The Hurdles of USA Passport Issuance: 5 Things You Should Know

Generally speaking, if you want to travel outside the United States, you'll need a passport. It is one thing to fill out the required paper work and it is quite another to wait for approval. Applying for a passport can be a waiting game (sometimes up to six weeks). This makes it all the more frustrating if your application is not approved.Knowing the common hurdles you are likely to face in acquiring one will help you avoid problems that could lead to denial....more

This is what Passport Security looks like

Sixty different materials go into the printing of a U.S. passport. That little booklet of a thing contains up to 30 pieces of security—and you can’t see most of them. And good luck trying to get details on these security features....more

United Airlines Passport Scanning Mobile App: is it safe?

How much easier international travel is for United Airlines fliers: They can now use their iOS or Android device to scan their passports.If a customer checks in with United’s mobile application for international flights, they can access the passport-scanning feature. One can check in within 24 hours of departure. Fliers will get an option to confirm their stored passport data or to scan their passport....more

Streamlined ‘passpoint’ WiFi coming

WiFi connects us everywhere, such as in parks, subways, airplanes, coffee shops and public WiFi hotspots. The WiFi Alliance says there are more than a million hotspots worldwide, and a report by market research company Informa Telecoms and Media ( reports that Wifi hotspot numbers are set to grow to 5.8 million globally in the next four years....more


Flying between Australia and the USA is a pain in the butt for me. Actually, it's really not that difficult but when I overthink it, it becomes a pain in the butt - or bum. I am a dual citizen. Yes, I was lucky enough to keep my Australian citizenship when I became an American which is something I feel very privileged about. I love both countries equally, both cultures equally and both countries people equally....more


In this CNN article, I absolutely agree with everything that is noted here about the Americans' fear of international travel. Plain ignorance and limited knowledge of the world added with apprehension and anxiety about other countries caused by negative news dished out by media cause Americans to refuse to travel abroad....more

New British Passport

A new British passport with many extra security features will be introduced in October, replacing the ePassport introduced in 2006 British passports issued after October will have a new look, which will include line drawings of classic landscapes from around the UK. Drawings of the White Cliffs of Dover, the Gower Peninsula, Ben Nevis and the Giant’s Causeway will replace the existing images of birds....more

Passing on the Passport Photo

For the past couple of years, I’ve stared at my passport photo and wondered who that person was.  Her hair was short and a different, darker color.  She looked younger.  Sometimes, the security guards at the airport would stare at the photo, then at me, then back. That all stopped when my passport expired.  I’d need to apply for a new passport and get a new photo, even if I wasn’t going to be moving to Canada like most of my liberal friends if the election(TO CONTINUE, GO TO: ...more

The New Passport Card and the Old Passport

First things first, the editorializing. Pay the extra bucks and get a real passport, already, okay? Now, from the State Department: ...more

 I just got one of the new fancy "chip toting" passports a few months ago. It is a ...more


I’ve been feeling remarkably patriotic the past few weeks.  You see, I lost my freedom and it really had me down.  My husband was applying for a new visa to stay in the UK, which took way, way, way longer than we expected.  It was a 2-step process and the second step was to surrender our passports for the visa stamp.  Our lawyer informed us during step two that those lovely blue booklets might not be back in time for our trip to the US. ...more