Friday, December 8, 2023


Do you have a current passport? 

In one of our polls we asked you if, when traveling, you’d rather leave the country or stay in the U.S. By far, the majority of you, 76 percent, answered that you’d rather stay in the U.S. than leave the country. Only 16 percent of you said you’d rather travel internationally and you’d go anywhere, and 8 percent of you said you’d rather travel internationally but only to another country that speaks English.

Now, that being said, we’re wondering if the numbers will correlate to the votes on this poll. If you don’t have a passport, perhaps you’d rather stay within the U.S. to travel. Now that would make sense! Do you have a current passport?

Please tell us in the poll below. If your plans to travel this year got cancelled or changed due to the coronavirus, please leave a comment and tell us.

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 700+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Becky (@guest_97831)
3 years ago

Yes we have passports. We live 40 miles from Mexican border and it just makes good sense to have one. My dentist is in Mexico, and when we took cruises (not right now, due to covid) we needed a passport.

Ed Ware (@guest_96831)
3 years ago

Yes, have carried a passport since 1973.

Cheryl (@guest_96494)
3 years ago

All passport offices in OR are closed due to…guess what. If you mail in, processing is about a million behind which means ID would sit in passport office for God know how long.

Linda (@guest_96491)
3 years ago

I not only have one passport, I have two. One from USA and one from Germany!

John Koenig (@guest_96490)
3 years ago

I renewed my Passport back in 2016. I’d LOVE to travel again but, with the current state of the Covid 19 Pandemic, I just don’t feel safe traveling; ESPECIALLY for international travel.

Ed KK (@guest_96489)
3 years ago

Not the passport, but the pass card just for Canada and Mexico. Don’t intend to leave North America ever again.

Al Figone (@guest_96486)
3 years ago

Everyone that takes to the road should have a current passport for use into either Canada or Mexico.

Hank (@guest_96483)
3 years ago

Yes and have used it many times, just on this continent! 

KellyR (@guest_96479)
3 years ago

Uncle Sam sent me to the far east in 1967 without a passport. Thank God that I got home without one as well. That was enough of being out of the USA. Don’t need a passport.

Bob Weinfurt (@guest_96477)
3 years ago

No, just an enhanced drivers license

Debbie PJ (@guest_96473)
3 years ago

Had one & never used…have enhance drivers licenses so do not need

Bob P (@guest_96471)
3 years ago

I don’t plan on leaving this country as long as I’m alive so I don’t think I need one. When I went to Vietnam in 1968 compliments of the U.S. Marine Corps no one said anything about a passport so if I didn’t need one then I don’t need one now.

Al Figone (@guest_96487)
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

Sounds like you and I both got all expenses paid trip to Nam and glad you also made it home. But this time, if you want to travel to Canada or Mexico you will need one and the process it takes, to get one, takes several weeks. Just saying…Semper Fi

Joe & Helen (@guest_96468)
3 years ago

We planned a trip to Hawaii for this fall and purchased our plane tickets and reserved the
time share for an 18 day stay last spring. Due to COVID-19 restrictions we reluctantly just decided to cancel. First we tried to cancel on the Alaska website and the only options were to bank the money for later trips but then decided to phone the airline. Very helpful agent said oh we changed your flight schedule therefore you are entitled to a full refund and it was credited back to credit card in just a few days. So glad we did not accept one of the on line options.

Bea (@guest_96467)
3 years ago

Yes, we have current passports, in 2014 we flew to Vancouver and in 2016 we visited Canada with our rv from Niagara Falls to the New York border down through Watertown, NY.

Connie VH (@guest_96463)
3 years ago

Renewals on the get-ready-to-fulltime list.

DW/ND (@guest_96460)
3 years ago

I answered “yes” however we don’t have passports – we have “Pass Cards” which allows us to travel between US and Canada on land – which includes rail – but no international flights with a “Pass Card”. I don’t recall for sure about travel in and out of Mexico. We have no intention of traveling anywhere abroad anyway.

ValC (@guest_96456)
3 years ago

My passport was due to expire in August and as an Alaska snowbird, I was worried about renewal period due to covid. Submitted in June and concerned when i heard it could take 4-6 months for receipt. Pleasantly surprised to receive the new in August!

Rich (@guest_96454)
3 years ago

when we renewed our passports we also obtained the more convenient passport cards.

Loren (@guest_96453)
3 years ago

Started to go to Mexico two years ago while in Yuma, fortunately looked at our passports first and found they had expired two years before!

Paul S Goldberg (@guest_96449)
3 years ago

I have maintained a current passport since a college trip to Paris in 1962. My current passport is the enhanced many more pages then standard. Although we love to travel the US in our motorhome we also enjoy foreign travel, at least two trips a year. Our most recent trip resulted in evacuation from Panama mid March! We have traveled in 50 states, 9 provinces and 67 countries. Currently have a trip planned for April, 50/50 whether we get to go.

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