EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 19: "TRAVEL WILL SAVE YOU" -
In Cambridge Massachusetts, there's a travel agency with a sign on the door that reads "Please go away. Often." More than just a catchy motto, it seems to me a rare piece of honest to God truth in advertising. A snarky suggestion that perhaps it would be best if you just left. It's a slogan I wholeheartedly support.
Any of us can overstay our welcome in our own country like a too-drunk groomsmen at a wedding. A scant 25% of US Citizens have a passport; that means that most Americans haven't seen the world's greatest monuments first hand or known the blissful anonymity of strolling exotic city streets. Most people have no idea what hummus is supposed to taste like or felt the ego busting helplessness of not being able to read a single sign at a Chinese bus station - they haven't left the country!
There are, of course, many reasons for this. Not everyone can afford to travel, and those who can don't always have the time. In general, employees of the United States are granted less vacation time than citizens of almost any other Western country. Many Americans simply opt to travel domestically out of necessity, to say nothing of the fact that America truly is a diverse travel destination in it's own right. But there is, I suspect, something more dangerous at work here.
The rest of the preview can be listened to HERE on the YouTube video I made with the excerpt Josh read :)