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(Daily Mail)   Half a million Brits face ruined vacations due to huge passport backlog. Americans ask, "What's a passport?"   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 27
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2014-06-09 10:11:14 AM  
6 votes:
my voice is my passport, verify me
2014-06-09 08:17:25 AM  
5 votes:
I'm an American, and I'll have you know I do have my International Crepe Passport.

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2014-06-09 11:39:54 AM  
4 votes:

spawn73: Some countries don't have ID cards, eg. Denmark, so Danes needs to bring their passport regardless.


not true. Their driving licence is sufficient.

/Swede who crosses the bridge to work and only takes his ATM card with him, never had a problem.

Headso: but Italy has 60MM people


Holy crap! I knew that Italians were short, but that's craycray.
2014-06-09 08:19:35 AM  
4 votes:
1/2 a million?
Heathrow laughs at your small amount of ruined vacations.
2014-06-09 10:52:36 AM  
3 votes:
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2014-06-09 10:59:21 AM  
2 votes:
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Also asks what's a passport.
2014-06-09 10:34:08 AM  
2 votes:
We know what a Passport is. It's a "truck" that no one wants to drive.

upload.wikimedia.org
2014-06-09 10:13:28 AM  
2 votes:
You don't need a passport to go to the International House of Pancakes!  French toast, danishes and Belgian waffles! All the Europine countries lay before me! Where shall I fly to first?
2014-06-09 05:15:40 PM  
1 votes:

spawn73: All Danes have a SS card.



I sailed aboard the SS  Card. Horrible ship, great trip. The buffet was lousy, and the toilets backed up.

But there were no Frenchmen nor Welsh, so I call it a win.
2014-06-09 12:54:48 PM  
1 votes:

pkellmey: That's okay. I had a passport and both times that I scheduled a trip to Europe (about six years apart) the place I was going was bombed and the U.S. highly recommended not going there due to fears of beheadings of Americans and the other gruesomeness going on in Europe at the time. After the second time, I decided I would only travel to US aligned first world nations in the Western hemisphere.


Ah, yes.  The Great European BeheadFest.  I remember it well.  It was a dark time...

/!??
2014-06-09 12:08:55 PM  
1 votes:

dittybopper: Tigger: EvilEgg: The neat thing about America, is that you don't need to leave the country to find the climate of your choice for vacation.

I think most people would suggest that the benefits of travel are more in the 'experiencing diversity of culture' side of things than 'change of weather'.

The neat thing about America is you can do that also.


If you think that experiencing the true cultural diversity of our planet is something you can do inside the borders of your own country, you are sorely missing the point.
2014-06-09 11:41:53 AM  
1 votes:

GDubDub: A lot of Americans ask, "What's a vacation?"


Its a 3 hour drive with children who have to pee and a wife who wants to make a "quick stop" at the outlet mall...turning that drive into a 7 hour ordeal.

Its waking up 45 minutes later than you normally would on a work day and immediately grabbing your phone/laptop to see what emails you missed.

Its $4 for a bottle soda and kids running up to you to get $20 for tokens every 9 minutes.

Its standing in line for an hour and 45 minutes to enjoy a 3 minute long ride.

Its...beautiful


/Got a vacay coming next week.
//Can't wait.
2014-06-09 11:33:24 AM  
1 votes:

This text is now purple: Rigby-Reardon: You could argue that Canada is more diverse culturally with 2 national languages and a large area that speaks french almost exclusively.

Canada is as diverse as Belgium, and in the same way.

Texas is the US's Quebec.


I dunno...  I've never had a Texan get angry at me for speaking English....
2014-06-09 11:27:05 AM  
1 votes:
A lot of Americans ask, "What's a vacation?"
2014-06-09 11:24:23 AM  
1 votes:

EvilEgg: The neat thing about America, is that you don't need to leave the country to find the climate of your choice for vacation.


True.  However, if I lived in America, I would probably like to travel to other countries, if only to lower my chances of being shot.

/trolling, trolling, trolling
2014-06-09 11:22:30 AM  
1 votes:
The extent of many American's international travel:

www.disneyfoodblog.com
2014-06-09 11:17:45 AM  
1 votes:
fastfxr:
90% of Brits vacate in Dubai..

What the actual shiat are you talking about?
2014-06-09 11:16:25 AM  
1 votes:

Rigby-Reardon: Yet a large portion of the US population refers to 3/4 of the US as "flyover country".


I've always referred to it as "drive-thru country."

/alternately "bat country"
2014-06-09 11:14:11 AM  
1 votes:

Rigby-Reardon: This text is now purple: Rigby-Reardon: I think some people feel it is part of national pride. Our country is bigger, we are just as diverse, our natural wonders are as good. Don't think they like to talk about Russia or Canada which are both bigger.

Canada is larger, but less diverse. Russia is bigger and arguably has comparable diversity, but no one lives where most of the scenic occurs.

The comparable nation no one really talks about is China.

You could argue that Canada is more diverse culturally with 2 national languages and a large area that speaks french almost exclusively.

No one lives where most of the scenic happens in the US either. Typically people moving in ruins the scenic.

It's all ridiculous anyhow. Get a passport and travel. In the US or outside it. Lots to see out there.


But really, who gives a shiat about cultural diversity? No one travels to England to check out the paki diaspora.
2014-06-09 11:11:49 AM  
1 votes:
To clear things up:

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2014-06-09 11:05:42 AM  
1 votes:

This text is now purple: Rigby-Reardon: I think some people feel it is part of national pride. Our country is bigger, we are just as diverse, our natural wonders are as good. Don't think they like to talk about Russia or Canada which are both bigger.

Canada is larger, but less diverse. Russia is bigger and arguably has comparable diversity, but no one lives where most of the scenic occurs.

The comparable nation no one really talks about is China.


That what is good about the US and Europe, the scenic often occurs in populated areas.
2014-06-09 10:51:48 AM  
1 votes:

wingnut396: The variation between Amsterdam and Milan are far greater than Houston and NYC for instance.


in Milan they throw bananas at black athletes like thiiiiis and in Amsterdam they throw them like thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis.
2014-06-09 10:35:46 AM  
1 votes:
Old school Passport.  Not valid in Virginia or DC.


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2014-06-09 10:25:23 AM  
1 votes:

Forbidden Doughnut: Tigger: This is a weird thing I hear people say a lot and it just isn't true. I travel for a living - primarily internationally but significantly within the USA. The similarities culturally between Soiux Falls, SD, New York City and the Appalachians are far greater than the difference between any one of those places and anywhere in Europe or Asia.

I've been to South Korea and Canada ( British Colombia ). Korea is like going to another planet, but Sydney, BC is almost like home, IMHO.

/ Pacific Northwest
// I feel more (culturally) at home with Canadians in BC than with Southerners here in the US...


I've been to Korea a ton. If it's any consolation it doesn't ever start to make much more sense than the first time.
2014-06-09 10:20:26 AM  
1 votes:
State to state, no papers?


www.ibiblio.org
2014-06-09 10:12:40 AM  
1 votes:

EvilEgg: The neat thing about America, is that you don't need to leave the country to find the climate of your choice for vacation.


More importantly, you can drive for more than 4 hours and not change countries.  If we had to go past a border guard every time I crossed into Pennsylvania, more Marylanders would certainly have passports.   It's also why we only speak one or two languages.  I can drive a car from the North of Canada to Buenos Aires and only run into Two languages.  (If I miss Brazil an that weird part of Canada).
2014-06-09 10:06:08 AM  
1 votes:

dittybopper: Tigger: The similarities culturally between Soiux Falls, SD, New York City and the Appalachians are far greater than the difference between any one of those places and anywhere in Europe or Asia.

I'm willing to bet that in your travels you stay in chain hotels, eat in chain restaurants, and work at corporation locations, so mostly, you don't get the local color.  You get the bland, averaged out experience.


And you would be totally and completely wrong.

But if you want to believe there's as much cultural variation within the US as there is between the USA and, say, South East Asia then I can't really stop you. It's just a bit weird.
 
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