(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 # 32
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    Bumble Beekeeper

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    @MissBoPeep:  It’s not that bad depending on where you look. I flew home to the states for Christmas (Heathrow to St. Louis) for $700.

    Post # 33
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I got mine, with the rest of my family, when I was 18. We got them so we could visit my sister who was studying abroad in London. I’ve really only used it since for a few trips to Mexico and Canada. Fiance doesn’t have one, nor does anyone he knows…and we live I’m San Francisco! This economy is definitely making International travel difficult for us. 

    Post # 34
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    @zippylef:  $700 is still much, much more than we could afford. 

    My point was just that if you can’t afford to travel outside of the country I wouldn’t expect you to have a passport.

    Post # 35
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I actually don’t know that many people who don’t have a passport. Most everybody that I know has traveled abroad at least once, even if it was just a short trip to Mexico. That said, my Europens (Irish) Fiance didn’t g get his first passport until he was twenty-two, and I’m pretty sure that his parents have never had one – so it’s definitely not just an ‘American’ thing. 

    Post # 36
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I do have a passport but ONLY because I was given a trip to France as a gift. Had I not gone to France I wouldn’t have one. I think it’s because A. it costs money to travel B. it costs MORE money to travel overseas C. passports cost money D. if you’re not traveling overseas there is no real point to having one. I’m not sure how much it costs to get one in other parts of the world but I think I paid $150-ish? If I didn’t have plans or a need for a passport I don’t really see a point spending that money when I can just use my driver’s liscense as ID within the US.

    Post # 37
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    Honey Beekeeper

    I have had one for almost 10 years. I’ve traveled internationally several times.

    Post # 38
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    i’ve had one for over 20 years.  i love to travel.

    Post # 39
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I had a passport but it expired a few years ago and I haven’t gotten around to renewing it. (Which is a bummer, since I wanted to plan a trip to Montreal for FI’s and my anniversary this month, but realized that I couldn’t leave the country sans passport!) I’m planning on renewing it closer to our wedding date so that it will cost less to replace when I change my name. (But far enough before the wedding that I’m not worried about not having it before the honeymoon!)

    Post # 40
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

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    @SpecialSundae:  It’s no more expensive to cross from America outwards than it is to come in, though.

    Point being? Not sure I follow your logic…

    Post # 42
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’ve had one for more than half my life and seriously enjoy filling it with stamps 🙂

    Post # 44
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    Sugar bee

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    @SpecialSundae:  Definitely depends on where you live in the states. My east coast salary would  buy me the world in Wyoming. But here on the east coast it’s barely enough. The high cost of living negates any real increase in salary. My point is that people across the ocean have options to literally drive to places we’d consider “vacation destinations.” EDIT: meaning there’s more of a reason to have a passport and traveling isn’t always cost prohibitive. Anything within the same distance here is still within the US – so no need to get a passport. From the people I know without a passport it’s usually due to the fact that if you don’t have money to cross the border, or the ocean, there’s no reason to buy a passport.

    Post # 45
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    @KristenGotMarried:  I’ve never gotten a stamp. My passport looks sad.  🙁

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