What to do if you got ill while traveling

While planning a vacation abroad with russian women,

we try not to think about various possible troubles such as illnesses or accidents. What can happen within 2 weeks? It would seem that the probability of getting ill just right when you go abroad is very small. However, tour operators consider the issue more seriously and sell health insurance together with the tour. Continue reading “What to do if you got ill while traveling”

How to travel with a dog

You planned a trip to the sunny Maldives or want to discover mysterious Montenegro but do not want to leave your pet at home alone or do not trust your neighbors to take care of them?

Then the only option possible is to take a pet with you. What to do in this case, what documents to issue and how to transport animals – this is what we are going to shed light on today.

If you travel with one of beautiful russian women you date, she will definitely help you with that.

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Culture Corner – Ireland

My favorite part of visiting a foreign country is absorbing the local culture and asking about the day-to-day lives of the locals. Talking with the citizens of where you’re visiting is the best method of discovering those local spots that so many tourists would die to know and it’s a great way to make friends. After all the lovely chats I had with the native Irish men and women, while also observing some norms through my own embarrassing mistakes, this is what I’ve learned about Ireland. Continue reading “Culture Corner – Ireland”

17 Things to Do While in the Hawaiian Islands

Planning a trip to one or more of the islands in Hawaii? The Hawaiian Islands are known for some of the most dense jungles and awe-inspiring views you’ve ever seen. There is a never ending list of things to do outdoors and it’s only fitting that’s where you should spend most of your time. Keep reading for fun adventures to check off your bucket list.  Continue reading “17 Things to Do While in the Hawaiian Islands”

How to Stay Healthy On The Move

For most people, vacations are often a chance to escape the daily confines of your diet, work routine, household chores, and every other thing you don’t want to do. But skimping on your health while you vaca-it-up drinking margaritas, sun tanning, and eating cannolis like daily vitamins can result in some pretty nasty side effects. If you’re one of the guilt-free travelers and damn proud of it, I applaud you (and I’m secretly jealous of your super powers). However, for people like me who are sick for days from too many scones, get jet lag, dehydration, swelling of the legs, and headaches when I don’t keep my health up, here are a few of my tricks to keeping your mind and body in mint condition for all of life’s greatest adventures.

Stay hydrated. The human body is made up of about 55% to 60% of water so think about whether you’d like to be a dried out raisin or a juicy grape. I’ll be a grape any day of the week.

Get your fruit and veggies. One of my favorite things is going to the local farmer’s market. You get to experience a piece of the local culture and try some of the native fruits and vegetables. You’d be surprised by the variety of produce you’ve never tried before. Continue reading “How to Stay Healthy On The Move”

Packing The Perfect “Personal Item”

The “personal item” is a handbag, briefcase, or small bag that goes under the seat in front of you. If you don’t pack it right, you may be that person digging through their suitcase looking for their 3-1-1 bag of toiletries, or the guy who drops stuff on people’s heads while aimlessly searching through the overhead bin.

With new regulations strictly enforcing the 2-bag rule, you can no longer squeak by with your handbag, weekender bag, airport purchases, AND your roller suitcase. It needs to all fit into a total of 2 bags! For those over-packers, I feel your pain. So by following and modifying this list to your traveling needs, you’ll reduce that feeling of anxiety going through security, getting settled in your seat, and prevent unneeded rummaging through the overhead bins. Continue reading “Packing The Perfect “Personal Item””

Help! My Dog Ate My Passport.

The story of how my dog ate my passport and I worked tirelessly until I got a new one 9 hours later.

***If you are in this emergency and need the quick version, scroll to the bottom. This is specific to U.S. Passports only and I have NO IDEA if it pertains to other country’s protocol for emergency passports.

“Help! My dog ate my passport.” I left for Bali at 12pm on a Monday and the Friday morning before, my dog Cooper did not approve of my upcoming trip. I guess he just loves my belly rubs, he couldn’t stand to be without them. He was also hungry that morning and craving a United States passport for breakfast. I came out of the shower to see passport shreds all over the couch and my upcoming itinerary torn to bits. I immediately began to panic.

Yummy Passport

Yummy Passport

After the initial shock of “OH MY F#*&ING GOD, COOPER!!!” (and more unmentionable choice words) I screamed and cried and ran around the house like a complete crazy person. I finally calmed down and called the United States passport office after some intense Google searching of what to do. I had a melt down on the phone, despite my greatest attempts at keeping my composure, and explained the situation in between sobs and cracked words. “I need to get a new passport ASAP because my dog just polished off my old one and I leave Monday morning”, I pleaded. The woman on the other end laughed a few times and then transferred me to the appointment making system. Luckily, there was a Passport Agency right near where I lived.

*Note: In an emergency, you can’t just go to a post office for an expedited one. You need to get it made at a federal office.

The next available appointment was on Monday at 1:30! An hour and a half after I was set to depart. I freaked out for the third time in a 30-minute span. I had more meltdowns, freak-outs, and crying fits than I have had collectively in my life. My passport was my life line and my dog killed it. I called back and requested an emergency appointment this time to make sure I could go in later that day. I was able to secure an “Emergency Life or Death Appointment” for the same day. It was the last available appointment of the day. The passport Gods were looking out for me! It felt weird getting a life or death appointment because it definitely wasn’t life or death but it’s all they had, so I took it.

Passport Eating Cooper

Passport Eating Cooper

Now I needed some passport photos of my bloodshot eyes, and puffy face. I rushed around unsuccessfully trying to get passport photos done at Long’s Drugs, CVS, and FedEx Office due to “down equipment” and oversleeping printing technicians. I ended up taking a super awesome #selfie against a white wall and printing it on photo paper. I did NOT think it was actually going to be suitable but I cut it up to a 2” by 2” square and they ended up accepting it at the appointment. SCORE!

I gathered up all my documents and headed to the office downtown. If your dog ever eats your passport, you’ll need these too…

1) Proof of Travel Plans like an itinerary, flight tickets, or anything with a date and location on it.

2) Identification (Driver’s license, state ID, military ID, etc.)

3) Original Birth Certificate

4) Original Passport, if you still have it.

5) A signed Letter stating what happened to your old passport.

6) The filled out DS-11 Passport Application

7) Passport photos or a 2”x2” selfie on photo paper.

8) Payment. They accept cashier’s check, credit cards, and exact cash. The price ranges from $180-$225.

At the office, the process was fairly easy. I had my appointment, presented all my documents, stated my case, and politely pleaded for urgency. The woman behind the counter laughed, actually all of the people I spoke to laughed about my dog predicament, and they told me to return at 2pm. They closed for the weekend at 3pm and said they would try to have it done by then. TRY?!?! TRY? I freaked out again thinking I would miss my flight, leave my sister-in-law stranded on a foreign island, and weeks of excitement and planning were flushed down the toilet.

I went to Whole Foods, gorged on some much needed stress foods and returned at 2pm. I waited until 2:40pm and watched Ghostbusters on their waiting area TV until they finally called my name. I’ve never jumped up so fast in my life! I RAN to that passport counter even with the best scene of the movie commencing. That’s right, the giant marshmallow man was attacking the city. MY PASSPORT WAS FINISHED AND I WANTED IT IN MY HANDS. I WAS GOING TO MAKE IT!!! I was never going to let that passport out of my sight again. I have never felt such a sigh of relief in my entire life. I told them thank you at least a dozen times and said that we all deserve to go to Bali after the day we’ve had! They agreed but only if I paid for all of their trips. That was my cue to leave and go home to finish packing.

So the short version of what to do if you lose, ruin, or need an emergency passport within a few days of your trip is to follow these steps…

1 – Stay as calm as possible. Or freak out if it makes you feel better. I screamed and cried more times than I could count.

2 – Call the United States Passport Agency office at 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793 for outside the USA. In a real after-hours emergency call, 1-202-647-4000.

3 – Make a regular appointment if you can afford the time of 5-8 business days. Make an emergency appointment if you need it the same day, or within 1-2 business days. You must request an emergency appointment because they won’t give you one automatically.

4 – Go get passport photos done immediately.

5 – Get all your documents together. Don’t forget the signed letter!

6 – Head down to the office early. You don’t have time to waste.

7 – Present all your documents and explain what happened.

8 – Request it for the same day if you need. Make sure they know the date you need it by if it’s not the same day.

9 – Go blow off some steam and come back hoping your passport is finished.

10 – Keep it away from your dog.

11 – TAKE FLIGHT!

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Happy Travels!