Watching TV the other night I heard a statistic that was incredible. I didn’t believe it, so I went online to do some research and I found that yes – it was true. What was this mind-blowing statistic…that a little more than thirty percent of Americans hold a valid passport. According to the State Department, there are 113,431,943 valid passports in circulation, which means 36% of Americans own a valid passport (and therefore 64% do not).
Just over one third of Americans actually have the necessary documentation to travel outside of the country. Two-thirds of the citizens of America have never left this country. They have never experienced any culture other than our own.
I have always been the kind of person who longs to travel. From a trip to Europe when I was in college to the magical wedding and honeymoon I had in the Caribbean this past year, travel has always been a big part of my life, and much of this travel has included places outside the U.S.
I know there are so many incredible places to see and visit right here in the United States, and I have travelled extensively across our country as well, but to limit travel to only places in America excludes so much of the human experience and human history. America is a very young nation. Places in Europe and Asia have histories that go back more than ten thousand years. Walking through the Roman Coliseum is an experience like no other. Exploring the variety of languages, food, and cultures across the globe helps to connect us to each other. Thousands of miles from home, across time zones and oceans, traveling show us the diversity of the human experience, and it also shows us how much alike we all are.
Get a passport & get out there - the whole world is waiting!