Let’s start talking about our big “buts”
Yes, it’s a funny play on words, however I really do hear this quite a bit. I find that when I meet new people and they find out I’m a Travel Advisor who specializes in Europe, one of the first things they will say to me is, “I’d love to go to Europe, but….”
What comes after the “but” really can vary, and I’ve heard many, many reasons why people can’t go to Europe over the years. I think that I’d like to spend some time on this…So let’s talk about some of our “Big Buts!”
The first Big But that I’d like to tackle is the Passport.
Having a Valid Passport is a Must for International Travel…quick facts
You must have a valid Passport Booklet to fly into or out of the U.S. If you are on a cruise in the Caribbean and need to fly home in an emergency, you’ll be happy that you have the passport booklet!
The Passport Card Can not be used to fly internationally! It’s not the right choice for 95% of our clients. I’m always surprised when our clients are advised at the Post Office that they can get the Passport Card and save money and still cruise…true, but you can’t fly with the passport card! You are going through all of the same trouble to apply without getting the BEST option.
Adult Passports are generally valid for 10 years while children’s passport are only valid for 5 years
When applying for a child’s passport, both parents or legal guardians must appear and give consent if the child is under 16. Many busy parents get tripped-up by this one!
If you have a legal name change within 1 year of the date your passport is issued, you may send in to have it updated. (Good news for brides!)
You are able to request extra pages in your passport for no additional cost! Do it now! Adding them in a few years will end up costing you money that you don’t have to spend if you request those extra pages when you initially apply.
Some countries will deny your entry if your passport isn’t valid for at least 6 months past the date of your intended stay. Checking your expiration date when you first begin trip planning is a wise idea.
You have to Apply for a Passport. You don’t buy them. There is always a chance that your application could be denied. (Behind in Child Support is one of the reasons) Because of this, it’s best to apply early. By doing so if a delay happens or you get denied, you don’t have all the extra stress.
We will talk more about the application process next time. Have a great day!
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