I know, I know… for most of you, this is hardly interesting or useful, but wouldn’t you agree we need to help out the slim majority of Americans that don’t have one? Wait, let me fact-check that… no, well this is interesting… it’s not a slim minority- it’s not even a minority. Roughly 63% of Americans don’t have passports. Excuse me while I shed a tear.
Ladies and gentleman, this is a travesty! Should any of you happen upon our blog, let me be the first to implore you – Please take the opportunity to leave the country. If you are patriotic, you’ll become even more so. We live in a great place, but the world is full of amazing people, cultures, adventures, and experiences.
In times past, world travel was reserved only for the affluent. Airline travel was cost-prohibitive, but times have changed. If you spend more than $3000 a month, there are places you could go in the world, which would actually save you money – net of your airline ticket cost! Now, compound that with WorldWanderlusting’s credit card exploitation and other travel tricks, and traveling the world may just be an expense-saving opportunity for you.
To begin, you’ll need to get a passport. First time passport applicants must appear in person at a Passport acceptance facility, which you can search for here.
But first, you’ll need get together the following:
- A filled-out form DS-11
- A Certified Birth Certificate
- Present identification (driver’s license)
- A 2″x2″ color photo of yourself that meets these requirements. (It’s easiest to get this taken at Walgreens).
- $110 +$25 (for adults) See more about the fees.
Once you submit this at a passport acceptance facility or US Passport Agency, as long as everything is in order, you can expect your passport in 4-6 weeks. Chances are that it may come sooner, but don’t gamble on it. If you need an expedited passport, you can expedite shipping for another $60, but I wouldn’t recommend it.