I Travel Because with
Annita Stokes Thomas
I Travel Because Annita Stokes Thomas is a look at me, the host and force behind the travel radio show, Travel Bags With Annita and Friends. From the days of riding in the back seat of our station wagon to my days worldwide travel with Pan American World Airways travel has been a fascination of wonder, mystery, and exploration. Each trip I take is exciting for me – just the act of “going someplace” puts me in a good mood and gets me very excited. The joy of travel can be a Sunday afternoon backroad drive to backpacking across Egypt and staying with local families. It all brings a sense of intrigue and wonder.
One of the themes I’m finding with the I Travel Because series is guests feeling as though travel is in their blood; they actually inherited it from a parent or family member. I contest that as well. My grandfather was one of the first African-American railroad porters. My father followed suit, and additionally, he loved, loved, loved travel, and went along with me on several of my Pan Am trips. We had several father-daughter trips; one to Tokyo, Frankfurt, and my mom joined us on a journey to Stockholm, Sweden, and Karachi, Pakistan. When I was with Pan Am, Africa was so much a part of my life. I always wanted to share the experience with my parents too. Unfortunately, that never happened, but stories of my trips were shared each time I returned home.
My father loved National Geographic Magazine, and each month we waited for the next edition so we could travel the world through the pages of the latest issue. The photos drew us in, and after reading an article, we would search for the destination on the globe. This was the ultimate in family fun.
My travel history is filled with so many grand memories and awe experiences. I have truly been blessed to see our beautiful world from the leisure and business side. It’s been a blast, and it’s not over yet!
Take a listen to my answers when Doc Bill puts me in the hot seat to finish the statement, “I travel because!”
I Travel Because is a series of travel stories told by people who love travel and want to explore anytime they have a chance. It’s not about professional travelers, but everyday folks who want to see the world, near and far.
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