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Old 01-03-2009, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Back in Dallas Texas where I belong!
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I can not believe how little time it took, I believe I went to the post office on Dec 18th ... I got it yesterday in the mail, Jan 2nd!! With Holidays and Weekends ... it only took about 8 work days!!! So NOW I can breathe easy and start planning my trip to Mexico!!
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:27 PM
 
Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
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I can not believe how little time it took, I believe I went to the post office on Dec 18th ... I got it yesterday in the mail, Jan 2nd!! With Holidays and Weekends ... it only took about 8 work days!!! So NOW I can breathe easy and start planning my trip to Mexico!!

Great, now you're trackable!
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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HOT DOGGG!!! Now you can escape from the coming new great depression!!

Really, Txhawk, that's fabulous. You now have the best identification document in the world -- well, except inside the U.S. where citizens are generally insular and don't know anything about passports.

You MUST guard that passport pretty much with your life.

Storing: a safety deposit box is good. Another great place is inside one, then another, small, new ziplock bags (to prevent any water damage) and placed at the very back of your freezer compartment. Put your birth certificate with it; your SS card; emergency cash; any docs you keep at home that must have utmost protection.
Ever notice when a house or apartment goes up in flames, what's left standing and intact? Yep, the refrigerator.

Replacement: If you ever do lose your passport, how will you get another? Right away, make a few photocopies of the page with your picture -- open the passport and spread it out flat on the copier to copy both upper and lower parts of the page. Keep 2 in the freezer; keep one in your suitcase when you travel and the other in your moneybelt so no one can steal it. Put the 3rd copy in some other safe place at home, and when you travel give that copy to someone you trust so that you have an additional resource to get a replacement.

Have fun in Mexico!!
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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I got my passport last February and went on a trip to Europe in May. Visited six countries, England, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Italy. We had a great time and now I'm ready for more! I'm thinking New Zealand at some point this year, my old boss lives there and I'd like to go and visit. Once you travel to a different country, you are hooked!
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Old 01-04-2009, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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If you're going to visit New Zealand Warptman, you should see some of Australia too. It's only 3 or 4 hours flying away from there and it rocks too. However, you do need a visa for Australia whereas you don't need one for New Zealand.
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Old 01-04-2009, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Back in Dallas Texas where I belong!
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Warptman, with all those places visited was it some sort of scheduled trip or did you just go where you wanted ?? I ask because I am interested in traveling but unsure how to go about foreign countries!! I am hooked on traveling ... I've only been to Mexico, but I want to go so many other places!
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Old 01-04-2009, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Texas
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If you're going to visit New Zealand Warptman, you should see some of Australia too. It's only 3 or 4 hours flying away from there and it rocks too. However, you do need a visa for Australia whereas you don't need one for New Zealand.
It is really easy to get that visa fir Australia now, it is done online and costs like $20 Australian dollars. Internet Visa Services Australia
When you get there, it is in the system, your passport is stamped and you are ready to go!

Once you visit New Zealand, you will be hooked! It is one of the most beautiful places on the earth. So much remains untouched.
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Warptman, with all those places visited was it some sort of scheduled trip or did you just go where you wanted ?? I ask because I am interested in traveling but unsure how to go about foreign countries!! I am hooked on traveling ... I've only been to Mexico, but I want to go so many other places!

It was a part of a travel class with the University of Alaska-Kuskokwim Campus. They hold a travel class once every two years. We based our tour on Rick Steves books. Here is a breakdown of our nightly stays...


May 7 & 8th-Ace Hotel in London

May 9th-Night ferry to Hoek Van Holland

May 10-11th Carillon Hotel Haarlem, Netherlands (day trips to Amsterdam)

May 12-14th St. Christopher's Inn, Paris France (tours of museums, tower)

May 15-16th Mountain Hostel Gimmelwald Switzerland (free to do anything)

May 17th night train Bern to Florence Italy

May 18-20th Alessandro Hotel Rome, Italy. (everything Rome)

May 21st-22nd Ostello Cinque Terre Manarola, Italy (free time)

May 23rd-24th Venezia Hostel Venice Italy (free time)

May 25th Night train Venice-Paris.

May 26th Fast train Paris to London through Chunnel.

May 26th Ace Hotel and the 27th flight from London/Gatwick to Cincinnati-Anchorage.
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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I tried to rep you , Warpt, but it's too soon.... That was incredibly generous and informative of you, to type out your whole itinerary to help the OP. You are a fine person. But we already knew that, didn't we?
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Old 01-05-2009, 01:26 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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