I have had a passport for as long as I can remember.
When I was growing up travel was very important.
Just some of the trips I’ve done so far:
I went to Australia from CA with my choir in 7th grade.
Did a tour of Europe in 8th grade.
Went to Italy with my family when I was a sophomore in college
Spent 6 weeks in Costa Rica studying abroad
Belize twice (once with my family and once with my horseback riding team in college)
I had to go to India for work on a *very* last minute trip and it would have been bad for my career if I hadn’t had a passport at the time. I literally had less than 1 week to get a visa.
I’ve been to France with DH’s family.
DH and I took our first vacation by ourselves to the Bahamas.
We spent our mini-moon in Canada
Went to Africa on our Honeymoon and now live in the UK.
DH may have to go to Thailand for work (I’d go with him) but I’m not sure I haven enough pages left in my passport for a visa and the stamps. I may have to make a last minute trip to the home office here in the UK for extra pages!
The experiences I have had traveling have been amazing. I have learned so much about other people, cultures, areas, etc. Traveling internationally does AMAZING things for your world view. I know it can be expensive, but you can also find great cheap deals (usually last minute) so having a passport enables you to take advantage of those things.
I think it’s bad enough that most peole in the US are raised speaking only one language (whereas most of Europe speaks at *least* two fluently). The lack of language learning and travel really makes a lot of people in the US very “US Centric”. There is so much more to the world out there, the US is not the be all end all.
ETA: sorry for the crazy long novel!