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Old 03-14-2012, 09:19 PM
Location: Limbo
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Travel everywhere. I work for an airline, as does/did most of my family and close friends. We travel abroad whenever we can to take as much advantage of the system as possible.
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:00 PM
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Originally Posted by ABQConvict View Post

It seems statistically improbable sine the media says that fewer than 1% of Americans has even left their county </sarcasm>
Originally Posted by jtur88 View Post
Two percent of Americans live in the Detroit or Buffalo Metro Areas. If half of them have been to Canada, that's 1% right there.
I hate to quote my own quotes but...

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Old 03-16-2012, 10:17 AM
Location: Tennessee
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Originally Posted by tvdxer View Post
How common is travel abroad where you live? In your circle? By "abroad", I include Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas, Cuba, and Russia (for residents of Western Alaska), as well as every other country than the United States.

I think for residents of Duluth, experience with travel abroad can be grouped into five groups:

1) Canada. The Canadian border is a 2.5 hours' drive away. I would say the majority of adults have been there at least once in their lives, though frequent travel there is rare.

2) Mexico and Caribbean nations that do not / did not have strict border controls. I would suspect a large percentage of local adults, perhaps even the majority, who did not come from poor families and their children have been to Mexico or some other Caribbean nation, either on a cruise or beach vacation. Rising airfares have made taking the whole family there more difficult, though. Popular destinations include or included Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Belize, various other Caribbean islands, and Mexico. Less common, but still fitting in this category, would be Panama and Costa Rica. Popular destinations in Mexico include or included Cancun; Puerto Vallarta; Maztalan; and Playa del Carmen / Riviera Maya. Some people have also been to border towns. Travel into the interior of Mexico (even to Chiapas, Oaxaca, or Mexico City) or on the coast away from the "approved" beach resorts fits into category #3 or even #4.

3) Popular European countries. A reduced number of local people - perhaps 10-20% of adults - have been to various European destinations popular with Americans. Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, etc. seem to be among the most popular countries locally.

4) Countries in which the US has a military presence Many local men (and some women) have traveled through the military to Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Kuwait, etc.

5) Adventurous / rare / expensive destinations A definite minority of adults have been to destinations off the well-trodden-by-American path. This includes every Eastern European country; every African country; every South American country, with the possible exception of the cities of the north coast of South America, which some cruise lines make ports of call in; all of Asia, etc. I would guess that 10% or under of local adults have been to such countries, usually on study-abroad programs.
The people I know in retirement are world travelers. Some are serious hobby photographers and some were world travelers their whole life. I'm the one that's not a world traveler. Just don't like to fly.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:51 AM
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I don't have a "circle" of acquaintances here yet, but of the people I know in my hometown in TN, I'd say about half have been out of the country. But I don't know anyone who does so regularly. I know some who have traveled abroad once or twice and probably never will again, mostly due to money. I know plenty of people who have never had the opportunity to leave the country, most of whom have never been able to afford it, and a few who simply have no desire to. Come to think of it, I know quite a few people who can't afford to take any yearly trip, and some, like me, go many years with no vacation at all. Many of the ones who do take trips regularly almost always go to Florida, and nowhere else.
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:01 AM
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I'm in the Foreign Service so I'd say it's pretty common
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