Archive for Travel Tips
Do I Need a Second US Passport? 15 Jun 2016
Did you know that you can apply for a second US passport, and that the validity of it has recently been extended from two to four years? A second passport may be necessary if your foreign travel conflicts with needing to send your passport to a consulate office to obtain a visa for a different trip. Or, perhaps you intend to visit a country that won’t allow entry if your passport has been stamped or include visas from certain other countries. In either case, proof of intended travel must be shown. Call us today for assistance.
How Do I Deal With Airline Schedule Changes? 15 May 2016
US Department of State Assistance 15 Apr 2016
Did you know that you can register your international travel plans with the US Department of State free of charge? Benefits of enrollment include…
- Receive safety information about the countries to which you are traveling
- Help the US Embassy contact you in an emergency involving a natural disaster, civil unrest or family emergency
- Facilitate family and friends getting in touch with you in an emergency
Simply go to https://step.state.gov/step/ and enroll before your next adventure!
Plan your cash needs for foreign travel and check what the currency rate is before your travels by going to: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/ (also available as a smartphone app). Other helpful apps include GlobeConvert and World Currency Converter. Your local bank will add a fee so only take enough foreign cash to handle your initial needs. Your best conversion rate is at an ATM machine at your foreign destination.
How Soon Should a Passport Be Renewed? 15 Feb 2016
The US Department of State is expecting a record number of passport requests this year – new and renewals. Processing time is currently running about six weeks. Avoid costly expedite fees and submit your renewal in plenty of time. As a reminder, more and more countries are requiring that passport expiration dates be valid for at least six months beyond your ending travel date. You can easily renew online at:
US Department of State