the general public, particularly Filipinos, might believe that Americans enjoy the highest travel freedom ranking. In fact, it only ranks #5 in the Henley visa restriction index, lagging behind several scandinavian countries and Japan.
American passport holders can visit 169 countries visa-free while the Danish, Finnish and Swedish are visa-free in 173 countries. Perhaps in another post, I will explore the extent to which this travel freedom is exercised (only 10% of Americans are reputed to hold a passport).
Sadly, my dear Philippines still ranks behind at #70, a step below Thailand. Philippine passport holders such as myself can travel visa-free in 62 countries, less than our neighbors from South Korea (163), Malaysia (158), and Hong Kong (149). Despite that, Filipinos are still found all over the world! With all due gratitude to our beloved OFWs, I do hope to see more Filipinos traveling abroad and not just migrating there to earn a living.
With this younger generation’s passion for adventure as well as the budding of cheap local airlines offering international flights, international tourism among Filipinos is growing.
I’m a Philippine passport holder and I’ve have been to 15 countries so far and I cannot wait to go to more. What kind of passport do you hold? Where have you traveled so far?