Passport Day in the U.S.A

Planning ahead for Passport Day on April 9, 2011

Less than 50% of Americans have a passport. For the Travel section, this statistic causes a few moments of melancholic sadness and quicker paced breathing. Not everyone needs to have the travel bug, but without a passport you are cut off from so much. Passport holders get to experience language barriers whenever they please and discover that what they really ate was not what they’d thought.

Okay, so travel comes with inconveniences. But it also comes with unforgettable experiences, stories, and relationships made along the way that last a lifetime. The onerous process of getting a passport (especially for the whole family) can be reason enough to put it off. But this Saturday, April 9, is National Passport Day, which means one thing — no more excuses.

Passport agencies and approved facilities all across the country are opening their doors for a full no-appointment day filled with endless passport possibilities. Check here to find locations nearest you and think of all the destinations that await you. Here’s what you need to plan ahead for Passport Day:

Next time you wait in line at that facility, it will be to request more pages for ever more stamps.

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Too bad the government will shut down Friday and all the passport offices will be closed Saturday.

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