driven. Thankful for him!

  • Kaylene
    Posted at 09:07h, 22 December Reply

    I would like to say thank you to God and my husband for the freedom and love they give me. ♡

  • Iwona Silarska
    Posted at 09:59h, 22 December Reply

    Id love to thank my soul mate Jimmy. We met this May but we have known each other for much longer. I strongly believe our paths will come across again in this lifetime but even if not I’m so grateful for all of those lessons I got from him. He helped me with my process in finding selflove, he helped me grow as a human being, he planted so many seeds in my mind and in my heart and in my soul and they grow every day even we don’t talk very often. He was born on the other side of the Earth, there is 12 hours difference between us right now but distance doesn’t matter cuz he gave me so much and I know that he thinks the same way about me and this is incredibly beautiful so I thank him and universe for letting us meet in this incarnation, I could not be more happier and I’m so grateful for having him in my life. I wish everyone met his soulmate.
    Lots of love for your beautiful family 💙💛💚

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