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  1. Rich
    April 12, 2020 @ 7:36 pm

    I actually found the inverse to be true. Most Europeans have no concept of the size of the United States — its only one country, right? Case in point: a few years relatives from Scotland came to visit us in Ohio. It was their plan to rent a car and drive to New York City and visit the Grand Canyon during their 10-day stay with us!

    I have traveled extensively in Europe and always found the distances to be very manageable. Also, it seems to me, due to the compactness of Europe there is so much more to see in a small area — there are no vast, open plains, deserts, or lakes which stretch from horizon to horizon.

    • Ali Garland
      April 13, 2020 @ 10:38 am

      Yeah, I’m sure it works both ways!

  2. James
    July 14, 2015 @ 3:01 am

    Nice reality check for those that think they’ll be able to hopscotch from nation to nation … thanks for laying it out so well!

    • Ali Garland
      July 14, 2015 @ 11:34 am

      Thanks James!

  3. Anne
    June 13, 2015 @ 1:15 pm

    I went to three countries in Europe for a total of three months and even that wasn’t enough time to see them in depth. Even a lifetime probably wouldn’t be enough to really explore the continent in depth. I definitely would like to go back and see more of the continent.

    • Ali Garland
      June 13, 2015 @ 11:11 pm

      It’s almost like the opposite, right? The longer you’re in one place, the more you realize there is to see, do, learn, taste, experience… There’s never enough time!

  4. Victoria
    April 23, 2015 @ 5:16 pm

    Great points that I think should be considered on all trips, regardless of destination. I would much rather experience a smaller area than to simply see a large portion in a whirlwind. It is more conducive to living in the moment. Taking in the sights, smells, people and even the “feel” of a place that makes travel so rewarding.

    • Ali Garland
      April 25, 2015 @ 10:34 am

      Thanks Victoria, I agree, definitely applies to any destination. Those whirlwind tours can be exhausting and you only get to see a tiny glimpse of the sights, instead of really getting to enjoy the personality of the location.