According to new research of 2,000 Americans across the country, an amazing 11 percent of survey respondents have never traveled outside of the state where they were born.
That might explain why well over half of those surveyed (54 percent) say they’ve visited 10 states or fewer.
As many as 32 percent of those studied in the poll said they either don’t own or can’t actually remember ever buying any travel luggage.
And a great number of Americans have spent little time up in the clouds — in fact, as many as 13 percent say they have never flown in an airplane at all.
The new study, conducted by market researchers OnePoll, and commissioned by travel luggage provider Victorinox, explored the nation’s travel experiences and the barriers preventing people from exploring more.
Results showed that there is a strong desire to travel with 76 percent wanting to travel more than they do currently, but a lack of finances or simply feeling unprepared and ill-equipped are preventing many from taking the plunge.
A spokesperson for Victorinox said: “The results show that the vast majority of people have the desire to travel more but just haven’t quite been able to make the leap yet.”
The study results were pretty astonishing, as 40 percent of those questioned said they’ve never actually left the country. Over half of respondents have never even actually owned a passport.
But it’s not for lack of ambition. Most of those surveyed expressed their desire to travel, with 85 percent saying they like to experience new things and nearly 60 percent saying they have a list of places in mind they’d like to see.
So, what’s holding people back from taking that trip they have in mind? For many, it’s not just a lack of feeling prepared or equipped to travel, it’s about finances.
The cost of travel and leisure proves to be a barrier for many Americans. Sixty-three percent of Americans who have never left the country said the trip would be just a little out of their price range.
Twenty-five percent said they just can’t find the time to travel, but three-fourths of respondents said they would definitely like to travel more than they do.
In fact, only one in 10 say they have no interest in going anywhere.