I’m two weeks out from a shark research trip in the Bahamas with Saving The Blue. Problem: I don’t have a passport.
At the start of the year, I sent my very well traveled passport into the US State Department to be renewed. I’m proactive AF like that. Here I am 7 weeks out and I still don’t have my new passport.
Now, part of this problem might, and I mean MIGHT, have something to do with me sending in incomplete paperwork to the State Department.
I know what you are thinking, “Nah, bro, don’t accept responsibility for your own actions; blame the government,” and I agree with you: THE GOVERNMENT IS THE REASON WHY I DON’T HAVE A PASSPORT!
So, what are my options while I linger in this passport purgatory?
- Trust that in 10 business days the government will have completed my application, generated a new passport, and shipped it to me in time. Even if I completed the paperwork correctly I don’t like relying on the government to do anything in a timely fashion.
- I can schedule an appointment to go to a passport center. Didn’t know that there are actual physical passport centers that you can go to in person to get a passport, did you? Here is the rub – you can only go to a passport center if you are within two weeks from your international travel. I am now in that window. Problem: the nearest passport center is 4.5 hours, which is crap, but whatevs, I drive really f’n fast so I can cover that distance is about 35 minutes.
- I can roll the dice and try to go to another country with no passport. I’ve been to the Bahamas before and they are pretty tight around requiring a passport. So is the US. I don’t like my odds with this one, but, eh, I’m not ruling it out.
TBD on how this will play out. Just know that I probably won’t sleep until I get that sweet, sweet passport. I wasn’t really sleeping anyways on the account of being an artificial entity named Computer Boy. Now you know!
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