(Closed) Do you have a passport? – Poll for US bees only, everyone else welcome to chat

posted 8 years ago in Travel
  • poll: US bees only - Do you have a passport

    Yes, I have a passport

    No, I don't have a passport

  • Post # 152
    4605 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I have a passport. I went to Australia in 2005 so I needed one. It’s since expired and one day I’ll renew it. I’d like to travel out of the country again. I just need to get FH on board wth flying (and a passport).

    Post # 153
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I’ve had one since I was a child but now I need to update it. I’ll renew it after I change my name this summer. No point doing it before then. 

    Post # 154
    667 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    only to go to Canada. 

    Post # 155
    2825 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I have one, but I only got it a few years ago… My family never travelled out of the country as a child and then when I was a teenager we did cruises and you were allowed to travel on those with just a birth certificate…  Then rules changed while I was in college and I stopped travelling (broke college student) and didn’t need/want to travel out of the country until I met my husband when we first started dating and we talking about going on a cruise together, so we both got passports… and didn’t use them until our honeymoon. lol

    Post # 156
    2127 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I”m having my wedding out of the country…most of my friends neither idn’t have a passport or had one as very young children but it expired when they were 9 years old or something. 

    I don’t get it either, not wanting to travel outside the u.s. I havne’t been to alot of places yet, only centra mexico and canada..but I love going to those places. I cant’ wait to someday cross the pond. =)

    Post # 157
    13905 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I do have a passport, and have had one since high school.  My whole family got them when our new passport laws went into effect a few years ago, since my mom is Canadian and we travel back and forth across the border fairly frequently. 

    Post # 158
    667 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I get this impression that everyone around the world hates us fat lazy americans, so why go somewhere where they hate me?

    Post # 159
    347 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @SpecialSundae:  i grew up an army brat, so ive had a passport since i was an infant, still do at 28. i still like to travel overseas, and fi is from europe so we both travel to his home country and have future abroad trips to other places in the works. its a necessity for us.

    Post # 161
    54 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I have one, but I understand why you wouldn’t if you can’t afford to travel overseas or have no family abroad. My fiance is from another country, I studied abroad in college. Yeah def wouldn’t buy one if I wasn’t going to use it!

    Post # 162
    1402 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I don’t have on yet, but I’m in the process of procuring one.  I’ve had an application filled out for three year, I’ve just been too lazy to get a passport photo taken.

    Barring my laziness, when I went to Canada we didn’t need to have passports to travel there.

    I really am getting a passport this year, though.

    Post # 163
    3617 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    My DH and I are like you, we have had passports since we were babies. It baffles me when I find out people don’t have/never had a passport. And my pet peeve is when people use safety concerns as the reason they don’t leave this country. I always snap back that America isn’t all that safe either!

    Post # 164
    1305 posts
    Bumble bee

    I don’t have a passport.  My family was lower-to-mid middle class growing up.  So, vacations were usually somewhat local (think driving distance, total trip under $1k).  In high school I had the opportunity to go to France for a class trip, but it was just more than my family could afford.  The trip was about $2k.  That was double the cost of our “normal” vacations for a family of 4…for one person!!   

    Besides the money factor, since I haven’t been to a lot of places, I’d like to experience different parts of the US before I venture elsewhere.  I think it’s a lot easier for Europeans to explore their respective country, given the size comparison.  That being said, I would LOVE to be able to travel internationally one day.  I just don’t foresee that happening anytime soon!  :-

    Post # 165
    3182 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I never felt the need to get a passport without specific travel plans to leave the country.  I am in the process of getting one though so we can go on our honeymoon to the Bahamas.  I think part of the reason I haven’t traveled outside of the US is mostly cost.  Also just planning a trip overseas takes a lot more work.  And there are a lot of places within the US I’ve never been that I want to check out as well, like the entire West Coast haha. 

    Post # 166
    115 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I feel like the implication of the initial post was that Americans are provincial, insular, and uncultured. This annoys me immensely. Sorry if I read into that too much.

    I think this is largely a class issue. Our country also has zero mandated vacation time, and while you’ll probably get your 10 days off per year plus federal holidays if you’re salaried, (and many times that includes sick days AND we have no maternity leave) you get NO time off if you’re not salaried. I noticed somebody made the comment that the salaries posted by US Bees seems really high. A few caveats to that: 1. I’m pretty certain that the Weddingbee audience skews middle to upper-middle class. 2. While we might make more money in take-home pay, our medical and education expenses are vastly higher than most countries. 3. The US has an enormous wealth gap compared to other developed nations, meaning that probably 30% of Americans will never be able to really afford to travel abroad, while maybe 10% can afford to do it regularly.

    We also live in a country that is huge, and diverse in terms of geography, cultures, and population density. I love traveling, and am fortunate enough to be able to afford to do it fairly regularly, but didn’t have a passport until I was 20 (as an aside, I had been to Canada twice, but until a few years ago, all you needed was a birth certificate). HOWEVER, at that point in my life, I’d been to family trips in Hawaii, Alaska, NYC, DC, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Las Vegas, multiple trips to Florida,  Philadelphia, San Francisco, a two week cross-country road trip, spent a summer volunteering on a reservation in South Dakota and another in Appalachia. I lived in France for a couple of years, and LOVED the ability to easily (and cheaply) travel to other countries, but I also appreciate the fact that there’s a diversity of experiences to be had in the US.

    Do I think it’s sad that a few of those who can afford it never take advantage of it, either because they’re worried about safety, language barriers, or lack a desire to experience something different, or would rather have “stuff” over experiences? Sure. But I don’t think that’s the majority of those who don’t have passports. And I also know people in other countries who are like this.

    I also know that getting a passport was way cheaper for French citizens (something in the neighborhood of 30 euros to our $100+). Though that seems like a small hurdle, small things like that can make it that much more difficult for people to go abroad.

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