Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Ninth Thing We Don't Know About You

Growing up, my family traveled almost exclusively by train.  From our Connecticut home, we made separate cross-country train trips to Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Seattle, among other western locations.  As a result of our train journeys, accompanying side excursions to national parks, and subsequent trips to Hawaii and Alaska, I have been to 48 out of the 50 United States.  Oklahoma and South Dakota remain.

Have you traveled more within the U.S. or outside the U.S.?


  1. I have traveled shockingly little in the US and lots outside of it. My (beloved) sister and I were lucky enough to spend 8 years in Europe growing up and our parents were devoted to taking us places - it's embarassing now to recall how much of a stink we made about leaving town for the weekend to, say, go visit the Berlin Wall. But we did. And because of those years abroad, I've been to about ten states.

  2. I have traveled mostly in North America. I have seen some of Canada's biggest cities and the US's. I have driven cross-country with four kids under 5. I have flown cross-country by myself at 18 and with an 18 month old while four months pregnant with twins.

    I love to travel - by train (as a young child, I have vivid memories of the train), by car (I put 13,000 miles on a car one fall from August to November), by plane.

  3. I've travelled a lot, but certainly not as extensively in the U.S. as you have. I hate to say it, but I don't think you'd be missing anything if you skipped Oklahoma altogether. :)

  4. 48 of the 50 states! That's amazing!

    I used to travel the US on business - but you don't see much that way (people think business travel is glamorous - not the case). I've traveled in Europe some, mostly Benelux and France, and Eastern Europe (which was fascinating). Many places I'd still love to experience - both abroad and in the US.

  5. Because my dad got wonderlust the moment he purchased a Ford Country Squire Station Wagon when I was a kid, I went on a lot of road trips that criss-crossed the country. Since he was a very focused driver, that meant that most of the "visits" were through the back window of the car, unfortunately!

  6. I've traveled more outside the US than within: 22 countries and counting! My states are up to 25 (half way there!), but it still feels as if I've seen more of the world than the states. I'll never forget the sleeper train trip we took from Seattle to MT when I was eight, though!


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