Something you probably won't here in the US is how much people elsewhere travel. Some countries including New Zealand call it the OE- The Overseas Experience. Google search "overseas experience" and see for yourself! anyways...
Tonight i was talking to a Scottish/Irish couple that was finishing up a year in New Zealand. During our discussion of travel and how many people travel around the world, the girl threw out an interesting stat. I was expressing the pressure Dan and i faced leaving the states straight after university, and she said,
"well, it is said that less than two percent of Americans have their passport."
I am not sure i would go that far based on the research here
But still the stats basically say
Americans as a whole just don't travel much outside our borders
General population (18 years and over) who own Passports
78% New Zealand
- I just met a girl that got back to NZ from a 5 year OE where she traveled the US and Europe!
- A local was telling me that to get a good job in NZ you need experience. If you were to go and travel and work for 5 years, you would be way more likely to get a great job then straight out of University with a diploma here.
- I honestly can't think of anyone i know that has said they regretted traveling in the US. If i ever heard anything it was, "i wish i could travel more" or to be on the fair side, "i just don't care to travel."
- In the states, I felt like traveling was often perceived to be for those who were rich enough to travel, those who didn't have direction, and/or for those who didn't have a drive to settle down, yet.
- Here in NZ, it is almost expected, even assumed, that the teens/young adults will travel and get life experience before a steady job.
Funny advertisement for a clothing store...Do those lyrics sound familiar to anyone else?... can we say Backstreet Boys!