How many people do you know who actually have a US passport? Unlike, say, a driver's license, a passport isn't one of those documents that everyone has. In fact, according to CNN, only 30% of Americans have a passport- about 1 in 3. Compare that to Canada, where 60% of citizens have passports, or the UK, where 75% of citizens do, and you can see just how low that percentage really is.
Why do only 30% of Americans have a passport? The obvious answer is that we simply don't travel abroad as much as people in other countries do. According to CNN, Americans took approximately 61.5 million trips overseas in 2009. That may sound like a lot, but it really isn't when you consider how many people live here. Also, that number is down 3% from 2008.
So what's the deal? Are we that provincial, ju
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