the embassy o rconsulate of the country or countries to which you
are traveling - in- transit -or as a final destination - to determine
the necessary documentation and visa requirements -by phone
or through a web-site. Many countries, but not all, accept the
following documents from U.S. Citizens: Passport- Birth Certificate
or Certificate of Naturalization when presented with photo
identification. All passengers, including children, are now required
to carry some form of photo identification. Visa requirements vary
by country. For assistance in obtaining your passport or visa call
the Washington Passport Visa Service at 1-800-272-7776
or http://www.travel.state.gov. Fees apply. Please remember to
reconfirm continuing or return international reservations at least
72 hours prior. Checking in for international flights at least three
hours prior to scheduled departure time is recommended. When
out side the U.S.
up standing a long time on a dirty floor in bare feet. Put your cell
phone, watch, belt, keys, and other metallic objects in your purse
or carry on. You should practice carrying a small travel pouch that
keeps your travel documents safe and accessible. Make a copy of
your passport and keep it with the original until needed. Make sure
you take a pen. If you are traveling outside of the U.S., there will
be customs documents to fill out. Wires from ipods and other small
electronic devices arouse suspicion. Put them away. Suspicion
causes delay. Make it a steadfast practice to always secure your
luggage and documents and keep your receipt for checked
baggage until you return home. Security on Domestic flights can
be very strict. One Airport actually put the metal detector in a
traveler's hair and in her arm pits. They searched an invalid old
man's wheelchair. Are you getting the picture? Be Smart. Prepare
and enjoy your trip. Arrive at the Airport at least 2 hours before
luggage. Mark your baggage to make it immediately identifiable.
When those bags come rolling off the conveyor belt they all look
alike. Locks will be removed so it is best to get used to that.
Leave your lock on the bag unlocked. Keep the key handy and lock
the bags as soon as you retrieve them at Baggage Claim. Observe
the size rule of carry on luggage. Overhead bins fill up quickly.
Stowing a bag larger than the space beneath the seat becomes
very uncomfortable after a few hours. Don't pack your bags
heavier than you can comfortably carry yourself and you won't
go over the weight limitations.
chart to determine which airlines charge what for baggage.
in your checked baggage. In order to avoid the new rules on carry on,
don't carry on anything that you will not need on the plane. Do
you really need your shampoo on the plane?
of Naturalization a passport speeds up the process. Click on the
above link and plan ahead. I have a physician friend who delayed
getting a passport because he knew he could use his birth certificate.
He traveled to the Dominican Republic with only his Birth
Certificate and driver's license. He was detained at the Airport and
lost an entire day when returning home. They did not believe that
he was American. He had a very difficult time proving that he was
born in the USA. Another friend left the country and stayed in the
Caribbean for 2 years. When he returned home, he was arrested
and jailed because he did not possess the proper documentation.
Keep your passport up to date. It is also a valid form of id in the
United States. Carry it when you travel at home. Never allow anyone
to borrow it. Make a copy of it to carry when abroad. Place the
original in the safe in your room. Security on Domestic flights are
the full names of the applicant’s parent(s) to be listed on all
certified birth certificates to be considered as primary evidence
of U.S. Citizenship. This will be required of all passport applicants,
regardless of age. Certified birth certificates missing this information
will not be acceptable as evidence of citizenship. This will not
affect applications already in-process that have been submitted
or accepted before the effective date.
evidence of U.S. citizenship, submit a combination of early public
records as evidence of your U.S. Citizenship. Early public records
must be submitted with a birth record or Letter of No Record. Early
public records should show your name, date of birth, place of birth,
and preferably be created within the first five years of your life.
Examples of early public records are:
U.S. Government. Use the link above to find country specific
information for every country in the world. Familiarize yourself
with rules, advice, restrictions etc. Pay close attention to
Travel Alerts for particular countries. Check carefully for travel
warnings issued by the US government.
recommends that Americans avoid a certain country. In addition
to this warning list, the State Department issues Consular
Information Sheets for every country of the world with information
on such matters as the health conditions, crime, unusual currency
or entry requirements, any areas of instability, and the location
of the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate in the subject country.
Homeland Security and State have announced the Western
Hemisphere Travel Initiative to secure and expedite travel. This
initiative will require all U.S. Citizens, Canadians, British
Overseas Territory of Bermuda, and Mexican citizens to have a
passport or other accepted secure document to enter or re-enter
the United States. The proposed implementation time line is as
follows: January 23, 2007 – Requirement applied to all air and
sea travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America,
the Caribbean, and Bermuda. June 1, 2009 – Requirement
extended to all land border crossings as well as air and sea travel.
Use this link to check the status of your passport application.
Finding out about a nation’s culture, customs, people, and history
will make your stay more meaningful. Libraries, bookstores and
tourist bureaus are good resources for this information. Keep
abreast of the international news for the latest political
developments in the country you visit. Although English
is spoken in many countries, learning the language of the region
in which you plan to reside will make the transition to your new
environment easier. Most countries now have websites that are
maintained for the purpose of educating tourists. It is a good idea to
locate the American Embassy in the country that you plan to visit
before leaving home. Students wishing to travel abroad should visit
this site before making travel plans. There are many sites offering
discounts to teachers and students. Chose wisely and compare
documentation is necessary. Special care should be taken when
traveling with children. Procedures have been instituted which are
designed to Guard Against International Parental Child Abduction.
to how much and what type of alcohol you are allowed to bring
on the plane. Besides I have memories of three bottles of vodka
broken in the isle of a plane. That was one awful ride home friends.
pet. Find out what the requirements are. The trip might hold and
unusual amount of trauma for the animal. Think of the added wait
at security. There is generally a very long line waiting to go through
security. If you decide to take your pet with you when you go abroad,
you should check with the embassies of the destination countries
as to specific requirements that must be met before a pet may be
brought into the country. Many countries have strict health,
quarantine, agriculture, wildlife, and customs requirements and
prohibitions. A listing of foreign embassies and consulates in the
U.S. is available on the Department of State’s website.
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from home. As a child, every single dream
involved a train, bus or plane ride away.
As the young ones came of age they
always left. Many never returned. It was a
small town of the old. If they graduated,
they disappeared. I couldn't wait to
disappear like my Aunt Martha who visited
every other year with a different color car
and hair to match. My Mom laughed and
poked fun at her sister's pink hair. I sat
behind the wheel of the pink caddy and
pretended to drive while talking to classy
friends in the passenger seat. I left on a
train, the Eastern Seaboard Line carrying
a paper shopping bag filled with underwear
and comic books.
with the rest of the African Americans as the Eastern Seaboard
Line rattled out of Norlina, North Carolina headed north. It was a
very noisy and uncomfortable ride, but I relished every second. I
made a sketch in my mind's eye of every single face in the rail car.
I stared so much that Grandma gave me a stinging slap on my hand.
stopped traveling. It just became an easier and more comfortable
passion. Sometimes I find myself staring even today remembering
the faces of strangers on a plane, train, car or bus. Most of my
visits back were on the bus. Thanksgiving of 1968 I took the
Greyhound bus home, ate dinner with my family, walked the half
mile back to the highway, flagged down the bus and returned to
my Grandmother's house before she even missed me.
My first plane ride took me and my 15 year old daughter to
Disney World. I cannot stress enough how important that trip was.
We bonded. Partly because she enjoyed the plane ride and taking
care of me, because I was green most of the time. It was also my
introduction to the world of Timeshares.
parents and shared these experiences with others. They were
better readers and more accepting of people different from
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