- Jul 17, 2008
I think people know and appreciate that a country’s leader is not the same as his/her people. At least I hope so, given the hash our leaders are making of the UK and its international relations at the moment.
I have to say I think this (to some extent) was always the case. I spent the summer in Europe many decades ago and was struck by how many Europeans disliked Americans or rather America as a whole. They were all lovely and warm to me but they confided in me how generally they do not like America. This was before Trump. It's just pervasive through the decades that no matter who is in charge we don't seem to be liked or respected in other parts of the world. This is my general observation with no scientific backing. Just my POV from my experiences traveling. Is it the government that they dislike or obnoxious americans or perhaps a bit of both? From my travels I got the feeling it was mainly government and as I wrote everyone was absolutely lovely to me and very kind and generous and I had the most wonderful time. But it was sad that there was an anti American sentiment running through the countries.
I am not a fan of flying...I have motion sickness so I avoid it at all cost and I guess I just never really thought I would want to travel to other countries (if I didnt have motion sickness) there is so much to see here in the US, my family traveled the US from coast to coast as a child and once I retire I would like to do that againI know opening a can of worms, but why?
I can vouch for the fact that Alaska and New Orleans are amazing places to visit and hope you can get there and enjoy them.15, mostly in the Americas. The only European countries I've been to are England, Scotland, and Italy (well and that map website counts Vatican City as different than Italy, so sure), though I will probably be going to Greece next year.
I haven't actually been to Canada yet!
Other than the US, I've been to Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Antiqua and Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, Nicaragua, the Netherland Antilles (St. Maarten). I guess St. John is one of the US Virgin Islands so does not count as another country, but kind of seems like it should anyway, lol.
It's funny whenever I go to Europe, Europeans are so shocked by how few countries there I've been to, so I like to pretend at being shocked that they haven't been to a bunch of Caribbean countries like I have been. It's just cheaper to go places closer to you, and from Texas, the Caribbean countries are pretty close! Plus with all-inclusive resorts, it is the easiest way to book a vacation where you know it will be relaxing.
As for states in the US, 27 apparently, plus DC. I could be forgetting some. Other than Texas where I live, my most-frequently-visited are Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, and Washington DC. Top of the list for states I'd like to visit are Alaska, Oregon, and Iowa. And I've never actually been to New Orleans so I'd love to go there specifically, though I've been other places in Louisiana.
I have food allergies so I worry about going to countries where I don't speak the language and the food is significantly different. So not sure if I will ever go many places in Asia and Africa.
Good point there is so much to see. Just putting it out there that you can drive to Canada and we’re pretty fun too.I am not a fan of flying...I have motion sickness so I avoid it at all cost and I guess I just never really thought I would want to travel to other countries (if I didnt have motion sickness) there is so much to see here in the US, my family traveled the US from coast to coast as a child and once I retire I would like to do that again
I find this interesting because everyone thinks I’m American and I never have issues while travelling. On the other hand DH is British and nobody likes people from the UK. Even outside of the EU there seems to be an assumption that he will be a problem while people are always fine with me.
I'm jealous too! Especially those who have actually lived in another country. I've visited 10 (if all islands that are territories of other countries are counted as one "country") and lived in 2.I’ve been to 9 countries and I’m kind of jealous of everyone’s travel.