Five reasons it’s a great time for Americans to travel abroad

It seems no matter what part of the world you’re in, the United States and its politics are splattered all over the news. It’s hard to escape it. Whichever side of the spectrum you’re on, there’s no denying that President Donald Trump is dominating the news cycle and passions are running high.

Between constant bickering about politics on social media and the overflow of news into our daily lives, maybe it’s time to take a break from it, try new things, and book your next trip. Here’s five reasons it’s a great time for Americans to travel abroad.

It's a great time for Americans to travel abroad

The world isn’t as scary as it seems on TV. Hearing about terrorist attacks all over the world can cause people to be scared to leave the comforts of their own home. Sometimes when friends and family members find out I’ll be traveling by myself in Europe, they voice concerns of my safety. Yes, you should be careful, but you should be careful when you’re at home too. I’ve often felt safer in certain areas abroad then I do when I’m in the US.

Meeting people who are different to you is beneficial. It’s easy to go along with your day-to-day life and only interact with people who think the same as you do. But that doesn’t make you think about your beliefs and really delve into why you believe certain things or think a certain way. Interacting with people who think differently than you can allow you to see things with a new eye.

Having insightful conversations with people can be productive. Current events are an easy ice breaker when chatting with strangers. As an American, there will be times you’ll get asked about US politics and what your thoughts are on Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Even if someone doesn’t agree with you (especially if they don’t), listen and try to understand where they’re coming from. I’m not saying you will, but it doesn’t hurt to try. I know I need to work on this.

Get away from politics. There is a constant stream of politics on Facebook feeds and the news. Take a break from it all. We know we all need it. Go abroad and turn your phone off. Don’t use the TV in your hotel, or even better, stay in accommodation that doesn’t have a television. Just go out and explore a foreign city or spend some time in the great outdoors.

Broaden your horizons. It’s easy to get stuck in your own bubble and get in the habit of doing the same things day in and day out. Do something different. Have new experiences. Instead of sitting on your couch watching the news with a cup of coffee, visit a coffee plantation in Colombia or enjoy a cappuccino at a local cafe in Italy. Or start closer to home with a trip to a farmer’s market or explore an area of your city you haven’t been to.

Do you agree that now is a great time for Americans to travel abroad? Why or why not?

Five reasons it's a great time for Americans to travel abroad

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20 thoughts on “Five reasons it’s a great time for Americans to travel abroad

  1. Hi hi!Nice post!

    I agree with all these points but really, long term, escaping is not the answer. It’s your time to protest and not accept this as normal. Otherwise Travelling abroad really will be unsafe for you. It’s easy to say not my president but the fact is there was enough Americans that want this. Time to fix that divide, big league 😉

    Shaun
    http://www.thislifeintrips.com

  2. I recently travelled to the US….with the benefit of hindsight I should have taken your advice and kept the TV switched off. I was glad to return to Europe to get away from the constant barrage of American politics. We highly encourage travel and reading blogs like this is a great place to start.

  3. Agreed. We get lots of questions about what it’s like to be Americans living abroad now, and the truth is that most Europeans are just as shocked as we are. And yeah, I think living in Spain (where we live) is safer than the U.S. right now, though sometimes I wish I were back to get involved with the different movements and things that are going on. I do what I can from here!

  4. It’s so refreshing to see a post on why americans should travel abroad right now that doesn’t involve “to get away from Trump” or “how to move out of the country now that Trump has been elected” haha! I agree with each and every one of these points, but especially the ones about terrorism. Unfortunately the news doesn’t help at all when sharing only negative stories of things going on around the world, but there is so much beauty and kindness to be discovered in every part of this world, and the chance that something might happen while you’re there just isn’t enough of an excuse. Something could happen anywhere!

  5. Neat that you’re attacking the conventional wisdom. I’ll agree that one of the best things about traveling right now as an American is that you don’t have to listen to the news, the constant detailing of political activities of , uh, someone.

  6. All good reasons why everyone should travel really. It really changes your perspective on the world beyond your borders – new people, new experiences. Good post.

  7. I so agree with you post! My perspective on most americans is that sometimes they don’t want to leave their country because they are afraid to do so. I love that you talk about this, hope that it makes a change 🙂

  8. Yes, totally agree with these. Americans definitely get a bad rap in some parts of the world, but most of the time they’re met with curiosity rather than anything malicious due to their nationality. Travel is a good way of realise how full of crap the media is regardless of what country you’re from, although the US media really is one to exaggerate. Great article. Thanks!

  9. I feel like it’s always a good time for folks from the US to travel abroad! But yes, I do agree with your reasoning as to why now it is especially important. I feel we need to be rational, respectful ambassadors of the US, especially now when every day some new crazy comes out of this administration. Just my opinion!

  10. I absolutely agree. Definitely a great time for Americans to go overseas. The media are great at making awesome countries look terrible!

  11. Completely agree! It’s a great time for Americans to travel and convince others that the US is not as bad as it seems! Just kidding!

  12. This is a great post and I definitely think it’s important to remember this. I feel the same with the UK post Brexit – it’s nice to have a political detox once in a while!

  13. During my time in Greece I was asked about Donald Trump, Barrack Obama, and basketball on a daily basis. For once in my life, I was an expert on American Politics and sports. I would not trade my cross cultural experience for anything. I was able to serve Syrian refugees, eat amazing food, and see ancient Greek sites. Some of the best weeks of my life!

  14. Agreed and was also asked how we felt about Trump while backpacking Europe constantly and it was very annoying. We have a one way ticket to Thailand in October and are applying for our Italian passports this year. Not to run, but to explore all the world has to offer! Great post.

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