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Prepare for Your Trip with Travel Tips

Common Passport Mistakes

Common Passport Mistakes

If you’re traveling abroad, there are tons of passport mistakes that might hold you up at security. Some of these mistakes are easily avoidable, while others might just surprise you!


  1. Not checking the expiration date
    While this seems obvious, it’s also easily overlooked. Ensure your expiration date is far enough in the future, because some countries won’t accept passports that will expire in six months!

  2. Waiting too long to apply
    While expedited shipping is available, it still takes $60 more and three weeks.

  3. Not correctly filling out the form
    Luckily the correction process is free for typo’s made to your passport.

  4. Not updating your name after a change
    Passports don’t automatically update, so when a name change occurs you’ll have to go through the renewal process.

  5. Having too many stamps
    Who would of thunk it? Some countries have a requirement for the amount of blank pages that travelers have in their books.

Tips for Traveling with Pets


Depending on where you’re going, you might want to bring your pet along.

In general, cats are happier at home, so we’re thinking more dogs here – especially if they can tagalong on some outdoorsy adventures!

Via Car

  • Go on a test ride

  • Make sure they’re secure in the car for their safety

  • Make frequent pit stops

  • Never leave them in the car alone

Via Airplane

  • When possible, always make sure your pet is flying in the cabin with you

  • If your pet must fly cargo, do a lot of research into the airline and make sure you can watch them put your pet on the plane

  • You might want to consider an anti-anxiety medication for your pet. There are options specifically for air travel.


*Please note: Driving is the most ideal mode of transportation for your pet.

How to Protect Your Stuff While Traveling

It’s always a good idea to think about how to ensure all of your belongings, whether at home or on vacation with you, are secure and protected while you’re away.

Protect Your Home

This doesn’t just happen in the movies. If your entire family is on vacation, burglars can sense it. Do a few things to make sure your home still appears to have you in it:


  • Put a stop on your mail so it doesn’t pile up

  • Have lights on a timer

  • Have a neighbor or friend shovel your snow in the winter

  • Refrain from posting on social media until you’re back