Guest Post – Why Every Traveler Needs To Invest In A Passport

Guest Post – Why Every Traveler Needs To Invest In A Passport

If you are on a fairly tight budget, paying for a passport might seem like an unnecessary expense. Statistics show that less than half of the US population holds a passport, for example. If you love to travel, don’t let the expense of getting your passport for the first time, or renewing it, hold you back. Here are seven reasons why you should invest in a passport today.

  1. It Costs Pennies A Day

Buying a passport for the first time will cost you 110 dollars for the booklet itself, and 25 dollars for an execution fee. Does $135 seem like a lot to you? Think about it this way. If you buy your passport when you are 16 years old or older, your passport will be good for ten years. When we do the math, we see that this comes out to just under four pennies a day (3.6 pennies, to be exact!) Doesn’t that seem more affordable?

  1. See New Places

If you want to travel abroad, you must have a passport to gain entry to foreign countries. Without a passport, you have very limited travel options. Though you may think that you enjoy traveling around the country that you live in more than you would like to travel abroad, consider the fact that without trying it, you’ll never know. A recent study found that one in five Americans traveled abroad over the course of a year, while many Americans traveled domestically. In fact, America dominated the domestic travel charts, and the average American took seven to eight trips per year.

When you have a passport, you can get out of your comfort zone. Expand your horizons and try something new. You might find that you love traveling abroad. You might learn about a new culture, language, and way of being. If you never leave the country that you were born in, you won’t have those experiences.

  1. Say Yes To Chance Opportunities

You might be putting off purchasing a passport because you think that you don’t have any international travel planned for the foreseeable future. Even if you don’t have a trip planned, you never know what might happen. The future is unpredictable. Money might be a factor that is holding you back from planning a trip to a foreign country, but that doesn’t mean that the trip won’t happen. For example, you might get a new job that includes the opportunity for paid travel. You may also win a vacation or get invited on a paid trip by a friend. When you have your passport ready, you will be able to say an enthusiastic ‘yes!’

  1. Don’t Pay Extra Fees

If you wait until the opportunity presents itself, and then need your passport right away, you will have to pay extra fees to have the process expedited. If you get your passport now, you won’t have to worry about paying extra money and biting your nails while you wait for the passport to be delivered in time for your departure date.

  1. Feel Limitless

In our modern age, it is easier than ever to hop on a plane and get off in an exotic location. The internet connects people from different parts of the globe and gives people the opportunity to invite one another for a visit. Innovative startup companies have figured out that people want to experience new places, but don’t necessarily want to pay big fees for accommodations. These startups have found ways to allow individuals to rent out private residences and house swap. These new opportunities are making international travel accessible to more people. It is no longer a luxury, but a reality that many middle-class people can achieve. With a passport, you have the understanding that if you want to travel, you can. In that way, you feel limitless. You are free to investigate the new and exciting modes of travel that appear in your life. Explore house swapping, Airbnb (https://www.airbnb.com/), and home-stay options with the knowledge that if you find the right situation, you can capitalize on it.

  1. Have A Back-Up Form Of Identification

A very practical reason to invest in a passport is the fact that it can serve you as a backup form of identification, should you lose your driver license. Losing your drivers license can be a difficult and time-consuming situation to move through, but if you have a passport on hand you can speed up the process.

  1. Prove Your Identity

Sometimes, organizations that you are working with require two forms of identification. It is helpful to have a passport because it can easily become a second form of photo ID, in addition to your driver’s license. Whether you are applying for a new job, a post office box, a new apartment, or a loan from the bank, the passport will likely come in handy.

Before reading this, did you think that you were doing just fine without a passport? How do you feel now that you know how a passport will affect your life? You can invest in a passport for under four cents a day. It will give you the freedom to say ‘yes’ to exciting opportunities, see new and interesting places, and explore unique travel situations. It will also give you some logistical benefits, like replacing a lost or stolen license, and proving your identity to an employer or bank.

Saleh Stevens has expertise in the fields of technology and travel. His skills are notable and include cryptocurrency, strategizing, blockchain, coding and investing. He makes improvements with blockchain technology in cases where the same programming has become stagnant from overuse. Saleh Stevens also considers travel as one of his favorite hobbies.

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