For the 50+ Traveler

Thanksgiving may look and feel a bit different this year, but it is still important to reflect and give thanks for the blessings in our lives. Take time today to remember the reason for the season and read about a Native American's take on the holiday, a brief history of Thanksgiving, and how an international island celebrates this American holiday.

A Native American’s Take On American Thanksgiving

A Native American powwow in Wyoming.

Thanksgiving is a true European-American holiday, officially sanctioned by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. You may be surprised to learn that many Native Americans do not view this tradition in the same manner as other Americans. Read on for a Native American's firsthand take on Thanksgiving.

7 Places To Explore America’s Native American Heritage

Native American art

Indigenous people lived in North, Central, and South America thousands of years prior to Christopher Columbus's arrival in 1492. In the United States, Native American Heritage Day is observed annually the day after Thanksgiving. Use this holiday to explore the rich and beautiful history of Native Americans. From the National Museum of the American Indian in D.C. to the Pueblo Cliff Dwellings at Mesa Verde in Colorado, read on for seven amazing places where you can learn about and appreciate Native American culture.

Why This Beautiful Australian Island Celebrates U.S. Thanksgiving, Plus Why You Should Visit

Norfolk Island in Australia

Not surprisingly, very few places outside of the United States hold a public holiday in honor of American Thanksgiving. Find out why this tiny island in the Pacific Ocean celebrates Thanksgiving annually.

How Plymouth Planned To Celebrate The Quadricentennial of Mayflower's Voyage In 2020

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony. The quaint harbor town of present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, had many celebrations planned spanning the final six months of the year. Unfortunately, the global pandemic made hosting international and national travelers and many in-person events impossible, so this celebration will now continue through 2021. Read on to find out how the town is honoring this anniversary.