Post # 1
This post was inspired by another thread that asked some brides when they were getting their passport.
Personally I would be very uncomfortable to have my passport expired…I always renew it before it expires. Otherwise I feel trapped, lol. It may be because I can sometimes be spontaneous or life can be spontaneous regarding travelling.
In my ideal world, I wouldn’t need a booklet that verifies what country’s government I “belong to,” in order to travel on this planet, which I see as my planet, by virtue of my birth on it (and your planet too, by virtue of your birth). I don’t feel I “belong” to a government. But, for practical purposes, my “papers please” passport gets me to almost anywhere on earth… so that’s why I feel a compelling need to keep it active at all times. Otherwise I feel “penned in” by political borders, and it really bugs me. I’ve always had passports since I was very small (my mother used to have that arranged). I tend to assume everyone always has an active passport.
Is that odd? Do most people wait for a reason before getting a passport?
Post # 3
I prefer to keep mine active, though I have let it expire in the past.
In contrast, my FI refuses to get his until he absolutely.has.to.have.one. He didn’t even bother to get one done for our Caribbean cruise this past spring.
It’s all personal preference, I suppose 🙂
Post # 4
I have only had one passport, which I got 5 years ago to go to Guatemala. I’ve since seen Spain, England, France, Andorra, Canada for the third time, and will go to Guatemala again in 12 days (!!). It will not expire for another 5 years, at which time it will be renewed. I’m in a constant state of wanderlust, I like to know I can leave if I want to
Eta: I just turned 25, so I basically got one as soon as I could travel on my own as an adult. My parents have been out of the USA and Canada only to visit me in Spain
Post # 5
No way, I would be very uncomfortable having an expired passport. I have an active passport that expires April 2014 and I am already thinking about renewing it. My fiance is a dual citizen – we live in the US and he has always kept his US passport active but his other country passport has expired once because he forgot to renew it.
Post # 6
I’m always flying so I have to keep mine active. I would be very uncomfortable not having a valid passport. You never know when you have to fly somewhere.
I wish mine would hurry up and expire. I have a face like a dropped pie in my current one 🙁
Post # 7
I had to renew mine for a trip to Mexcio in 2011. Before that I had not travelled outside of the US since 1996, so I believe I had to renew it. It is in my old name so I have to update it soon. Just trying to time when I want to spend the $120 or so to get it changed. I plan to leave the country next year at a minimum.
Post # 8
It’s a longer application process (in Canada anyway) to renew a passport that has expired. It’s really simple to renew ahead of time, so that’s my main reason.
Post # 9
Always keep that sucker active in case I need to rob a bank and flee to Mexico on a whim.
Post # 10
I always have an active passport. In fact, my current one is really extra special to me because my late grandmother paid for it, so it’s like she travels with me.
Post # 11
I definitely have to keep a valid passport. We usually do at least 1 international trip a year. The last one we did was a last minute one that we got flights for just 2 weeks prior to leaving.. too close for comfort to rush a passport.
Post # 12
Mine is always active but because I have family that lives outside of the US and I travel outside the country numerous times a year. If I didnt, I wouldnt care if it expired. I live close to 2 passport agencies and obtaining a same-day passport is easy (I work for the government anyway).
Post # 13
@joya_aspera: I had an active passport as a child, but because I have not been better able to travel more than a state or two away, let alone across national borders, I have allowed mine to expire. I do greatly desire to see more countries. After I finish my undergrad, I think I’ll reward myself with a fresh passport and a road trip to Canada.
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Post # 15
I got my first passport right before my 30th birthday. I suppose my current one isn’t valid because I’ve gotten married and changed my name, but I don’t feel any urgency to change it and likely won’t do so until we plan to leave the country again for a vacation.
Post # 16
Oh I absolutely have to have one. I’ve had a passport since I was a baby and the only time I didn’t have one was when I lost it once in college right before vacation and had to have a new one rush-ordered. On the other hand, FI is 35-years-old and has never had one. We’re in the process of trying to get him one now, but struggling a little bit.