Travel Tuesday Tip: Apply For A Passport Before You Go To College
May01

Travel Tuesday Tip: Apply For A Passport Before You Go To College

It’s “Travel Tuesday” (a designation on Twitter for travel related tweets posted on — you guess it — Tuesdays! Travel Tuesday Tweets carry the hashtag “#traveltuesday” or “#TT” (case does not matter).   In honor of #TT, our travel tip for college-bound students is:  Apply for your passport BEFORE you go to college.  Here’s why:  You’ll save time, possibly some money, and a lot of headaches if you apply while you are still living at home where you have easy access to required documents such as your birth certificate. It will be one less detail you’ll have to take care of should you decide to study abroad or travel outside the US for student trips or spring break. Here’s what you need to know: Cost:  $140 app fee + $25 execution fee (bring a check with you to the processing office, some centers or government departments may not accept debit, credit cards, or cash) Timeline: Expect it take to  4-6 weeks for the government to process your passport application Passport photo:  It only takes about 10 minutes to pop into a CVS or other retailer with passport photo processing services to have a photo made that meets the specifications set by the US Government. Never had a passport: Adult First Time Applicants (age 16 years and older) need to apply in person to the designated government center in your area and submit a US Passport Application. All first time applicants must apply in person at a Passport Agency, Acceptance Facility, U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  See also: Travel.State.Gov: Apply for a Passport  The Best Time to Get a Passport Travel Tuesday: Will You Fly or Drive?...

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Travel Tuesday: Will You Fly or Drive?
Jan17

Travel Tuesday: Will You Fly or Drive?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Z. Kelly Queijo It’s “Travel Tuesday” (a designation on Twitter for travel related tweets posted on — you guess it — Tuesdays! Travel Tuesday Tweets carry the hashtag “#traveltuesday” or “#TT” (case does not matter).  In honor of #TT, our post today provides travel planning resources for the college-bound. Planning Campus Visit Travel If you’re planning spring college visits, then you’re likely already in the throws of making hotel reservations and wrestling with the answer to “Will I fly or will I drive?” To help you evaluate costs related to college visit travel, we’ve provided the following resources. Let us know if you find any of these useful and, please feel free to suggest other tools or tips in the Comments section. Fly or Drive Calcualtor – I ran across Fly vs. Drive: A Website to Help You Decide on TravelingMom.com (where I also blog). It allows you to compare the costs of flying to the cost of driving. You can adjust various components to get an accurate assessment of travel costs. Fuel Calculator – Developed by a college student for Smart College Visit, this is a handy fuel calculator to make it easy to find out how much you’ll spend on fuel for your college road trip. Find a Hotel Near Campus– This takes you to our Smart College Visit hotel search site. Here, you can search by city and travel dates, get hotel reviews, book online, find pet-friendly hotels, and view nearby attractions–which is always nice when traveling with family–you can turn your campus visit into a mini-vacation! Our prices are competitive and you can search for hotels by brand name, preferences, and even ratings! It takes a little extra time to plan college visit travel cost-effectively, but by evaluating costs before your trip, you may find ways to save so it’s affordable to bring a friend or additional family members along with out breaking the bank. Do you have travel tips to share with other college-bound families? Please post them in the comment section or on our Facebook page. Feel free to post these tweets and follow @collegevisit Will  you fly or drive to visit campus? Check out these handy travel tools: http://www.smartcollegevisit.com #TT Planning college visits? Evaluate travel costs with these handy tools: http://www.smartcollegevisit.com #TT HAPPY TRAVEL...

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