Don’t have your passport yet?
Read on for 5 reasons that will convince you to apply for your passport today!
by Jason Bilog
Reason #1: Take advantage of crazy affordable airfare deals
Here are some of the flight deals I’ve bought, all of which were round-trip tickets:
- DC to Abu Dhabi for $215
- DC to Mumbai for $330
- DC to Beijing, in business class, for $430
- New York to Sao Paulo, for $590
- Philadelphia to Sydney, for $1,115
Problem is, if you don’t have a passport, how will you be able to take advantage of these deals!? While these deals are centric to the U.S. Northeast, they frequently come up in most major cities. Simply ‘like’ these websites on Facebook and the power of geo-targeting will do its thing and show you the most relevant deals specific to your city.
Reason #2: Meet Truly Amazing People All Around The World
Face it, how many of us have felt that it requires more effort to meet new people once we graduate from school and are working full time? Moreover, if you’re fortunate enough to be in the same city your close circle of friends, it’s easy to stick within your social bubble and pass up the opportunity to branch out and meet new people.
Traveling to a foreign country, especially when you’re traveling solo like I tend to do, by default forces you to step out of your comfort zone. Not sure where to begin to meet new people? Website like Couchsurfing, Tripscout and other location-based apps make it super easy to meet locals that would happily show you around. In my experiences, when traveling solo I almost always stay at a hostel. Why? Because it’s super easy to meet like-minded travelers, many of whom are also traveling solo, that are eager to explore.
Reason #3: To explore and witness how majestic and amazingly beautiful our world truly is!
We’ve all seen images of some of the world’s most iconic places and landmarks: The Eiffel Tower, The Taj Mahal, The Pyramids, etc. While these landmarks likely aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, others such as the Great Barrier Reef, Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu continue to be affected by degradation due to global warming or visitor traffic. Get a passport and go explore these natural wonders before it’s too late!
Reason #4: To appreciate what you have going on in your life
Clean (and hot!) running water, constant electricity and clean air are just a few things that I think we can easily overlook in our everyday life. In reality, many of these basic necessities don’t exist in many parts of the world. Traveling to a foreign country, particularly to a developing country, will open your eyes to just how fortunate you are, and just how many opportunities surround you right where you are!
Reason #5: To become self-reliant, resilient, and to thrive under uncertainty
More than anything, traveling to a foreign country teaches you a lot about how to be self-reliant, resilient, and to thrive under uncertainty. In life, we’ll always be faced with unexpected problems. Same goes for traveling. That flight might be delayed, your accommodations might be subpar, the weather might not be great, you might not speak the language, or you might even get pickpocketed. Rather than simply getting upset and throwing in the towel, traveling teaches you a lot about how to roll with the punches, and more importantly, to pick yourself back up. Websites like The Traveler’s Mindset are a great resource on finding like-minded individuals who do just this!
Fired up to get a passport? In this next post, I’ll explain how to get your passport in 3 easy steps!
Jason Bilog is an avid globetrotter and travel hacker who loves to pay for travel through credit card points and frequent flyer mile programs. Jason is also a StartingBloc Fellow and a full-time Marketing Operations Manager.