My friend D is probably the most well traveled person I know. She works just to take months off and see the world. She helped with rescue recoveries in the tsunami disaster on the island of Koh Phi Phi in May 2005 and since then has been traveling around on and off around Asia, Africa, South American and of course, Europe. She also occasionally writes for MSN travel and if you want to check it out here.
So when she has living as an expat advice-I listen!
Here is the 1st American Expat Tip of the Day.
The next time someone tells you the the figure that only 10% of Americans have passports, (instead of dissing us unless it is one of those days and then feel free to diss away) point out that the distance from Seattle or LA to New York City is GREATER than the distance between London and Moscow!
UPDATE: I stand corrected. Evidently, the "being a foreigner," no matter what country you are in, is the real reason why one shows a passport to open a bank account. Let me also clarify that this information came from other sources and not my friend.
Regardless, this means that I won't be posting much this week but I do have a special Funny Foto Freitag coming up!
How do you deal with conversations like these?
Note: while I agree that Americans need to travel more, I believe that pure geography has a little to do with it! Americans have beaches, mountains, deserts etc....you don't need to leave your country to see different landscapes!