Passport Day in the USA

It’s pretty safe to guess that anyone who runs a travel blog is pretty passionate about travel.

So, yep, that’s me!

And turns out, it can be hard to do much international travel if you don’t have a passport. Back last year, I wrote one of my most popular and commented upon posts about my theories on why only 30% of Americans have passports (read that here), and why I feel it is so important to experience international travel in life.

Well today is a chance to get ya passport on! March 10th is Passport Day in the USA.

As stated from the State Department’s site:

On Saturday, March 10 only, apply for your U.S. passport at a Regional Passport Agency without an appointment. You will be able to apply for standard processing (4-6 weeks) or pay an additional $60 for expedited processing (2-3 weeks, door-to-door). Passport Day in the USA events are being held at Regional Passport Agencies and many Passport Acceptance Facilities across the country in communities like yours. If you’ve been waiting to get your passport, this is the time!

Also going on during this time is an initiative being run by a group of people called The Passport Party Project, which is also now sponsored by Expedia. The main goal of The Passport Party Project is:

is a philanthropic initiative that will travel the nation and gift 100 underserved girls with their very first passports

This is an awesome group of people. For me, I know that when it came time for me to get my first passport, it was no issue, my parents took me to AAA got my picture taken and then mailed off the fees and pictures, a few weeks later poof, my passport appeared.

But, unfortunately, my situation is far from typical. I can’t imagine the feeling of desperately wanting to travel, even to our neighbors Canada and Mexico and not being able to. Passports in America are expensive, and there are a lot of deserving kids who want to (and should) experience some days outside the US but can’t because of the costs.

So, if you’ve been thinking for a while about getting a passport then consider heading to your local processing office today, or if you want to learn more about The Passport Party Project check out their site, or Facebook pages.

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