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How can we get Americans get passports again?

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1. Posted by zabrak999 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y

Checkout my idea:

A massive campaign that’ll promote traveling outside the country, rather than traveling domestically for vacation. The ultimate goal is to pass other New World countries (Australia, Canada, etc) in passport ownership percentages by a sizable margin.

Goals:
Make point on traveling to your home land

note how managing your income (go a year without buying ridiculous things) should help pay for trip

get government to lower expenses to fly to europe/asia/africa

convince people that’ll genuinely improve their lives and get them more cultured

educate americans about the world

make it easier to get a passport

PLEASE offer any constructive criticism you can. You know, give me your guys' classic pessimistic, elitist input. But you know, something that's constructive .
Thanks!

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 2y

There was a campaign already a few years ago trying to get American passport ownership percentages up. What's going to make yours different?

3. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2424 posts) 2y

Honestly, I think you're beating a dead horse for several reasons.

Americans have never been big on international travel (and there are excellent reasons for this) they have always been in absolute last place - by a long shot - amongst the so-called "developed" nations for passport ownership... you'll never convince the US government to make it cheaper for Americans to leave the US and spend their holiday dollars abroad in Europe/Asia/Africa, that is completely counterproductive economics in these tough times... many Americans who already identify with a specific "homeland" outside the US have already visited there, there aren't many new travel recruits to convince... how much easier do you want to make it to acquire a passport? It's a fairly simple process already... lastly... "educate Americans about the world..." honestly, was that a serious comment?!

Good luck with your endeavour. I wish you all the best.

Cheers,
Terry

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 2y

I don't think you can expect the US govt to do anything about this.

In my opinion, the one big thing that will get US non-travellers to get a passport is medical tourism. With the prices the way they are in the US, this would seem an easy sell.

Other than that, I think it's just the usual inspiration stuff. More movies in exotic locations, etc.. that seems to get a few people moving.

5. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 2y

It seems that the American government has done a pretty good job already of promoting world travel for Americans.

They just declare war on innocent (at least no more guilty than USA), pawn country's, and send thousands of Americans off to travel the world.

6. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 641 posts) 2y

So they can spread their marvellous tipping culture and spoil more places faster?

It's a good thing that we only get the ones who're inspired to travel. Ecologically it helps if they stay at home, plus the more you prompt the uninspired to travel the more you'd get insular oafs out there making americans look dumb. More tourist dollars means more pressure upon sensitive historic sites, and while running up demand means more money flowing into some poor places it also means running up prices for the rest of us.

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8. Posted by katzgar (Full Member 177 posts) 2y

"So they can spread their marvellous tipping culture "
"it also means running up prices for the rest of us."

must be miserable living in such a poverty stricken country

9. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 433 posts) 2y

"The ultimate goal is to pass other New World countries (Australia, Canada, etc) in passport ownership percentages by a sizable margin."

Why is the ultimate goal for the passport ownership percentage in America to be higher than that in Australia or Canada? Does it matter?

10. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2424 posts) 2y

"... The ultimate goal is to pass other New World countries (Australia, Canada, etc) in passport ownership percentages by a sizable margin..."

That's perhaps one of the most naive/uninformed comments ever posted here. I'm not surprised the OPer never returned to continue the discussion...

Cheers,
Terry