I always encourage everyone I can to get out an travel, especially abroad. As frequent travelers, sometimes you have to appreciate the little things that are taken for granted – even just having a passport. Even though the US passport is one of the strongest passports in the world, I knew that having a passport as a US citizen wasn’t exactly the “norm” according to statistics… but I was always under the impression that it was closer to the 50/50 range. To my surprise the percentage of Americans that hold a passport is actually much lower.
According to the U.S. Department of State, only 36% of U.S. citizens hold a valid U.S. passport, while a whopping 75% of Britains and Australians are equipped to travel abroad. There’s many reasons why people choose not to travel, including the fact that maybe acquiring a passport can be seen a financial burden for many Americans, as passports cost $110. Pricing aside, I feel like the desire and willingness to travel needs to spark from within (just like deciding to travel using miles and points – people will always make “excuses”).
So what states have the most [and least] amount of passports?
Truthfully, the results don’t really surprise me in the column of lowest percentages of passports, but I was surprised by Alaska being in the top 3 states with the highest percentages of passports (must be because of a less-dense population). I was expecting to see California, Florida, and New Jersey (represent) somewhere in the top 5.
In light of the stats, Hotels.com currently has a promotion to help Americans save by offering “free passports” with qualifying international hotel bookings. Using promo code Passport17, you can receive $11o off of a Hotels.com booking of $800 or more (~13.75% savings) for bookings made through August 31. Don’t forget that you can also stack these savings with 4% back when you book through cash back portal, MrRebates.com.