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The 411 On Child Passports

Figuring out the who, what, when and how when it comes to traveling abroad with your children - the 411 on child passports - can be overwhelming.  Here's for the busy parent looking for quick and easy instructions. We've broken it down for you so you can get the appropriate documents to travel when and where you need to with your infant or toddler. Do babies and toddlers need a passport?  YES.  Any United States citizen, no matter what age, traveling outside of the United States by air requires a passport. The confusion can be when a minor is traveling by land or sea to Canada or Mexico they can use their birth certificate.  You can get additional information here. Here is the 411 on child passports: Passport Application You must fill out Passport Application Form DS1


Southwest Airline Flight Personnel Need Passport by End of 2013

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines is planning to begin providing international service. They expect to offer the new service in 2014. The airline doesn't currently fly to destinations outside of the United States. To prepare for this international phase of the airline's history, Southwest announced that it would require all of its pilots and flight attendants to get passports by the end of 2013. By making the announcement so far in advance, the airline is taking steps to ensure that none of their flight personnel will encounter any glitch or snafu that could potentially cause delays in the length of time it takes to get a passport. The United States requires valid passports of all citizens who leave the continental United States, and a passport is required for re-entry into the country


Travel Alert: Measles Outbreak in Pakistan May Lead to International Travel Ban

An uncontrolled measles outbreak is taking its toll on Pakistan. A report released last month stated that less than four months into the new year, there have already been 25,401 reported cases of measles in Pakistan, and 146 children have already died as a result of this disease. This uncontrolled measles outbreak may soon lead to an international travel ban in Pakistan. Dr. Sania Nishtar, Pakistan’s Minister for Information and Technology, Education and Trainings, and Science and Technology, said that this was the second time a measles outbreak could not be prevented in Pakistan. She warned that this could lead to international isolation and a potential international travel ban. In 2012, there were over 7,000 laboratory confirmed cases of measles in Pakistan. Of those cases, te


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            


Your US Passport Can Take You to Japan- but is it Safe?

More than four months after an earthquake and a tsunami delivered a devastating one-two punch to Japan, the tourism industry is still reeling from the blow. Perceptions about the safety of the country (or lack thereof) are keeping many Americans away. Japan's travel industry tends to rely on well-heeled travelers, but according to the New York Times, tourist visits are down 50 percent. Meanwhile, Daniel Simon, the general manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, told the newspaper that “we don’t really think the high-end leisure traveler will come back until Chinese New Year 2012 because there’s still too much negative news in the media about Japan.” So, high-end travelers are staying away. More intrepid travelers might very well say, "Let them." Though the coun


Only 30% of Americans Have a US Passport

How many people do you know who actually have a US passport? Unlike, say, a driver's license, a passport isn't one of those documents that everyone has. In fact, according to CNN, only 30% of Americans have a passport- about 1 in 3. Compare that to Canada, where 60% of citizens have passports, or the UK, where 75% of citizens do, and you can see just how low that percentage really is. Why do only 30% of Americans have a passport? The obvious answer is that we simply don't travel abroad as much as people in other countries do. According to CNN, Americans took approximately 61.5 million trips overseas in 2009. That may sound like a lot, but it really isn't when you consider how many people live here. Also, that number is down 3% from 2008. So what's the deal? Are we that provincial, ju


Get a Passport and Save on Travel With Daily Deal Sites

"Daily deal" sites like Groupon and LivingSocial are the "next big thing." These sites allow you to purchase vouchers for products and services for deep discounts, usually 50% and often more. These sales only last for brief periods of time, usually for only one day. You may have used these sites to save money at local restaurants or to finally treat yourself to that long-overdue massage. But did you know that you can also use them to save on trips to Mexico, the Caribbean and beyond? It's true-by carefully monitoring these sites and getting deals while the getting is good, you can get a nice vacation without spending a lot of money. For example, LivingSocial recently offered a four-night stay for two at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun for $1,479. You don't necessarily have to limi


Do You Need a Passport to Go to Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is an incredible country. Whether your goal is to explore the jungle or simply lounge on the beach, you'll find what you're looking for here. But do you need a passport to go to Costa Rica? What do US citizens need to get into the country? According to the Department of State, you definitely need a passport to enter Costa Rica. If you don't have one, get one before you travel. Equally important, if you have a passport already, check the expiration date. To enter Costa Rica, it's not enough simply to have a valid passport. Your passport has to be good for at least 30 days after you arrive. If your passport expires in less than 30 days, you won't get into the country. You'll also need to show proof that you plan to leave: either a ticket home or a ticket to another country.


Top 5 Reasons to Get a Passport in 2011

It's a new year, and that means it's time to start planning the places you'll go in 2011. To help you get started, I've hand-picked 5 of the best destinations recommended by travel experts - 5 great reasons to get a passport in 2011! London, England Travel experts agree: this is London's year. The upcoming marriage of Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton is expected to attract a flurry of tourists from England, America and beyond, all there to bask in the pomp and circumstance that surrounds a royal wedding. But the Telegraph has what I personally consider a much better suggestion: skip the wedding. Watch it on TV. Then, go later in the year, after things have died down a bit, and stay in one of the new luxury hotels that are opening in the city. Turin, Italy Turin


Renew Your Passport and Enter Finnair’s New Contest

Wouldn't you love to get paid to travel? Winners of Finnair's new "Quality Hunters" contest get to do just that: get paid to fly to Finnair's destinations and evaluate their experiences. (h/t Jaunted). Here's how Finnair describes the contest on its website: Ever dreamed of getting paid to explore the world? Finnair, one of the world’s longest continuously operating airlines, offers you the adventure of a lifetime. We are on a global search for four Quality Hunters; intrepid, outspoken and discerning individuals whose task is to travel to Finnair’s destinations in Europe, Asia and the US for a period of two months in search of quality experiences. The 4 contest winners will be traveling from October and November 2010. Even if you don't win the grand prize, if you vote for the top Qua