travel broadens the mind

To travel is to take a journey into yourself.

Doing a little research on something else, I was bored enough to read a narrow-minded American’s opinion of visit to England, which pissed me off somewhat.  Here are some real facts about Americans;

64% of Americans do not own a passport.

In states such as; Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Carolina only about 25% of US citizens own a valid passport.

When most Americans visit another country it’s to either Mexico or Canada.

Annually, less than 5% of Americans travel overseas.

More than half of all Americans have never been outside of America.

Most Americans have not been to more than 5 US states.

Many Americans have never been more than 100 miles from where they were born.

The commonest complaints of Americans visiting England are;

  • ‘the bacon is terrible…’
  • ‘few ethnicities are represented in London cuisine…’
  • ‘there is no Mexican or Latin American food in Britain…’
  • ‘British people are cold and hard to befriend…’
  • ‘the London subway is unreliable…’
  • ‘the British are obsessed with the Queen and Royal Family…’
  • ‘it always rains in England…’
  • ‘the English drive on the wrong side of the road…’
  • ‘British cars are undrivable…’
  • ‘free healthcare is such a stupid idea…’
  • ‘British TV sucks…’
  • ‘refrigerators and washing machines are very small…’
  • ‘there’s no dress code…’
  • ‘black people are just people…’
  • ‘they eat with their forks upside down…’

SFairportI’ve travelled all over the world, I’ve worked, lived, and had many vacations in the United States, I have some close friends in America, and none of the above surprises me one little bit.  American culture is so in-your-face and all-pervasive, (you only had to watch the recent Oscars ceremony to realise that), that all Americans think the rest of the world is just like America ~ trust me, it isn’t.

In addition, working Americans are allowed and take so few vacation days, (average 10 days a year), that the idea of visiting some of the great cultural sites in Europe just never crosses their minds.

The whole world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a single page.  ~  Saint Augustine

Which is why it does not surprise me that;

  • Middle America elected Donald Trump as their President.
  • Americans are obsessed with social media like Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook.
  • More than 80% of Americans believe in conspiracy theories, and that the Government has kept secrets about UFOs.
  • More than 85% of Americans believe in one or more of; aliens, flying saucers, angels, astrology, extra-sensory-perception, Big Foot, ghosts, reincarnation, the healing power of crystals, witchcraft, that they can win money in Las Vegas casinos, and that winning the lottery is a viable financial plan.
  • Over 75% of Californians believe that more than 25% of Americans are Gay or Lesbian, (the true figure is 3.5% of Americans are LGBT).
  • 25% of Americans believe in creation theory and that the Earth is the centre of the universe.
  • 25% of Americans believe they won their Independence from a country other than Great Britain.
  • All Americans feel they need a planned and fixed itinerary before setting off on their travels.

A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.  ~  Lao Tzu

To a well-travelled, well-read, and well-educated Englishman like me, it’s very sad that most Americans are like a Monday morning quarterback ~ they think they can talk a good game, but mostly they talk bullshit.  Actually, it’s worse than that, most Americans think their opinions matter to others.  They need to get out into the world a bit more.

And in England, ‘Trump’ is still another word for ‘Fart’.

Have a nice day.

~

flagjack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

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  1. […] couple of days ago in travel broadens the mind I listed some strange things about the average American’s of idea leaving America and […]

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  2. but you like me Jack and I like you and Marm, never been abroad, and never a broad 🙂 a little light humor for your Friday ❤

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    1. some broads are worth visiting with ❤

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  3. An Irish friend often castigated me, “There ARE other nations in the world besides America, you know.” I was thoroughly shocked to hear it! 😉

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    1. Which bit shocked you? That there is more to the world than the USA, or that many people think Americans are very insular? Anyhow, I don’t think anyone should ever castigate you. ❤ 😉

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      1. Lol! It really was food for thought! I had all my life heard when Americans died somewhere, because THEN it was really serious.. (or heard mostly only of American catastrophes, American inventions, American medical breakthroughs or American technology, etc) — only some of which I initially thought very cold or shortsighted indeed! (I was one of many who didn’t go to college long enough to be taught to think.) Plus, this nation is truly huge and its geographical wonders are diverse — even many in NYC haven’t been inside the Statue of Liberty or even to Niagara Falls– the City is apparently wonder enough! Indeed, we are insular, but it may be getting better, with all the immediacy/diversity of onlineness (though one must truly avoid reading Trump/supporters).

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  4. Oh my goodness – I meant “my own country” and “in the world…”. Fat fingers…

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  5. Hate for everyone’s sake to think that few fellow Americans choose to or get to travel, and that those who do give a poor account of themselves and their country… I’ve been lucky enough to get to see quite a bit of my own county and go abroad – and I happen to think there’s no better education or way to view our place on the world. Oh – and it’s odd but I don’t even care for bacon in my own country so, rather than feel upset or offended by your take, Im just going to figure I’m exceptional in almost every way! 😉

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    1. Not all Americans give a poor account of themselves, but American women seem to be much cooler, better, and more discerning than American men. For this Englishman ~ you are exceptional in every way. ❤ 😉 ❤

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      1. Aw, bless you, sir – and may we ever justify your faith! ❤

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  6. Would even love a local tour guide! 🤗

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    1. I would love to be your guide, but I’m not what you could call local. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  7. I have not been able to travel outside the states until now. I have spent my entire life traveling my own country and have hit it all except for the northernmost NewEngland area, all by car.
    I agree with you about not planning your entire trip. We are visiting your hometown this summer. We aren’t renting a car because we want to explore by foot. I know all the main tourist areas, but would love some unknown wonderful local spots too. Any suggestions? 😊

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  8. Yes. Most Americans are full of themselves and I’m embarrassed to lump myself in the category, at times.
    True. I have not been out of the country, outside of Mexico and the Caribbean. However, in our defense, our country is HUGE! We can go from tropical beaches to snow covered mountains in a 4 hour flight. Yes, we’re workhorses and only get 14 days vacation at best. Hard to justify a 10 hour flight and jet lag.
    I love taking in different cultures, and would NEVER complain something isn’t like home. Isn’t that the reason you went somewhere else? To try different things? Duh!
    The states you mentioned not having passports are some of our poorest states. Probably why no travelers are coming from there.
    I will confirm some of your points tho…
    I do believe in witchcraft, that the gov is hiding many things and yes, I did vote for the Fart.

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    1. My very best friend believes in practically everything on my list ~ one of these days she may even convince me to share some of her beliefs. Or not. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  9. Your passport figure initially astonished me … and then didn’t. Talking a few weeks ago, Rache and I concluded our experiences living outside the U.S. have given us some perspective hard to find when never having left the States to begin with.

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    1. The first time I really got to know some Americans, it amazed me how few had been outside of the USA, Canada, and Mexico. But then it is a big country. ❤

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