Why Americans Need to Experience International Travel

Published Date Author: , April 19th, 2012

Gay Travel: Why Americans Need to Experience International TravelWhile showing my dad a slideshow from my recent trip to Thailand, I asked if he’d ever be interested in taking a similar trip. “No,” he replied. “For one, why would anyone want to go to a country where they don’t speak English? Second, I haven’t even seen the Grand Canyon. I should do that first.”

Truth be told, I haven’t visited the Grand Canyon either. But when I entered Thailand, the customs agent didn’t refuse my entry on those grounds. As it turns out, visiting the Grand Canyon isn’t a prerequisite for travel overseas.

I understand what my dad is trying to say. His point is that there’s a lot to do and see domestically–and so there’s no reason to go beyond the borders of the United States.
He’s certainly not alone. Only about 30% of Americans have passports. Compare that to 60% of Canadians and 75% of Brits.

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