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Old 08-10-2013, 05:05 PM
 
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With a brother who runs a backpackers in the North of New Zealand one thing that stands out is the lack of young Americans traveling.
With fifty million Americans with passports one would expect more of them.

We get lots of Canadians, Germans, Scandinavians,Israelis, and of course our dearly beloved brothers Australians who make their own rules up when we play them in sport.
In sheer numbers we get more Canadians than young Americans yet there is a lot more Americans

So if the USA is a rich country why don't your young travel, fear of the unknown ?
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:17 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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With a brother who runs a backpackers in the North of New Zealand one thing that stands out is the lack of young Americans traveling.
With fifty million Americans with passports one would expect more of them.

We get lots of Canadians, Germans, Scandinavians,Israelis, and of course our dearly beloved brothers Australians who make their own rules up when we play them in sport.
In sheer numbers we get more Canadians than young Americans yet there is a lot more Americans

So if the USA is a rich country why don't your young travel, fear of the unknown ?
Our young people aren't rich. Those that do travel tend to go to Europe, then maybe Africa.
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:31 PM
 
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Our young people aren't rich. Those that do travel tend to go to Europe, then maybe Africa.
Interesting, you are saying the other countries are richer than the USA ?
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:38 PM
 
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Interesting, you are saying the other countries are richer than the USA ?
Others can afford to spend more for traveling. There ar no geography classes in US schools, so most of young people may not know about New Zealand existence
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:56 PM
 
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Interesting, you are saying the other countries are richer than the USA ?
What??? I didn't say anything about other countries being rich. What I said was, "our young people aren't rich". Living in a rich country doesn't automatically make the young people in it rich. Mexico is poorer than the US but has the richest man in the world. Countries and people are two quite different things.
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:57 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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Others can afford to spend more for traveling. There ar no geography classes in US schools, so most of young people may not know about New Zealand existence
It costs more money to go to New Zeeland than say, Germany.
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:02 PM
 
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Most young people seem to want to go somewhere to drink, legally or otherwise. So if they leave the country they often end up in Mexican resorts.

In general it's sad how few people have passports in the US. In part I blame the government, this is a required ID to travel, why must it cost so much? I don't buy the argument it costs the government hundreds of dollars per issued passport to pay for the system they have.
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:08 PM
 
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It costs more money to go to New Zeeland than say, Germany.
A trip to NZ would be more expensive for Canadians as well.
Secondary education is free or cheap in many countries such as Germany, France and so on. So young people may travel if the have 2-3 thousands. It would be very hard justify for US youth who take 40,000 student loan to waist the same mone for a travel
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:12 PM
 
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Most young people seem to want to go somewhere to drink, legally or otherwise. So if they leave the country they often end up in Mexican resorts.

In general it's sad how few people have passports in the US. In part I blame the government, this is a required ID to travel, why must it cost so much? I don't buy the argument it costs the government hundreds of dollars per issued passport to pay for the system they have.
I spent 90 dollars to obtain a passport what hundreds dollrs you are talking about
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:33 PM
 
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A trip to NZ would be more expensive for Canadians as well.
Secondary education is free or cheap in many countries such as Germany, France and so on. So young people may travel if the have 2-3 thousands. It would be very hard justify for US youth who take 40,000 student loan to waist the same mone for a travel
That's what I'm saying. Young people in the US don't have as much money at their disposal so they tend to travel less. The ones that do are lucky enough to either 1. be part of a school program that sends them overseas or 2. lucky enough to have parents or some other family member pay for a trip for them. Most of the time though, all money goes toward college.
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