Hey you! Do you mind if we go somewhere and speak in private? There’s something that I’ve been meaning to talk to you about.
No, I’m not dying and it’s nothing bad, LOL! It’s actually quite good and all about you.
In the past, we’ve spoken a lot about the places you dream of going outside of the U.S., but you have yet to purchase a passport.
I get it and I know you have your reasons, but baby... it’s time for you to buy that passport!
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Now don’t give me that look, LOL! Hear me out on this. I know you have bills to pay and family to take care of, but I also know you work hard and have your own desires around travel.
All I’m asking is for you to consider investing in yourself for a change and take that first step, even if you don’t have the money to go on that dream vacation... yet.
We’ve had many talks about those days when you just wanted to say fuck it, go to a foreign place where people don’t expect you to have all the answers and get some peace for a little while.
Friend to friend, I’m going to give you 6 reasons why you should make it your goal to have your passport by the end of 2019:
You want one.
Baby, we wouldn’t even be talking about this if you didn’t. I know you want to travel outside the U.S. I know you look at people’s travel photos and wish you could have been there.
You could finally stop living vicariously through others and experience those moments for yourself!
If you honestly don’t want to leave the U.S., then you don’t need one and we can stop here. If that’s not the case, then I’ll continue, ok? Excellent!
It’s the ultimate identification card.
Having a passport can be useful for things other than leaving the country. One example is when you start a new job.
Many people I know provide their driver’s license and social security card for verification, once they have accepted their new position.
Typically, a driver’s license or state identification card establishes your identity, while your social security card establishes your employment authorization.
A passport does both! You get the best of both worlds in one, handy-dandy booklet and it can be your backup if you lose your license or ID card.
Get away from all the drama in the U.S.!
Crossing U.S. borders is a great way to take a break from all of the personal, professional and political drama! Watching the news alone these days can be a truly traumatizing experience.
Additionally, it’s easier to completely unplug from emails, social media and phone calls when you’re in another country. It gives you the chance to unwind from all that stress and take respite from your life for a bit.
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Traveling outside of the U.S. is not as expensive as you may think.
There are all sorts of deals out there that make foreign travel comparable to or even cheaper than traveling in the states.
For instance, depending on where you are located, it may be more cost effective to travel to the Caribbean or Mexico than to Hawaii.
By having a passport, it gives you the opportunity to choose which deal you want to take. It’s a wonderful thing to have options!
You can visit friends and family abroad.
Do you have friends or relatives that live outside the country? Having a passport would not only allow you to go visit them, but to also experience their culture first hand.
You would no longer have to visualize the stories they tell in your mind.
You could immerse yourself in their city or town and use all 5 senses to explore the authenticity of their lives.
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They would be so happy to see you in their homeland! If you’re lucky enough to get along with them, you could even have a place to stay - free of charge!!!
With having free accommodations, the only thing you would have to pay for is transportation to your destination.
Just put aside a little extra money for food and activities. That’s all! Now that’s a great way to save money, isn’t it?
Travel internationally with anyone.
Traveling overseas with your friends or on a romantic trip with your partner would soon become a real, tangible thing.
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Think about this. What if your love or friend wanted to surprise you with an all-expenses paid trip? With a passport, all you would have to do is pack a bag and go!
You could potentially be blocking your blessings by not having one.
I’m just saying...
So, have I convinced you to take the plunge and invest in yourself? Check out travel.state.gov for all the info you need.
Once you’re there, decide if want to get the passport book ($110) or card ($30).
Remember if you just get the passport card, it’s not valid for international air travel. It can only be used for return to the U.S. via land or sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.
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Since you will be applying for the first time, there will also be a one-time execution fee ($35). With standard delivery, you should receive it in 4 - 6 weeks.
If money for a passport is holding you back, start saving $10 a month right now.
Save the money in a jar at home or in a separate savings or Christmas account at your bank or credit union.
Here’s a quick video that will show you the process:
And don’t worry. They will send your birth certificate back!
I’m glad we were able to talk about this. By the end of next year, you could give yourself the gift of a passport. I’m so excited for you!
If you need more convincing, we can discuss it on my Facebook page. Like, comment and share!