The Secretary of the United States of America hereby requests all whom it may concern to permit the citizen/national of the United States named herein to pass without delay or hindrance and in case of need to give all lawful aid and protection.
So this is nifty, my passport came in the mail today, less than a month after I put in my application!
I remember being 16, taking my driving exam, and earning my license. As soon as I got home, I fired up my mom’s old blue Nissan minivan and drove it to the local park and back – probably only a 5 mile round trip – but I still remember the freedom. No one was in the van with me and if I wanted to stop for ice cream or a soda I could. After being bound to home for 15 years, going only as far as I could walk or bike or catch a car ride, my world suddenly expanded.
In some ways, it feels like my world is expanding again. Before I got my passport I could only go as far as this countries borders would allow me, now I can buy a plane ticket and go most anywhere!
$450 buys me a flight to London and back in April!
Try my luck in Dublin, Ireland for $850!
$870 lets me experience an archeology dig in Cairo!
I can go hang with the Kiwi birds in New Zealand for $1700!
I have a feeling I’ve been bitten by the travel bug!!