International Travel: Ready, Set, Go!
by Kay Tracy
Travel time! You are ready to take your first trip away from your home country? You have watched travel shows on PBS and seen online videos. Maybe you even want to try and make your own travel channel. International Airports will take on a whole new meaning for you.
Let’s look at some things you will want to consider and research
Passport: It can take a while to obtain one of these in the US, so don’t delay getting the process started. You can get the application paperwork online to fill out and even take your own pictures to send along, Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully to avoid any delays. Use a sheet over a door for your background when taking the picture, and pay attention to the sizing requirements. If you are not comfortable with that, check with your post office for passport services. There is a small fee for them to do the picture, but you know it will be done right.
Visas: No, not the credit card. Some countries you might travel to will require a visa. Check with the embassy or other government offices BEFORE booking your trip. Also note, some countries require you to have proof of a return ticket to your home country before you can gain entry. Brazil is one of those, in case you were thinking of Carnivale. The internet lets you