Even if you are a frequent traveler around your home country, the excitement of traveling overseas for the first time will still strike you. There is something thrilling and terrifying about it that you might even want to pack your bags one month early. It must be the idea that you will step on new streets, or you will learn a new culture, or you will see different attractions that you cannot find in your country, and so on. But on the other hand, it can be a little scary to some first time travelers. But it does not have to. When you are ready with your passport, then nothing should ruin a smooth sailing trip.
- Applying for a passport ahead of time is the most important step for all overseas travelers. You can be ready with a tourist destination map but you cannot visit the tourist sites without a passport. One rule that you should follow is to never book a plane ticket or make plans that cannot be cancelled if you have not secured your passport yet. Take note that there are international flights that ask you to type in your passport number when booking a trip, thus, you should have it on your hands before anything else.
- If you want to get your passport as soon as possible, you can go for the expedited process which releases passports two weeks after application. Once it arrives, it is advisable to secure at least two paper copies of the identification page. One should be given to your parents or anyone who can keep it safe, and the other should be kept in your wallet. It is also best to have a digital copy. Just take a photo of it and have it saved on your Google Docs to make sure that it cannot be easily deleted.
- Your passport is useful not only during international flights. You can also use it for hotels that require a passport for check-ins. You can get a tourist destination map to get an idea on which areas are strict with passports and other identification materials.