Assuming you take a lot of international trips, your passport can tell quite a story.
Just surveying the many stamps in it can bring up memories of those getaways. You may experience a flood of happy memories and unique experiences that will last you a lifetime. You reminisce the pains you took of planning each vacation and how extraordinary it was to travel to these lands away from home.
To boost its tourism industry, China recently opened visa-free travel to Hainan Island for citizens of 59 countries across the globe.
While interest in Hainan Island is expected to drive travelers to China, it could help the industries for other countries. The United States is a part of that exclusive group of countries. Resorts, airlines and property developers all hope to benefit from the new visa program.
People enjoy traveling, whether it’s by trains, automobiles, ships or airplanes. In most situations, when you leave the country, a valid passport is required to enter another nation. Some people think that obtaining a United States passport can be processed in a snap with advanced technology at our fingertips.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. Applying for and receiving a U.S. passport takes time and follows a particular procedure.
As it’s a timely process, you may be hesitant to replace your current passport. Even a relatively old travel booklet is usable, depending on any personal changes.
The summer travel season is coming up, and if you’re doing an extended trip overseas, it’s time to start planning. It’s often the least fun part of the vacation process, but you’ll have to make a list of all those travel needs.
Obviously those include plenty of clothes and personal items, but what about communication? The means by which you call home and send some text messages?
Passport stamps have always been a way to show off your travels to friends and family. The stamps have long been regarded as a time-honored souvenir of your time abroad.
Receiving stamps at customs has always been a routine thing for travelers. Just one more step before a traveler can start an adventure in a new country.
But, many countries are skipping the practice and opting for alternative methods to track travelers.
Imagine you need a quick escape to another country. Maybe you’re in dire need of a vacation or perhaps committed the perfect crime and looking to run. Everything’s set for the getaway – except for your passport. Before taking the newfound spoils to a desert island you’ve set up for the escape, you have to get your passport and passport photo.
If this part isn’t done right, it could really slow you down.
Working to boost its tourism industry, Saudi Arabia has decided to issue its first official tourist visa as of April 1, 2018.
The move opens up travel to people of all backgrounds, a sharp change for the restrictive country.
In the United States alone, over 100 million people own a passport. And that is just a fraction of the travel booklets owned throughout the world.
But, have you ever wondered which passport is the most rare, exclusive and sought-after document in the world?
Most people need the break that comes with travel. And with that recess from daily life, they must decide on a mode of transportation for their trip.
Depending on your destination, traveling by car or by airplane are by far the most convenient. But, if that holiday takes you overseas, your destination could will almost definitely require a passport.
In the United States, tips (ranging from 15 to 20 percent of the total bill), are a necessity. Since most servers in the U.S. typically make less than the minimum wage, they expect to get a tip for their service.
While a 15 to 20 percent tip is needed in America for most situations, it may be considered out of character (or even rude) when abroad.
The concept of a worldwide passport standard isn’t actually that old. In fact, the system began less than a century ago.
The standard emerged for the League of Nations shortly after World War I in 1920. With the war over, many countries looked for any solution to maintain peace.
Leaders in government around the world made some changes to achieve this goal.
You may have already started using biometric face recognition for your phone. It may sound unusual, but the new technology may soon be a viable replacement for passports.
Researchers boast speed for the new technology. Miami International Airport tested the biometric screenings for travelers heading abroad. According to the Miami Herald, the airport screened 10 passengers per minute using the tech.
With summer on the horizon, you might be a planing a trip to the Caribbean.
You’ve probably already planned to bring some essential items for the getaway. Sunscreen, a bathing suit and sunglasses obviously. A fishing pole or hiking gear if you’re more adventurous.
And a passport, of course, at least for many Caribbean islands.
International traveling comes with so many new sights and sounds, but it also comes with lots of new tastes. For many, one of the best parts of traveling is not sight-seeing, but trying the different flavors of a brand new culture. In fact, some people even take trips and tours completely based on their love of food.
Unsurprisingly, there can be major side effects to all the eating when traveling abroad.
There’s something romantic in the idea of driving through back roads in the countryside of a foreign land. This may stem from the loads of films boasting picturesque views of couples driving along the coast.
But, movies always leave out the logistics behind how to have such magical moments.
Driving abroad – whether for business or pleasure – can be as fun as it looks, but it helps to be prepared.
Hoping to increase its flow of visitors, the Brazilian Government recently introduced a new e-visa program.
Announced in September 2017, the program has already been available for citizens of Australia, Canada and Japan. With a focus on American travelers, citizens of the United States can also get an e-visa to Brazil.
The new visa program also includes an estimated price drop of 75 percent. Along with that lower prices, the visa process, that’s usually lengthy, should be much easier.
Signed over 30 years ago, the Schengen Agreement freed up travel throughout Europe. Well, not the entire continent, but in the many countries that signed to create a large area free of internal borders.
The treaty was signed in 1985 in the town of Schengen, Luxembourg by five of the ten-member states of the European Economic Community. After coming into effect, the treaty would allow citizens to travel among these countries without a passport.
When it comes to traveling overseas, the host country often requires a visa, especially if you’re planning to stay for an extended length of time.
Obtaining a visa used to mean going to the embassy or consulate’s office with mounds of paperwork in tow. There’s also an option for travelers that are fine with waiting from home. But, this forced them to anxiously wait for months on end as the documents returned from a foreign country. Thankfully, in the modern age of technology, more countries are beginning to accept electronic visas.
Do you ever wonder how so many people can afford to travel and visit far off lands?
Traveling is a great way to recharge your batteries; relax, take in the scenery, and soak up the sunshine and fresh air. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford the travel expenses and they miss out on some grand sites to behold.
Well, there is an option for cash-strapped travelers. How would you like to make some money while traveling?
Not every passport is the same. In fact, some countries have passports that are far more respected than the documents from other areas.
A passport from Germany, the United Kingdom or Singapore will get you into just about any country across the globe.