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Posted by BeachThunder (12416 posts) 1 year, 1 month ago

Poll: Have you traveled outside the country you were born in? (210 votes)

Yes 89%
No 14%

I seem to hear a lot about Americans that never even leave their home state. But on the other hand, there seems to be a lot of Europeans that drive across countries on a regular basis. Anyway, I'm just curious.

#1 Edited by TobbRobb (4844 posts) -

Several times, I've been more or less in every corner of Europe. I've yet to leave the continent though, so I would love a trip to an Asian country at some point. For now though, there is more Europe to be explored.

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#2 Edited by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Quite a bit, actually. In fact, I'm probably the only person in this thread to have left their celestial body.

#3 Posted by Jams (2966 posts) -

I live right in the middle of California and only made it as far as Nevada. So no, I haven't traveled outside of the country. To do so would be a large undertaking because other countries are kind of far away anyways. It's not as easy as driving for a couple ours unless you live in San Diego or Seattle or something.

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#4 Edited by BigJeffrey (5178 posts) -

I was born in the us, I've gone to Mexico. So yes

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#5 Edited by mikey87144 (1806 posts) -

I wasn't born in the US but even with that I've been to Europe and a bunch of other islands in the Caribbean.

#6 Posted by Aegon (5831 posts) -

Born in Israel and lived in Lod. Been in Canada since around May of 1996. Was in the US for a bit before going to Canada.

#7 Posted by pyromagnestir (4339 posts) -

I may have been to Canada once, although now I'm not sure. I voted yes, but I might actually be a no.

#8 Posted by RobotHamster (4177 posts) -

Only twice, I went to Guatemala when I was like 4 and to Cuba when I was like 9. That was back in like 1999 and I haven't been outside of the U.S. since.

#9 Posted by CaLe (4052 posts) -

Yes, it's scary because everyone speaks weird and looks different. I don't recommend it. I rather build a fort at home from old cardboard boxes now, much safer.

#10 Edited by nevalis (84 posts) -

I've never traveled further west than the east coast states, but I've been to Europe, more specifically Holland. My wife has family in Germany, so once our son is a bit older, we'll try to visit.

#11 Posted by Rick_Fingers (523 posts) -

Born in Sydney, Australia and I've been to Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, and 'Murica.

Also Tasmania, which is basically another country

#12 Posted by Eviternal (197 posts) -

I emigrated when I was eight. That, and having moved interstate (I live in Australia) when I later left home make it difficult to answer the question "Where are you from?" - I identify with all three areas I've lived in.

#13 Posted by CreepingDeath0 (178 posts) -

Yes, although perhaps not far enough that it counts. Born and raised in Ireland, moved to England 7 years ago.

Still, early days. I fully intend to see more of the world before I'm in a box in the ground.

#14 Posted by JellyFish_Gsus (769 posts) -

Born in Ireland, been to England, Scotland, Spain (multiple times), Turkey, Portugal and Cyprus.

#15 Posted by Dalai (7070 posts) -

I've been to Canada twice, more specifically New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Not exactly the most exciting parts of Canada, but it's nice up there.

#16 Edited by ToTheNines (835 posts) -

Quite a bit, actually. In fact, I'm probably the only person in this thread to have left their celestial body.

....Jesus?

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#17 Edited by Clonedzero (4196 posts) -

Technically yes. I've been to canada, but that barely counts.

#18 Edited by Hunter5024 (5964 posts) -

Yes, I've been to Mexico because it's only about an hour away. I haven't really done anything there though. I'll take a proper trip down there some day. My bucket list requires me to visit Japan and at least 2 European countries in my lifetime as well.

I think the reason a lot of Americans haven't left their state or their country is because they're really big. My state is comparable in size to many European countries, so if I want to go out of state, it's going to be a pretty pricey adventure. There's plenty of stuff to do in Arizona that I haven't gotten around to yet too. I should probably see the Grand Canyon sometime.

#19 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@ninessc2 said:

@video_game_king said:

Quite a bit, actually. In fact, I'm probably the only person in this thread to have left their celestial body.

....Jesus?

Even better.

#20 Edited by stryker1121 (1584 posts) -

If you're in the U.S. it's not too romantic to travel from Ohio to say Indiana. However, it would be awesome to get on a train and travel from country to country in the EU.

I'm not terribly well traveled but have been to a couple of interesting places - Russia (St. Petersburg) and Israel. Also Montreal.

#21 Posted by Pr1mus (3947 posts) -

Born in Canada. I've been to the US 2-3 times. Last time was 15 years ago.

#22 Posted by Zomgfruitbunnies (888 posts) -

I was born in Shanghai in the late 80s, then moved to Canada when I was 10. Does that count?

#23 Posted by Zelyre (1275 posts) -

Yes. I have been to China, Hong Kong, and Korea. Sleeping Dogs was based on me.

As a child, I spent enough time in Hong Kong to learn conversational Cantonese (Mostly from Dragon Ball, I think...). When I came back to the states, I went to a Mandarin school. That's like learning Italian and then being dropped in a French class. So now my Chinese is at a point where I don't know which words in my head are which dialect, so they get interchanged in mid-sentence. The Chinese version of Engrish, I guess.

#24 Posted by NTM (7543 posts) -

Nope, though Canada's about an hour away.

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#25 Posted by FriendlyPhoenix (467 posts) -

I've left my state but I've never left the US. I'd love to do so when the opportunity arises, that just hasn't happened yet.

#26 Edited by crimsinf (148 posts) -

I haven't been to the country in which I was born in over two decades.

#27 Posted by Jojojimmeny (60 posts) -

Living in Australia I guess it's a little harder to leave the country than a lot of other places, or at least that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it...

I'd love to visit other countries though, when I have the capacity to do so.

#28 Posted by subyman (668 posts) -

Many Americans have never left their state? I think that pretty far off the mark. Maybe for rural areas, but many Americans are well traveled these days, especially as you go down in age brackets.

#29 Posted by SgtSphynx (1565 posts) -

Born in the US, I have been to Mexico, Ireland, Germany, Kuwait, Iraq, South Korea, Japan, and Okinawa

#30 Edited by Slippy4475 (10 posts) -

My country tells me other countries are dangerous and out to rob tourists. I've never left the USA.

#31 Posted by GrantHeaslip (1605 posts) -

I'm from Canada, and I've been to the U.K. once and U.S. maybe three times. The furthest south I've ever been is Washington D.C., and I've only left the northeast a handful of times.

#32 Posted by pekoe212 (460 posts) -

I've been to London twice and lived for 3 months in Italy. I envied all my British roommates in Italy, they were far more well-traveled throughout Europe because it was so easy for them to get there. But even if you live in the US and can't afford to fly across an ocean, fly to Mexico or Canada, whichever's closest, and there ya go.

#33 Posted by believer258 (12191 posts) -

I've never been outside of the USA. Actually, I've only been to North and South Carolina. My cousin also lived in Tennessee for a little while so I've been there for a day.

#34 Posted by TIEfighter77 (80 posts) -

Yes. I've been out of the US to Ireland, BVIs, USVIs, Bahamas, Tijuana once (I don't care to discuss that one).

#35 Edited by insane_shadowblade85 (1527 posts) -

I was born in the US and I've traveled to Thailand a few times with my family to visit relatives.

#36 Posted by DonutFever (3537 posts) -

Yes. I'm a Canadian, and I've gone to America about 6-7 times. I'll be going to Europe next May, also.

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#37 Edited by BillyMaysRIP (262 posts) -

There are 113,431,943 valid US passports according to http://travel.state.gov/passport/ppi/stats/stats_890.html

That's about a third of the country, and assuming that everyone who has a passport traveled out of the country, that would mean that about 60-66 percent of the nation hasn't left the US. It's not a generalization; it's fact.

I live in the Northeast of the US, and have lived in the suburbs all my life. The main reason why a lot of the people who I grew up with never left the country was that doing so would mean a five or six hour drive. Flying internationally is expensive, and who really wants to go to Canada when the great American beauty is so nearby... I knew some people who had never left the state, mostly because they didn't need to. Not only that, most people only wanted to go to Disney Land in Florida or Las Vegas. To most, why leave the US?

Also, most Americans don't get too many vacation days. Aparantly the average yearly vacation is 12 days: http://money.cnn.com/2012/11/16/pf/americans-vacation-time/index.html It's not that much time for most people who want to make the most of their time.

I was really lucky growing up that my mum worked internationally. Before I went to college, I had gone to about 20 countries. Most of my tickets were from frequent flier miles, I slept in my mum's room, and I ate little. As long as she was getting paid to go to a country, I traveled basically for free. It was a great time...

#38 Posted by WarosVenus (12 posts) -

I think the reason a lot of Americans haven't left their state or their country is because they're really big. My state is comparable in size to many European countries, so if I want to go out of state, it's going to be a pretty pricey adventure. There's plenty of stuff to do in Arizona that I haven't gotten around to yet too. I should probably see the Grand Canyon sometime.

Yup, that's the reason. Except in the north east, our states are pretty freaking big.

I've only been to Canada, which, as someone else said, barely counts.

#39 Posted by PandaBear (1384 posts) -

I'm actually proud of the fact that Australians are among the most prolific international travelers per capita. And yes, I've been to Singapore, North America, Mexico, NZ and up and down the east of Australia a bunch of times.

#40 Edited by RollingZeppelin (2109 posts) -

I've been to alot of places, Bahamas, Barbados, St. Lucia, Jamaica, The Grand Caymen, USVI, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Florida, South Carolina, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Maine, Northern England, Scotland, Holland, France. I think that's it?

I'm Canadian, so individual states and large American cities count!

#41 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

Been all over Europe, went to Florida, been around some of Africa. I would love to get to Asia and Scandinavia though.

#42 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (5992 posts) -

No. One day I hope I can change that. I am however limited with options given my extreme fear of heights and water.

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#43 Edited by Drekly (173 posts) -

I live in Cornwall, south-west England. Until 2 years ago (I'm 24) I'd never left my county let alone my country.

When I found out my online girlfriend was sexually abused by another guy, I dropped everything, booked a flight, a train ticket (400 miles away) and flew to Louisiana. This was the first time I'd ever met her in person and we're now engaged, getting married this year, and the happiest people you could ever find.

Sorry for a little side-story, but that was my experience with travelling :T

#44 Posted by chocolaterhinovampire (1297 posts) -

Yes, but only the US

#45 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5818 posts) -

I don't even live in the country I was born in.

#46 Posted by frankfartmouth (1018 posts) -

I live outside Detroit, so a trip to Windsor is like going to the store pretty much. Never been to Europe or anything like that though.

#47 Posted by jayjonesjunior (1087 posts) -

@ninessc2 said:

@video_game_king said:

Quite a bit, actually. In fact, I'm probably the only person in this thread to have left their celestial body.

....Jesus?

Even better.

Cyber Jesus?

#48 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Flying internationally is expensive, and who really wants to go to Canada when the great American beauty is so nearby...

Presumably there's no great Canadian beauty :P?

#49 Edited by fox01313 (5089 posts) -

In the states & years ago went to London, UK for a week. Loved it & want to go back as well as visit more of Scotland.

#50 Posted by Hunter5024 (5964 posts) -

@hunter5024 said:

I think the reason a lot of Americans haven't left their state or their country is because they're really big. My state is comparable in size to many European countries, so if I want to go out of state, it's going to be a pretty pricey adventure. There's plenty of stuff to do in Arizona that I haven't gotten around to yet too. I should probably see the Grand Canyon sometime.

Yup, that's the reason. Except in the north east, our states are pretty freaking big.

I've only been to Canada, which, as someone else said, barely counts.

Yeah the northeast is pretty different. Which is why a law like "No speed limits higher than 55!" seems reasonable to some northeastern drivers, but flabbergasts people in states like mine.