This January we will finally be returning to the United States after traveling around the world for a little over 26 months. In that time we have experienced culture, customs, and shopping in 26 different countries. While each country has had it’s own uniqueness and we have enjoyed each of them, there are a few things that we have really missed about the United States.
Here is our list, in no particular order:
- Family and Friends: We have really missed our family and friends and look forward to seeing them when we return to the US.
- Ice: For some reason, the rest of the world does not believe in having ice in their beverages. On a hot day there is nothing better than a cold drink filled to the brim with ice.
- Cheap Gas (petrol): Never again will we complain about having to pay over $4 a gallon for gasoline in the United States, especially when we had to pay over $7 a gallon in Europe and $9 a gallon in Turkey.
- Bacon: Who doesn’t love bacon! We have found bacon everywhere around the world, although it is much harder to find in Muslim countries. Unfortunately, the bacon we found is just not the same. The United States, without a doubt, has the world’s greatest bacon!
- Amazon: There have been so many times that we had to search all over town looking for something (besides bacon), often searching for days trying to locate it. And once we did, the prices were usually shocking! If only Amazon.com was everywhere, we could have just ordered what we were looking for and have it delivered. And at the best prices!
- Drinking Tap Water: During our travels we have often had to rely on bottled water to drink and to rinse our toothbrushes. It will be nice to no longer worry about that.
- Supermarket Selection: An entire aisle of breakfast cereal? 10 different types of strawberry jam to choose from? Welcome to America! Nowhere else in the world have we seen so many options as what you can buy. Organic? Yes! Sugar-free? Yes! Free Trade? Yes! Generic? Of course! We have really missed the selections available at the supermarkets in the United States.
- Good Internet: Although the best Internet we have experienced was in Romania, the US is still better with all of the options for free Wi-Fi everywhere. Many hotels around the world make you pay for Internet, and if it says “Free Wi-Fi” you are usually stuck with Internet that is so slow and spotty that we often felt like we were back on dial-up. We have also missed unlimited Internet. Even the Starbucks in New Zealand limits the “Free Wi-Fi” to only 30MB of data.
- Freeways: Although Europe has freeways; they are often toll roads and can be expensive. To drive across France we had to pay $66 in tolls. And then there are the evil automated speed radar traps. But in many other places, like Australia, there are no long interstates and you end up on small roads or highways and have to go through towns. Driving in many places can take a long time. But in the US, we have long, mostly toll-free, interstates that quickly get you to where you want to go.
- Prices: The best prices for almost ANYTHING can be found in the United States. Well, maybe not European wines and Spanish jambon. But cameras, clothing, computers, and especially shoes are so much cheaper in the United States. Even though most of the goods are now made in Asia, the prices in the US are still cheaper than in Asia where they are made!!!
We hope you have enjoyed our list. What do you like about the United States?
Leticia Gammill says
i could not agree more on the internet issue. We are on month 3 of our RTW and it is painful to deal with the internet being slow or having to pay for it. Safe return to the US. Leticia, http://www.thebossatravelers.com
Barbara J Johnson says
In Beijing, our internet was blocked and censored. No problem in Guangzhou. We were discouraged and even blocked from visiting Tianamen Square. Loved walking the Great Wall. All that was a real eye-opener to our wonderful freedoms here in the US.
I agree with all, but especially for me #7, 9, and 10! Also don’t you think Americans are some of the most patriotic people in the world? I miss that love for ones country that we have: flags out front, signs for supporting our troops, buying American brands….that sort of thing.
Carrie Pullen says
We too found after traveling through 26 countries for 9 months that everything in the US was cheaper. Who knew? I also missed Iced Tea and Mexican Food!