Over the last year, I have had great experiences trekking through rain forests, gawking at art in museums, experienced on horseback, in sail boats, strolling through parks, flying, and sometimes being eaten by bugs. All of it was worth it because I love travel. Over the next few weeks, I will be highlighting a great year in travel and the Editors of ITKT’s Favorites — our new awards!

These are the destinations, hotels, attractions, festivals and anything else that stands out as the best of 2008 and are our “can’t miss” picks we offer you. Our first pick begins tomorrow.

And yes, for all Americans celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, Happy Thanksgiving to all and may everyone worldwide have a great day.