Why do I need a passport? What is the difference between a passport book and a passport card? Well I am here to break it down for you.
First whether you plan to travel internationally or not, passports are necessary for everyone. They can be used as a back up I.D. if you happen to lose your drivers license and often time when asked to bring 2 forms of I.D. all you need is your passport because you had to show multiple forms of I.D. to get it. In this day and age international travel has become more than common. Whether it is for work, vacation, or weddings, we are a very linked world. I went to college in Michigan and going to Canada was a quick drive from Detroit. I never thought anything of it until I found out one of my friends doesn’t have a passport. So I am here to break it down for you, explain why you need one and provide a few quotes from travel professionals.
Lets talk about the difference between a passport book and a passport card. According to the U.S. Passport and International Travel website, a passport book is valid for any type of international travel whether that is by land, sea or air. A passport card on the other hand is valid for entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda by land or at sea ports. So what does all of this mean? Basically a passport card can be used when driving between the U.S. and Canada or the U.S. and Mexico and it can also be used when you are travelling on say a cruise ship that ports in any of these areas as well. If you are interested in getting a passport card, I would urge you to get the book as well. Although you may not think you need the book, if for some reason you had a problem while in any of those countries and the quickest way home would be flying, without the passport book you would not be able to.
Another argument I have been making as of late is in regard to the vast amounts of destination weddings that are happening. I am in my mid 20s and it seems like someone I know is getting engaged every weekend. What this means is that I will be attending a lot of weddings starting now, probably for the rest of my life. And I can guarantee that some of those will be to international destinations. I had a outrageously large bridal party and I need to assume that our of all the bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers that some of them may have destination weddings, and I sure as heck wont be missing out because I don’t have a passport.
Travel professional Mike says, “It’s always a good idea to have a valid passport, because you never know what sort of travel opportunities may arise!” Which is definitely true, I have had opportunities to travel spontaneously, even just to Canada that I would not have been able to participate in if I had to wait 6 weeks for a passport.
Travel consultant Brittany says, “So you can take last minute spontaneous trips to Paris to experience the City of Love firsthand” Again, I couldn’t agree more. How is prince or princess charming supposed to sweep you off your feet if you don’t have a passport? No one wants to be in the situation where they have been offered a spontaneous trip to Paris and they have to turn it down because of their lack of official travel documents.
Overall the world we live in is getting smaller and smaller because of technology, ever growing relationships worldwide and because of the ease of travel today. Passports, whether you are planning a trip right now or not, are always always always a good idea. If you have any questions about passports please give us a call 920.236.7777