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Reasons to Get Out and Travel

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There a lot of people who like the idea of being able to travel and to visit a new country. However, they don’t do it. Many people honestly avoid traveling because they are afraid of the unknown. They have a comfortable home, they are comfortable in their community, and they are quite frankly afraid of what might happen to them if they risk venturing outside of their comfort zone. For this reason they might make excuses about not traveling. They might say they need to do things like do a US passports name change or other paperwork. However, people who have been able to get over these concerns and have been willing to take the risk to travel have really had an experience that has drastically changed their life for the better.

Of course, not everyone is ready to jump into traveling feet first. Sometimes it’s better for people to take baby steps. These baby steps could include things like visiting a foreign country that is either close to home or that shares the same language and customs as the country the person is visiting from. As an example, people in the United States could travel to Canada. It still another country, but it’s similar enough to life in the United States that travelers will not experience an overwhelmingly large culture shock.

Once a person has visited a country that is close to their home, then they can start to venture out to areas that are a little farther away and where the culture is a little bit different from what they are accustomed to. For North Americans, this might include visiting Mexico and Central America.

One of the nice things about visiting Mexico and Central America is that in these places are different enough to be considered foreign but still have close enough ties to North America that many of the customs and ideas will be familiar to travelers. For example, if a person chooses to travel to El Salvador, they will find that there are many people from El Salvador who have lived, worked, and studied in the United States. And while the vast majority of people speak Spanish, there are a few who speak at least some English.

Another nice thing about traveling in Central America, especially in El Salvador, is that the currency is the US dollar. So there is no worry about transferring or exchanging money.

WHAT NOT TO FORGET WHILE TRAVELING AROUND THE GLOBE (OR WHILE PREPARING FOR IT)

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Traveling is so much fun, and it is so heart-warming for sure! It also makes you experience a lot more than just sitting at your home. But all those new experiences might make you forget about some essential stuff! In order to help you not to forget about it all, below you will find a short list of stuff you just can’t forget. It will definitely improve your whole traveling a lot more and make your experience even more perfect. So – let’s get to it right away! 

  • Online coupons for the booking. You should never forget that there are thousands of online coupons that will let you book any hotel room  a lot cheaper! Just like these Hotels.com online coupons I got from ChameleonJohn.com! It seems like nothing, but in reality it really works magically well. So you can enjoy traveling the world in a much smaller cost!
  • Photocopy of your personal documents. It is also very important not to forget to make a copy of your ID or passport. There might be some unplanned events and you can lose it. With a photocopy of it you will be able to return to your country or just to prove something really necessary. For instance – always bring a few copies of your wedding license if you are traveling in Muslim countries.
  • You should also always inform your bank or credit company if you are leaving the country for long. The company might assume that your card was stolen and somehow got abroad and they might block it. And so you can leave standing without any money. To avoid that – contact your bank and inform that you are leaving the country. This way they will know that is you who is spending money somewhere in Thailand.
  • While you pack, use some basic packing tricks. For instance – roll your clothing rather than folding it. It actually saves a lot of space in your bag or luggage and it will surely let you pack more important stuff than clothing. Of course, not all clothing works well with rolling. Some like to be folded more, so keep that in mind and don’t forget to get creative while packing. It can save you some time and space for sure!
  • If I started to talk about packing, then I need to remind you to always pack a pair of earplugs with you. You don’t really know the place very well and all the stuff that can bother you during those few precious hours of sleep. Those little miracle makers will let you get well-rested and it won’t take any space in your bag too.
  • Also, don’t forget to bring your headphones with you. Nobody want to hear what music you are listening and so why not avoid doing that and pack your headphones too? Also, there are going to be a lot of plane rides and buses and you will enjoy it more with your favorite music. Trust me, pack your headphones. You won’t regret that!
  • Finally, your personal medical kit should find some space in your luggage. Especially if you are suffering from a migraine or stomach aches. Somewhere abroad it might be pretty hard to find the right medicine, so you should prepare for all illnesses at home and while packing. 
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Passport and boarding pass.

In order to make your traveling and vacation more hassle-free, store your important documents in a very sturdy travel bag which you can carry around without difficulty.  Travel documents like passports, air tickets, hotel confirmations, and money are the most important things.  Always keep them secure wherever you may go.

Consular Outreach In Texas

I am very happy and thankful that the renewal of my expired passport went smoothly this morning and I was able to finish the report of my daughter’s birth early. My appointment for the passport renewal was 9:30 A.M. and the report of birth was 10:30 A.M.  It didn’t take 20 minutes for the passport renewal process because everything was systematic.  For this reason, I was able to do the report of birth process and finished altogether at 11:00 A.M.

Thanks to the Philippine Consulate General (Los Angeles) for the Consular Outreach in Texas. It’s a huge convenience for us acquiring the services than flying to LA to get these done.  And a big thank you to the PACC Texas (Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce) for making this Consular Outreach in Dallas possible.

Along with the train this morning.

Along with the train this morning on my way to the Consular Outreach in Dallas.

I woke up very early and headed to the Consular Outreach venue in Irving after I got cleaned up and a cup of coffee.  It’s the very first time I went to the outreach by myself.  So I had to use my GPS to help me navigate.  Because it’s a Sunday, the traffic wasn’t bad at all.  Two miles close to the outreach location, I decided to grab a bite to eat so I stopped at a Mc Donald’s.  I had some hotcakes and a free cup of coffee.

Free coffee at Mc Donald's.

Free coffee at Mc Donald’s.

Consular Outreach in Texas services rendered:

Passport Renewal
New Passport Application
Report of Birth
Report of Marriage
Application for Dual Citizenship

Passport Renewal Appointment Schedule Is Confirmed

Hurray!  My application for passport renewal was accepted, so I will be at the consular outreach in Dallas, Texas in a few weeks.  I am very happy that I am included in the appointment scheduling list because who knows when the next outreach will be here in Texas.

In addition to the passport renewal, I am also reporting my child’s birth to the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles.  Texas is one of the states in their jurisdiction so I have to report the birth of my child.  Because I didn’t do it 12 months after my child was born, I have to provide tons of copies of the required documents.  Arg!

And in connection to all of these processes, we are planning our next long vacation overseas for next year.  And my dear husband should also renew his passport the soonest possible time.