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Do you have a passport?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by KJIM, Apr 13, 2014.


Do you have a passport?

Poll closed Apr 19, 2014.
  1. No.

    12 vote(s)
  2. No, but I have a passport card.

    0 vote(s)
  3. Yes but I haven't used it it yet.

    0 vote(s)
  4. Yes, at least one that I have used.

    47 vote(s)
  5. I did but it expired.

    7 vote(s)
  1. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    About a third of U.S. citizens have passports. Clearly, I am one of those people (I have two) but I don't see the big deal that the number is so low.

    I had an argument with another former Peace Corps volunteer who felt that anyone who didn't have a passport was culturally inept or something. I don't see that. The U.S. is vast and there's plenty to discover here.

    Europeans in particular seemed to be shocked at the low percentage, but unless an American lives close to a border, driving through three countries to grab a meal isn't an option.

    Just wondered how the SportsJournalists.com sampling compares to the U.S. rate in general.
  2. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Do you work for the NSA?
  3. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    A passport is one of those things that you don't bother getting until if/when you actually need one.

    I have one, that I've used, because I like to go on cruises on vacations, and because I sometimes need it for mission trips.
  4. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    I would rather vote "Yes, I have a passport card." It's good enough for me.
  5. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    I was 35 when I got my first passport. I managed to fill it completely full of stamps over the 10 years before I renewed it this year. Off to a slow start on Book No. 2, but I'm working on it.

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  7. bydesign77

    bydesign77 Active Member

    I know too many people that never leave the state they live in, much less the country.

    I've had a passport since I was 5.
  8. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    In a good percentage of this country you are 1,000 miles from the nearest international border.

    What's the necessity?
  9. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Americans don't save money, don't value foreign travel, don't get a lot of vacation time, often live far from family, and often use their vacation time to spend holidays with far off family.
  10. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I just don't want to fly over water. I've been to Canada, but it was before you needed a passport. Other than that, yeah, my vacation time is spent going to see my getting-up-in-years parents.
  11. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    I have one, but I generally don't use it much because most of my foreign travel is for Army business ...
  12. Wenders

    Wenders Well-Known Member

    Plus, in Europe, a flight from country to country is really cheap. It's not $1,000 like it would be to fly from the US to an airport over there.

    A few years ago, I had my purse stolen. I was a university student in a different state from where I was from and my wallet with my driver's license was stolen with the purse. I wrote my state to get a replacement ID and it took almost 2 months to get an actual ID. Until then, I carried my passport around with me so I could have proof of who I was on an official document. It's nice to have backup proof of exactly who I am.
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