Got my passports in hand!

I can’t believe it, the government was efficient for once. I sent in my US passport for renewal on December 2 and got it back today, exactly four weeks later. Other than the rather draconian, off center picture that the lady at the acceptance facility took of me, I’m kind of impressed!

I feel like such a noob, though. My German passport, which I recently got, has exactly three stamps in it. My (new) US passport has no stamps in it. That might be good when it comes to immigration, so the US immigration wankers officers can stop harassing me because I don’t have enough empty pages and perhaps will stop asking me how I can afford to travel so much (so many things I’ve been tempted to respond with), which might be a good thing. But at the same time it’s fun to have a full passport and occasionally thumb through it and look at all the visas and stamps. To put a slight twist to a Ryan Bingham quote, “to look at my passport is to know me.”

Anyway, having a new passport can mean only one thing — it’s time to go somewhere! Buenos Aires, Dubai, Dublin, Reykjavik, and Rio, here I come!

About lucky

Ben Schlappig (aka Lucky) is a travel consultant, blogger, and avid points collector. He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to fund his first class experiences. He chronicles his adventures, along with industry news, here at One Mile At A Time.

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Comments

  1. I’m always confused when I see people write about trouble at US immigration on US passports. I have a full 48-pager (need to stop by the embassy on my next trip to get another 24) with stamps from Iraq, Colombia, Yemen, Syria, North Korea, Burma…and I’ve never spent more than 30 seconds at immigration, and have not once been stopped at customs. I’m sometimes disappointed not to get more of a harassing!

  2. @lucky How were you planning on getting Reykjavik? The only regular *A flight is on SK from Oslo I believe. It’s a beautiful country and it’s certainly worth going to, I just haven’t figured out a way to get there from the states that doesn’t involve giving IcelandAir money (or Saga Points).

  3. CBP always asks “how long were you gone” and sometimes “why do you travel so much?”

    re Icelandair: $599 cheap? Probably Lucky’s most expensive cash ticket ever :). Plus coach – does he do int’l coach?

  4. As I keep telling lucky – when CBP comes in the form of a machine on which you only need to push a few buttons, the questions it can ask are pretty limited.

  5. I’d happily fly Icelandair coach! The fares are quite cheap from JFK (maybe not by my standards, but in absolute terms), and the thought of flying coach (not even an exit row) sounds like an adventure to me.

  6. @Troy — Not true, New Zealand does that too. Came home to AKL from a holiday in the UK and a conference in Madrid and got greeted with questions about how I could afford a AKL-LON-MAD-AKL trip! I was about 21 years old at the time.

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