Traveler’s Confession: Passport Procrastinator

Traveler’s Confession: Passport Procrastinator

I am a procrastinator; I have no idea what makes me so disorganized, but I am, and I often have to pay for this mistake…literally.

Take my most recent situation for example. After my return from Africa, I knew that I needed a new passport, or new pages, since my passport was completely full. Months passed by, and still, I procrastinated. With no real big trips coming up, I felt no need to rush.

But now, with South America within my reach, I have suddenly realized that I have a bit of a passport problem.

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Of course, even after immediately realizing this problem, I decided it had an easy solution and there was no need for concern. I would just head down to the consulate office in New York City and get it expedited in one day…easy, right? Apparently, not.

After calling the office last night, I learned that the next available appointment they had was July 8th, two days AFTER I return. I called up Connecticut and Pennsylvania’s offices, and while they had earlier appointments, both were still in July.

Upon hearing this news, panic set it. While I could risk it and travel with a relatively full passport, I didn’t want to; I imagined arriving in Santiago after thirteen hours of travel and being turned away. I couldn’t have that happen. Instead, I looked up companies that expedite passports.

This was another difficult decision that needed to be made, who would I entrust with my beloved passport? After reading several reviews, I found it even more difficult to choose a company. Plus, I hated the idea of paying for the passport before I even submitted my documents; it just didn’t feel right.

The search continued, and I found several locations in New York City that could expedite passports without having to book an appointment. I decided that this would be the route I would take.

After a smaller search, I found Rush Passports, a company with a rating of 29/30 and recent reviews that were all positive. The positive vibes continued after I spoke to them on the phone, and further confirmed that they’d be able to help me out. Not only were they friendly and helpful, but they told me that if I went in tomorrow morning, my passport would be ready by Friday. Nothing like leaving everything until the last minute, but this was clearly my strongest option.

What have I learned from this? Obviously, that I need to end my love affair with procrastination, especially when it has to do traveling the world. I have been known to book last minute trips, so I should always be prepared with an up-to-date passport. Silly me. Hopefully, this fee to expedite my passport will be enough to teach me that sometimes being a procrastinator can really cost you.

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Comments (9)

  1. Aaron

    Glad you were able to find a place! Can relate to the procrastinaton whether it’s booking flights for a trip or just the day-to-day. I’ve gotten better, but do need to learn how to take care of some things sooner rather than later.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Me too, Aaron, me too! Procrastination is just part of who I am. I’m very laid back, a free spirit, a wanderer, haha. I guess those are usually great qualities to have and ways to be, just not when you need to renew something as important as a passport. 😉

  2. Kimmy @ AfterGlobe

    Yikes! Glad you got it all worked out. I really should get on this whole getting a passport thing. I am planning on traveling the world and just might need it.

    1. The World Wanderer

      So am I, Kimmy! I went to the office today and they were really wonderful, helped put my fears at ease. You don’t have a passport? You really must go get one soon, and not wait until last minute, like me, haha.

  3. Coleman Fogg

    Ha good post, glad it all worked out. I call those “idiot taxes” and unfortunately I pay them fairly often.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, that’s exactly what they are! I like that name. Ugh, what a headache, but I went to Rush today and they were so great. I guess my opinion will all be decided on Friday when I pick up my new passport. 🙂

  4. CeCe

    I feel you on this! I learned the hard way when I applied for my visa to Bolivia a little too late, and had to mail it in to the consulate. I finally got my passport TWO days before I left for South America. Now I look into all visa requirements MONTHS before my trip.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Yes! Ugh! Well, I leave tomorrow and have to pick up my passport today. So stressful. Hopefully I’ll learn, like you did. 🙂

  5. Karisa

    I’m exactly the same!!! Deadlines and to-do lists stress me out so I just avoid thinking about them at all until I’m past the point of having the luxury of avoiding my responsibilities! Hope it all worked out!

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