(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 # 107
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    Bumble bee

    I am canadian but since I live and work next to the border I absolutely have a passport and always have had one. My SO on the other hand only got one a few years ago and he has always lived near the border too.

    Post # 108
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    my fiance didn’t have a passport until he needed one to come visit my family and me in Japan for two weeks 🙂 I find this concept weird because well, I’ve always had a passport. My parents applied for one for me when I was born

    Post # 109
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I would like to add that when I have left the country, I typically haven’t met too many Americans. I think it’s kind of interesting bc we have only travelled to places south of the border to places you can go on a shoestring. (Mexico resort once Costa Rica not in resorts twice, and Panama not in resorts), but we usually meet tons of Canadians and Eurpoeans. In Panama we met Austrailians, Italians, Africans, Swiss, Canadians, Israelis, Guatamalans, Germans, Spanish. I dunno. We met so many people from all over the world and then 5 Americans the entire time. In our circle, people thought we were “crazy” for going to Panama. It wasn’t a big deal to us.

    Post # 110
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Fiance and both got one at 16 for a school trip to Spain and Morocco. We’ve both used it twice since and just sent in our renewals for our honeymoon! 🙂

    Post # 111
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I think the great thing about “Europe” is that within a very small amount of travel time you can experience many different countries and cultures. It would behoove all Europeans to have a passport due to the convenience of travel. As for Americans the country is huge as a whole and you need to typically completely leave the continent to experience something foreign and travelesque. Yes there is Canada, which recently requires a passport and Mexico, the Caribbean but that is fairly minor.

    Your lucky if you get a week long vacation as a US worker, so most people don’t have the 5- 10 grand it would take to have a minimal vacation, let alone including your entire family and the time to enjoy it (air fare, train, car rental, hotel, food, etc)

    Growing up in my town ( and it was affluent) most people took vacations to tropical places. I new almost no one who would go “abroad” so to speak unless they had parents whom were dual citizens. In college for the US is the obligatory time to go abroad, usually for school or to backpack with friends as a graduation experience ( and its a small percentage of the population)

    I got a passport in college and maintain one because I married a foreigner and travel for them is the normal not the exception.

    Post # 112
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I don’t think I know anyone (barring kids) who doesn’t have a passport. I mean, some are expired, but at least they had one.

    Post # 113
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    On our last trip DH’s family was worrried about our safety…. to ENGLAND!

    Post # 114
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I have one and have had it since I was 17 when I first traveled internationally.  My husband has 2 (dual citizen)!

    Post # 115
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    No, but we need one for our honeymoon.

    ETA: I have gone to Canada.  You didn’t need a passport at the time to get through.  I proved my birth certificate, driver’s license, and I think that may be it.

    Post # 116
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I didn’t have one until I studied abroad in college because my family couldn’t afford to travel internationally. I travel much more now. Fiance has had one for forever because his family traveled a lot. My parents still don’t have passports, though I’m trying to convince them to get theirs.

    Post # 117
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

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    @Eva Peron:  Yes!  And its SOOOO easy to get around Europe and country hop for relatively cheap on the amazing train system they have.  We cant even get around the US like that by train.

    Post # 118
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Onto my second one.  First one I got age 19 to do a term abroad, used it many times since, and cheered as I filled it up (sad when I got no stamps for a country).  But someone in a different economical bracket would have no reason to have one, if they couldn’t afford to travel (particularly if they didn’t live near Canada/Mexico).  Fiance has one since high school or college as well.  Most but not all of my friends do – I’d say my law school friends all have one, most college do, fewer high school do.  (This of course, excludes my international friends who obviously have one!)

    Post # 119
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

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    @ThingsThatShine:  I have a completely different outlook than you. I would way rather spend my time and money on memories and experiences than on tangible ‘stuff’. 

    I am Canadian and find this conversation REALLY interesting. I have always had a passport and always will and don’t know ANYONE who doesn’t have one! It is more expensive to take Canadian flights than American flights and so we often fly out of and into the US when we fly, which makes me think that money is just an excuse. If traveling is a priority you will make sacrifices so that you can travel. 

    Post # 120
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

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    @Mrs Hedgehog:  DH and I just went to Canada a few weeks ago and we definitely needed a passport. An enhanced license would have sufficed (same for Mexico, as far as I know) but we don’t have those. 

    Post # 121
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    Bumble bee

    whoa. those stats are crazy. Both Fiance and I have had one since we were children and traveled abroad since we were children. I couldn’t imagine not experiencing other parts of the world and how other people live. 

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