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Is Expedited Passport Service Worth It? 4 Reasons It Could Actually Save You Money

March 17th, 2017
Is expedited passport service worth it? Conventional wisdom says: "No." After all, why pay someone to do something you could do yourself? Isn't that a waste of money? But what if I told you that using a passport expediting service could actually save you money, as well as your time and your sanity? Because depending on your situation, it totally could. Types of Expedited Passport Service Before we get started, let's take a moment to break down the different types of expedited passport service and make sure we're all on the same page. Expedited passport service at the Post Office How it works: You send your passport or passport renewal application in as normal, but check the box for expedited service and pay an extra $60. Processing Time: Usually 2-3 weeks. Processing times

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Sidney’s RushMyPassport Story

February 27th, 2017
Today, we would like to share a special story with our readers about a truly remarkable customer and her family. Sidney Doane is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.  Two years ago, she was a graduate student at the University of Kansas. She has an enormous passion for helping children, and she was working towards her EdS. in school psychology. She's also shown Quarter Horses competitively for 15 years. An Accident, and a Life Interrupted On December 18, 2014, Sidney left home for Waco, Texas. Her sister Audrey's roommates were graduating from Baylor, and she wanted to be there. It had snowed the night before, but she was careful. To be safe, she waited until 11:00 am to start driving. She never made it. (more…)

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7 Cutting-Edge Spring Break Destinations For 2017

February 13th, 2017
Got the winter blues? We've got the cure: imagining yourself relaxing in one of the top Spring Break destinations for 2017! But where will you go this year? Has Panama City lost its charm? Are you less than thrilled by the thought of Cancun? Here are 7 cutting-edge Spring Break destinations for 2017, plus the passport requirements to get there. Spring Break Destinations for 2017: Nicaragua Little Corn Island Living that island life! Who's ready to swing away?! || ¡Viviendo la vida de isla! ¿Quién está listo para mecerse?! [Photo: @dashley_world_tour] #DiscoverNicaragua #DiscoverMiNicaragua A photo posted by NICARAGUA (@discovernicaragua) on Jan 28, 2017 at 8:23am PST Travel experts from Nomadic Matt to Conde Nast Traveler are calling Nicaragua the next "it" Cen

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8 Luxury Travel Blogs That Take You Off the Beaten Path

December 30th, 2016
Do you hate cookie-cutter hotels and tours almost as much as you hate "roughing it?" Here's the good news: Going off the beaten path doesn't mean you have to sling a pack on your back or live the communal life in a hostel. In fact, here are 8 amazing luxury travel bloggers who combine luxury, pampering and unique adventures. Check them out, get to know them, and get inspired. Luxe Adventure Travel: A Luxury Travel Blog With a Side of Adventure  Or is it an adventure travel blog with a side of luxury? Either way, travel writers Jennifer and Tim Dombrowski explore by day and get pampered at night. Join them as they hike across glaciers,  explore Santorini by kayak and hang out in a luxury baobab treehouse in Africa. Recommended reading:  Sleep in Thousand Year Old Trees at

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How to Get a Passport in 2017 (an Insider’s Guide)

November 30th, 2016
Need to get a passport? Not sure how to get started? At RushMyPassport, we've spent almost a decade making it easier and faster to get a passport for customers around the country. Now, we're sharing our experience with you! Are you a total newbie applying for your first-ever passport? A seasoned traveler ready for a passport renewal? Either way, here's everything you need to know to breeze through getting a passport in 2017. How to Get a Passport in 2017, Step 1: Gather Your Documents They don't just hand out passports to anyone these days. You need the right documents to prove your eligibility. And what you need varies depending on your circumstances. Here's the master list. What You Need for a New Passport Proof of citizenship: Your certified birth certificate, natu

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The 10 Best Places to Study Abroad in 2017

November 16th, 2016
Want to study abroad in 2017? Time to start planning! Many study abroad programs require you apply up to a year in advance. As an American student, you have the whole world at your fingertips. But you'll need to choose a program soon. Need some suggestions? Here are the 10 best places to study abroad in 2017: 10 Best Places to Study Abroad in 2017 1. United Kingdom Why the UK is one of the best places to study abroad: The United Kingdom is hands-down the most popular place to study abroad for American students. For many students, studying in the UK is just different enough. Everyone speaks English, so there's no need to learn another language. There are just enough cultural differences to be challenging but not enough to be completely overwhelming. Plus, there's something for everyon

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4 Ways Travelers Can Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 21st, 2016
In the United States, 1 woman in 8 will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. You probably have a friend, a loved one or a coworker who is a fighter or a survivor. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. People and organizations from around the world are joining together to support patients and their families and encourage screening for early detection. Want to help? Here are 4 ways travelers can support Breast Cancer Awareness Month while they travel. Donate Miles Got some extra frequent flyer miles burning a hole in your pocket? Donate them! Most airlines have programs to encourage members to either donate unused miles to cancer charities or to snag some bonus miles in exchange for a donation. American Airlines: Through American Airline's Miles for the Cure

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The 15 Best Travel Blogs For People Who Don’t Think They Can Travel

September 28th, 2016
You used to dream of seeing the world ... but then you woke up. You went online to check your balance ... and then looked away before you could really see how little money was there. You can't leave your job or your house, and it's hard enough to get your kids out the door for school. Becoming a traveler? Forget it. No chance. Or is there? Here are 15 of the best travel blogs for people who don't think they can travel. Each of these travel bloggers has overcome one or more of the obstacles that keep most of us from believing we can travel: money, kids, commitments and even physical handicaps 4 of the Best Travel Blogs for People Who Think They Don't Have Enough Money Let's get this out of the way...travel does cost money. Flights, lodging, and food all add up. And yet, it doesn'

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Travel to Cuba: 5 Rules Americans Need to Know

August 23rd, 2016
Want to travel to Cuba? Now is the time! At the end of the month, JetBlue will make history with the first non-charter direct commercial flights from the US to Cuba in almost 50 years. But before you go, here are 5 things you need to know about Cuba's passport requirements, Cuban travel visas and how to travel to Cuba legally as an American citizen. Passport Requirements For Americans Traveling to Cuba In a nutshell, you'll need: A valid passport 2 blank pages in the back According to the Department of State, Cuba does not have a six-month rule. Your passport just needs to be valid for the duration of your trip.  That said, if you travel often, make sure you have at least two blank pages in the back so that you can have your passport stamped if needed. Also, tour provide

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Which Passport Forms Do I Need?

August 1st, 2016
One of the worst things about applying for a passport is the paperwork. Not sure which passport forms you need to fill out? Use our helpful guide to slice through the confusion!  Read on to determine which forms you need and where to find them: New Passports Passport Renewals Child Passports Lost or Stolen Passports Damaged Passports Passport Name Changes Passport Cards (more…)

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