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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.

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How Do I Deal With Airline Schedule Changes? 15 May 2016

I realize this is not a pleasant subject, but experiencing flight schedule changes is often a reality, especially if your flights are purchased far in advance to take advantage of better pricing and seating.  A schedule change might involve just a change of a few minutes and/or a flight number change, but frequently major US airlines like American, Delta and United make significant changes to your schedule which may be inconvenient or not workable (for example – a non-stop flight now has one stop, very short connection time, or much earlier departure, etc.).  
According to their policies (which vary somewhat by airline but typically involve changes of 1 hour or more), you can request a better routing at NO COST to you or even receive a full refund.  Call your travel agent or airline directly.
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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!

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How Much Will Foreign Currency Cost While I Am Traveling? 15 Mar 2016

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.

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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

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