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Subj: Re: Afraid to travel?
Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 at 12:49:26 pm EDT (Viewed 195 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Afraid to travel?
Posted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 at 12:36:13 pm EDT (Viewed 257 times)


    My wife has often commented that from her visits there, the US might be one of the most isolated countries at least compared to other western democracies, because Americans travel abroad so little. Not really a bad thing necessarily but it backs up your "outsider" observation.

I hope you'll forgive this little detour off the main topic....

I agree that Americans travel abroad less than Europeans. But being newly American myself, let me stand up for my new countrymen a little. I think there are many Europeans who don't realize how large America is compared to European countries. From NY to LA is nearly 3,000 miles. From Maine to Florida is nearly 1,500 miles. It really is far more vast of a country than a typical European nation. One can travel between states, not leaving the US, and still cover three times the distance between London and Warsaw.

Within America one can also see 110 degree deserts, major world cities, dense forests, amazing beaches, snow covered mountains....almost any climate or environment on Earth.

Culture also varies to a greater degree than most European countries. The culture of New Orleans is nothing like the culture of Billings Montana. Although there is one language throughout the country, there are pockets where English isn't dominant. In Miami for example, most people assume everyone speaks Spanish.

Add into the mix that international travel for Americans commonly involves cross Atlantic or Pacific flights, and the cost is far more than what Europeans have to pay for shorter flights when traveling internationally.

I fully understand you meant no insult or disrespect towards Americans. You even said that lack of international travel wasn't a bad many my response is completely unnecessary. But I have seen some Europeans mock Americans for this. My response isn't really towards you, but for anyone else reading this who may not have had that context.

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