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Have you ever travelled abroad from the USA?

Asked by FAGIN (181points) May 1st, 2009

27%of Americans have a passport,does this mean that 63% have no interest in travelling abroad.
Are Americans sooo insular?

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reijinni's avatar

I went to Windsor, ON.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Yep. I’ve had a passport since I was 16.. my current one is set to expire within the year and I’m proud of all the stamps I’ve collected over the years. :)

mattbrowne's avatar

If you put your question this way, I’m constantly ‘traveling’ ;-)

Seriously, in Europe you take a car or the train and 1 or 2 hours later very often you’re in another country. In Kansas you might not even reach Missouri. Once it took me 10 hours to get from Lawrence, KS to Denver, CO. I think many Americans are interested, but the country is just so big. And even Canada or Mexico are usually a long way from home.

alive's avatar

mattbrowne is right. i have traveled to europe and been to 10 countries, i LIVE in the US and have only been to 9 states!

Dorkgirl's avatar

Yes, I’ve travelled out of the US. Been to Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, S.E. Asia, Central America, and more to come!
I’m not sure why Americans don’t travel outside the country more.
It may not necessarily be “no interest”, but monetary. When I was a kid (in the 70s) going to Europe was something our well-to-do friends did. It was not necessarily something that “average” people did. Some people may still think that travelling outside the country is expensive or cost-prohibitive.
Many Americans are monolingual, so language may be a hinderance.
Fear of the unknown may also keep people on home turf.

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