There are countless reports discussing how travel is good for developing empathy; experiencing another culture in person is a great way to gain understanding and to humanize that which is foreign to us. So it’s our belief that there is still nothing quite like leaving the comforts of your own community to travel into others.
We pulled data on the total number of people who have traveled from the US to another country over the past 20 years, and one number really stuck out to us.
In 1996, there were 26,825,900 US-outbound trips abroad. In 2016, there were 72,559,988, according to the National Travel & Tourism office. This is a 170% increase over 20 years. We wanted to get to the heart of the reason behind why there was such a big jump over the last 20 years, so we conducted a survey of 1,174 people who said they have traveled outside …