Theme Layout

Boxed or Wide or Framed

[Framed]

Theme Translation

Display Featured Slider

Featured Slider Styles

[Boxedwidth]

Display Grid Slider

Grid Slider Styles

Display Trending Posts

No

Display Author Bio

Display Instagram Footer

Reasons You Should Get a Passport Now


A passport really is your ticket to freedom. With one, the world is wide open and you have the choice to go anywhere you can imagine. Sure, most people don’t have unlimited resources, but in the event that money isn’t an obstacle, how upset will you be if this small document is standing in the way of an exciting adventure? Here are a few reasons you should get a passport now.



Cruising: If you plan to start and finish your cruise in the same U.S. homeport, and will only be traveling to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean, you don’t need a passport. (Barbados, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, St. Barts, St. Martin, and Trinidad and Tobago however, all require cruise passengers to have a valid passport in order to enter their countries.) These are called closed loop sailings. It’s important to know that in the event of an emergency, however, you won’t be able to fly out of a foreign port easily without a passport. You’ll get home, but there will be delays.

Also, certain on-shore excursions require a passport if they cross a land or sea border into a foreign country.

Winning: Whether you win a getaway through a contest or are gifted a trip from a friend or family member, you’ll want to be ready to back your bags and go! What if someone asks you to jet-set off to Europe on their dime (a proposal, a business trip, a friend using up her airline miles)? You don’t want a measly passport to stand between you and an amazing opportunity! Applying for one takes time (approximately six weeks), so start the process now to be prepared later.


ID: A passport is a legal form of identification. The likelihood that you carry it in your handbag is slim, but having your wallet stolen or leaving your driver’s license somewhere is actually a very real possibility. If you have a passport, you can still travel, purchase alcohol, and it will make getting a new license a breeze.

Pride: It’s estimated that more than 60 percent of Americans have never left the country. That’s kind of embarrassing considering how much the rest of the world travels. We live in a great place, but sometimes, experiencing how other cultures live can make us even more grateful for what we have back home. It also gives us a sense of cultural awareness and unifies humanity, so get out there!


Street Cred: Let’s be honest: it would be pretty cool to show-and-tell that little book full of stamps from around the globe! Every time a friend whips hers out, I feel a little bit like a slacker!

Growth: Need I say how fulfilling travel can be? There’s a saying that goes, “Getting lost is the best way to find yourself”. I couldn’t agree more. While travel within the United States can be enriching, there’s a great big world out there. Start checking off destinations from your travel bucket list now, instead of waiting for someday.

Let's discuss: What made you decide to get your passport? 

Annmarie John
39 Comments
Share :

39 comments:

  1. I always keep my passport up to date. Even if you think you won't need it, it's important to have. It takes so much time to get it!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I actually have my passport, and I always make sure it's good to go. I haven't used it much, but I'd rather have it on hand than go through the hassle of getting it all over again.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I really need to renew my passport! Thanks for the reminder and happy safe travels always!

    ReplyDelete
  4. My passport is one of my most prized possessions. I love travelling and I find it so educational to see different parts of the world and how others live.

    ReplyDelete
  5. It is also a superior form of identification that is recognized around the world. We like to travel, and this keeps us ready to go at a moment's notice.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I agree everyone should have a passport ready! I once forgot to redo mine and it was such a pain when I needed it a week before going away

    ReplyDelete
  7. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. I have a passport but I need to get it renewed soon so I can keep on traveling.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Yes to freedom, street cred, growth and pride-- all qualities I try to instill in my kids on a daily basis! And honestly giving your kid and yourself a passport is opening up their world to learning about the beauty of other cultures too!

    ReplyDelete
  9. A passport is so important. I just wish I could travel more.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I do want to have the ability to travel outside of the country even if I don't plan to do that right now. These are great reasons!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I need to get a passport. I have been putting it off for years and I think now is the time to finally get it. I would love to travel all over the world. Im truly hoping to when the kids are a little bit older.

    ReplyDelete
  12. These are all fantastic reasons why people need to invest in a passport! I truly believe that everybody should have one; you never know what might come about and, like you said, you wouldn't want to miss on a life changing opportunity just because of a small book.

    ReplyDelete
  13. It would be terrible to miss a free trip to another country because it takes a while for a passport to process through. These are excellent reasons to have it ready to go.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wait a minute I went to St.Marteen on Carnvial and my friend had her B.C. they didnt need a passport is that still valid? Well let me tell you one time I had a friend who told me to pack my bags because she had gotten an extra ticket for me to go to Cancun with her...and guess what...I didnt have a passport. That was 2 years ago and I vowed to never to miss out on an opportunity like that again. I lost but now I am ready!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love seeing the stamps on my passport. Gives me great memories of places I've traveled to!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I need to renew mine! This is a great reminder. I am hoping to use it next February too for some work events. I never switched it after I got married either.

    ReplyDelete
  17. It's such a great idea to get it right away! Then you aren't running around scrambling before a big trip!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I'm glad that I a;ways my passport at my pouch, having a passport is important.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I always make sure that my passport is updated, I agree passport is your pass to explore world.

    ReplyDelete
  20. My family all got passports in preparation for a mission trip to Honduras. It was so freeing to have that passport and think of all the possibilities available. The world truly opened up for us.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I still don't have passport and I badly want to have it now but the processing is too slow! This post gets me the feeling of having it right now as in now! haha

    ReplyDelete
  22. I always have my passport ready. It makes planning our trips less hassle. Thanks for great tips!

    ReplyDelete
  23. I don't have a passport, but we do hope to travel some day. It couldn't hurt to go ahead and get one!

    ReplyDelete
  24. My daughters passport just expired and we have to go and get her a new one asap! I'm hoping to travel soon too!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I love to travel so I already have my passport. I think it is important to have one.

    ReplyDelete
  26. We got out passports before our cruise and it was the best investment. Now we are set for more international travel.

    ReplyDelete
  27. We just got ours! Really glad we did too!

    ReplyDelete
  28. I've had passport since I was a kid. I still remember my parents taking us to get our photos taken. I don't really travel as much as I like, but it is nice knowing if I decide to jet off somewhere, my passport is ready.

    ReplyDelete
  29. I have my passport already and my mum always insisted that we had one ready and up-to-date, they are great to have, perfect for impromptu trips!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Yeah, passport is very useful especially when you are always on the go. I also keep my passport up to date.

    ReplyDelete
  31. My son's is expired and I keep meaning to renew it. I think I'll do that this week. I don't have any immediate plans to travle, but you just never know. :)

    ReplyDelete
  32. I have to say that I do not have my passport. Whereas my brother has been pretty much everywhere! I never felt the need for it, but now even driving to Canada I need one, so I probably should get one :-)

    ReplyDelete
  33. I'm in the process of securing my passport. I can't wait to just travel and be free.

    ReplyDelete
  34. My passport is legit one of my favorite possessions!!! I just filled out the application and mailed it in for my daughters. So excited to plan some international travel!!!

    ReplyDelete
  35. My son has a passport but I don't. He needed it for a cruise he went on with my mom. I really should get mine.

    ReplyDelete
  36. I have one.. with zero stamps. Awful! I need to get some for the kids. We are only a few hours from the Canadian border and while we can leave here, getting back in would be a disaster!

    ReplyDelete
  37. I am always amazed when a grown person tells me they do not have a passport. Maybe it has to do with where you are from

    ReplyDelete
  38. I actually really need to renew mine. I didn't realize that I had let it lapse. Oops!

    ReplyDelete
  39. I have never had a passport as I can never afford to leave the country when traveling. But maybe someday I will.

    ReplyDelete

[name=AnnMarie John] [img=https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-X9gUeVik-ZY/WJjwNTOobII/AAAAAAABTJ4/qEhU0n62_AIo-j6-6LA2OFOr44lKCHASwCLcB/s100/AnnMarie%2BJohn%2BHeadshot.JPG] [description=AnnMarie John is a lifestyle blogger, mom of 4, retired army veteran and a huge Disney lover. Formerly from the beautiful island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean and now living in colorful Colorado, she loves sharing her opinions on everything, crafting and food.] (facebook=http://www.facebook.com/theannmariejohn) (instagram=http://www.instagram.com/theannmariejohn) (twitter=http://www.twitter.com/theannmariejohn) (pinterest=http://www.pinterest.com/theannmariejohn) (email=mailto:annmarie@annmariejohn.com)

Follow @TheAnnMarieJohn