Don’t Ask Your American Friends to Travel Internationally – Travel International

The typically wonderful month of May has been sort of wet in the Northeast; however, the summer months are right around the corner and vacation time is beckoning most of us who enjoy travel. I have been awash in articles reading about places, globally, I would like to see and have never been, as well as reading about old favorites with a new perspective. My wanderlust for travel was triggered when my family moved to South America, and I have never been the same.I happen to know people who have a great passion for international travel. I suppose it is true that we tend to be the company we keep. However, although my immediate circle still loves to get on a plane and explore other countries, I have been wondering about those who don’t. Someone who has done sales in the vacation industry informed me that Americans really do not like to travel internationally.So, I set out to learn a little bit about this and discover for myself if most Americans cared for international travel or really preferred to stay within the territorial boundaries of the United States. It did not take much more than a cursory search to find screaming headlines about Americans not traveling abroad and information about how Americans really prefer to stay in this country.William D. Chalmers wrote a book entitled “America’s Vacation Deficit Disorder”. He summarized in an article for The Huffington Post entitled “The Great American Passport Myth: Why Just 3.5% Of Us Travel Overseas!” the following:
42 percent of Americans hold a valid passport
Approximately 9 percent of leisure travelers go overseas (i.e. not to Mexico or Canada)
When Americans travel overseas they go to Europe (35 percent), the Caribbean (21 percent), Asia (19 percent) and South America (9 percent).
The most popular countries are England (9 percent), France (7 percent), Italy (7 percent), Germany (5 percent), Dominican Republic (5 percent), Jamaica (5 percent), Japan (4 percent), China (4 percent), India (4 percent), Spain (4 percent), Bahamas (3 percent) and Costa Rica (3 percent).
6 percent of trips by Americans traveling overseas were to the Middle East, 3 percent to Africa and 2 percent to Australia/New Zealand
So, the obvious question is why such a low number of Americans travel overseas when there is so much to see, get to know and understand – particularly in this globalized world?If you sit down and think about it, it probably is not very difficult to figure out some of the reasons, real or imagined, that have been posited for Americans not being interested in traveling overseas.One explanation, which upon reflection probably does make a lot of sense is that the United States is diverse in its geography and topography. If you are looking to do the beach, there are wonderful destinations, including Florida and California. If you prefer to be in the mountains, there is a lot of beauty in the Rockies, for example.A few other thoughts are that Americans tend to be working a lot more than people living in other developed nations and travel is deemed expensive for many Americans. The United States is the only developed country that does not require companies to provide paid vacation and holiday time to its employees. Most Americans, assuming they receive any paid vacation time, may get a week and if they are very lucky, two. Additionally, Americans find it expensive to travel overseas – despite the fact they can probably get more for their dollar than even in the United States depending on where they travel.I also read articles about the “Ugly American” who simply is not interested in learning or interacting with any other cultures other than our own. I have been hearing this since I was a little girl taking my earliest flights overseas with my parents.But, my favorite has to be that Americans are “scared” of the world, which as an American, I think is absurd. This theory – I did not see any studies that supported it as a fact – is that since 9/11 Americans have realized the world is a cold and dangerous place. And, so it goes that the descendants of the continent’s early settlers, the fighter’s the American Revolution, World Wars I and II, the explorers who first broke the speed of sound, landed on the moon and continue to figure out ways to break boundaries are too afraid to leave our national borders.Whatever the reasons Americans have for wanting to vacation domestically, it seems that there is a romanticized remnant of Americans and overseas travel, perhaps, started with great American aviators such as Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh and Howard Hughes. The reality is, however, if you are looking to plan some vacation time outside of the United States, the likelihood is your American friends won’t be joining you.

The Secret to Cheap Travels Internationally – Travel International

When it comes to international travel many people simply avoid the topic because they think that it is something that they could never afford. However, once you learn the one easy secret to cheap travels internationally you will be able to enjoy your dream vacations for much less money. Basically the one secret is that you have to make the most of the opportunities that are available for you.One of the first things to consider when looking at cheap international travels is to think about countries that are cheap to travel to. This means that instead of choosing a well known foreign destination you are going to choose a destination that is not thought about as often. There are many foreign places in the world that are perfectly safe for Americans and very inexpensive.Some of the best places for cheap travels include South America, Central America, and Asia. Some of the cheapest places in South America are also known for being the most beautiful. Here you can see amazing sites and beautiful picturesque landscapes while only spending around two dollars for a decent meal. Central America is a bit more expensive than South America but it is still a considerable amount less than travel to someplace else like Europe. Lastly when you consider many countries in Asia, it is very cheap once you get there. The only problem here is that at times it could cost a considerable amount of money to travel to the area.There are some other tips to make your international travels cheap travels. One of these is that you should consider things that are outside the spectrum of the typical tourist. When you are thinking about where to eat, consider going to a local place where the locals eat. This can save you a huge amount of money on meals. Another great tip is to look into all of the free activities prior to deciding to spend any money on activities or attractions. In some cases there is so much to do for free that you will never have to spend money on activities while on vacation.

3 Safety Tips When Travelling Internationally – Travel International

International travel is exciting because you get to meet new people from far away countries. You get to immerse yourself in exotic cultures that perhaps you’ve only read about in books and magazines. While traveling internationally is a great way to open your mind, you want to stay safe and be aware of your surroundings at all time. Remember, you’re a foreigner in a foreign land. It pays to know before you!3 Safety Tips When Travelling InternationallyDon’t look like a tourist. If you dress like a tourist you could potentially put a target on your back. You may be more susceptible to pick-pockets than someone who knows how to blend in with the locals. While it’s exciting to be immersed in another country, remember that you’re a foreigner. Don’t announce to everyone you meet where you’re from and how long you’ll be in the country. This may sound like paranoia but you want to smart about your travels. Get to know people (the best you can) before you start divulging personal information. If you’re not good at reading people, you could be setting yourself for an adventure of another kind that could you leave you stranded. While your experience would make for a great travel article, if you’re a ‘newbie’ traveler, you may not be prepared to handle the situation.Be aware of your surroundings at all time. Become an observer when you travel. Notice everyone and everything around you. What are they wearing? What language are they speaking? What color are the buildings? What are the names of businesses? Take everything in and try to memorize everything that’s around you. Also, you’ll want to remember where your lodging is. Take a business card and carry it with you because it will have the name, address, and other pertinent contact information. Familiarize yourself with your lodging, the neighborhood, and the people.Learn how to speak the language. You don’t have to be fluent in French, Spanish, German, Arabic, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, and other languages, but it’s a good idea to know how to say ‘key words and phrases’ that could help you if you get into a ‘sticky’ situation. Also, the locals will appreciate it if you make an effort to speak their language. They could be more inclined to help you if you require assistance.Traveling internationally is a great way to get out of your comfort zone. It’s sad to think that you may stay in your backyard, never taking the chance to visit another country. It’s your choice but there’s more to life than what is in your own backyard. Meeting people from different cultures can open your eyes to new ideas and ways of thinking. This may scare you, but it’s good to challenge your beliefs and thoughts. Be bold and brave and book a trip to a foreign country. Ask a friend or family member to go with you. If they’re not interested, you can always sign up for a tour. You won’t be alone and you’ll make new friends. What are you waiting for? Go for it — happy travels!