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Old 03-04-2018, 07:30 AM
 
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$80 per isn't cheap to a lot of people when it's not all that necessary for their situation.
Please, if you can afford to travel(in this case a family of four going to NYC) you can afford the cost.

And it's not a bad idea to have a valid passport.

Some people better start getting familiar with travel restrictions coming to your own country.

By 2020 Americans are going to need special IDs just to travel within in the US.
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Old 03-04-2018, 08:18 AM
 
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Just a sidenote, It’s a good idea to have a picture ID for your children. It doesn’t have to be a passport necessarily, it can be a school ID or a state issued ID card. Of course you’re going to want to passport for traveling purposes but domestic travel you can use a school ID or your state ID card if needed
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Old 03-04-2018, 08:19 AM
 
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Please, if you can afford to travel(in this case a family of four going to NYC) you can afford the cost.

And it's not a bad idea to have a valid passport.

Some people better start getting familiar with travel restrictions coming to your own country.

By 2020 Americans are going to need special IDs just to travel within in the US.
And that special ID doesnít cost anything extra.

For a family, getting passports for everyone can often be a large unnecessary expense. Especially if they have to go to NYC, which may already be stretching their budget. If they arenít planning to leave the country in the next five years, why throw the money away?
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Old 03-05-2018, 05:24 PM
 
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And that special ID doesnít cost anything extra.

For a family, getting passports for everyone can often be a large unnecessary expense. Especially if they have to go to NYC, which may already be stretching their budget. If they arenít planning to leave the country in the next five years, why throw the money away?
Pretty doubtful that they're stretching their budget to go to NYC, I grew up there but left 30 years ago, and went back to visit a few years ago, it's as we all know expensive. I live in Southern CA which isn't cheap either, but after visiting NY and not just NYC but surrounding areas, I told people here we have much cheaper compared to NY. I won't complain about COL here.....LOL.

Just an example $13.50 to drive over the George Washington Bridge, that was almost 4 years ago. Dining out is much more, even in NY diners(got charged a $1 for a refill on iced tea).

And if money is that tight, than you don't go to places like NYC for a vacation, you find a more cost effective place to visit.
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:14 AM
 
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Pretty doubtful that they're stretching their budget to go to NYC, I grew up there but left 30 years ago, and went back to visit a few years ago, it's as we all know expensive. I live in Southern CA which isn't cheap either, but after visiting NY and not just NYC but surrounding areas, I told people here we have much cheaper compared to NY. I won't complain about COL here.....LOL.

Just an example $13.50 to drive over the George Washington Bridge, that was almost 4 years ago. Dining out is much more, even in NY diners(got charged a $1 for a refill on iced tea).

And if money is that tight, than you don't go to places like NYC for a vacation, you find a more cost effective place to visit.
You can't possibly know other people's budget situations. I'm going to NYC at the end of the month ... I can afford the trip, but I have to be very conscious about my spending so that I can go. And $80 for a document that I'm not going to need is the equivalent of a Broadway show. Would it prevent me from going? Probably not. But I might have to give up a show, which is kind of the point of me going.
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