Hookah Bars

Shisha, Smoke, Steam, Smoking, Toxic

You have probably seen a hookah. Most kids who grew up in america have almost certainly seen a hookah. However, like most people, you have probably forgotten what one looks like and what they are used for. Think back. Remember the tale of a woman named Alice who apparently stranded in a strange, imaginative world. The musical instrument isn’t actually a musical instrument in any respect. It is, in actuality, a hookah and this hookah-smoking caterpillar is the way most kids get their first glimpse of the curiously strange smoking apparatus.

When Lewis Carroll wrote the story of Alice in 1865, hookahs was in existence and in use for many centuries. Though never really common in European countries, the hookah was and is still highly popular in Eastern cultures such as Egypt and India. So, how can it be that this mysterious thing known as hookah hasn’t seen its day in Europe or, in more recent times, the United States?

Before, cigars are the’gourmet cigarette’ for those wanting to break from the traditional, cigarette-smoking mold. Crafted from higher-grade tobaccos and hand-rolled in exotic lands, cigars have become a genuine contender to the additive-infused smokes of modern day. Cigars have become so popular, actually, that they’ve cropped up an entire industry that’s based around their presence. Along with cigar stores, cigar bars have shown that smoking-tailored institutions can be equally socially-acceptable and enormous profit centers for their owners. It’s society’s acceptance of this cigar bar which makes hookah bars and hookah cafes a chance!

There’s absolutely not any doubt that the tobacco industry has seen better days and, from the aftermath of the Big Tobacco lawsuits, it is a wonder that these organizations are still around. That’s an awesome cocktail of compounds that cigarette smokers are putting in their bodies whenever they decide to light up! In contrast, today’s hookah tobacco, commonly called shisha (pronounced: shee-shuh), is comprised only of a couple of natural ingredients. These ingredients are usually tobacco, organic glycerin or honey, sugar and natural flavorings. That is 596 additives short of what might be in a normal, run-of-the-pack cigarette! Unfortunately, no significant study was performed to assess the health effects of smoking hookah. Thus, we will have to await a definitive response to that question.

When the Turkish devised the hookah centuries ago, they did so with a single goal in mind. Up to that time, tobacco was smoked in pipes which are reminiscent of American Indian peace pipes. The simplicity of this hookah made it an immediate hit and has been a significant reason hookahs are still prevalent in so many Eastern cultures. Though not originally intended when the hookah was devised, the water the smoke passes through really acts as a natural filter that helps filter tar and other impurities generated when tobacco is smoked. It was the addition of molasses, now substituted by organic glycerin, which slowed the pace at which the tobacco burned and really made it feasible to heat the tobacco as opposed to burning it. Heating tobacco contributes to greater taste potential and lowers the quantity of nicotine that’s released while smoking.

The hookahs of now, while being updated and updated, have stayed true to their founder’s initial aim. Traditionally made from brass and glass, hookahs are currently being produced of materials like acrylic, steel and crystal. Additionally, the once hand-crafted artwork has transformed to a full-blown industry that’s selling record numbers of hookahs. Hookah shisha has come of age, also. Generation of hookah shisha is at an all-time large and major manufacturers are producing an increasing number of flavors to be consumed by clients globally. Flavors include everything from citrus apples and oranges to regional favorites such as bubble gum and vanilla. The precise combination of ingredients has also yielded a cigarette with taste that lasts longer. In actuality, 1 individual can smoke smoke a bowl of tobacco for almost an hour without needing to alter the tobacco.

A few of entrepreneurs have recognized the potential of the hookah and have started to open cafes and bars which are specifically-tailored toward the leasing and sales of hookahs. In only a brief time period, they have proven that there’s some serious money to be made in the hookah service sector for those willing to venture into apparently unchartered lands. For most locations, no more than 10 to 15 hookahs per 1,000 square feet of customer seating area is adequate and will virtually guarantee there are sufficient hookahs to go around. When bought in larger lots, the price of every hookah can run anywhere from $20 to $80 bucks and a few wholesalers will even offer the hookahs for free if the pub or cafe agrees to buy their hookah tobacco in the corporation. Naturally, the leasing plan is completely up to the company owner and usually comprises just one bowl of hookah shisha to smoke. Lower-priced refills of hookah tobacco encourage clients to stick around and interact in the intimate atmosphere. Most clients don’t smoke independently, opting rather for groups of 3 to 4 individuals. This will decrease the longevity of every bowl of tobacco and increase the amount of refills bought by each group.

Before you can start leasing hookahs, you must first consult local, state and national governments to make certain you won’t be breaking any laws or regulations. For many areas, a tobacco sales tax permit or permit is all that’s required to start renting hookahs. Naturally, this is supplemental to the normal state sales tax permit or permit. You’ll also have to check local zoning requirements and determine the best place for your pub or cafe. There are several wholesalers available to receive your cafe or pub up and running in the shortest amount of time possible. It’s strongly recommended that you opt for customer support and service over pennies saved, since it’s often tricky to find companies that are in-tune with the American way of doing business.

Besides hookahs, you’ll have to choose between a pub or cafe idea. Cafes are usually easier to open and take a minimal number of additional capital. The most significant expenditure is going to be the espresso machine, which will run anywhere from $2,000 to $14,000 depending on the brand, model and, when utilized, the age of the machine. Although not hookah-oriented, it is full of all the ins-and-outs of running a cafe and what’s required to operate all the a variety of cafe machines. If you wish to start a hookah bar which serves alcoholic beverages, it’s definitely recommended that you start close to a university or college campus. This provides you with a steady stream of fresh, fresh bodies which will save your bar from going rancid with the natives. The hookah bar concept, when coupled with college cities, has turned out to be the most successful and rewarding hookah business ventures. You’ll need to cut significantly more’red tape’ but the payoff must definitely be worth the time and energy. Hookah bars are among the fastest growing concepts for college cities and give a fresh, new atmosphere for 20-somethings to hang out.

As you can see, hookahs have edged their way into the American and European way of life. The cigar bars of the past have paved the way for a exceptional chance for the entrepreneurs of today. Hookah cafes and hookah bars stand to make millions by supplying the people with something that they have been on the lookout for and have not been able to see in the countless different cafes and bars.

Swimming with Dolphins

Water, Swimming, Outdoors, Sea, Dolphin

I’ve always felt an extreme pull toward marine mammals. This is a weird sensation for someone from Iowa without a significant bodies of water nearby. Swimming with the dolphins has always been a target. Two decades back, I got that opportunity. At the start of the trip, we engaged in several boat rides where we had the opportunity to see dolphins in the wild. Which is how it ought to be, I wouldn’t wish to be harassing a whale in the wild. But with this Florida trip, the dolphins would come right up to our ship. I actually discovered air as it had been blown from a dolphin’s blowhole, which was a thrilling event for me.

After departing Ft. Myers, we drove down to Key Largo to remain for 2 days and soon I’d really be in the water with a dolphin. This trip was planned with the dolphins as the highlight, it was in the planning for a year. I was so excited that sleeping the night before was tough. It was eventually morning and we headed to the Dolphins Plus centre. Dolphins Plus is a research and education facility located on Key Largo. While we were there that the Conservancy was working with a group of pilot whales that stranded themselves in the Keys.

Throughout the structured swim two individuals entered the water with two dolphins. A coach was present. We were requested to get in, my son and I went . The dolphins swam close to us with their backs arched so we can touch them. This was how they got used to us and them. I couldn’t believe I had been in the water with a dolphin. . .touching one! The dolphins skin wasn’t exactly what I expected it to be. For some reason, though I was well aware that they’re mammals, I anticipated something cold and rubbery not slick and warm. We were instructed to perform certain activities with the dolphins. My son and I swam with L.B. and Dinghy, two of ten Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins in the Dolphins Plus centre. It was such a strong experience being so close to those gorgeous, intelligent creatures. I felt so connected with the world, making eye contact with him. After you take a look to a dolphin’s eye, it seems unfathomable that anyone would do anything to harm them.

There’s still much controversy surrounding the dolphin-safe skillet issue. I didn’t understand this, just like I’m assuming that most Americans don’t. Dolphin-safe labels don’t necessarily mean no dolphins were killed or hurt, just less. Since the start of purse seining from the 1950s, seven million dolphins have been killed. Purse seining, the preferred way of tuna fishing, involves using a huge net that would catch dolphins and the most important target tuna, which swim in schools under dolphins. The concept is that the dolphins escape but all of them do not. Since dolphins breath atmosphere they may be easily drowned or injured when trapped in a web. In 1990 the three major businesses, Starkist, Chicken of the Sea, and Bumble Bee, that provide 90 percent of the tuna in america started with the dolphin-safe label, which indictes that no dolphin deaths have been observed. Observed being the important word. The government wants to loosen these dolphin safe rules, so we can import more lettuce from Mexico, the country that both harvests the most tuna but also kills the many dolphins.


Barge, Houseboat, Boat, Canal, Waterway

A houseboat is a recreational vessel that’s built in the shape of a house.

There are lots of varieties of houseboats especially Pontoon, cruiser or luxury cruisers.

The pontton kind is practically a floating home mounted along with a pontton. They are spacious and perfect for a large group.

They are best for single individual holiday or job or business trips.

Luxury Cruisers are high end boats with lavish and superfluous amenities such as air conditioners. They are sometimes said to be 5 star resorts on rivers.

In every strategy you choose, the sort of facilities and size of ship will determine the final price you will pay.

Normally, you will find the 40 foot that could house about 6 people, 44 for 10 individuals and 56 10 people.

Houseboats are designed to satisfy the normal regulations governing ordinary boats, So they are rather llike a house; they possess the entire safety of a ship. Government legislation govering this sort of vacation facility ensure that safety measures are enforced to maximize security as the essence of the boat, that’s its home attractive nature, makes it rather of a threat to peope particularly kids.

Each trip or course of the houseboat is intended to give you the most spectacular scenes of the river life. You have the chance to experience the birds, the banks as well as the regional people along the banks of this river. You can even go to the town for entertainment.

A single individual can rent a little one and use it to explore the waterways and derive as much plaesure from the calmness of the river and its banks.

It may also be used for pure leisure – perfect for somebody who would love to escape from the noisy city and relax in certain serene atmosphre.

Latsly, some people rent these ships for exploration motives. Individuals who require experience can simply rent a boat and move down and up the river looking for something unusual to encounter.

If you’re sated with traditional cruise lines, resorts and camping, you can test out houseboating that has a lot to provide you with pleasure concerning scenery and tranquility.

Route 66

Route 66, Sign, Highway, Road, Drive

For many, Route 66 is in their blood – they grew up on the old highway, traveled the road with their parents when they were children, or, possibly, even pumped gas in one of the vintage filling stations that really knew what the term”customer service” meant.

For others, they’re nostalgic like me “old souls,” some may say. And, if it is history, it is interesting!!! What the Santa Fe Trail is to us now, Route 66 is to our future generations, and it’s history and heritage can no longer be forgotten than those of the wagon train pioneers. Yes, it was another age, but a giant step in the progress of a country.

Well, if you travel this classic sidewalk, I will guarantee that you will. Along this historical path, that normally follows an even older one – that of the railroads as they enlarged, there’s history that dates back far beyond the asphalt of the Mother Road. It is not just about an old street – it’s so much more – an evolution from historic trails like the National Old Trails highway which traversed a lot of the same street in New Mexico, Arizona and California; or the Trail of Tears that converges with Route 66 in Missouri and Oklahoma.

Along this classic road, you won’t just find the”good ole’ days” that you may remember, but also a depth of history that maybe you can just imagine. From Civil War sites in Missouri and Oklahoma, to outlaws in Texas and New Mexico, to the many gold mining camps of Arizona, the sights along this highway are unbelievable.

If it’s an older portion of the west which you’re searching for, you’ll discover that too. Holbrook, Arizona was said to have been”too tough for girls or churches;” Tucumcari was referred to as”Six-Shooter Siding,” and Galena, Kansas was the site of much bloodshed during its coal mining days.

Despite the fact that many interstates have replaced the old street, almost 85 percent of it can nevertheless be traveled.

Along this historic street, a lot of lakes, national and state parks, and historic sites are abundant. Take your time, as, all over the old Mother Road, there’s something for everybody.


People, Crowd, Munich, Munchen, Bavaria

What lures us diehard Oktoberfest fans to Munich every year without fail? Why do we return again and again to re-experience the world’s biggest festival?

For sure, it is most likely the very best in the world. No additives, no chemicals, just lots and lots of pure unadulterated water, hops and yeast leading to double the flavor (and alcohol content) of a normal beer. It is wickedly deceptive in its ability to seduce you. One sip and you are powerless to halt its ingestion.

This drug-like concoction is served by full-bosomed waitresses with elongated arms which cradle up to two-dozen liter steins of beer. They appear to defy the laws of physics by carrying more beer than their own body weight. Their bosoms must somehow stabilize their freight. I have not seen one topple yet.

As an additional bonus, the hangovers look less thunderous. Maybe it’s due to the purity of this brew. Then again, perhaps it’s because the ingestion starts up another day before your brain has an opportunity to register the carnage in the day before.

Forget about the calories, forget the cholesterol and forget about the various animals that have given up their lives to your gluttony. There is the yummy’rubber eagles’, experienced whole chickens broiled in their own juices as they rotate over and over before your loving eyes. Then there are the delicious sausages, the sauerkraut that is not actually sour, the sauerbraten in sausage, the shwein-hoxen coated in a layers of hardened broiled fat, the radishes that uncoil like slinkies, the aromatic cheeses and the many sugary convections. All are intended to please your taste buds and lay waste to your wardrobe.

Maybe. Where else can you find six million people from all reaches of the world united in blissful rejoicing uninhibited by speech, politics, personalities or decorum. Standing on chairs and tables, increasing mammoth beers, swaying and dancing to oom-pah-pah music and historical American rock tunes seems to unite cultures over any United Nations assembly could. Forget about terrorism, Iraq, Afghanistan, and all of the idiocies that drive a wedge between our diverse cultures. All of us become long lost friends forever or at least for now.

Is it the customs, the parade of floatsbeer wagons and costumed Bavarians parading in the Oktoberfest grounds? The kids, the parents and the grandparents all wearing clothes and enjoying music originated by their ancestors makes us long to participate in the festivities.

How about the beer halls and gardens, the glockenspiels, the magnificent palaces and castles, the obsessive cleanliness, the green parks, and the efficient U-bahn and S-bahns

They all to increase the magic of a civilization innocently maintained from generation to generation, altered, but not spoiled by the twenty first century.

They all combine together to present an experience unequaled by any other. A reality enhanced by ingestion of great frothy beer and fabulous food, friendships which ignore borders and customs never forgotten all appear to induce you to return again and again to this superb magical land.

Let’s go to the zoo

Tiger, Tiger Cub, Cute, Nuremberg, Zoo

Is not it time you packed up your loved ones and headed to the zoo?

A day in the zoo is not only a fun way for the whole family to spend the day, but also a wonderful chance for you to educate your child about all kinds of stuff. There’s of course the obvious, like naming the various animals with your preschooler or studying the display signs with your school-age kid. Let us take a look at some other instruction opportunities.

If you’re taking a preschooler to the zoo, then speak to him about what seems the various animals make. Ask him what noise the fighter gets and then ask him to listen to the creature. Do not forget to praise him for how tightly he imitated a fighter’s call.

Additionally, there are a lot of opportunities in the Zoo to talk about colours. What colour is your lion, how about the flamingo? You can even count the creatures with your child. Another idea is to speak with your preschooler about what a specific animal likes to eat. Some of his suggestions might be outright funny. My little cousin guessed that flamingos only ate cotton candy, because they were so pink.

To get a school-aged kid, the questions should obviously be a bit more challenging. Talk about where the creature originally came from. You can leave it in the continent, or examine the exhibit signs to determine which country exactly they came from and then ask your child what continent which nation is in, what the climate is like and how this specific animal has adapted to the climate. By way of example, a polar bear’s coat is white so that he blends in with the ice and snow.

You can also discuss the creature’s particular habitat and the way it had been recreated in the zoo. You can take a look at the chimpanzee display with your child and compare it to the woods in Africa that they originally came from.

Don’t forget to discuss the classification of these animals also. You may request a younger child whether a specific animal is a fish, a bird or a mammal and go into a bit more detail using an older kid. You will be surprised how much they’ve picked up in science class in college and will be happy to share with you.

Visiting Disney World

Activity, Adventure, Attractions, Boat

The experience would be exceptional and incredible, so is the location – Disneyland. The playground was inimitable and thronged by people of all age groups from toddlers who had just learnt to walk into the gray haired women and men. The charisma of the place did not let it rest at the same spot. A replica of Disneyland was created by the title of Disney World in the eastern half of America in Orlando, Florida in 1971. Recently, in 1992 another version of Disneyland was established in Paris, called Euro Disney.

The premier Disneyland in California is projected approximately eight lands for instance Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and such. The beguiling area can be best experienced throughout winters and spring.

During summers the pleasure can be obtained in the Typhoon Lagoon waterparks and the Blizzard Beach at Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

The outstanding attractions of this place include ravishing Tokyo Disney Sea Park and Ispiari, a stylish and honored shopping zone.

Nevertheless it lures millions of tourists from Europe and across the planet.

The Exclusive set of Tasks

Life is different once you’re at any of the Disneyland themeparks. The parks aren’t premeditated just to entertain and consume the children but also to create the adults enjoy their holidays. Those that are tired of rides and water games may take pleasure in some of the world’s finest golf courses in Orlando. You may go for sightseeing in Southeast and Southern California. Not to forget are the revitalizing spas that enable you to put your feet up and bathe in excellent tranquility. Some of the Amazing spas are located near the Disneyland of both Florida and California.

When the adults have so much to research, for children the happiness is unparalleled. Moreover, it’s a bumper bonanza if your birthday falls during your trip for each Disneyland has some special proviso for the birthdays. Aside from birthdays, Christmas season is the crowning time to observe in all the Disney parks particularly for the Florida and California Disneyland. There are a horde of different tasks like tea parties for youngsters with their favorite cartoon characters, camping together as well as cooking classes for the very small hands to develop some skills and taste for cooking. The handicapped children too can have their complete share of pleasure for the Disney themeparks are equipped with handicapped friendly devices like wheelchairs, Braille guides etc. The temptation of this place has also encouraged cruiseliners to it. This lends you an chance to come to your child’s dream destination together with the remarkable everlasting adventure of a cruise.

Special preparations are made for the couples and people who wish to relish in isolation from the remainder.

As soon as you make your mind up to vacation at any of the Disney theme parks, the whole information about it could be accumulated via the net or traveling agencies. Though every Disney world, be it for Florida, California, Tokyo or Paris is surrounded with array of hotels (budget friendly to costly ) yet it’s prudent to have reservations beforehand.

. .Go Disney !

History in St.Augustine

St Augustine, Florida, Architecture

As the temperature climbs, the mind drifts to thoughts of relaxing days spent by the sea – white sand between your toes, a soothing lullaby generated by the gentle surf, and the tranquil azure-blue water which appears to stretch infinitely before you. The appeal of this sea is worldwide and beach vacations are a favorite of travelers for generations. As pristine beaches become more difficult to find, St. Augustine remains absolutely beloved by travelers for one very simple reason – here you are feeling a feeling of renewal and peace that can not be found anywhere else.

St. Augustine was discovered in 1513 when Juan Ponce de Leon, sailing along the Atlantic coast looking for the fabled fountain of youth, came ashore somewhere in the area and claimed the continent for Spain. Nicknamed”The Old City,” it’s the oldest continually inhabited settlement in America – that’s right, it had been settled before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock – and is still one of the most charming and quaint beach towns in the usa. Besides its historic ties to the Spanish Empire, the town also boasts several remnants from the Flagler Era, when Henry Flagler’s vision of a luxury resort community added marinas, golf courses, and luxury resorts into the landscape in the late 19th century.

Every day, the region’s delightful historic district, with its cobblestone streets and its quaint cafes, bars, unique shops, and bed-and-breakfast inns, comes alive with tourists and locals setting out on foot to explore the multiple landmarks located in St. Augustine. Five you won’t want to overlook:

  • The Castillo De San Marcos, a national monument with an elaborate double draw-bridge entry, has been both a powerful fort and a fearsome prison. An outstanding reminder of the power and might of the early Spanish empire in the New World, it’s usually called”The Fort.” The Castillo de San Marcos is completely made of coquina, a nearly indestructible limestone comprised of seashells and coral, and took over 23 years to complete.
  • The Casa Monica is once again a luxurious landmark hotel, mixing contemporary delights with a mythical past. Both elegant and opulent, the resort surrounds guests with jewel-toned velvet, elaborate tapestries, and luminous outfits.
  • The Fountain of Youth, where Ponce de Leon used rock markers to draw out a cross whose centre marked what he believed to be its specific location. The spring still flows and, whether seeking relief in the Florida heat or the key to eternal youth, visitors are encouraged to sample to cool waters. The grounds also have a village which was home to the Timucua Indians for over 1500 years, a planetarium where people travel through the night sky, and pathways that people can roam idly while analyzing the native plants and historic artifacts along the way.

Children will delight in the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, the only place on the planet where 23 species of crocodile could be observed. Historical tours of the Old City can be found in an array of forms. Visitors can opt to see the world go by from a helicopter, open trolley, or horse-drawn carriage. If you’re searching for something unique, those with an interest in the paranormal can even have a ghost tour of the city’s historical attractions and cemeteries within an authentic hearse.

Cozumel Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico, Beach, Tropical, Huts

However, Cozumel became a regular cruise ship port of call in recent years and now it’s one of the busiest with two separate terminals.

As a consequence of the cruise boat boom, there’s been plenty of retail development along the main waterfront street of Avenida Rafael Melgar from the island’s only city of San Miguel de Cozumel. There are an infinite number of jewelry and t-shirt stores most with staff status at the entrances enticing visitors to enter their shops. Both spirits and silver can be great bargains here. Additionally, there are some wonderful Mexican crafts stores too. The one problem that we discovered was that after about 4 jewelry stores, they all started to look the same. It had been almost a retail store. For people who came for a wilder time, there are a few bars like Carlos’n’ Charlie. The city’s primary outdoor square, Plaza del Sol, is just opposite the main ferry pier to the mainland. There are normally street vendors and artists in the Plaza as well local amusement during some evenings. The artists do some remarkable art with spray paints and their rates are extremely reasonable. San Miguel’s key tourist area can be quite busy during the day once the cruise ship passengers are in town but because most boats depart at dinnertime, the evenings are really quite quiet. The only tourists left at night have a tendency to be the scuba divers staying in Cozumel.

The majority of the hotels and hotels are south of San Miguel and therefore are not within walking distance. However, there are a lot of white taxicabs which are readily available. The bigger and more luxurious resorts are generally even farther south of town along the southwestern shores. This is truly not surprising since the majority of the best scuba diving sites are southwest of the island. A simple way to find that the 33 mile (53 kilometers ) by 9 mile (14 km) island is by renting a scooter or a 4×4. I rented a scooter and zigzagged along the majority of San Miguel’s roads to find the neighborhoods. Then I moved on the main road leaving town and moved south. After passing by the bigger hotels and moving around the southern tip of this island, I found the beaches along the scenic shores. The beaches near San Miguel across the west coast aren’t known for beaches but the southeast area here have some really spectacular ones. Even better is that there’s hardly any traffic so the beaches are fairly quiet. Occasionally people can park their scooters and revel in a beach all for themselves. There are some stops with refreshments and much more souvenirs at prices much better than in San Miguel. After traveling north , there’s a street about halfway up the island which goes across and takes you back to San Miguel entering the city’s east side. Cozumel has a lot of ancient Mayan ruins but they’re not anywhere near as big or spectacular as those on the mainland. After viewing some photos of these in advance of my trip, I did not even bother to see the ruins.

Cozumel is a wonderful port of call for cruise ships since there are lots of shopping opportunities. Passengers who scuba dive or snorkel can easily reserve directly with the many dive shops in San Miguel without going through their cruise ships that will cost a whole lot more. For cruise ship tourists who don’t intend to do any water sports and have some time after shopping, it’s highly suggested to rent a scooter or 4×4 to tour the island. This is also a wonderful way to spend the last day of a ski dive vacation in Cozumel.

Preventing Passport Problems

Passport, Map, World, Trip, Tourism

What steps are essential to prevent these things from occurring? How can you look after your passport? Below are 16 practical tips you can follow to acquire your passport, keep it in your possession, and preserve it in good shape.

  1. Check to find out if you even need a passport.

Should you arrive at the airport without the required documents, you’ll be denied boarding privileges. And, of course, This is not covered by travel insurance.

Currently, more than 80 percent of the world’s countries require a valid passport for entry. It is important to verify the foreign entry requirements for the country you want to see as early as you can.


  1. Complete the correct form correctly.

Each type of passport service has specific criteria that have to be met. Be certain you get the perfect application form, then fill it in carefully. Errors made on the application form may cause delays, or even rejection of your passport request.


When applying for a new passport, the most often used documents are a certified birth certificate for proof of citizenship along with a valid driver’s license for proof of your identity.

Your birth certificate must be a certified copy with a registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed, or multicolored seal, registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office, which should be within 1 year of your birth. Your driver’s license has to be more than six months old.

To be valid, it can’t be mutilated, altered, or damaged at all.

You have to send two identical passport photos taken within the previous 6 months. They must be a full-face view with the head being from 1 to 1 3/8 inches from the chin to the top of the head. The photos can be either colour or black and white.

  1. Sign both the passport application form along with your check.

Surprisingly, a lot of people forget to sign either the passport application form or their check to Passport Services. Once again, check everything twice, or even 3 times.


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When your passport arrives, check to see that all of the information contained in it’s correct. If it is, sign it and fill in your current address and the title of someone to contact in the event of emergency. Otherwise, return it to the State Department for correction.


Give 1 copy of your passport to a friend or relative that can be easily contacted in case of an emergency. Take the other copy and the extra photos with you on your journey. If you use an online document storage service, you can scan your passport and upload a copy. This way, you can access it from almost anywhere in the world.

While You’re Away

  1. Always keep your passport in a safe location!

Never leave your passport in your baggage, backpack, purse, car, hotel room, or anywhere else! When you have to carry your passport, keep it in a money belt or inside coat pocket. Upon arrival at the hotel, put your passport in the hotel safe.

  1. Never lay your passport down anywhere.

Passports placed on a counter, phone booth or table can be easily forgotten or stolen. Practice the habit of immediately putting your passport away after using it.

  1. If you travel as a family or as part of a group, do not let one person carry all the passports.

The chances are much greater for one person carrying all the passports to lose them or have them stolen than for all the passports to be stolen or lost if each individual owner carries them.

  1. Never let anyone leave your presence with your passport.

When you are checking in at the airport, passing through customs, exchanging currency, or doing anything else that requires you to show your passport, never allow the person examining your passport to leave your presence. If the person starts to leave, call their attention and request to accompany them.

Law enforcement records show that U.S. passports are sometimes used for unlawful entry into the United States or by criminals abroad seeking to establish another identity. You would be pretty embarrassed if your name were associated with illegal activities.

  1. Immediately report the loss of your passport.

If you’re careful and follow the tips above, you should not have any issue with the loss of your passport.

If it does occur though, immediately notify the local police and then proceed to the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Take the copy of your passport and extra photos with you. You’ll be issued a temporary passport that you can replace upon returning to the USA.

After You Return

  1. Schedule your passport renewal.

Check the expiration date and make a reminder to renew your passport at the appropriate time. Bear in mind, you should begin the process 8 to 11 months before the expiration date. Put the reminder somewhere where it will not be forgotten.

  1. Check the amount of blank pages remaining.

Some countries require a blank page for their visa. If you plan a future trip on which you may visit several countries, you may need the exact same number of pages as countries to be visited.

If you don’t have an adequate number of pages but your passport isn’t due for renewal, you can request additional pages.

  1. Store your passport in a safe location.

For those who have a safe in your house, keep your passport there. Otherwise, consider a safety deposit box at the local bank.

Follow the practical tips above and you can easily avoid passport problems and more fully enjoy your international travels.