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Customer Story: Helping Orphans in Vietnam

March 14th, 2014
At RushMyPassport, every customer has a story. We thought this one was especially worth sharing. Recently, we had the opportunity to help Hillary Brown, co-founder of HOW, an organization that helps children, the elderly and the disabled in Vietnam. Helping Orphans Worldwide HOW (Helping Orphans Worldwide) is a small charity, but it operates several remarkable projects, including: A program to help Vietnamese children affected by the rare skin disease Epidermolysis bullosa (EB), which causes the skin to be so fragile that even the slightest friction causes painful blisters. HOW provides wound care supplies and other support to these children and their families, along with training for the medical professionals who care for them. A tutoring and mentorship program for children i

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4 Reasons You Might Not Be Able to Use Your Passport

February 7th, 2014
True or False: Once issued, your passport is valid for travel until the day it expires. The answer is...FALSE, at least in some cases! Read on to see why you might not be able to use your valid passport for travel. 1. Your Passport Expires Too Soon If your passport expires in the next six months, you may need to renew it before you can travel. Some countries have laws that prevent you from entering if your passport expires within three to six months of either the date you enter or the date you leave. Show up at the airport with a passport that expires too soon, and you'll be shown the door.  If it expires in the next nine months, the State Department recommends you renew it now. If you have questions about a specific country's entry requirements, look it up on the Department of

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How To Get Extra Passport Pages for Free

January 27th, 2014
Currently, it costs $82 to get additional pages added to your US passport, but you can avoid this fee with just a bit of forethought and a quick stroke of the pen. Here's how: Step 1: Check Your Passport's Expiration Date If you're running out of pages in the back and your passport expires in the next year, go ahead and renew it.  The Department of State recommends you renew 9 months in advance, anyway. Step 2:  Renew Your Passport  You can renew by mail as long as all of the following statements are true: Your current passport was issued when you were 16 or older, is in your possession and is undamaged. Your passport is 15 years old or less. Your current passport was issued in your current name or you have the legal documents to support a name change request. Step 3

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Puerto Rico Passport Agency Opens

January 13th, 2014
The New Year brings good news for US citizens living in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands: no longer will an expedited passport require an expensive and time-consuming trip to the mainland. The San Juan Passport Agency will be open for business on Monday, January 13, 2014. This passport agency will issue emergency passports to people with international travel itineraries departing within the next 14 days (or within the next four weeks if a visa is also required). Previously, the closest available regional passport agency office was in Miami, Florida. Here's how to use the passport agency: Appointments are required.  Schedule an appointment by calling 1-877-487-2778. Bring all the required documents for your passport application, proof of travel and money to cover the

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Expedited US Passport Services for Winter Travel

December 6th, 2013
What's the best way to get your passport expedited during the busy travel season? The US Department of State's standard passport processing time is four to six weeks. In a recent press release, the State Department said customers using third-party expediting companies "do not receive their passport any faster than those who come directly to the U.S. Department of State and apply at one of our 25 passport agencies located across the United States." Does that mean expediting companies like RushMyPassport are not worth the money? Not so fast!  Due to geographic location and work schedules, many consumers may not be able to get an expedited passport without the help of a third party expediter. To see why, let's take a look at the options you have available to you. The government fe

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Best Apps for International Travel

December 5th, 2013
Earlier this summer, we posted a blog on 4 Great Apps for International Travel.  We wanted to add some additional apps to the list to ensure you were up to date on the latest and greatest apps for international travel. Trip Journal -- Trip documenter :  Trip Journal is an award-winning travel app that lets you digitally document your trip on your iOS, Android, Bada or Symbian device. Converse:  Have a conversation with speakers of other languages with Converse, a $4.99 iPad app. Converse translates between English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Dutch. UNESCO World Heritage -- Location guide:  For travelers who would like a bucket list of amazing places to visit in their lifetime, the World Heritage app will do the trick. Wikitude:  Award-winning augmente

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50 Places Everyone Should See In Their Lifetime

November 22nd, 2013
Got a vacation coming up and wondering where to go?  Disney World again?   Your in-laws?  The beach?  All great ideas but we think we’ve got a better one.  Grab your passport and plan a visit to one of these 50 amazing destinations that everyone should see in their lifetime.  Take your family, take your friends and start planning.  And yes, you will need a current passport for 47 of the 50 destinations we’ve included.  We’ve listed them in alphabetical order to help you keep them straight.  Whether you see 1, 20 or all 50, we know you won’t be disappointed. Angel Falls (Venezuela) Angkor Wat (Cambodia) Bagan (Burma) Berlin Wall (Germany) Bora Bora (French Polynesia) Borobudur (Indonesia) Cappadocia (Turkey) Chichen Itza (Mexico) Christ the Redeemer (Bra

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Washington Passport Agency is Moving

October 24th, 2013
If you live in Washington, DC and you need an emergency passport, here's an important update- the Washington, DC passport office is moving! Until Friday, October 25th, the agency will serve customers at its current location, 1111 19th Street, N.W.  However, when it opens back up for business on Monday, October 28th, it will be at a new location. Set your GPS to the new address: 600 19th Street NW, Washington, DC. The passport agency's fancy new digs offer more space in the lobby and more windows to accommodate passport seekers.  Looking at the numbers, the Washington Passport Agency needs the extra space. According to the Department of State, last year the agency saw approximately 30,000 customers and issued more than 200,000 passports! About the Washington Passport Agency The

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Houston Passport Agency Closed

October 15th, 2013
  Houston, you have a problem: The Houston Passport Agency is closed for renovations. If you need an emergency passport, you have two choices: travel to another city or use a private expediting company like RushMyPassport. The Houston Passport Agency handles urgent passport requests. Typically, you are eligible to use this office if you need a passport AND You have an international departure planned within the next 14 days You are leaving in the next 4 weeks and your trip requires a visa. Long story short, if you're eligible to use the Houston Passport Agency, your stress levels are probably already high. To add insult to injury, the Houston Passport Agency will be shut down until some time in 2014. How are you supposed to get your passport now? With the office c

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Top Tips for Booking Holiday Travel

October 8th, 2013
October is in full swing and the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays are fast approaching. If you are wondering when the best timeto book your trips and travel, we’ve got your answers here. The short answer is the time is now! “The best bet for the consumer is to travel as early before the actual holiday or as late as possible afterward, and always leave room for schedule changes,” explained Dean Headley, co-author of Wichita State University’s Airline Quality Rating report. “During the past several years, the holiday travel period has continued to be a challenging time for travelers, and with industrywide seat capacity reduction, it will remain a stressful travel experience [this year].” Travel search engine Kayak.com analyzed “hundreds of millions”

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