Although it was Matt making his trek around the world this week, the stories and pictures from every corner of the globe made an impression on all of us. Many of you even felt like you were on the trip with him. Here are some of your e-mails:
Just want to tell you that every year I really look forward to this Where in the World is Matt Lauer week. I feel like I'm taking my own personal vacation thru your trips. For most people, these destinations will never happen to us, so it's so much fun to see parts of the world that we would never be able to do ourselves. So, thank you so much for this week of brutal miles and hours that you put in. We do so appreciate it. Please don't ever quit doing this part of The Today Show.
Cathy Howell (Decatur, IL)
I truly enjoyed the series this week "Where in the World in Matt Lauer"? It's always a blast! This year's adventures were entertaining and informative. You always learn new and exciting facts when you watch this series. I especially enjoyed the other staff members who traveled with Matt. The crew as always does a great job and it's nice when you thank the people from the behind the scenes who work so hard on research, travel arrangements, etc. Kudos to Matt for thanking everyone this morning.
Maybe so suggestions for next year: Visit the schools in the area and inform the public what's happening there in the schools. Talk to more of the locals in each area -it's always a fun to hear what they say!
Once again TODAY, it was a fantastic series!
I just wanted to say that "Where in the World is Matt Lauer" is not only entertaining, but also very educational. As a faithful today show watcher, I look forward to the segments every year. I am a 37 year old mom of two who watches every morning as we get ready to start our day.
This year my five year old has taken a great interest in the show.. She has gotten up every morning this week a little early because she is afraid she will miss seening what exotic location Matt is in. She gets up singing the song, and wondering what continent he will be in.. She enjoys it so much that I have had to send her to school with sticky notes every day with the locations on them, so her Kindergarten teacher can help her find them on a map!! It is great to see her so excited about learning from footage you have shown her each morning. Thanks again for the great mornings!
-Colleen Rivers (E. Syracuse, NY)
How wonderful to be exposed to so many diverse and wonderful places through "Where in the World." However, when I see the excesses in Dubai, I see what is wrong with our planet. With the money available for such extravagance, there should not be a single hungry, homeless person in the world.
Rollie Haugen (Walker, MN)
Dear Today Show Producers,
I wanted to take a minute to thank you for your "Today Show" incredible series "Where in the World is Matt Lauer". This segment is not only fascinating being able to see places in the world that I will probably never be able to visit, but as a reminder that the people of the world really are of one race-the HUMAN race, where we all want pretty much the same things in life: A loving family, a good job, good health, and the time to enjoy and appreciate all of these things.
Again, thank you for reminding all of us that the world really is a smaller place than we often see it, and Matt Lauer is a great ambassador for all of us. As a military veteran, I have traveled the world and have seen the differences all around. I have often dreamed about how wonderful our world could be if embrace our diversity rather than try to change it. By focusing and celebrating the beauty and variety of far away lands and cultures, Matt Lauer's traveling segments remind us of what a wonderful planet we live on.
Hats off to all of you for great work!
Hi Ya'll.....I live for this week every year on the Today Show. Visiting your locations Matt is a passion of mine. You always take such a great inside look into every place that you have ever visited. I particularly loved the visit years ago to the aircraft carrier The USS Roosevelt as my wonderful son-in-law Alan Resmondo served on it for his six years in the Navy. I even ordered that tape for him. He died last year at the age of just 41 from cancer. Keep up the good work about educating all of us about our world.
-Marjorie Waggoner (McDonough, Georgia)
I just wanted to thank you for going to Ireland. I am in Law School at the University of Tulsa. This summer, a group of us are going over to Dublin to study law. In addition to studying, the school has already planned trips to Galway and the Cliff of Moher for us. It was great to see on TV what we can expect. Plus, even though I am 29 and married, it eased my parents and my husbands mind about Ireland. I called my husband instantly when you showed the pictures of the Cliffs Of Moher. My husband is from California and living in Oklahoma we don't get to see cliffs and mountains anymore. So he was excited that I had already put these places on the travel schedule when he comes over to visit. Thanks again Matt!!! You are awesome.
It's "Slante", Matt, not Cheers (pronounced sa-lan-cha) But I'll take a Guinness too !! I LOVE that you are in Ireland on one of the biggest traditional holidays, May 1st, Beltain. Thank you !! I'm an American-Irish but my heart and soul is forever in Ireland since I visited there 11 yrs ago.
What was your favorite part of this year’s travels? What would you like to see in a future “Where in the World” week? Send us your comments.