You're ready to pack your bags and travel the world! But wait a minute, there's just one little thing you're missing — your passport. No worries, just follow these easy steps from the Bureau of Consular Affairs on obtaining the little travel booklet that'll get you places. Read on to find out what they are and keep in mind that these instructions apply to people who are applying for a passport for the first time and are over the age of 16.
Although SavvySugar readers say travel is their favorite thing to splurge on, the reality is only 30 percent of Americans hold a passport. The US is so big that it seems like there are too many cities to visit so there may not seem like there's a need to even get one. Further, the process of getting a passport and doing all the paperwork can be quite a hassle. I'm asking: do you have a passport?
Of all the essentials to bring when traveling, packing a color copy of your passport just might be one of the savviest; especially when you're traveling internationally.
It's a good idea to have a backup copy of your passport, just in case you lose it on your travels. That's because if you misplace your passport, some places will accept the copy in lieu of the original and you'll also be able to speed up the replacement process. Further, Lifehacker.com recommends that keeping a copy of the first page of your passport in your luggage will make it easier to find your luggage if a problem pops up.
What other travel essentials do you bring on your trips?
There are few things more exciting than traveling abroad, and when you cross international lines, make sure that anticipation doesn't make you careless. Kim Kardashian learned her lesson the hard way. After landing in Johannesburg, South Africa on a flight from Botswana, Kim was caught between a rock and a hard place when customs requested her passport that was nowhere to be found.
Lucky for Kim, the airline allowed her beau Reggie Bush back on the empty plane to search for the passport and in her words, "He saved the day!" You and I might not have such pull with an airline that's busy preparing the plane for the next flight. Before exiting any plane, make sure you have all of your valuables including your passport, wallet, and less important but prized possessions like your iPod — my husband left his on a plane to St. Lucia.
After a fabulously exhausting evening of teary vows, dancing the night away, and tight-hugged goodbyes you're off to a relaxing romantic escapade as an official Mrs.
It's not a given that you'll change your last name to match your husband's, but if you're considering it then take care when making your honeymoon and other travel reservations. Find out how to treat traveling as a newly married woman when you read more
It's honeymoon week in Sugarland so I told you to make believe you're going down under to Australia with your new hubby. You'll be doing a little bit of everything — hiking, clubbing, shopping, sightseeing — so you'll need a well-rounded collection of clothes. But don't forget it's Winter there now so try to stay away from hot-weather items.
I started you off with this Abas Metallic Passport Cover ($35) because you can't let your passport go on vacation looking drab. Let's see what you all came up with!
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Securing a passport is necessary if you're planning on leaving the country and it's best to apply early to ensure successful travel. And if you already have one but haven't touched it in ages take it out of its hiding place to check the expiration date.
You may renew your passport through the mail if you have it in your possession (aka, not lost), you were at least 16 years old when it was issued, the passport itself isn't more than 15 years old, and you still have the same name or can provide proof of a legal name change. Find out how to obtain a brand new passport when you read more
It's honeymoon week in Sugarland so make believe that you're going down under to Australia with your new hubby. You'll be doing a little bit of everything — hiking, clubbing, shopping, site seeing — so you'll need a well-rounded collection of clothes. But don't forget it's Winter there now so try to stay away from hot weather items.
I'll start you off with this Abas Metallic Passport Cover ($35) because you can't let your passport go on vacation looking drab!
Now, you can build outfits by creating a list of clothing items. We have everything you need to build outfits, and you can use your Fab-Find bookmarks, too. This is an even better way to put together an entire outfit when you are completing your Fab-Finding missions.
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Welcome to Part II of Ooh La La Liquid Lipsticks. (You can read Part I here.) I really love the creamy feeling of liquid lipsticks. They go on like lip gloss — without all the gooey-ness — and though the color isn't sheer, it's still softer than an opaque lipstick. It's a perfect balance when you are in a hurry and you don't want to fuss with a liner, lipstick, and a gloss. Here are three more lippies for you to play with.
Takeaway Anti Gloss by Passport ($12) is an opaque brush-on lipstick that has the high shine of a lip gloss. It keeps your lips feeling soft and smooth all day and has a great kiwi and green tea scent. It is available in two shades: Uscita (Fuscia) and Way Out (Red).
Two more liquid lipsticks, so read more