A Letter to the World from an American Traveler

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When you leave for a trip abroad the last thing you want to do is immediately get into a heated discussion about the politics of the country you just left. Two of the huge reasons people travel are to open their mind to other cultures and other ways of life and to get a break from your normal daily routine. If Americans can agree on one thing right now after the results of the election, it is that nobody can agree on anything and the country is massively divided. I love my country very much and I am very proud to be an American, but that doesn’t mean that I want to sit in a hostel and defend the United States in a debate against 6 other people who aren’t from here and are wildly opinionated on all the things that are wrong with us, why they are wrong, and what we should be doing differently.

Please remember that the United States of America is the third largest country in the world, and it is full of opinionated people. As an American we already have to defend ourselves among our peers, so please don’t make us do it abroad as well. When we are traveling, all we are is another traveler, just like you. We don’t want to be ostracized because of where we came from just like you don’t want to be either.

America right now needs to work together and put our differences aside, we know that. There are a lot of people who are very unhappy with the election results, but there are also people who are very pleased with the results. There is a huge struggle right now with both sides generalizing the other based on who they voted for and making decisions of what “type” of people voted for each candidate. These assumptions are completely false on both sides so please allow us to work our differences out amongst each other before working them out with you too.

No matter where you come from you want the best for your home country, nobody wants to see their country fall. We all have different opinions on which road to take to take, but in the end we all want the same thing, we all want what’s best for our country.