(Holiday) Travel Thanks & The Luxury of Adventure

777 Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. remains a seminal holiday well-entrenched within the fabric of the American family. It is a day to reflect upon our experiences, our gifts and other blessings and celebrate with our loved ones. To make this celebration a reality for many, it remains the busiest travel day of the year. According to the AAA, an estimated 43.4 million Americans will travel 50 miles (80 kilometers) or more to visit friends and family for Thanksgiving this year, with the average round trip 600 miles (1,000 kilometers). While some will board planes and trains, more than 90% of this week's travelers will be in cars or trucks, using the United States' 4.1 million miles (6.6 million kilometers) of roadways. 80c6b8f2b9af2227440f6a7067000811 With these staggering figures representing a fairly routine phenomenon, it is easy to forget how lucky some of us are to be able to experience floating over the clouds to embrace beautiful sunsets, new cuisines, behold spectacular sights and kiss the cheek a loved one. A whopping 5% of people on a our planet have never boarded an airplane while millions more while have never left their own countries due to a variety of hindrances (personal, economic, sociopolitical etc. ) Right here in the good ole USofA,  according to a recent article by PolicyMic, more than half of Americans (64%) have never traveled outside the U.S., and 36% admit that they do not even own a passport! According to the State Department, there are 113,431,943 valid passports in circulation, which means 36% of Americans own a valid passport (and therefore 64% do not).
U.S. Passport holders by state.

U.S. Passport holders by state.

Unfortunately, a mix of few vacation days (Americans receive on average 12 days compared to 25-30 days for Europeans), large travel costs (even though Americans spend a comparable amount of money on entertainment) and local dream destinations (Americans have travel dream destinations to places like Disneyland & Las Vegas) all contribute to these unfortunate numbers. So for those of you who have been fortunate to be able to leave these shores, take a few moments to savor your adventures knowing that few of your own countrymen have been as lucky. Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Future Travels. =)