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Why do few Americans travel abroad compared to other nationalities?

Old May 2nd, 2020, 11:47 AM
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When I lived in Western Australia, I always wondered why so few Aussies from 'over east' visited WA, which is one third of Australia

For West Aussies, it's faster and easier to get to Bali (3:50) and Singapore (5:30) than to some parts of Australia. For East Aussies, it's faster and easier to get to New Zealand (3:00 from Sydney) than Western Australia (5:00 from Sydney).

In the US, it's generally faster and easier to get from one state to another...which was not the case for us when we lived in Western Australia. And unlike Australia, which is red and empty in the middle and green and inhabited around the edges, the US is filled in the middle, so there are a lot of places to visit.

As an avid traveling American, I much prefer off-the-beaten path international destinations, where I'm less likely to run into other Americans....and I usually travel well off season. And now that I think of it, I haven't encountered that many Aussies on my travels (outside of Australia that is).

As mentioned up thread, I think some Americans don't travel internationally because they have so much at their doorstep. Many people I know don't quite understand why I'd rather travel internationally than domestically.

There's also the difference in time off which has been mentioned already. Australians get 6-8 weeks of long service leave after 7-10 years with the same employer. Many Americans get a fraction of that.

If mej210390 revisits this thread, I'd be interested to know where he/she has traveled.

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Old May 25th, 2020, 06:02 AM
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Adding to marvelousmouse, when it's summer in the US, it's winter in Australia. 🏖
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