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.
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.