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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 04:35 AM
They say that 90% of Americans don't have a passport,not sure if that is true? As someone from England who has travelled to most parts of your great country I was wondering how many people from this site have not been out of the USofA?

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 04:43 AM
I've been to Mexico & Canada, but I don't have a passport. Back in the days when I could afford trips like that passports weren't required for US citizens visiting those countries.

On the other hand, my daughter has been to most European countries at least twice...











 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 05:39 AM
The authorities will not let me leave South Carolina.....

No, I don't have a passport or the money to travel out of the country

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 06:42 AM
I dont have one..

I have never left the country, and have no plans on doing so.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 07:05 AM
No surprise, they're the same people who incessantly claim the US is the greatest country in the history of the world even though they've never been any where else.
 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 07:37 AM
When I was in Israel, I was speaking to a guy from Boston who was well-travelled and he said that the when they talk about having a "World News" item on the Boston TV Channel it's usually something about Texas!! He was having a pop at his own countrymen as his opinion was they have a very insular view of the world. But geographically that's like
Norway and Greece.
I wonder what percentage of Europeans have never been out of Europe?

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 07:45 AM
I had one but I haven't been traveling for the last few years. I just got a new one last month. I had my first passport in the mid 90's. It cost me $30.00. Last month I paid $150.00.
 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 08:28 AM
I have one, as do my kids and wife. We travel to Italy every two years.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 09:05 AM
I've been out of the US a number of times. I enjoyed it, but man, those places are crawlin' with foreigners!
 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 09:12 AM
I finally got one when my daughter studied in Spain for a year - we visited her in Barcelona for a week at Christmas.....

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 09:17 AM
I got one to go to Belize back in November. Everyone in my family has a passport. My oldest daughter has used hers more than the rest of us. She's been to Mexico a few times, Belize twice, Nicaragua twice and will be traveling to Europe in June.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 09:29 AM
I have one that is about to expire - I have traveled to China, Costa Rica, Mexico (multiple), UK (England 2X), Italy, Switzerland and a number of Caribbean Islands. I plan on traveling much more in the future when my kids get older.

I don't know if the 90% number is correct or not, but you have to consider that you can travel 25 hours by car here and not leave the U.S. I've never been to Seattle, Yellowstone, Maine, the Keys, skying in Utah and lots of other places in the U.S. I'd love to see as well.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 09:41 AM
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No surprise, they're the same people who incessantly claim the US is the greatest country in the history of the world even though they've never been any where else.


That is a very true statement towards many people I know as well. I have a passport and have used it once when I went to Sweden, and it was the greatest vacation ever. It's so sad seeing so many holier than thou people with such closed minds that feel the United States is greatest place in the world, but have never left the country...sometimes never even left their home state.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 09:46 AM
I've been to Europe twice, last passport I had expired. Last time I was went to Canada was pre-9/11 so all was needed was a driver's license.

I'd like to travel abroad more, just don't have the $$$.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 10:33 AM
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No surprise, they're the same people who incessantly claim the US is the greatest country in the history of the world even though they've never been any where else.


That is a very true statement towards many people I know as well. I have a passport and have used it once when I went to Sweden, and it was the greatest vacation ever. It's so sad seeing so many holier than thou people with such closed minds that feel the United States is greatest place in the world, but have never left the country...sometimes never even left their home state.


I met a guy from Tulsa once, who had never been out of the state of Oklahoma! He was in his mid to late forties at the time. He said "Why would I ever leave Oklahoma when everything I could ever want is here?"

Needless to say, all of us that were in class with him were flabbergasted...










 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 11:58 AM
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I dont have one..

I have never left the country, and have no plans on doing so.


Warren's Island Exodus in Jamaica, mon

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 12:00 PM
The USA has such varied and beautiful locations that it will take a lifetime just to discover these. Gonna RV across America.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 12:30 PM
Had one but it expired and will get another one soon. I do have the drivers licenses that lets me in and out of Canada

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 12:37 PM
Don't currently have a passport. But have visited Mexico, Canada, Cayman Islands and the Netherlands. Also, lived in France for a year when I was thirteen. Would like to travel again, but anymore traveling by air is such a PITA, so guess those days are over.
 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 01:35 PM
I love traveling and wish I could do so much more of it. I want to see everything. I've bounced around Europe and the caribbean a bit, I love the beach, but have sights set on Guatemala or Istanbul for my next trip.

I will say that traveling for people in the U.S. isn't comparable to traveling for Europeans. The U.S. is so big, physically, that it is really expensive and time consuming for people who live in the middle of the country to make it out, compared to the ease of which it is to bounce from country-to-country in Europe. A trip from Tulsa OK to Cleveland OH is about as far as, and more expensive than, a trip from Brussels to Budapest. While Brussels and Budapest may seem worlds apart, culturally speaking, you can still sit down at an Applebee's in Cleveland with the same crap on the walls as the sh1t box Applebees you can eat at in Tulsa.

Even though the landscape changes dramatically from coast-to-coast, when you travel state-to-state the changes in language, history and culture just aren't quite the same as they are country-to-country in Europe. There are a lot of great things to see in the States, and culture does vary from region-to-region, but Europeans get more bang for their buck if you're looking for a diverse adventure.

I'm not giving an excuse for United Statesians who refuse to travel, I think traveling, seeing and understanding the rest of the world is imperative if you claim to have a 'world view' and understand that the US, while a great place, doesn't have everything correct (did someone say health care?). But I understand that some people can't afford it, given the geography of the country and the distance and expense of traveling from within it.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 01:40 PM
I have a blue one (civilian) and a red one (military). My blue one has taken me to Dominican Republic with my wife for a resort getaway. I found out reentering the US that it mistakenly said I was female and misspelled my last name (oops). Customs did not catch it.

I am currently in Guantanamo Bay Cuba which, when it is over, will amount to about eight months.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 01:48 PM
I have traveled to Canada, Mexico and the Grand Cayman Island. I have a passport - got it about 5 or 6 years ago.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 01:54 PM
Interestingly enough, my family all have passports, but have never been outside the USA. When the new laws changed that required US citizens to have one to go to even Canada, we decided to get them. I did microwave mine for 5 seconds to destroy the RFID chip that they put into them

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 02:06 PM
I just got mine.

so where is my $200?

 

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  posted on 2/25/2011 at 03:21 PM
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They say that 90% of Americans don't have a passport,not sure if that is true? As someone from England who has travelled to most parts of your great country I was wondering how many people from this site have not been out of the USofA?
i dont have my passport . not planning on getting 1 .there are way to many places in the usa that i would rather see than spending the money to travel abroad . im sure there is alot to see but i love it here

 
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