President Trump issued a warning to Congress last week. “If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” he said.
He's talking about his campaign promise to build a border wall between Mexico and the US, of course.
Whatever your opinion is about building the wall, if you're planning to travel internationally in the near future, a government shutdown could make traveling a lot more difficult. The last time politicians in Washington couldn't get their act together on a budget, the government shutdown made it a lot more difficult to get a passport renewed--and made it impossible to renew passports on short notice.
We're paying attention to this, because we've got some international travel coming up--to Iceland, France and Belgium next week. And then, in the coming months, we've got other trips to Croatia, the Caribbean, and Central America. Since there's less than 6 months on my passport, I figured that I'd eliminate the anxiety of having my travel complicated by getting my passport renewed now.
Huckleberry Travel actually has a relationship with CIBTvisas, a company that can get you a passport in as little as one day. They can handle first-time passport applications, renewals, requests for second passports, as well as passports for children and foreign nationals. They also handle visa processing applications, in case you're traveling somewhere where an advance visa is required. And, they're even able to take care of your passport photo--there's a really cool service where you can take a picture at home, send it to them, and they'll make sure it conforms to the requirements before submitting it. Nifty, huh?
Best of all, if you're a client of Huckleberry Travel, you'll pay lower service fees than their published retail rates when we refer you to them with our agency's code.
So, don't let Washington politics screw up your travel plans. Shoot us a note and let us help you get your passport in order!