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Old 06-24-2019, 02:55 PM
 
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^ Agree.

I have been to a lot of European Countries. After awhile it seems to be the same--cobblestone streets, old churches, old buildings. I love visiting there, but I can see why Americans don't necessarily need to leave their country.

America--you can go to Nevada, Wyoming, Rhode Island, Florida, California, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington DC, etc. ---they are all so different, almost different Cultures. One can see different things without leaving their Country.
I wonder if Europeans are completely shocked if they hear that someone has never left Europe.
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Old 06-24-2019, 04:46 PM
 
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I wonder if Europeans are completely shocked if they hear that someone has never left Europe.
Most of them never left Europe.
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Old 06-24-2019, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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If I live in Germany, I can travel a couple thousand miles and say I've visited 30 countries. If I live in Kansas and travel a couple thousand miles in any direction, the odds are good I could only say I've visited one country, or maybe three with Canada and Mexico. Big difference.

You're comparing apples to oranges. If you want to know the answer, then you have to compare oranges to oranges. If we're going to ask why people in the US don't travel abroad, then the only thing to compare that to is to ask if people in other countries have ever visited the US and took their time to see all 50 states and go coast to coast? Then we're talking about the same situation.

It's one thing for a European to make a trip from say, London to New York. It's something else for this European to travel from London to New York to Chicago to Seattle to San Francisco to Dallas to Atlanta and back. How many people can afford that? Roughly the same number of people who can afford to travel from Denver or Topeka or Minneapolis to Dublin to London to Paris to Rome to Berlin to Moscow and back. Some people can afford that and some people do. But that's not the case for the majority of people in the US.
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Old 06-24-2019, 06:16 PM
 
Location: White House, TN
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The United States is huge and has a lot of variety within our own borders. Also, most Americans are quite a distance from an international border. Even in Canada, most Canadians live relatively near the United States due to the extremely harsh conditions in northern Canada.

That being said, I haven't traveled abroad yet but I'm only 26. I suspect in ten years I will have.
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Easy. Americans have to fly across thousands of miles of ocean to visit another country. School children in Belgium can ride their bikes to four countries on a weekend.
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Old 06-24-2019, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Australia
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Easy. Americans have to fly across thousands of miles of ocean to visit another country. School children in Belgium can ride their bikes to four countries on a weekend.
I believe that in general, where there is a will there is a way.
We fly for about five or six hours before we are out of Australia if we are heading to Asia and Europe.
However I can certainly understand that lack of vacation time is a limiting factor.
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Old 06-24-2019, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Bc unless you want to go to South/Central America or Canada, you gotta fly a bazillion hours to get anywhere.

I guess the Carib is there, too...but it's not much of a cultural vacation.
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Old 06-24-2019, 09:58 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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The real reason a lot of Americans donít travel to other countries is because they simply donít care. The rest of the world just isnít on their radar screens.

You wanted to know the truth.
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Old 06-24-2019, 10:17 PM
 
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Not this again.
That's what I was thinking, might as well just use the search function and "cut and paste" everyone's response from a few months ago on this very topic from those old threads. Maybe it's time to make this one of those stickies in the Travel forum since it seems every few months this exact same topic comes up over and over and over and over and over yet again, and the same exact answers are given over and over and over and over ad nauseam, it's almost like beating a dead horse!

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Old 06-24-2019, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Compared to Aussies (Australians), Kiwis (New Zealanders), Canucks (Canadians), Brits, Irish, Continental Europeans and potentially others too, it seems to me that so few Americans (Yanks) visit other countries in the world, I read on some website that only a 1/3s of Americans have passports which is 35% of Americans which leads me to believe from that statistic that 2/3s of Americans don't (65%) and hence as a result never have been abroad. Why is this the case, from what I read online so far is that the 2 most quoted reasons Americans don't travel abroad is either a) Time off and b) finances but to me its gotta be a lot more than just those 2 reasons (not saying those reasons aren't important factors) , is there anything deeper beyond Time off and finances that stop Americans wanting to go overseas, just a question I have wanted to know for a long time as an Aussie. Please enlighten me.???

PS. Don't mean to disrespect y'all.
Just because someone does not have a current passport does not mean they didn't have one in the past. So speculating that 2/3 of Yanks have not been to a foreign country is just a wild guess.

America has enough destinations to keep anyone busy for their entire life. I've been around, lived in Germany, I really have no desire to go visiting. There are a few places I would like to see, but I have home responsibilities that are more important.
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