Passport http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9289/all en-US How to Provide Proof of Onward Travel During an Open-Ended Trip Abroad http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-provide-proof-of-onward-travel-during-an-open-ended-trip-abroad <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-provide-proof-of-onward-travel-during-an-open-ended-trip-abroad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/waiting_for_my_departure.jpg" alt="Waiting for my departure" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're traveling overseas on a one-way ticket, but haven't booked a journey out of the country you're visiting, you may be in for a shock at the airport. As a precaution against tourists overstaying their visas, many countries require that you prove your intention to leave. Usually they pass the responsibility of checking this onto the airlines, meaning you'll probably be asked for what's known as &quot;proof of onward travel&quot; when you're checking in at your departing airport. If you don't have a ticket to demonstrate how and when you'll be leaving the country, you may be prevented from boarding the aircraft.</p> <p>But what if, like many long-term travelers, you don't have an exact itinerary or solid idea of how and when you're going to leave? Here are six ways to provide proof of onward travel without having to compromise on the spontaneity of your trip.</p> <h2>1. Buy a refundable ticket to depart</h2> <p>By booking yourself a fully refundable ticket to anywhere outside of your destination, you'll have irrefutable proof that you intend to leave the country when you say you will. Even in the unlikely event that the airline checks your reservation, then you have a ticket that is legitimately valid.</p> <p>Print the travel details before arriving at the airport so you have them, if requested. Once you're safely in your new destination, cancel the ticket and redeem your refund.</p> <p>This is probably the safest way to provide proof of onward travel, but you need to pay close attention when reading the terms and conditions before finalizing your booking. While some airlines claim to offer refundable tickets, what they actually offer is the price of your ticket returned in voucher or credit form. These tend to only be redeemable with the same carrier, and the cash that you've forked over won't be coming back to you. Also, refundable tickets tend to be significantly more expensive than a regular fare, so be prepared to pay extra up front.</p> <h2>2. Book a 24-hour refundable ticket</h2> <p>Under the 24-Hour Reservation Requirement, mandated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, all U.S. airlines and foreign air carriers marketing to U.S. customers are obligated by law to &quot;allow a reservation to be canceled within 24 hours without penalty.&quot; Many other carriers and flight brokers offer the same terms when purchasing flights with them.</p> <p>There are two ways to use this 24-hour cancellation period to your advantage. First, you can book a ticket, wait for your reservation details to come through, and print them off before immediately canceling. You run the risk that the airline you&rsquo;re flying will check your return reservation and see it canceled, of course, though it's rare they do anything more than look at the documents you provide. If you choose this option, book with a different company than the one you're flying with so it's not as easy for them to check the reservation.</p> <p>Alternatively, you can purchase the onward ticket on the day of your flight so it's valid regardless, and as long as you arrive at your destination within that 24-hour period, you can cancel the departing flight when you land. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-on-flights-using-fare-alerts?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save Money on Flights Using Fare Alerts</a>)</p> <p><strong>Bonus tip:</strong> Expedia.com offers free one-click 24-hour cancellation on most flights. You don't have to call the airline or talk to a representative, as there's an easy cancel button that will allow you to get a full refund with no questions asked. Just make sure that the flight says &quot;Free 24-Hour Cancellation&quot; during the booking process at Expedia.com.</p> <h2>3. Use fare rental sites</h2> <p>An entire industry has arisen because of the need to provide onward travel, with companies like BestOnwardTicket offering a fare rental. For a fee of around $12, companies like this will purchase your chosen tickets based on the details you provide. They will then automatically cancel them within 24 to 48 hours, depending on the option you select.</p> <p>It's similar to booking a ticket yourself, but you don't have to worry about canceling it as that responsibility falls to the fare rental company. There are no concerns around having the funds in place for the ticket in the first place, and you don't have to do anything to secure that refund. You also don't have to spend time looking for a carrier that offers a refund or searching for suitable flights yourself.</p> <p>Note that some companies offering this service should not be trusted, so make sure to read customer reviews and thoroughly vet their terms and conditions before paying any fees.</p> <h2>4. Get a pre-booked itinerary from a travel agent</h2> <p>Pre-booked travel agent itineraries are more commonly used for visa applications where it's important to show not only your onward travel details, but also your timetable for your entire journey. As part of this, many travel agents offer a service where they will hold airline tickets for a certain period of time for you, usually between seven and 21 days.</p> <p>It's similar to the fare rental services, but they tend to be slightly more expensive at $35 and up. The benefit of these itineraries is that they can be used by people traveling to multiple countries because you're able to put more than one flight on them. Companies such as Flight Reservation for Visa and Visa Reservation offer competitive services.</p> <h2>5. Purchase a cheap ticket</h2> <p>In some instances, the most hassle-free option may be to purchase a cheap ticket to another country. It will give you peace of mind knowing you have an authentic ticket in your possession, and depending on where you are in the world, tickets can be extremely low-priced. Budget airlines regularly do flash sales, and many have routes that are always affordable.</p> <p>Remember, proof of onward travel doesn't have to be a flight, either, so you have many options to find an affordable ticket out of the country. Bus journeys or ferry crossings are commonly cheaper than flights, and you can often book them online in advance. This option also comes without the inconvenience of having to go through a refund claim. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a>)</p> <h2>6. Sign off</h2> <p>Some airlines allow you to sign a contract at the departing airport saying that you don't have valid proof of an onward journey, but you do have means to leave the country. If you arrive at your destination and are turned away by the immigration officers, this contract simply relieves the airline of any responsibility or liability for bringing you into the country, and you'll be required to pay for a deportation flight ticket yourself.</p> <p>I recently signed a document like this flying with Air China from Tokyo to Manzanillo, Mexico. Upon arriving at the airport, I was not asked about onward travel and was allowed into the country as usual.</p> <p>If you arrive at the airport without proof of onward travel, you may want to speak to a manager at the check-in counter and request to sign a contract that will allow you to risk the journey.</p> <p>Note: This is still a risky way to go, because if you don't know the regulations in the country you're arriving in and you do get turned away, it could be a costly endeavor.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-provide-proof-of-onward-travel-during-an-open-ended-trip-abroad&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Provide%2520Proof%2520of%2520Onward%2520Travel%2520During%2520an%2520Open-Ended%2520Trip%2520Abroad.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Provide%20Proof%20of%20Onward%20Travel%20During%20an%20Open-Ended%20Trip%20Abroad"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Provide%20Proof%20of%20Onward%20Travel%20During%20an%20Open-Ended%20Trip%20Abroad.jpg" alt="How to Provide Proof of Onward Travel During an Open-Ended Trip Abroad" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-provide-proof-of-onward-travel-during-an-open-ended-trip-abroad">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-things-you-should-do-immediately-after-losing-your-passport">3 Things You Should Do Immediately After Losing Your Passport</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-airbnb-scam-will-ruin-your-vacation-and-your-budget">This Airbnb Scam Will Ruin Your Vacation — and Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-of-the-safest-countries-to-visit-in-2018">5 of the Safest Countries to Visit in 2018</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stay-secure-in-your-hotel-with-this-8-point-safety-check">Stay Secure in Your Hotel With This 8-Point Safety Check</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Travel customs international travel onward travel Passport travel tips travel visa traveling overseas Wed, 28 Mar 2018 09:30:21 +0000 Nick Wharton 2123637 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Essential Documents You Should Keep in Your Safe http://www.wisebread.com/11-essential-documents-you-should-keep-in-your-safe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-essential-documents-you-should-keep-in-your-safe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beautiful_businesswoman_working_at_the_office.jpg" alt="Beautiful businesswoman working at the office" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's important to keep the documents you need to establish your identity, property ownership, and financial assets safe &hellip; which doesn't mean in your filing cabinet or stacked in a pile on your desk. While you may have digital copies of IDs and tax forms stored on your computer, you should also have a hard copy, in case the digital version is accidentally deleted or your computer crashes. Certain documents deserve a very safe place &mdash; like a fireproof safe &mdash; in case of identity theft or fire or a break-in. These are the documents you need to put in there.</p> <h2>1. Birth certificates and adoption papers</h2> <p>Keep your original birth certificate and those of your spouse and dependents in your safe. If you need one for reference or proof of identity, make a copy to keep handy. Or you can order a duplicate by contacting the <a href="https://www.usa.gov/replace-vital-documents#item-36582" target="_blank">Vital Records office</a> in your state. Keep any legal foster records or adoption papers in your safe, too.</p> <h2>2. Social Security cards</h2> <p>You should never carry your Social Security card with you for identification. It should stay tucked away in your safe at all times, unless you need to bring it to a job interview or provide proof of your identity. Once you do, lock it back up.</p> <h2>3. ID cards and naturalization papers</h2> <p>Get a copy of your military ID, driver's license, or state-issued ID, as applicable, and keep the copy in your safe. You should also keep your passport or green card in there when not in use. Any other documents you have relating to your citizenship, immigration status, or naturalization should be kept in your safe, as well.</p> <h2>4. Marriage and/or divorce papers</h2> <p>Keep your original marriage certificate and/or divorce papers in your safe. Any legal documents related to your marital status, such as a prenuptial agreement, alimony, or child support agreement, should also be in there in case you need to refer to them again later.</p> <h2>5. Living will</h2> <p>Should something happen to you that prevents you from being able to make decisions about your health, a living will provide instructions for your loved ones to execute on your behalf. This could relieve the burden on them of having to make a difficult decision.</p> <h2>6. Will</h2> <p>A last will and testament, on the other hand, is a detailed account of your estate and lists who gets what once you pass away. If you don't already have a legal will, put one together and then keep a notarized copy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-writing-a-will?ref=seealso" target="_blank">What You Need to Know About Writing a Will</a>)</p> <h2>7. Power of attorney papers</h2> <p>If you have the power of attorney for anyone (such as an elderly parent), keep the order in your safe. In addition, if you have any formal agreements for caregiving or elder care arrangements, keep those in there, too.</p> <h2>8. Proof of benefits and disability documentation</h2> <p>If you qualify for any government benefits or assistance programs, keep proof of your beneficiary status in your safe. Keep any official documentation regarding a disability, workplace injury, or military injury in your safe, as well.</p> <h2>9. Professional appraisals</h2> <p>If you've had a professional appraisal done on your house, or any high-value you item you own (such as original art, heirloom jewelry, or antique furnishings), keep these documents in your safe. If you decide to sell these items later, this documentation will give you the upper hand in the selling process.</p> <h2>10. Deeds and ownership forms</h2> <p>Keep your mortgage papers or any real estate deeds in your safe, as well as the title and registration for any vehicle you own. Don't forget boats, trailers, and tractors.</p> <h2>11. Financial account info documents</h2> <p>Most, if not all, of our financial documents and statements can be accessed online, but a list of your accounts, including account numbers and institutions for each, would be helpful in cases where you or your loved ones don't remember or don't know what accounts you hold. This includes checking and savings accounts, retirement and investment accounts, and life and other insurance policies. You might also want to include a list of usernames and passwords, although there are other, more secure, ways to keep and share passwords. Products like <a href="https://www.lastpass.com/" target="_blank">LastPass</a> are helpful. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organize-8-key-areas-of-your-life-with-these-17-smart-apps?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Organize 8 Key Areas of Your Life With These 17 Smart Apps</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F11-essential-documents-you-should-keep-in-your-safe&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F11%2520Essential%2520Documents%2520You%2520Should%2520Keep%2520in%2520Your%2520Safe.jpg&amp;description=11%20Essential%20Documents%20You%20Should%20Keep%20in%20Your%20Safe"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/11%20Essential%20Documents%20You%20Should%20Keep%20in%20Your%20Safe.jpg" alt="11 Essential Documents You Should Keep in Your Safe" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/annie-mueller">Annie Mueller</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-essential-documents-you-should-keep-in-your-safe">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-home-safes">The 5 Best Home Safes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-lose-the-clutter-and-keep-the-memories">9 Ways to Lose the Clutter and Keep the Memories</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-garage-sale-items-that-sell-like-hotcakes">12 Garage Sale Items That Sell Like Hotcakes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Closet You Can Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization birth certificate financial documents identification documents important documents important paperwork Passport safe social security card Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:05 +0000 Annie Mueller 2004901 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Things You Should Do Immediately After Losing Your Passport http://www.wisebread.com/3-things-you-should-do-immediately-after-losing-your-passport <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-things-you-should-do-immediately-after-losing-your-passport" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/serious_lady_with_luggage.jpg" alt="Serious lady with luggage" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was in business school, I went to South Africa as part of an economics class. Seeing South Africa was a dream I had for many years, and it was a nearly perfect trip. In the airport on the way home, I discovered my passport had been stolen right out of my bag. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-if-you-dont-have-your-id-at-the-airport?ref=seealso" target="_blank">What to Do If You Don't Have Your ID at the Airport</a>)</p> <p>Picture this: I was the last person in line at airport security, it was Friday at 6 p.m., and the next day was my birthday. None of my friends could come back through security to stay with me. I was alone and stranded in South Africa for an entire weekend without my main proof of ID, something you need to stay at a hotel or purchase any travel tickets when you are abroad. It was a harrowing journey to get a new passport under these circumstances. On the upside, it taught me about the kindness of strangers and what to do if you lose your passport. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-do-immediately-after-losing-your-wallet?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Things You Should Do Immediately After Losing Your Wallet</a>)</p> <h2>Report the loss immediately</h2> <p>Whether at home or abroad, it is important for you to report your lost passport immediately. If, like me, you are traveling when it happens, contact the local police department and file a report. Make sure to keep a copy of the report for your records. Additionally, the United States Department of State must also be notified to prevent fraudulent use of your passport. You can contact them by phone at (877) 487-2778. Once the passport is reported missing, it will be made invalid, so even if you do find it later, you'll no longer be able to use it.</p> <h2>Contact the U.S. embassy</h2> <p>If you are traveling internationally when you lose your passport, you need to contact the local U.S. embassy or consulate to get a replacement. Unfortunately, my passport was stolen after the embassy was closed on a Friday evening so I had to wait until Monday morning to get a replacement.</p> <p>When you go to the embassy or consulate, you will need a recent color headshot facing the camera taken within the last six months. Make sure the photo is two inches tall and two inches wide. Your head must be between one inch and one and three-eighths inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. I know this sounds nitpicky, but passport photos have very specific requirements.</p> <p>Also, be prepared to pay the passport replacement fee, provide proof of your identity and U.S. citizenship, and bring the police report and your travel itinerary. The embassy or consulate will have the forms you need to file to get a replacement passport. The wait at the embassy or consulate can be a few hours and you may need to answer a number of questions. Replacing my passport took the better part of a day from start to finish.</p> <h2>Be prepared to pay</h2> <p>If you are in the U.S. when you lose your passport, you have some additional options depending upon when you next plan to travel abroad. You can put in for a rush order if you are willing to pay an additional fee of $60 and can visit a <a href="https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/where-to-apply/agencies.html" target="_blank">regional passport agency office</a> in person. Just as when you are abroad, you will need to bring a photo, proof of your identity and citizenship, the police report, and your travel itinerary. This rush option is for people who are traveling abroad within the next two weeks.</p> <p>If you have more time, you can go to an authorized passport acceptance facility, such as a local post office, to get your replacement passport. The State Department website has a list of <a href="https://iafdb.travel.state.gov/" target="_blank">approved U.S. passport facilities</a> that you can filter by ZIP code. It will take about four to six weeks to receive your new passport through an authorized facility.</p> <p>Replacing a lost or stolen passport is an inconvenience, but don't beat yourself up over it. You are not the first person, nor will you be the last to have this happen. Fortunately, there is a well-detailed process to get a replacement no matter what the circumstances. And, like me, it may just give you an interesting travel story to tell when you do (eventually!) arrive home.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F3-things-you-should-do-immediately-after-losing-your-passport&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F3%2520Things%2520You%2520Should%2520Do%2520Immediately%2520After%2520Losing%2520Your%2520Passport.png&amp;description=3%20Things%20You%20Should%20Do%20Immediately%20After%20Losing%20Your%20Passport"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/3%20Things%20You%20Should%20Do%20Immediately%20After%20Losing%20Your%20Passport.png" alt="3 Things You Should Do Immediately After Losing Your Passport" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-things-you-should-do-immediately-after-losing-your-passport">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-provide-proof-of-onward-travel-during-an-open-ended-trip-abroad">How to Provide Proof of Onward Travel During an Open-Ended Trip Abroad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-airbnb-scam-will-ruin-your-vacation-and-your-budget">This Airbnb Scam Will Ruin Your Vacation — and Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-of-the-safest-countries-to-visit-in-2018">5 of the Safest Countries to Visit in 2018</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-atm-mistakes-to-avoid-overseas">11 ATM Mistakes to Avoid Overseas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Travel id identification international travel lost passport Passport travel documents Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Christa Avampato 2003024 at http://www.wisebread.com Cheap Passport Pictures (Part Two): Online Ordering http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-passport-pictures-part-two-online-ordering <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cheap-passport-pictures-part-two-online-ordering" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/passport pictures_0.jpg" alt="passport" title="passport" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A year and a half ago, I wrote a post about how to fashion your own <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/passport-pictures-for-under-a-dollar">passport photos for under a dollar</a>. It seemed that I wrote it at the dawn of the popularization of online passport picture organizations. Now, the process for making your own passport pictures on the cheap is much easier.</p> <p>Below are four online passport photo companies, each offering varying levels of service (with corresponding costs). <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/passport-pictures-for-under-a-dollar#comment-121984">Wise Bread readers</a> attest to their happiness with the first two organizations, and any readers who have tried the other two are welcome to chime in with comments.</p> <h2><a href="http://www.epassportphoto.com/">ePassportPhoto.com</a></h2> <h3>Basics</h3> <p>Upload a digital photo, use their sizing assistance to crop and position the shot, and they arrange six shots onto a 4x6 photo as a jpeg file for you to print (or get printed).</p> <h3>Cost</h3> <p>The basic service above is free.</p> <p>For $6, you can select the <strong>Premium service</strong>, which includes a professional compliance verification to ensure your photo will be approved with the passport application&rsquo;s latest standards (99% approval rate), printing on high-quality paper, and shipping to any address (either US or international).</p> <h3>Countries Covered</h3> <p>ePassportPhoto makes a huge range of international passport photos available (more than 60), as well as visa and citizenship photos for some countries.</p> <h3>Delivery</h3> <p>Because it is largely an online service, anybody anywhere can use ePassportPhoto. Users in the States will also appreciate same-day availability for pick up at <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-shopping-at-walgreens">Walgreens</a>.</p> <h3>Tips</h3> <p>Follow the guidelines for how to take a good passport photo carefully. There is no editing available; only self-serve cropping with cross-checks to ensure your photo will be compliant.</p> <h2><a href="http://www.passportpictures.org">PassportPictures.org</a> / <a href="http://www.passportphotosonline.com/">PassportPhotosOnline.com</a></h2> <h3>Basics</h3> <p>Upload a digital photo, they will edit it as necessary to eliminate background flaws, shadows, and adjust lighting, and then they will produce passport pictures for you in a variety of formats depending on your location and preference.</p> <p><em>Note: PassportPictures.org was launched in 2007, and the recently launched PassportPhotosOnline.com is an affiliate carrier. The services are the same between the two sites.</em></p> <h3>Cost</h3> <p>At <strong>$15 for 6 photos</strong>, it is not the cheapest service around, but the post-processing service may be worthwhile if you are struggling to take the perfect passport picture at home.</p> <h3>Countries Covered</h3> <p>Passport photos can be produced for any country in the world (except Canada, where the the photographer is required to sign the back of the photo). Travel visa and citizenship photos are also provided for a variety of countries.</p> <h3>Delivery</h3> <p>Completed passport pictures can be emailed to the user for printing. Pictures can also be mailed to a US address, or made available for same-day pick up at Walgreens.</p> <h3>Tips</h3> <p>Despite the editing services, certain requirements must be met in order to produce a valid passport photo. The photo must be good enough to begin with that the subject (ie: you) does not need altering or modification.</p> <p>This service also boasts a customer support phone number which connects you to a representative who can answer your questions as necessary.</p> <h2><a href="http://www.onlinepassportphoto.com">OnlinePassportphoto.com</a></h2> <h3>Basics</h3> <p>Upload your digital photo, they will edit it for background, exposure, and lighting/shadow flaws, and they will produce passport photos for you in a number of formats depending on your location and preference.</p> <h3>Cost</h3> <p><strong>$6 will get you 6 passport photos</strong>. In other countries, they will produce up to eight photos for $6.95.</p> <h3>Countries Covered</h3> <p>Although not fully comprehensive, the <a href="http://www.onlinepassportphoto.com/International_passport_photos.htm">list of countries</a> for which passport and (some) visa photos can be produced for is not bad, and they will make every attempt to fulfill your request if the country you need is not on their list.</p> <h3>Delivery</h3> <p>The final product can be emailed to any address, mailed to US residents, or made available in as little as 24 hours at a local Walgreens or CVS store.</p> <h3>Tips</h3> <p>Since not all digital photos will suffice for compliance purposes (even with editing), they recommend that you email them your photos for pre-approval. Once they receive a photo that they believe is usable, they will email you an invoice through Paypal.</p> <p>If the photos are rejected for any reason, OnlinePassportPhoto will either give you a refund or provide another set of photos at no cost.</p> <h2><a href="http://www.portraitbooth.com/">portraitbooth.com</a></h2> <h3>Basics</h3> <p>Upload your photo, crop it, and make a jpeg sheet that you can download and print (or have printed).</p> <h3>Cost</h3> <p><strong>Free.</strong></p> <h3>Countries Covered</h3> <p>Only US passports are truly covered, but there are a few sizing options which may suit the country&rsquo;s passport or visa requirements that you are after.</p> <h3>Delivery</h3> <p>Being a fully online service, you could be anywhere to download and print your spiffy new passport photos.</p> <h3>Tips</h3> <p>There is no editing service available shy of self-serve cropping, so pay special attention to taking a picture that heeds the specific requirements for your passport photo (ie: background, lighting, proportions, etc).</p> <p>These are but four of what could be many online passport picture services out there. Does anybody have experience with these four companies above, or any others you would like to mention?</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!&nbsp;</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=Cheap%20Passport%20Pictures%20(Part%20Two)%3A%20Online%20Ordering&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FCheap%20Passport%20Pictures%20(Part%20Two)-%20Online%20Ordering.jpg&amp;description=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fcheap-passport-pictures-part-two-online-ordering" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Cheap%20Passport%20Pictures%20%28Part%20Two%29-%20Online%20Ordering.jpg" alt="Cheap Passport Pictures (Part Two): Online Ordering" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-passport-pictures-part-two-online-ordering">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-provide-proof-of-onward-travel-during-an-open-ended-trip-abroad">How to Provide Proof of Onward Travel During an Open-Ended Trip Abroad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-alternatives-to-pet-boarding">5 Affordable Alternatives to Pet Boarding</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hotel-room-booking-tools-every-frugal-traveler-should-know">5 Hotel Room Booking Tools Every Frugal Traveler Should Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-recipes-perfect-for-the-traveling-chef">5 Easy Recipes Perfect for the Traveling Chef</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Travel online passport photos online passport pictures Passport Thu, 24 Sep 2009 16:23:48 +0000 Nora Dunn 3642 at http://www.wisebread.com The Costa Rica Heist (Remix) A case for T.I. http://www.wisebread.com/the-costa-rica-heist-remix-a-case-for-t-i <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-costa-rica-heist-remix-a-case-for-t-i" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/CostaRica396.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="139" height="78" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="article-body"> <p><strong>Diss-Claimer.</strong> (Yes, Dis with another &quot;S.&quot; And as for those who actually followed the first time, I apologize LOL:)</p> <p> (<em>Back by popular demand for the great grammarians who frequent this site: This is the Re-Mix!)</em> </p> <p>It could start with &quot;you never think it can happen to you,&quot; or &quot;just when you thought it was safe.&quot; But why go out that way or for that matter come in that way, it&#39;s as cliche as an American tourist getting yapped for his belongings on a trip to foreign country.</p> <p><em>(I didn&#39;t think it would happen to me.)</em></p> <p>Rewind. (<em>That means go back, to a particular point in this story.</em>)</p> <p>A red-headed graduate student who couldn&#39;t be more American if she was Betsy Ross&#39; daughter&#39;s daughter&#39;s daughter&#39;s daughter, was sitting there talking to me. More aptly talking at me, more specifically, not shutting up. &quot;Uh-huh, yeah, damn that&#39;s messed up,&quot; is all this blogger could manage to retort.  </p> <p>(<em>I&#39;m &quot;this blogger,&quot; by the way.</em>)</p> <p>She talked about her work in psychology and feigned embarrasment went I pointed out that she had on flip-flops that said &quot;Harvard,&quot; and a key chain necklace that said, guess what, &quot;Harvard.&quot; Oh yeah and someone had, the night before, broke into the Hostel at which I just arrived in San Jose, Costa Rica. They took her passport. And there she was, talking my head off, killing time on her way to Vietnam via South Dakota. </p> <p>I said to myself &quot;that&#39;s pretty crazy.&quot; When I say crazy, I mean the passport being stolen story as well, but the girl, certainly. I&#39;m glad nothing remotely resembling that is going to happen to me, I&#39;m a globtrotter, a world traveler a...</p> <p>(<em>I empathized with the zany Harvard girl&#39;s anecdote but felt impervious to theft of any kind.</em>)</p> <p>Fast-Forward. (<em>That means jump ahead to the next day</em>)</p> <p>The lame conference on Commodities and Chinese relations with Latin American governments and the state-owned mines they own is sadly at an end.</p> <p>(<em>I was actually in Costa Rica on business, before I tacked on a vacation jaunt at the end of the trip.</em>) </p> <p>Now I&#39;m headed to Jaco Beach on one of the most beautiful Fridays in recent memory. I am enjoying a ride to the Pacific Coast of this lovely, quaint, currency 500/1 - completely-backed-by-American-military-country. The bus to Jaco pulls up for boarding and people rush to put their luggage in the hull of the monstorous municpal bus that looks more like a tour bus. </p> <p>Ahh, no way I&#39;m putting my bags down there, sheeeeeeeeet, not me. Savvy yank that guy is right? So what do I do? I get on, speak a little Spanish, I&#39;m in my zone, I&#39;m getting ready for four straight days of God-knows-what-tropica-lfun and what do I do? I pull out my digital camera like a dummy tourist from middle America. You know, the quintessential one who asks, &quot;do they serve tacos in Costa Rica?&quot; Yeah that kind.</p> <p>(<em>I thought I was being careful and travel savvy but alas, my activities as a giddy oblivious tourist would do my belongings in.</em>) </p> <p>I start taking self portraits as the bus pulls off, feeling my self, fun for pennies on the dollar, oh yeah. My black samsonite leather computer bag is on the top shelf above where I&#39;m sitting, phone, laptop, all the power cords and a DVD from blockbuster enclosed. I might as well have been a Harvard girl.</p> <p>Fast-Forward. (<em>That means we&#39;re skipping ahead about an hour or so.)</em></p> <p>We&#39;re only 20 clicks (<em>That&#39;s 20 kilometers for those not familiar with the metric system or U.S. Army and Marine lingo.)</em> from Jaco Beach, just 20 clicks from wireless, phoneless freedom via the wireless connection on a month-old Dell fresh off the assembly line that I would hope to utilize in the sea-side condo I was headed to. </p> <p>But, while I was looking out the window musing at the greenest hills I&#39;ve ever seen in my life and the mango trees with ripe, juicy products hanging like sweaty jugs - of fruit juice you pervs - it must have jumped off, something slick, James Bondish. I&#39;m talking Michael Jackson smooth criminal. I should have known what was up 45 minutes into the trip when I couldn&#39;t see the strap from my bag anymore, but it didn&#39;t register.</p> <p>(<em>Whilst I admired the scenery, the thief or theives were very methodical and moved with stealth as they lifted, snatched or removed my bag from the top shelf. Yes I said &quot;Whilst.&quot;)</em></p> <p>We stop, I look up on the shelf. Panic. Awwww they got me. First step, anger, broken, cuss-laden Spanish, black English; a real estate agent from South Carolina with the same &quot;damn that&#39;s messed up,&quot; look on his face that I had for the Harvard girl the night before.</p> <p>(<em>The American real estate agent, who was also on the bus, emphathized with my story but was glad it wasn&#39;t him.)</em></p> <p>Gone. (<em>My stuff, in case it&#39;s unclear, was no longer there.)</em></p> <p>Come to find out five collegues had the same hubris and put their stuff below in the belly of the Bus beast. Yes, Gone. </p> <p>(<em>Five people I was at the conference with, three American, two European, placed their belongings on the bottom of the bus before boarding and had all of their belongings subsequently taken.)</em></p> <p>And suddenly I didn&#39;t feel so bad. I, after all still had my passport, credit cards and a whole lot of Colones on my person and a pre-paid condo waiting on me. Some of those people were stuck where they stood with nothing anyone could do but loan them 500 colones to call the embassy and then their folks.</p> <p>(<em>At least four of the above-mentioned &quot;colleagues,&quot; had every last possession taken from them</em>.)</p> <p>Yep, the beach, healed those wounds quick. (<em>I pouted for a minute but then realized I was at a world-class beach with blue-green water and black sand.)</em></p> <p>Fast Forward. (Presumbably to the point of this friggin post, right?) (<em>That means I&#39;m jumping ahead to the sentence below.)</em></p> <p>GET TRAVEL INSURANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p> <p>When I return home and reality strikes, I will be out $750 bucks in supplies and will have bought the &quot;Great Debaters&quot; from Blockbuster, when I could have just gotten beyond my imperialist arrogance and copped $54 for two weeks of travel insurance from any of the companies on the commercials we hate on tv or any one of these sites:</p> <p>(<em>I should have gotten travel insurance. And there is lots of useful information on these hypertext markup language links, that take you, the readers, to things called Web Sites.)</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.worldnomads.com/">http://www.worldnomads.com/</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.insuremytrip.com/">http://www.insuremytrip.com/</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.travelpod.com/cgi-bin/travel-insurance.cgi">http://www.travelpod.com/cgi-bin/travel-insurance.cgi</a></p> <p>Here&#39;s also a bit from my Wisebread sistren on <a href="/the-dirt-on-travel-insurance">parameters on TI</a>  that I neglected to mention due to the dearth of exactitude in my rant/narrative/testimonial.</p> <p>(<em>Fellow blogger Nora Dunn has a comprehensive post on the different ways and means of procuring travel insurance.)</em></p> <p>It&#39;s a lesson for me, an expensive lesson, but a lesson. I do plan on going back to Costa Rica. I loved it but next time I&#39;m springing for some TI and not the Rapper T.I. either, even though I hear he has lots and lots of guns. </p> <p>(<em>Okay, some of you just aren&#39;t going to get that last sentence. I&#39;m going back to Costa Rica at some point though.)</em></p> <p>Because despite reading numerous travel guides and Wikipedia entries about Costa Rica being the number one destination for passport theives, I put my stuff on the top rack of a public bus to a beach bum paradise. Perhaps, I should be reading <em>your </em>blog. </p> <p>Sheesh. (<em>What a difficult time I had explaining that my stuff was stolen and that I wish I had bought travel insurance.)</em></p> <p>Hasta La Vista. (<em>I&#39;m fluent in Spanish, Hasta La Vista means until next time, or see you later. I never meant to say Pura Vida, but hey I had a great time so, Pura Vida it is.)</em></p> <p>I&#39;m having fun with you folks but seriously, get travel insurance when you go on trips longer than two weeks. It can&#39;t hurt.</p> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jabulani-leffall">Jabulani Leffall</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-costa-rica-heist-remix-a-case-for-t-i">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-provide-proof-of-onward-travel-during-an-open-ended-trip-abroad">How to Provide Proof of Onward Travel During an Open-Ended Trip Abroad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-times-travel-insurance-is-worth-it">7 Times Travel Insurance Is Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-costa-rica-lesson-awwwwwww-they-got-me">The Costa Rica Lesson: Awwwwwww They Got Me</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-a-company-to-hear-you-talk-to-their-people">Want a Company to Hear You? Talk to Their “People.”</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Life Hacks Consumer Affairs Art and Leisure Costa Rica Passport travel insurance travel tips vacation Wed, 04 Jun 2008 18:36:15 +0000 Jabulani Leffall 2147 at http://www.wisebread.com