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Re: What stops Americans cruising the world?
This is a fairly complex issue actually. Generaly speaking, us 'Mericans are very self-absorbed. When we do travel, we want it now and to the point. There is so much to see here, why go somewhere else thatís going to take me away for more than two weeks and i have a bunch of prep work to do beforehand.... ehhh naw im good.
Then there is the other side of us that want to travel overseas... we will get around to it when we retire. If I work hard, take my two weeks of vacation with my family locally, I can do this in my 60's. By then bug has crawled out and the itch has faded and we get r.v.'s and wonder around the country.
Then there is the fear, almost schitzo... the world loves Americans either to shake hands with them or mostly to cut off their head or ransom us.
I have had the fortunate life of being raised with my grandmother, so I spent my summer vacations (she was a Deaf school Counselor so she had summers off) traveling the country one end to the other seeing family and friends. Thereís not much I havenít seen here. I then have gone off to see other parts of the world, mostly pretty hostile or extremely poor areas. This leaves the Med, Australia, and south Pacific as my last areas I want to sail to. I had it all set, but now my significant other has traveled all of about 500mi in her life and wants to see America (sigh), so here I am, pushed off my plans to get her trained and wanting to be my cruising companion.
As for all the other complications, I have will and have a way, I will do it. Im not the average American though. This almost introvert ideology we have makes me smirk.
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