As a worldwide traveler disenchanted with American consumerism and individualism, I prefer spending Thanksgiving among the poor overseas where the true meaning of thankfulness can be felt from the heart. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, Americans want to embrace and experience their world.

Favorite Thanksgiving destinations abroad are Costa Rica, the Caribbean Islands, the Orient, and Eastern Europe all of which you can get treated like family upon arrival and get more bang for your buck despite the decline of the dollar.

Must taste foods overseas are:

Costa Rica – ceviche (a phenomenal culinary delight – fish marinated and cooked in lemon juice)

Caribbean – jerk chicken and conch chowder

Orient – Tom kha gai (coconut milk soup with seafood) and Beijing duck

Eastern Europe – borsh (a Russian or Polish soup usually containing beet juice and beef)

Even if you can’t get away and travel abroad for the holidays, try some new cuisine to thrill your taste buds! There are many international fusion restaurants that combine the best of certain ethnic cuisines in which you are sure to find something every family member will enjoy.

Best of all is the cultural experience in which you can learn about the way other nationalities cook, eat, and interact. I find this to be priceless and most enjoyable. Truly global travel has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. It has enlarged my heart and enabled me to embrace my world.

Imagine a world without war. Perhaps global peace will begin when we all start traveling to one another’s countries and eating at the same culinary table.

Paul Davis is a highly sought after professional speaker, life purpose coach, worldwide minister, and change master.

Paul is the author of several books including United States of Arrogance, Breakthrough for a Broken Heart; Adultery: 101 Reasons Not to Cheat; Are You Ready for True Love; Stop Lusting & Start Living; Waves of God; Supernatural Fire; Poems that Propel the Planet; and God vs. Religion.

Paul’s compassion for people & passion to travel has taken him to over 50 countries of the world where he has had a tremendous impact. Paul’s organization Dream-Maker Ministries is building dreams, breaking limitations & reviving nations.

Paul inspires, revives, awakens, impregnates with purpose, imparts the fire of desire, catapults people into a new level of self-awareness, facilitates destiny discovery and dream fulfillment.