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There’s no place like home! Survey claims one in six Americans have never left their home state


A new study found that a significant portion of Americans have never left the country, and that at least one in six Americans have never even left their home state. 

A recent survey of 2,000 Americans found that 16 per cent  – equivalent to about 55 million people – have never left the state where they were born.

And the same poll discovered that 65 per cent did travel domestically at least once a year before the pandemic, although further details on how far they went were not shared. 

The most recent statistics from the Department of Homeland Security show that in 2019, around 146 million Americans had a passport – meaning more than half the country’s 329 million residents do not.  

Meanwhile, more than half (55 percent) believe that seeing new places when they were younger motivated them to travel more as an adult.

The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Little Passports, a learning subscription for kids, found that expanding boundaries for kids when they are still young may impact their wanderlust as adults.     

52 percent of parents say they teach their kids about the world using movies and television, 51 percent utilize books and 45 percent turn to toys and games

A new survey found that expanding boundaries as a child may impact their wanderlust as adults

A new survey found that expanding boundaries as a child may impact their wanderlust as adults

In total, 84 percent of parents surveyed said they want their kids to see more of the world than they have, which might be because one in seven of the parents (14 percent) never left the US at all. 

And while 65 percent of respondents said they traveled domestically at least once a year before the pandemic, one in six (16 percent) admitted to never leaving their home state. 

Little Passports CEO and co-founder, Amy Norman said that parents don’t need to go too far to inspire their kids. 

‘Nothing beats taking trips to other countries, but there are many ways to develop global awareness even if you can’t travel,’  Norman said in a statement.

‘Meeting children where their excitement is sparked can make a huge difference, and exposing a child to books, foods, traditions, art, and sports from other cultures is key,’ she said. 

A recent survey of 2,000 Americans found that more than half (55 percent) believe that seeing new places when they were younger motivated them to travel more as an adult

A recent survey of 2,000 Americans found that more than half (55 percent) believe that seeing new places when they were younger motivated them to travel more as an adult

'Nothing beats taking trips to other countries, but there are many ways to develop global awareness even if you can't travel,'

‘Nothing beats taking trips to other countries, but there are many ways to develop global awareness even if you can’t travel,’

In total, 76 percent of participants said they enjoyed learning about the world around them when they were younger, with 70 percent of people nostalgic about that time and wishing they could go back and experience it again.

Parents surveyed said hopping on a plane is not the only method they found that helps expose their kids to other cultures.

52 percent of parents say they teach their kids about the world using movies and television, 51 percent utilize books and 45 percent say they turn to toys and games.

79 percent of parents said they like to buy their kids gifts already related to their interest, while 72 percent of people believe that a great gift, no matter what it is, can be a good way to expand a child’s view of the world, the survey found. 

Overall, a majority of parents (77 percent) prioritized getting their kids educational gifts and 78 percent said toys should encourage kids to learn something new. 

‘It’s encouraging to see that 87% of survey respondents enjoy the child’s reaction more than the child seems to enjoy playing with the gift,’ Michelle Chun, vice president of operations at Little Passports, said. ‘It’s those moments of joy and shared activity that can really stay with a child for the rest of their life, and will hopefully foster a more open-minded, curious community of future adults.’ 

In October, the CDC released updated guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for the 2021 holiday season, when many Americans will travel to see loved ones. 

In its guidance, the agency’s top recommendation is to get vaccinated to protect those who are not eligible for vaccination such as young children.

The CDC says that outdoors is safer than indoors but, if a gathering will be indoors, they offer a few suggestions.

Fully vaccinated Americans who are traveling with unvaccinated people, such as children, are recommended to avoid crowds, stay six feet apart from anyone not in their travel party and to frequently wash hands or sanitize.

‘Holiday traditions are important for families and children. There are several ways to enjoy holiday traditions and protect your health,’ the CDC wrote. 

‘Because many generations tend to gather to celebrate holidays, the best way to minimize COVID-19 risk and keep your family and friends safer is to get vaccinated if you’re eligible.’ 



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