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interested Apr 8th, 2002 12:04 AM

How many on this forum have actually been abroad?
I've heard recently that only a tiny minority of Americans have passports. Have all the contributors to this forum actually been abroad or are they window shopping or pipe dreaming?

mpprh Apr 8th, 2002 12:58 AM

Hi<BR><BR>I've visited 40+ countries for business or pleasure.<BR><BR>I've lived in 5 of them.<BR><BR>But I'm not an American .<BR><BR>Peter<BR>

umm Apr 8th, 2002 01:13 AM

C'mon, interested.<BR><BR>Fodors may be the center of your world (and mine ;-)) but it may suprise you to learn that only a tiny minority of Americans contribute to this forum. Doesn't seem like it sometimes, I admit ...

x Apr 8th, 2002 01:27 AM

Only the ones with a laptop. The others are stuck to their keyboard at home or at the office.

Tangata Apr 8th, 2002 03:02 AM

Well I have lived in five countries and visited thirty three, many of them more than once.<BR><BR>But then I’m not American either.<BR>

Dolly Apr 8th, 2002 03:36 AM

Well, I AM a broad and loving every minute of it! <BR><BR>

pedro Apr 8th, 2002 03:44 AM

&gt;20 countries (4 continents) - never been to far-east and south america. Not American either.<BR>

travel Apr 8th, 2002 04:13 AM

okay, i'll bite. yes, i am american. my husband and i have been to 10 countries, half of them european. my kids have been to about 4 other countries. this forum is, i'm sure, a very small minority of travellers. even though its posters can get VERY loud at times!<BR><BR>so, dolly, are you a broad who is abroad??

Parton Apr 8th, 2002 04:22 AM

And a broad broad as well ?

broad Apr 8th, 2002 04:32 AM

I am a broad and have been abroad too~<BR>and happilly, am not too broad!

traveler Apr 8th, 2002 05:01 AM

I'm always dreaming about travel and do a some, though not as much as I would like. Have visited France (often), Belgium (twice), England, Germany, Iceland, Cayman Islands, Mexico and Puerto Rico - maybe not technically abroad... (many times). Lived in Japan for three years andthe same amount of time in Scotland. Was born in another country, but am an American. Have had a valid passport since I was sixteen and at times have held two US passports concurrently (official and personal). Have also visited many states and lived in several.

Robbyn Apr 8th, 2002 05:16 AM

We have been to Greece, Germany and Holland. While doing some genealogy research found I found I still had some relatives in Norway and visited there. We've been to Wales visiting friends and England three times. Our next trip will be to France and then hopefully to Ireland. <BR><BR>I love to travel, but hate the jet lag afterwards, also the laundry.

Uncle Sam Apr 8th, 2002 05:21 AM

Live in the US and have been to Europe 21 times in the past 12 years either on business or pleaseure or a combination of both.<BR><BR>Have visited the following European countries: Scotland, England, Holland, Germany, Belgium,Austria, France, Luxemburg, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Italy, hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovack Republic.

Vita Apr 8th, 2002 05:25 AM

I will be taking my third European trip in next month.

mj Apr 8th, 2002 05:30 AM

16 countries and I am an American. <BR><BR>Regarding the small percentage of Americans holding passports consider the following:<BR>the US itself (land mass 3.7 million sq.miles) offers a wealth of travel destinations. Also, tourist travel to our neighbors as well as several Carribean countries only require proof of US citizenship for entry (an original of a birth certificate an photo ID gets you in).<BR><BR>I suspect that if all of Europe (land mass slightly larger than North America) were one country, the percentage of Europeans holding a passport would be appox. the same as in America.

Book Chick Apr 8th, 2002 06:38 AM

I've been to 5 European countries and I'm an American. (I also lived in Italy, which I have re-visited since, for a year.)

chris Apr 8th, 2002 06:51 AM

I don't know what the percentage of Europeans passport holders is, but I have known 2 completely unrelated Swiss adults who do not have passports and also several Brit relatives. One of the Swiss lives only 2 miles from France. Many Europeans get by with only their Identity cards. So what's the big deal? Is this post another attempt to try to make American's feel somehow less worldly?

sandi Apr 8th, 2002 06:52 AM

I'm a newbie to the travel thing...visited Italy twice (a 3rd time this Oct), and spent sometime in Prague. I am an American as well.

sylvia Apr 8th, 2002 07:07 AM

I'm not American. I've visited several European countries and also the US and Canada. That doesn't stop me pipe-dreaming. I'd love to visit Australia, New Zealand and China. The only trouble is the horribly long flight to get there. Now, if somebody could move Australia into the Atlantic..... I could go overland to America and visit Australia on the way.

Sjoerd Apr 8th, 2002 07:30 AM

So far, I have been to:<BR>* North America: Canada, USA, Mexico, Bahamas<BR>* South America: Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina <BR>* Europe: all countries EXCEPT Iceland, Finland, Albania, Bulgaria<BR>* Africa: Morocco, Egypt, Cameroon, South Africa<BR>* Asia: Jordan, Yemen, Azerbaijan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Mongolia<BR>*Australia: Australia <BR><BR>Favourites are: SE Asia, Colombia, and my home country: The Netherlands.

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