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One Reason why Americans really DO like to travel by BB-Scala on 1 June 2003 6:20am
 
I think the reason that Americans really *do* like to travel (as Michael pointed out in his letter) could be that most of us have ancestry elsewhere and in more than one country (as in my case) -- I was very drawn to go to the countries where my grandparents were born, although oddly, I've only been to the country where my maternal grandfather was born (England) -- I've never been to Austria (where my maternal Grandmother was born) and actually, the grandfather who was born in England was a Spanish Jew who's parents moved to London from Kiev Russia before settling in The States. The closest I've been to Kiev was when I used to order out from a deli at 2nd Ave. and 7th (or is it 8th Street)? in the East Village! This was a long time ago but it was kind of like traveling -- going to that part of town in the late 70's! My father's side of the family are English -- or Welsh, we still can't make that determination for sure (Welsh, that is). Brindle (my maiden name)is a the name of a town near Preston, Lancashire County, UK - but I've never been there! I've been to so many other places -- why not this little village?? <sigh> I probably would never want to leave!
;-)
Beki

www.bekibrindle.com
 
Re: One Reason why Americans really DO like to travel by Treelooney on 2 November 2003 10:09pm
 
Some Americans do like to travel, but not too many from my experience. Perhaps if more of them would get themselves a passport and head for the open road, they would grow spiritually and wouldn't have such a bad, irresponsible, dreadful government. Just my tuppence worth.
 
Re: One Reason why Americans really DO like to travel by Louise on 2 November 2003 10:42pm
 
I have some American friends who would love to travel but find it too expensive. One pointed out, quite rightly, that just because America is a very rich nation it doesn`t automatically follow that all her citizens are rolling in dollars and can afford it!
Lou, London

 
Re: One Reason why Americans really DO like to travel by TwoSheds on 3 November 2003 10:22am
 
If you lived in a country as vast as the USA, you probably wouldn't feel the need to travel abroad.
 
Re: One Reason why Americans really DO like to travel by watercub on 4 November 2003 3:40am
 
Oh, I disagree...we here in the USA are actually unfortunate in the fact that although there are supposedly thousands of different ethnicities and ancestries found all around us (the whole "melting pot" theory) there is an inescapable common thread of Americana that dilutes the individual cultures.

Having said that, and with American culture so vastly spread throughout the entire continent of North America, our only opportunity to truly experience other cultures is to make incredibly far journeys that many people here can't afford.

To go off on a minor tangent here, I also believe that this is why Americans much of the time have been accused of being intolerant of other ways of life...it is not so much selfishness, but ignorance of the fact that other cultures even exist because of their massive distance...most Americans unfortunately only have access to the diluted versions of other cultures that are seen here.

8-)
Cub
 
Re: One Reason why Americans really DO like to travel by watercub on 4 November 2003 3:43am
 
I, as an American, truly envy those of you with less than 2000 miles between yourself and another country...that opportunity would be priceless to me.

I realize that both Mexico and Canada are within reach, but the Canadian culture is uncannily similar on the whole, and the majority of northern Mexico is tainted by American tourism and influence.

just food for thought...

8-)
Cub
 
Re: One Reason why Americans really DO like to travel by intrepid on 5 November 2003 11:01am
 
Amen, Watercub.
For a whole lot of Americans, the rest of the world is too darn far away. In the U.S., you can hit the open road but where you get out of the car 6 hours later is no more exotic than where you got in. To go anywhere really different you have to spend time on an airplane.
Where I live now, we can drive for a few hours and wind up in one of 6 different countries and hear one of 4 different languages. I can't convince my European friends that this is an amazing thing. I guess for 95% of the world's population,it isn't. -David
 
Re: One Reason why Americans really DO like to travel by cyen on 5 November 2003 4:02pm
 
When I went to Greece to work as an archaeology (I'm an American), I took full advantage that I'm in Europe and I made sure I traveled to as many places as possible when I'm there. It was quite an experience that I won't forget. My brother also traveled a great deal when he studied a semester in Rome. In our case we're from a family who moved quite a bit and we also had a grandfather who traveled the world and drew so I think the itching to travel is in our blood. :)

On the other hand I know people (ususually ones from the Midwest) who have never step out of the country (even Canada or Mexico). Some do want to travel abroad and others are content of traveling in US.
 
Re: One Reason why Americans really DO like to travel by jbanks on 3 January 2004 8:51pm
 
I was wondering where Cub, you have been to in Canada? If it is to the cities, like Toronto, then yes Canada would seem strikingly similar to the States. But try going to the Maritimes or to French Canada, but not to Montreal or Quebec, but to a small village. Or go to Churchill, Manitoba where you can see Polar Bears. I am sure this is something that is not "uncannilly similar" to the American culture. I think you would see that people are very proud to be Canadian.

I know for one that we don't have "New Yowker" accents or none of us have southern drawls. But I think that people from Ontario would seem most like U.S. citizens, but not Westerners, Quebecers or Maritimers.
 
Re: One Reason why Americans really DO like to travel by George on 5 January 2004 12:25am
 
Americans DO like to travel and will start going back to Europe, etc. once the images of 9/11 grow a little fainter. This summer I hope to go Mexico and S. America because it's closer and MUCH cheaper. There's a zillion things I'd love to see and see again, but not while I'm saving for my kids' education! Traveling with MP is is great for now.
 
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