Do You have a Passport?

I recently found this article titled “Why more Americans don’t travel abroad.” In the opening of the article it states how only 30 % of Americans have passports. One of the lines of logic that America has everything from beaches to snowy mountains and about everything in between, with pockets of  different cultures along the way. Also goes into how Americans work too hard, with limited time to go an explore. Plus there is always the financial bit in there as well. (I think we could learn something from the Europeans time off plans!)

Seriously???

I agree that compared to other countries vacation/play time is not a priority. And I agree that for many Americans international travel might not be a financial possibility. However, to even have the thought that for one minute that you can experience everything by staying inside the 50 states is just…well…in my opinion plain ignorant.

It’s All About the Planning

With planning, saving and looking for great deals international travel isn’t so difficult to put together. And the experience is incredibly rewarding. I have been blessed to have started visiting other countries and the list of places I want to go to is much longer. So far I have been able to visit China, Scotland, England and Jamaica.  Hubby and I are looking forward to planning our next few travels to go back and visit family in China and then hopefully take a trip to Amsterdam for a bike riding tour with some friends. (Guess I should start practicing now for mileage, it will give me a couple of years to get ready!)

Visiting other countries is an experience that is hard to put into words. The sights, smells, sounds, just the feel of being in a completely different culture is incredible. Soaking in everything around you and learning other customs is amazing. And as a side note traveling as an American doesn’t make you entitled, please respect the cultures you are going into! (Witnessed the stupidity of fellow travelers on school trip to Europe, embarrassing!)

So while I’m not trying to convince everyone to go board a plane and travel to exotic lands. If you don’t have your passport consider why you haven’t gotten it. Think about checking out the rest of the world, it will be an experience you will never forget.

Do you have your passport? If you don’t, why not? What would be the first country you want to travel to and why?

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