It’s the worst stereotype about Americans – we’re atrocious at traveling. At last census, only about a third of the population actually possessed a passport, to say nothing of the percentage that actually use the damn things for anything besides that one weekend in Acapulco. It’s not necessarily a judgment call, since the 50 states offer just about every climate and terrain on the planet, but traveling is about more than how similar Hawaii’s beaches are to Thailand. It’s about learning about yourself as much as learning about somewhere else, and that extends to where you’re from. There are some things about America you won’t realize until you’ve left the place.
This is the crux of my latest article for Matador. Lessons you learn while living outside the US. They’re lessons you learn about other places, they’re lessons you learn about the US of A. They’re lessons you learn about yourself. But that’s the great education of traveling, and it’s why people always want to go. Check it out. Learn a thing or two.