Impulse buying: facing the consequences
You arrive at the airport well in advance, check-in for the flight and proceed to passport control before clearing security screening ready for the long journey ahead. …. Baggage has to be retrieved from the aircraft resulting in a missed takeoff … Read more on Gulf Times
Travel Posters To Movie Locales Are A Roaming Film Buff's Ideal Christmas Gift
These resealable and element-proof bags come in all shapes and sizes to fit your every need (protect your passport and cellphone, or keep that pesky leaking shampoo bottle under wraps), and are transparent and odor-proof. Packs range in <a href="loksak … Read more on Huffington Post Canada
5 commercial banks to collect online fees for MRP, MRV
To deliver hassle-free and quick service to the applicants of Machine Readable Passport (MRP) and Machine Readable Visa (MRV), the government, for the first time, permitted five private commercial banks to collect fees through their online network. Read more on Financial Express Bangladesh
Japan Inc. Needs to Get Off Galapagos
The reference, of course, is to fellow French passport holder and Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, the CEO Japanese call "Le Cost Killer." When he took over the faltering automaker in June 2000 and began cutting jobs and downsizing everything in sight, Ghosn … Read more on Bloomberg
Passport Picks: Main Street at Christmas in Stockbridge, Mass.
Commemorative buttons, at a cost of $ 5 apiece, offer admittance to any of the day's activities, while children under the age of 12 are welcome at no charge. Horse-drawn wagon and carriage rides are to be available for an additional fee. Other holiday … Read more on Litchfield County Times
Cell Phones on Planes? Let's Hope Not.
Most people fail to realize that the average airfare in 2013 is about half of what it was three decades ago—and that's after factoring in the various add-on fees that have become so popular. The average fare has fallen 18 percent since 2000 alone … Read more on Boston.com (blog)
Stansted starts campaign for long haul flights
Stansted will contact over 300 of the region's top companies to develop a detailed picture of their travel requirements which will provide a base of evidence to show airlines the strong demand for business travel within the region and the opportunities … Read more on Cambridge News
Definitions of Transmittal of Funds and Funds Transfer
Because the new section 919 of the EFTA defines "remittance transfers" broadly, most electronic transfers of funds sent by consumers in the United States to recipients in other countries will be subject to the new protections. … END FOOTNOTE The … Read more on HispanicBusiness.com
MY VIEW: Katrina Hall in form to hate
This week, a woman called our home phone and offered us pet insurance. I fell off my chair, first because the home phone rang, secondly because there was someone on the other end offering me something other than a better deal on electricity. And … Read more on Maribyrnong Weekly
More details revealed over allegations of Australia spying on East Timor
A former ASIS officer has signed an affidavit on the spying allegations which will form part of East Timor's legal case against Australia, challenging the validity of the deal. The case is scheduled to be heard in the Hague on Thursday. Peter Lloyd … Read more on ABC Online
Cuba suspends consular services in US, blames embargo
MIAMI (Reuters) – Cuba is shutting down nearly all of its consular services in the United States until further notice after it said no bank would handle its business, the government announced on Tuesday, blaming the situation on the longstanding U.S … Read more on Reuters
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Former Daily Mirror and Daily Express news editor Leigh tracked down Mrs Darwin in Panama City with staff photographer Steve Dennet for news agency Splash. He told Press Gazette that nothing had been paid to Darwin for the exclusive. And in a bizarre … Read more on Press Gazette
Dog treats pilfered from drop box
The man was eventually able to get out of the room on his own. A man calling from Shady Lane reported that … A woman calling from U.S. 2 near Coram reported that she was thrown to the ground and pushed against a wall by a man, who was subsequently … Read more on Daily Inter Lake
Hong Kong has a long way to go on disabled rights and attitudes
In that situation, we wait until the check-in staff are distracted by their next passengers and then make a run (or "wheel") for it to passport control – where security staff happily process us, without the need for a porter. And so, at Ocean Park, we … Read more on South China Morning Post
Kenya slum embraces alternative currency
They could get some nonprofit backing, generate a large amount of this new currency, give it to the community and let its value multiply as members spent amongst each other. Productivity would spike, wealth would … The Great Depression was the golden … Read more on Al Jazeera America (blog)
UPDATE 1-Cuba suspends consular services in US, blames embargo
Many of them must seek entry visas if they do not have a valid Cuban passport. Cuban emigres who lack U.S. citizenship must keep their Cuban passports up to date through the Cuban Interests Section in Washington. Close to 100,000 Americans also visited … Read more on Reuters
Live! vs. IPFW (w/video)
Says he'll draw a paycheck playing the game once day, though it's more likely to happen with a passport. The last game Illinois played, Flavor Flav was sitting courtside. Don't think … For those of you not out there shopping — hope no one here was … Read more on Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Fugitive driver arrested in India over Melbourne death
… October 1, 2008. In 2009, Puneet used a friend's passport to fly back to his home country after entering the plea. … UPDATE: FUGITIVE killer driver Puneet Puneet was arrested as he went to meet a friend, after Interpol tipped-off local police … Read more on The Australian
Strangers Help Homeless Father Make His Way Back Home to Family (VIDEO)
He traveled to NYC to find work, but was robbed of all his money ($ 1,000) and his belongings including his passport and his phone after falling asleep at Port Authority. He was already having a lot of trouble finding work and living off the last of his … Read more on The Stir
Ahh, vacation…a time to relax and unwind. Did you know that according to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, American workers leave a grand total of 459 million vacation days unused every year. Additionally, giving up the stress-reducing benefits of vacation can also potentially affect your health. For example, Royal Caribbean’s press release quoted John de Graaf, Executive Director of Take Back Your Time, who stated that men who take vacation days have a 32% lower risk of having heart disease, while women who take all of their vacation days cut their risk of heart disease in half.
It’s amazing what a vacation can do, and there’s no better way to get away from it all than to leave the country, even if you only go as far as Canada or Mexico. After all, when you leave the country, you suddenly have to deal with roaming charges for cell phone calls and roaming data charges for accessing the internet on your phone, so you have a perfect excuse to not be “always on.”
Before you book an international vacation, make sure to check the expiration date on your passport. Adult passports expire 10 years from the date they were issued, while child passports expire within 5 years.
Applying for your US passport renewal well in advance can help keep your vacation from inadvertently adding to your stress.
Remember, it generally takes about 6 weeks for a US passport renewal application to be processed with normal processing. If you pay a $ 60 expedite fee and fork over the money for overnight shipping to and from the passport office, you can cut the processing time down to 3 weeks door-to-door. For even faster service, you’ll have to make an appointment at a Regional Passport Agency office capable of issuing same-day passports, or use a private passport expediting company for an additional fee.
Alison Kroulek is a freelance writer and blogger with a focus on the travel industry.