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Old 02-16-2012, 07:36 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I think it would be cool if more Americans travelled to South America, specifically, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay...
I think these destinations are becoming more popular for Americans. My parents have visited Argentina and Brazil a couple of times in past years and are visiting Chile sometime this Spring.

<not that my folks define the average American travelers :-)>
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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why? it's extremely close and cheap flights.

prolly all the wannabe gangstas in maimi and NYC flying to sosua/puerto plata every weekend to live like in rap videos.
i'm surprised Americans can even locate it! just kidding
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Domincan Republic? That seems kind of odd...

The rest of them were expected to be top 10.
Every family seemed to be going to the D.R. when I was in high school for a beach vacation over winter or spring break. We even consulted with a travel agent about it, but for our family of five it would be at least $7,500, according to him.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:01 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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i'm surprised Americans can even locate it! just kidding
wouldn't be surprised if many of these guys couldn't locate the DR on a map.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:26 PM
 
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wouldn't be surprised if many of these guys couldn't locate the DR on a map. i'm not a big fan of spending large amounts of time in the US, so the break up the boredom when i am working here, i try to take short trips to warm countries w/ hot easy women. whenever i find a deal below my price threshold (under US$400 RT for caribbean/south/central america, and under US$800 RT for southeast asia) i jump on it to get out of dodge for a few days. DR is the most frequent country to drop below my price threshold, despite the fact that is comparatively further from me than other destinations, me being based on the west coast and all. whenever i go i always run into a lot of wannabe gangsta types from NYC who say they visit like 10+ times per year, going down there for the cheap hoes. a lot of them seem borderline retarded.

but ya seems to be the cheap flights that attract a lot of americans.
Great post! Not only did you make a great point but you got in some subtle USA bashing too.
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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According to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Travel and Tourism Industries the top 10 countries in 2010 were

1. Mexico
2. Canada
3. UK
4. Dominican Republic
5. France (tied)
5. Italy (tied)
5. Germany (tied)
8. Jamaica
9. China
10. Japan

http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/outreachpag...vel_Abroad.pdf
I'll requote the official numbers. I will say a minority of Americans (like myself) are perfectly good culture vulture type travelers.

But for the unsophisticated American, overseas travel usually takes a very narrow shape. You'll have people w/ Irish blood wanting to go to Ireland; people who just think seeing the great wall of China is the main reason to go to China, you'll have alot of Alp-centric visits, Meditarranean cruises, perhaps African safaris, but nothing hits home (for many, esp. women) than France, particularly Paris and the vague sense of romance assumed. Nothing against France, but I feel it has become THE entry-level travel destination for Americans, with Italy being second.
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:33 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I will agree with that, so many of my female friends and acquaintances express a burning desire to go to France or Italy. When I pry in a bit, it turns out that many of them really know nothing about the culture or history of those countries and really don't care. It's all about their reputation of being romantic...

Nothing wrong with that, per se, but for me personally, I travel to enhance a preexisting interest and knowledge about a place.
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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^^ me too.

I really want to go to Sweden or Finland, they're not the usual tourist options but I love both and already have a healthy knowledge of the two which is the whole reason I want to go in the first place.
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:25 PM
 
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Depends on the budget.

I think Southeast Asia would be good. Diverse culture and not painful to your wallet.
When I was in Laos, I met many, I mean many, American and European back packers.
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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i wish american travels
pakistan
iraq
iran
afganistan
chuchniyaan
south coria
japan
germen
india
southafrtica
and see the life for people these country and realize the condition of man life and stop terrorism amercain policy are wrong and not a peaceful obama nota running new policy doing work bush policies i dont like like amercian govenment policy my nation united kingdom and i know amercian plan but i dont like it amercian government are fool
Umm....

Who gives foreign aid to all these countries that need it? Oh, that would be mainly America of course. You're welcome...
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