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    People Outside of the US

    I find it odd that people outside of the US would want to come to this failing country lol. I suppose it's where you go though maybe that matters. I live here and life is so unaffordable and messed up. The people are insane and corrupt. I just don't see the point in coming to the US when there are so many better countries. I wouldn't be surprised if the US turn 3rd world. The majority of the country is already poor. I guess that's not how tourists see it though because they go to the nice, safe, rich places.

    Anyone outside of the US ever come to the US to travel?

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    I live in the US as well and think that's a bit harsh as an overall description. There is a lot wrong with this country, don't get me wrong, but there are places worth coming and seeing at least. I could see people not really wanting to LIVE here...but there are at least a few worthwhile travel spots.

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    I live in the United States as well, and even though I do have to agree, there are still some characteristics here that does make us better than most countries (Not gloating). In case you haven't looked much into it, there are so many differences between countries when it comes to government and also our rights as citizens. But, I guess that's more aimed towards foreigners choosing to live here rather than visit. As for visiting, I have a comrade in Australia who has been nothing, but excited to come to the U.S. She has saved for over 3 years so she can travel across our country and see what we're all about. I can only say that it was a little funny hearing about how exciting it must be to go to Las Vegas or to have presidents carved into Mount Rushmore... and don't get me started on Lady Liberty. (lol) Truth of the matter is I'm sure other citizens in other countries probably wonder the same thing about us, Americans, visiting their country. Probably think 'what's so amazing about the Eifel tower?' or 'It's just the leaning tower of Piza....' I guess it is more of a perspective thing when it comes to wondering why visiting certain countries must be so 'fantastic' or so one may say. But it's the different cultures that drive us to wonder what it's like in a different setting. I'm sure one must grow bored or rather 'irritable' with their one homeland that they may wish to see what it's like on the other side of the fence. Who knows, maybe some believe our grass is greener and in case you haven't had a chance to research any other 3rd world country... Ours is. I hope that kind of made some sense, I tried to write it out the best I could!

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    People want to come here because they want better lives for themselves. If their lives were perfect, they would not pack up to leave everything they know and the people they love. It sounds like you may be taking it for granted. I remember an episode of S*x in the City (HBO series) where the main character is amazed by everything French, yet a Parisian woman she runs into finds the lights on the Eiffel Tower "hideous".

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    I think that's a very negative view to have. I've had similar views regarding my home town/country (Canada) but honestly they usually came out of my own shortcomings and frustrations - not the local community's. I think it's a very blanket and dismissive statement to declare all of the U.S. a place where no one would want to visit. Like anywhere there are poorer, crazier places as well as lovely, breathtaking sights and people. I would still recommend that everyone visit the U.S. once in their life and simply do a bit of research before choosing your ultimate destination.

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    I think that people come to the states, because of the price. I am from Canada and the US is the cheapest place that I can afford to go to. Anywhere else requires overseas flights that cost thousands! I think that what you are saying is an over exaduration of what is happening in the states. But I guess I cant speak for you, I dont live there.

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    There is a saying that the grass is always greener on the other side. That is why a lot of people seem to think that going to live somewhere else is better than actually staying put where you are. Like everyone else has mentioned here, it is a matter of perspective and to actually give an overall blanket of how life really is in the US is unfair because there are a lot of things that you may have not taken into consideration. You can either look at it as a glass half empty or half full. I have been to the US on vacation and rightly so, I would rather just go there on a visit and not live there. This is mainly because I know that there are things about the country that I have not seen in the same way that a full blown resident has. I only visited two major states in the US but it is enough for me to know that I only want to be there for a certain number of weeks, not a lifetime. So I don't think it is fair to say that a lot of people want to move there.

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    That's a pretty harsh outlook on the USA as a whole. There are places of true beauty in the USA, the beaches of LA, the mountains in virginia, it's not fair to base the whole country on one view. I live in LA, and I see beauty every day, sure its expensive, but that's only because EVERYONE wants to be here!

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    I think this outlook on travel to the United States is an unneeded negative one. Yes, we are having economic and other difficulties. The truth is so are many other countries in the world. This does not make this country any less of a tourist destination. I believe that there is beauty and wonder to be found through out the United States. Yes, there are struggles. However, the way that we work through it and the areas that we live in is what makes this a great country to visit.

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    I would certainly love to come for a holiday (or vacation LOL!) but not sure I would want to live there! I'd like to see New York, I'm a bit of a history fanatic so would love to see Ellis Island and experience the 19th century New York City. As a girl I would also love to go to Tiffanys The rest of the country is so vast (compared to Britain) I really wouldn't know where to start. I'd be a bit apprehensive of going to some of the Southern States (don't want to get shot), although California looks pretty awesome. It's also easier for me as everyone already speaks English

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuggsX3 View Post
    I find it odd that people outside of the US would want to come to this failing country lol. I suppose it's where you go though maybe that matters. I live here and life is so unaffordable and messed up. The people are insane and corrupt. I just don't see the point in coming to the US when there are so many better countries. I wouldn't be surprised if the US turn 3rd world. The majority of the country is already poor. I guess that's not how tourists see it though because they go to the nice, safe, rich places.

    Anyone outside of the US ever come to the US to travel?
    Failing country? Greece is a failing country. Japan could be considered a failing country. Mexico. Palestine. Etc. America is currently going through some difficulties, but overall the standard of living is far and beyond what could be found elsewhere. It is possible to expect some degree of transparency in the function of the government. It is possible to expect some level of logic and fairness in the judiciary system. There is a social net available, and people of alternate persuasions like homosexuals are randomly dragged out into the streets and murdered in broad daylight. There are better countries perhaps, but more likely countries like people have their good and their bad qualities - i.e. Australia has terrifying fauna and draconian immigration measures, but it also has fairly friendly if causally bigoted citizens who make great beer.

    As for America - well... you have NYC, LA, Atlanta, and Dallas for fairly interesting capitals. Arizona is clean, but I wouldn't ever go there myself. Savannah is lovely with great beaches and great food and interesting characters. You have the mountain ranges, you have the caves (and ours are not infected with white nose like those in Europe), you have ever so many miles worth of beaches. There are the oddities of the Gulf with it's underwater "lake" environments. There are the swamps with the mangrove trees, their carnivores plants, the magnificent reptiles, and their amazing insects. You areas like the rainforest, you have areas with century old trees, you have areas of backbreaking desert. So much of nature. Never mind the history - Civil War, Revolution, Civil Rights, etc. Never mind the quirky spots. Never mind the Great Schools. Never mind any of that - think just of the natural beauty of The New World.

    As you can see I rather disagree with you. Ah, well.

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    United States is definitely not a failing country. I have travelled around to a few countries myself and United States does have some of the most beautiful scenes Mother Nature had to offer. The Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park are some world wide famous natural attraction. If you want the glam and glitter, there is always Las Vegas and New York.
    Many people outside of United States have a very positive image of the country. It's not called the Land of Dreams for nothing.

    United States has been able to turn around in the past few years and is definitely on the rise in terms of economy so I disagree with the statement that US is a failing country.

    I know a second generation Chinese student in college and her family is from one of the smallest towns in West Virginia but has done well for themselves.i believe you need to put in the effort needed too if you want to do well and if effort doesn't count,then you'll just have to move in search of better opportunities.

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    Not only do I disagree with most of your points, I think you're also missing a lot of the beautiful sites within the U.S. There's a lot of great natural sites like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Stonehenge, etc. On top of that some of our cities are incredibly unique, and you won't get an experience like New York in any place except...Well, New York.

    I know a lot of people that have immigrated to the U.S. and they almost universally agree that the life that they are able to live now is vastly better. It sounds like you're someone that hasn't had the opportunity to visit the U.S. You really should before making such sweeping generalizations, there really are some great things here!

 

 

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