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Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Traveling With a Passport

Do you have a passport? Only 37 percent of Americans own one. Still, 72 million Americans traveled abroad last year. If you’re one of them, then you used your passport…. Read More…

Travel Tip: How Access to Countries Varies Depending on Your Passport
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Travel Tip: How Access to Countries Varies Depending on Your Passport

Which countries have the most powerful passports in the world? That question actually comes down to which countries have the least amount of visa requirements for their citizens to travel… Read More…

Travel Tip: What the Travel Ban Means for Americans
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Travel Tip: What the Travel Ban Means for Americans

It’s been a little more than a month since President Trump signed the first executive order that created a travel ban for citizens of seven separate countries. That was successfully… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why You Should Have a Duplicate Passport
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Travel Tip: Why You Should Have a Duplicate Passport

It’s sad but true. Most Americans don’t own a passport. Only about 37 percent of U.S. citizens have one. But smart travelers actually have two passports. Yes, U.S. State Department… Read More…

Travel Tip: Not All Driver’s Licenses May Be Accepted at Airports
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Travel Tip: Not All Driver’s Licenses May Be Accepted at Airports

Most of us traveling within the U.S. have done so under the assumption that our driver’s license is an acceptable form of government ID for airport security. Now there’s news… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Passport, Visa & Customs

Travel Tip: When You Need to Get A Visa

The word visa comes from the Latin term charta visa, meaning “paper which has been seen.” If you’re traveling overseas, some countries still demand you obtain a visa before they  allow… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why You Should Get a New Passport in the Fall
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Travel Tip: Why You Should Get a New Passport in the Fall

Summer is over, and this is perhaps the best time to get—or renew—your passport. Last year, the U.S. State Department issued 14 million passports. Even with that number, remarkably few… Read More…

Travel Tip: What You Need to Know About Your Passport & Visas
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Travel Tip: What You Need to Know About Your Passport & Visas

Understanding the logistics behind getting travel visas isn’t easy, and the fact is, the rules can change on a whim. If you’re traveling for less than 90 days within a… Read More…

Travel Tip: What to Know Before Retiring Abroad
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Travel Tip: What to Know Before Retiring Abroad

When we’re in the midst of cold weather, a lot of people start thinking about retiring in warmer climates. Here’s what you need to know to make the dream of… Read More…

Travel Tip: How to Expedite Your Passport
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Travel Tip: How to Expedite Your Passport

Nothing can derail an international trip faster than realizing your passport has expired or is invalid. Here’s how you can expedite your passport before it’s too late. Did you know… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: What’s Going Wrong with TSA PreCheck
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Travel Detective Blog: What’s Going Wrong with TSA PreCheck

Many of you have either heard about or become part of the TSA trusted traveler program called PreCheck. In theory, it’s a great idea. You show your encoded boarding pass,… Read More…

Is There a Downside to TSA PreCheck?
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Is There a Downside to TSA PreCheck?

Would you trade your fingerprints for access to a shorter line at the airport? The TSA PreCheck program is now available in 100 airports across the country, and more than… Read More…

Travel Tip: Should You Invest in TSA PreCheck?
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Travel Tip: Should You Invest in TSA PreCheck?

You’ve heard me talking about the TSA PreCheck. It doesn’t work every time, but if you’re selected, it gets you access through expedited lines where you don’t have to remove… Read More…

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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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…