When I think of traveling, I imagine myself in a far off place, meeting interesting people and learning about new ways of life. But I’ve noticed a recent trend amongst BicycleTouringPro.com readers that I’d like to share with you today.
Here’s the deal: When you sign up for my free bicycle touring email mini-course, one of the emails you receive asks you to fill out a short survey that requires you to list your name, where you are from, where you most want to go in the world and a bunch of other questions like that. I ask that you fill out this survey so that I can learn more about you and come up with ideas for future articles here at BicycleTouringPro.com.
Anyway, what I’ve noticed recently is that BicycleTouringPro.com has a large international presence. We’ve got readers from nearly every country in the world. But the largest majority of our readers come from the United States.
Now that, in and of itself, isn’t all that interesting. But what is interesting is that of the American readers who have completed my bike touring survey, nearly 60% of those individuals said that their ideal bike touring vacation was something right here in the United States.
In other words, 60% of the Americans that filled out my survey said they would rather stay at home in the United States than go ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD!
Personally, I find this shocking!
Of course, there could be several reasons for this.
Many of the BicycleTouringPro.com readers from America are age 50 and beyond. For these people, maybe traveling outside the country is seen as too big of a challenge and that’s why staying local is more appealing?
Maybe my American readers don’t feel the need to travel internationally because America is just so gosh darn big… and there is a world of adventure right here at home? It’s true! You could spend years exploring the United States and not see everything. The US is a really big place.
Maybe so many American’s want to stay inside the country because the Adventure Cycling Association (an American based non-profit) has done such an incredible job of promoting bike travel on our home turf?
Or maybe, on a more cynical note, American’s are simply afraid to travel outside of their own borders?
I don’t know what the answer is really, but I think it’s an interesting trend.
What do you think about all this? Why is it that nearly 60% of American BicycleTouringPro.com readers said they would rather stay inside the United States than travel internationally? And why is it that International readers almost always list some far off destination as their ideal cycling locale? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas on the matter.
Photo by Zach Dischner