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

posted 8 years ago in Travel
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    Yes, I have a passport

    No, I don't have a passport

  • Post # 47
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    Bumble bee

    Fiance and I both have them and always will keep them valid. You never know when you need to hop on a plane and head for a new land. I flew to Ireland once on three day’s notice. Good thing I had one eh?

    Post # 48
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I’m Canadian and have had one for ages. My daugter’s first passport actually just came in the mail today! This is fascinating to me. I travel internationally pretty regularly for work and I often need to be able to leave within a week, so I definitely need one. Plus my partner lives in the US so I as an adult need one for land or air entry and my daughter needs one for air.

    How much do passports cost in the US? Ours are 87$ for a five year 24 page passport for adults, and $37 for children. Someone mentioned passports being expensive so I’m curious.

    Post # 49
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My Fiance and I got our passports last year because I won a trip to Switzerland… but we probably wouldn’t have gotten them otherwise, because we didn’t need them yet! Now that I have one, though, I can’t imagine not having one. It’s nice knowing I have that extra thing that says, “Yup, this is me” just in case I lose my ID or something. I also like knowing that I have it bc it’s sort of a quiet encouragement to try to take more trips (now that we know how awesome it is and can save for it.)

    Post # 50
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    people living in Europe, South America, and Asia have tons of different nearby countries to visit, that they can simply drive or take a high speed train to. we have Mexico and Canada nearby to choose from, and no high speed train. and up until recently, you only needed your birth certificate to do that (in some cases, just a drivers license– if you were just driving/walking across the border to mexico).  and even now you only need a special enhanced drivers license to travel to these places. 

    so that might be a large reason why many US citizens don’t have passports. 

    I have a passport, but didn’t get it until I was 30. before then, I wanted to travel overseas but couldn’t afford it. now I would like to make up for lost time!  I grew up in a family that wasn’t into travelling abroad so I didn’t get to do that as a child.

    Post # 51
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We just got ours last year, we cruised for the first time. I have family in Canada, but until recently you didn’t need a passport to travel there.

    Post # 52
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @SpecialSundae:  I’ve had one for over 10 years and I’m in the US. I think a lot of Americans don’t have one b/c just travelling through our country takes so much time and the majority of travel is done by air ($$$). Plus, until recently US citizens could travel to places like Mexico, Canada, Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico without a passport, just an ID and copy of your birth certificate.

    When I lived in Ireland traveling was so much more convenient and cheaper. A weekend to Amsterdam was $50 plane ticket away. Paris just a few hour plane ride. Plus once you’re in Europe the train system is SOOO much better and more convenient & affordable than here.

    Post # 53
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I had to get one for the honeymoon. Both DH and I never had them before!

    Post # 54
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

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    @SpecialSundae:  So, a few things that make me think this is an apples and oranges comparison.

    1) The middle class in the US is considerably weaker than it is in Europe, making it much harder to afford to take that kind of trip.

    2) Everyone I know in Europe has a high amount of guaranteed vacation time – many Americans have NONE. Those that do have it on paper are often discouraged or straight-out prohibited from taking it.

    Finally, I’d be interested in the statistics on how many Europeans actually do travel outside their own continent, vs. how many Americans do. If I were to go by anecdote, virtually everyone I know in my social circle has been to either Europe, South America, or Asia. My friends have been on every continent (including Antarctica). I have personally been to 9 European countries, plus Ecuador and Canada. But my friends and I aren’t representative of the country at large.

     

    Post # 55
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    @kittyface:  I just renewed my passport, I want to say it was around $110, but it lasts for 10 years. Your first passport I believe there may be an additional charge.

    Post # 56
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    5493 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I’ve had one since I was a small child but I grew up in the Soviet Union, (when it was the Soviet Union), and everyone was required to have one.  We traveled a lot around Eastern Europe when we lived there.  Then we moved to the US and traveled a lot to see our family that scattered all over the globe.  So I’ve always had one.  

    I didn’t realize that so many people don’t have a passpor. 

    Post # 57
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I have a passport, but it’s expired. I need to get it renewed because I like the possiblity of being able to travel anywhere. Although realistically that doesn’t happen and I’ve only left the US twice. Once to Japan and once to Australia for science meetings-both were really cool trips! 🙂

    Post # 59
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Mine recently expired and I didn’t renew it yet because I was planning to just wait to do it after we got married since I had no plans to leave the country before then. Since we’ve pushed the wedding back a year, I may cave in and renew it. I’ve had it since I was 18 and it really baffles me how many people have no desire to leave the states. I love looking through it and seeing all the stamps in it. I only have one blank page left. I tried so hard to fill it up before it expired.

    Post # 60
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I think you also need to consider exchange rate when thinking of international travel.  When Americans travel to Europe they throw dollars out the window solely from the exchange rate so when thinking of the “cost” of a family to travel to the US vs the other way it isn’t an equal comparison.

    Post # 61
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    5653 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I’m from Canada, but I have a passport. I try to make sure I always have one. I don’t want to ever be stuck not able to go somewhere because I don’t have a passport.

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