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Best Apps for International Travel

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


2013 Record International Travel Predicted

International travel will hit record highs this year, at least that’s the prediction from Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for leading U.S. airlines. In its annual forecast, A4A predicts that this year U.S. airlines will carry close to 209 million global passengers during the height of summer travel (June through August, 2013). Included in that estimate are 27 million international travelers. If this forecast runs true, summer air travel this year will reach its highest peak in five years. When will airports and airlines be most crowded? The busiest travel days are expected to be Thursdays and Fridays between mid-Jun and the first week of August. Top 25 International Travel Destinations            


Are Expedited Passport Services Worth the Money?

Traveling in a hurry? There are several ways to get an expedited passport. According to State Department spokesman Peter Velasco, the Department of State has 26 passport agencies across the nation that can assist U.S. travelers who need their travel documents immediately. The Department of State charges an additional $60 fee for expedited passport service. If you have to travel abroad for business or family emergencies and you need to leave in a day or two, applying for an expedited passport through the State Department will not solve your problem. But you do have other options. US Passport Agency - Standard - 4-7 Weeks, Expedited 2-3 weeks - Standard - 8-12 Days, Expedited 24 hours If you need your expedited U.S. passport for immediate travel, a passport ex


Should A Passport Be Packed For A Cruise?

Cruises are meant to be relaxing and fun. They are a great way to get away and spend time with loved ones. That didn’t work out so well recently for passengers of the Carnival Triumph. An engine fire turned their relaxing getaway into a living condition disaster with spoiled food and unworkable plumbing. What made the cruise even worse was that since it was a “closed loop voyage,” it wasn’t required for cruise passengers to bring their passports. A “closed loop voyage” means the cruise ship begins and ends at the same U.S. Port, even if it makes stops outside the country. Carnival officials had initially planned to tow the ship to a Mexican port and let passengers fly home. Unfortunately though, 900 of them didn’t have passports which is required when flying into the U.S.


How to Get a Passport Quickly

The clock is ticking on your dream vacation. Without a passport, you'll be stuck at home, staring at the cracks on your walls. You know the process usually takes weeks or even months. How can you get a passport quickly enough? Don't worry, here's how to cut through the passport application process like butter: Gather Your Documents First, get your paperwork together. The documents you'll need depends on the application form you'll be using. Form DS-11: Applying for a New Passport or Replacing a Lost or Stolen Passport Form DS-11 is for first time applicants; applicants whose most recent passport was lost, stolen or damaged; applicants whose passport was issued more than 15 years ago or applicants whose passport was issued before they turned 16. You must submit Form DS-11


How Quickly Can I Get a Passport?

Most travel experts tell you to apply for a passport at least a couple of months before you plan to leave the country, and that's definitely the safest way to go. However, depending on how much time and energy you're willing to put into the endeavor, you may be able to acquire one much more quickly than that. Regular  Processing If you apply for your passport by mail or at the post office and don't request any sort of special handling, you can expect to get it back in around six weeks, depending on the State Department's workload at the time. Be sure you read the application instructions carefully, as mistakes can delay your passport. Expedited Processing If regular processing takes too long, the Department of State does offer an expedited processing option for an additional $


Get an Expedited Passport to Visit Paris In September

Fall is already one of the best times of year to visit Paris. The air cool and the summer crowds have begun to die down. Even better, a series of outdoor festivals and events take place in the city and surrounding countryside starting in September. Here's a rundown on why this month is worth making the trip: The Techno Parade On September 17th, thousands of electronic music lovers will gather in Paris for a 3-mile-long parade through the city. Originally organized as an act of defiance against authorities that tried to quash the burgeoning rave scene of the 90's, the Techno Parade is now recognized by the government. This year, the focus is on introducing Parisians to this unique subculture and its signature dances. Tommy Vaudecrane, the co-president of parade organizer Technopol, t


Can I Expedite a New Passport?

When you apply for a passport for the first time, you are required to appear in person to do so. Does that mean that you can't use an expediting company to get your passport quickly? At RushMyPassport, we get this question a lot.  It's natural to be concerned, but the answer is reassuring: Of course you can! You'll still need to appear in person at a passport acceptance facility, but there's no need to wait weeks for your passport to arrive like it you would if you submitted it without our help. Passport acceptance offices are often located in post offices or libraries, so there's almost certain to be one in your area. You can find the nearest one by searching for your city and state on the Department of State's website. When you go to the acceptance facility, bring the following


An Expedited Passport to See Venice in Winter

Summer is Venice's high season, so most travel guides recommend visiting the city in spring or fall instead. But what about winter? As New York Times reporter Rachel Donadio recently discovered, winter in Venice has its own special magic. In the article, she writes about seeing the city in winter for the first time: "The light, as always, was beyond compare and there was a watery chill in the air. I loved it immediately. " In winter, it's easy to get into normally busy attractions like the Doge's Palace, and the damp chill can be easily kept at bay with hot coffee. Even better, Alitalia is having an excellent special on tickets at the moment. You can fly directly to Venice from Chicago for $867 round trip, or fly into Milan from New York for $622 and then take the train to Venice. If y


An Expedited Passport For The World’s Largest Food Fight

Every year in August, crowds of tourists and locals pour into the streets of Buñol, Spain, for La Tomatina, a festival that is otherwise known as the world's biggest food fight. The festival takes place every year on the last Wednesday of August, but the action starts with partying and drinking the night before. When the sun comes up, the tourists who couldn't get beds in town start to pour in for the "Ham Up a Greasy Pole" Contest, in which contestants try to climb a greased wooden pole to reach the ham on top. To prepare for the big food fight, approximately 90,000 pounds of very ripe tomatoes are trucked into the town square, the epicenter of the combat. At precisely 11:00am, the fun begins, as locals and tourists alike begin pummeling each other with the tomatoes. Traditionally, wo