Passport http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9289/all en-US 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> <p>&nbsp;</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/are-groupon-getaways-a-good-idea">Are Groupon Getaways a Good Idea?</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/why-you-should-never-buy-souvenirs">Why You Should Never Buy Souvenirs</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-easy-recipes-perfect-for-the-traveling-chef">5 Easy Recipes Perfect for the Traveling Chef</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-money-lessons-from-the-third-world">5 Money Lessons From the Third World</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/sleeping-in-airports-for-the-stranded-and-frugal-minded">Sleeping In Airports For The Stranded And Frugal Minded</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-3"> <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-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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unauthorized-video-game-hack-may-net-consumers-up-to-35-0">Unauthorized Video Game Hack May Net Consumers Up to $35</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/expert-tips-to-help-you-make-your-own-holiday-cards-and-save-a-small-fortune">Last minute tips for quick and easy homemade Holiday cards. .</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-gettin-baptized-in-the-watahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-epiphany">The Gettin&#039;-Baptized-in-the-Watah Epiphany</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/search-online-for-a-fix-before-you-toss-that-broken-gadget">Search Online for a Fix before You Toss that Broken Gadget</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