Closed Embassies Highlight the Safer, More Care Free
Travel Here at Home, Says Popular Travel Blogger
Citizens of the United States: exercise vigilance if you are out of the country – that’s the message from the Obama administration following the recent closings of nearly two dozen U.S. embassies on three continents. But that’s no reason to curtail your travel plans. Seeing America, especially with children in tow like blogger and domestic travel expert Alisa Abecassis, can give you a world of excitement.
“The world is an amazing place, but it’s not always a friendly one” says Abecassis who provides U.S. family travel resources at ExploreAll50.com. “There is so much to explore right here at home, and you don’t have to worry about terrorist attacks, political unrest, or losing your passport!
“Having traveled this country with my three children for the last 10 years in 14 trips covering 42 states on our way to 50, I can give you a million reasons why this is the best place to discover and explore. But I’ll start with just five.”
Abecassis discusses why American families are better off vacationing right here in the US of A:
? Safety: At the risk of sounding paranoid: Travel to Mexico and you run the risk of being kidnapped and held for ransom by a drug cartel. Travel to China and you run the risk of getting severe food poisoning. “And Europe? – Too many terrorist threats for my taste – train bombings in Spain, riots in France and the list goes on,” Abecassis says. “I am all about seeing the world and exploring new frontiers, but right now, too many parts of the world are just not safe if you are traveling with an American passport.”
? Money: Sure, places like Australia and New Zealand may be safer than others, but have you checked the prices? It’s ridiculously expensive! Despite the long and expensive airplane ride, Aussies come to the states in high numbers, in part, because it’s so much cheaper to vacation here. Why not feed your local or state economy? Have a taste for something different? – Travel to Honolulu, Anchorage, or the Florida Keys. When you stay within U.S. borders, you are contributing to the U.S. economy – and getting more bang for your buck.
? History: Consider all the turmoil happening around the globe and contrast it with the peace, stability, wealth and tolerance of America. We are so fortunate to enjoy freedom of speech, the liberation of women, religious tolerance and civil rights for all. Sadly, too many citizens don’t fully appreciate the historical forces that gave us these privileges because they just don’t know them. Brush up on your history, with a trip to Philadelphia, Gettysburg or Washington, D.C.
? Convenience: Let’s face it – Americans like convenience. Global travel not only poses lots of logistical challenges (visas, customs, etc) which can easily become a nightmare, but also some other challenges like currency changes and language barriers just to name a few. On the other hand, you can take a long weekend or an extended vacation and travel anywhere in the states without having to contend with language or major cultural differences.
? Global Influences Here at Home: If you still have a hankering for something with a global feel, you can find those influences all across the USA. We are a country of immigrants, right? It’s not just our history, but also our foods, architecture, accents, traditions … you name it. You can learn about Latin America in Florida, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California. You can learn about Scandinavia in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and about Europe in New York, Illinois and Louisiana, just to name a few. You won’t need your passport or the obligatory hassle from customs – just an open mind about your own country.
About Alisa Abecassis
Alisa Abecassis is the proud mother of three children – Lilia, 17; Isaac, 15; and Joel, 14. After her marriage ended, she decided it was time to strengthen her family’s bonds and personal history by traveling and gaining a better appreciation all 50 United States. Abecassis is a blogger and has a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA.. Contact her on Twitter, @ExploreAll50 or email at