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More than half of Americans have never owned a passport

A new survey from the marketing research company OnePoll has revealed that many Americans have never left the country, and some have never even traveled out of their home state.

Out of 2,000 American respondents, 792 have never ventured out of the United States. The researchers also found that 11 percent of people who were surveyed have never left the state they were born in.

More than half of Americans said that they have never owned a passport, while over 50 percent of people in the United States also reported that they have only visited ten states or less.

The majority of participants expressed a strong desire to travel more than they have in the past, and most of them reported being held back by financial issues or by not feeling prepared to travel. 63 percent of study participants said that a trip out of the country would not fit into their budgets.

Another 25 percent of respondents said they do not have enough time to travel, even though 85 percent of those polled said they like to experience new things and 60 percent have a list of places they hope to visit.

The survey was sponsored by the luggage and travel gear company Victorinox.

“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,” said a representative of Victorinox. “There is so much to see and explore, not just internationally but domestically as well, and it’s remarkable to see that so many people feel unprepared or don’t have the travel luggage that enables them to pack up and set off.”

The researchers found that 13 percent of the participants did not own any luggage, while 30 percent have not purchased travel gear in at least six years.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

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