Kudos to Nancy Brown!

Those of you who know me well probably also know that I have a long list of pet peeves. Sadly, one of my biggest ones has to do with my own profession – travel writing. I absolutely hate it when a seasoned travel writer ends up in a wheelchair or on crutches and then writes a heartfelt column on what it’s really like to travel when you are disabled.

Like this is big news to the rest of us. Continue reading

Passport Application Process Streamlined on National Passport Day

Cherrie's friend Moe reminds folks about National Passport Day. Photo: Bruce N. Meyer

Cherrie’s friend and fellow world traveler Moe just wrote to tell her to pass the word about National Passport Day. Although Cherrie has had her passport for several years, she knows that many of her friends don’t have one yet, so now is the perfect time to get one.

Although you can renew your passport by mail, you must apply in person for your first passport. Usually that requires an appointment; but on National Passport Day — Saturday September 17, 2011 — you can just walk in to any passport office and apply. They’ll also have some cool activities on that day, so it’s worth a visit even if you’re not applying.

So talk to your parents and get your application materials together and make plans to head to the passport office this Saturday. Here’s all the information you need to apply. And remember, kids need passports too, because without them you can’t go on cool trips like Cherrie.

You never know when you’re going to need a passport. For example, last month when we visited Maine we took our passports with us, and we were able to cross over into Canada and go out to dinner one night. If I hadn’t remembered to pack our passports we wouldn’t have been able to do that.

Plus when you have your passport, you can plan cool last minute trips to foreign countries. Every time you enter and leave a foreign country you go through customs and have your passport stamped by the customs officer. For some countries you also need a visa, which you usually get from the embassy in the country you plan to visit.

Cherrie's bear sized passport

But no visas are required for US citizens for our upcoming trip to New Zealand, so we’re all set with our passports. And Cherrie is really looking forward to that trip — she even bought a new bathing suit for the wheelchair-accessible hot springs!

So celebrate National Passport Day by learning more about why passports are important and why we need to carry them. There’s lot of information available on http://travel.state.gov/passport/.

 

 

 

“Know Before You Go Feature” Added to Emerging Horizons

In an effort to keep readers continually informed about the ever-changing world of accessible travel, I’ve added a cool new feature to the Emerging Horizons website “Know Before You Go” which will contains timely articles, access updates, travel tips and new resources for slow walkers and wheelchair-users. And the first article includes useful information about how to obtain free parking at Florida cruise ship piers and get a free pass on the state’s many told roads. Continue reading

On the Air

If you need a quiet break from the weekend festivities and want to wind down a bit on Sunday afternoon, then have a listen to Maggie Dee’s interview with me on her Disability and Senior News Report show. We’ll talk about the new laws affecting accessible travel and some cool places to go this summer. Continue reading