Thursday, 22 August, 2013 10:36 PM
Reasons Why It's Best to Keep Your Travels within U.S. Borders
Embassies Highlight the Safer, More Care Free Travel Here at Home,
Says Popular Travel Blogger
credit: Explore All 50
Abecassis offers U.S. family travel resources at ExploreAll50.com
of the United States: exercise vigilance if you are out of the
country – that’s the message from the Obama administration
following the recent closings of nearly two dozen U.S. embassies
on three continents. But that’s no reason to curtail your
travel plans. Seeing America, especially with children in tow
like blogger and domestic travel expert Alisa Abecassis, can give
you a world of excitement.
world is an amazing place, but it’s not always a friendly
one” says Abecassis who provides U.S. family travel resources
at ExploreAll50.com. “There is so much to explore right
here at home, and you don’t have to worry about terrorist
attacks, political unrest, or losing your passport!
traveled this country with my three children for the last 10 years
in 14 trips covering 42 states on our way to 50, I can give you
a million reasons why this is the best place to discover and explore.
But I’ll start with just five.”
discusses why American families are better off vacationing right
here in the US of A:
risk of sounding paranoid: Travel to Mexico and you run the
risk of being kidnapped and held for ransom by a drug cartel.
Travel to China and you run the risk of getting severe food
poisoning. “And Europe? – Too many terrorist threats
for my taste – train bombings in Spain, riots in France
and the list goes on,” Abecassis says. “I am all
about seeing the world and exploring new frontiers, but right
now, too many parts of the world are just not safe if you are
traveling with an American passport.”
places like Australia and New Zealand may be safer than others,
but have you checked the prices? It’s ridiculously expensive!
Despite the long and expensive airplane ride, Aussies come to
the states in high numbers, in part, because it’s so much
cheaper to vacation here. Why not feed your local or state economy?
Have a taste for something different? – Travel to Honolulu,
Anchorage, or the Florida Keys. When you stay within U.S. borders,
you are contributing to the U.S. economy – and getting
more bang for your buck.
all the turmoil happening around the globe and contrast it with
the peace, stability, wealth and tolerance of America. We are
so fortunate to enjoy freedom of speech, the liberation of women,
religious tolerance and civil rights for all. Sadly, too many
citizens don’t fully appreciate the historical forces
that gave us these privileges because they just don’t
know them. Brush up on your history, with a trip to Philadelphia,
Gettysburg or Washington, D.C. Convenience: Let’s face
it – Americans like convenience. Global travel not only
poses lots of logistical challenges (visas, customs, etc) which
can easily become a nightmare, but also some other challenges
like currency changes and language barriers just to name a few.
On the other hand, you can take a long weekend or an extended
vacation and travel anywhere in the states without having to
contend with language or major cultural differences.
Global Influences Here at Home:
If you still have a hankering for something with a global feel,
you can find those influences all across the USA. We are a country
of immigrants, right? It’s not just our history, but also
our foods, architecture, accents, traditions … you name
it. You can learn about Latin America in Florida, Texas, Arizona,
New Mexico and California. You can learn about Scandinavia in
Wisconsin and Minnesota, and about Europe in New York, Illinois
and Louisiana, just to name a few. You won’t need your
passport or the obligatory hassle from customs – just
an open mind about your own country.
Alisa Abecassis is
the proud mother of three children – Lilia, 17; Isaac, 15;
and Joel, 14. After her marriage ended, she decided it was time
to strengthen her family’s bonds and personal history by
traveling and gaining a better appreciation all 50 United States.
Abecassis is a blogger and has a bachelor’s degree in political
science from UCLA.. Contact her on Twitter, @ExploreAll50
or email at Alisa@ExploreAll50.com.