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Global Entry vs. TSA PreCheck: Which Is Worth It?
Airlines & Airports / Passport, Visa & Customs

Global Entry vs. TSA PreCheck: Which Is Worth It?

We all want to speed through the long, unpleasant lines at airport security and customs, but what can you do about it? You might not realize it, but U.S. Customs… Read More…

Know Before You Go: How to Get & Replace a US Passport
Know Before You Go / Passport, Visa & Customs / Videos

Know Before You Go: How to Get & Replace a US Passport

If you’re even thinking of traveling overseas, there’s one essential item: a passport. But right now, more than 60 percent of the U.S. population is ineligible to fly overseas because… Read More…

How to Renew or Apply for a US Passport
Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel News / Travel Tools

How to Renew or Apply for a US Passport

Need a passport? Turns out you’re not alone. In 2012, 64 percent of U.S. citizens did not have passports.  But today is National Passport Day which means there’s no excuse… Read More…

Travel Tip: Lost ID? Don’t Worry.
Airlines & Airports / Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Lost ID? Don’t Worry.

Have you ever arrived at the airport only to realize you forgotten your ID? Don’t panic. There are actually some tricks to get through domestic security without it. As with… Read More…

Growing U.S. Tourism & the Travel Hall of Leaders
Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel News / USA

Growing U.S. Tourism & the Travel Hall of Leaders

Recently the Obama administration released a travel and tourism policy and a position paper that went a long way towards satisfying a lot of the issues that have been facing… Read More…

Travel Contest: What YOU Need on the Road, Week 3 Challenge
Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel Contest

Travel Contest: What YOU Need on the Road, Week 3 Challenge

It’s the last week of the What YOU Need on the Road contest. We’ve covered flying etiquette, driving trips and this week we’re going abroad. Answer our travel process question… Read More…

WTTC Spotlight: Reviving U.S. Tourism post 9/11
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WTTC Spotlight: Reviving U.S. Tourism post 9/11

Did you know that in the last 10 years, the U.S. lost a third of its international long haul travel? This past week Peter Greenberg Worldwide broadcast from the World… Read More…

The Travel Detective: Why U.S. Customs and Border Protection Needs to Change
Passport, Visa & Customs / The Travel Detective® Blog / Travel News

The Travel Detective: Why U.S. Customs and Border Protection Needs to Change

The Obama administration is relaxing visa restrictions in an effort to attract more foreign visitors and boost the U.S. economy, but that is not enough. The Travel Detective lays out… Read More…

How Americans Can Travel to Cuba: A CBS Early Show Report
Caribbean / CBS News / Passport, Visa & Customs / Videos

How Americans Can Travel to Cuba: A CBS Early Show Report

For years Cuba has been a forbidden country for Americans, only assessable to travelers willing to risk losing their passport in the process. But this year, thanks to changes in… Read More…

Icarus & Daedalus Mural in Chicago - photo via Flickr user swanksalot
Australia & New Zealand / Icarus Award / Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel News

Icarus Award: X Marks the Gender, Dogs on the Runway & a Seat Belt Straitjacket

It doesn’t pay to mistreat a flight attendant, though you may win an Icarus award for doing so. Last week’s flight attendant biting incident beat out Green Day’s Billy Joe… Read More…

Preclearance Program Good For Governments, Passengers, Airlines: Why Not Expand It?
Luggage & Packing / Passport, Visa & Customs / The Travel Detective® Blog / Travel News / Travel Safety / USA

Preclearance Program Good For Governments, Passengers, Airlines: Why Not Expand It?

Have you ever landed after a long trip abroad only to get stuck in a long line at customs? Turns out the delay might not be necessary. The Travel Detective… Read More…