Passport Application Sent!

I haven’t left the country since I was 5.  I have no plans to travel any time soon but if the opportunity wants to present itself I definitely want to be in the position to be ready.

I don’t know if you guys know this but it could take 4-6 weeks from the time an application is submitted for your passport to arrive.  Assuming you’d want to pay the minimum cost that is.

Standard processing time cost me $165 for a Passport book and card.  I guess technically one does not need a passport card but I rather have both just in case. A passport book is good for travel by air, land, or sea whereas the passport card is only valid for seaports and land border crossings.

So… now I wait.  I’m glad I got it started any way. That is one less thing I’d have to worry about.

IMG_1892

How to acquire a US Passport

  1. You will need proof of citizenship (e.g.birth certificate)
  2. You will also need Two photographs (I got mine taken at Walgreens)
    You can also do this yourself, but I did not want to risk doing it wrong in any way.
  3. Then you will also need to provide a valid ID (e.g. driver’s license)

If you are applying for your passport for the first time here is a link that you may find useful: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/first-time.html

I saved myself some time and printed off the form required to be filled out (they will have you fill out the same form when you get there so might as well get it done in advanced. http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/212239.pdf

The adult passport book ($110) is all you really need but if you plan on traveling by car or by sea you can get away with just having a passport card ($30).
For more pricing information you can get them here: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/information/fees.html

Advertisements

1 Million Steps in 3 Months!

That number sounds like a lot right? Well, it turns out that I’ve in fact taken more than 1 million steps since January.  Early January I purchased the UP24 which I use daily to track my sleep and steps.  I received a notification saying that I walked over 1,000,000 steps and counting which is equivalent to walking from San Francisco to Mexico!

Does owning a fitness tracker really help?  In my opinion, yes.  Back in Texas I walked a lot and it was mostly due to work.  However, now that I’m on this…extended vacation it’s really easy just to stay in pajamas and Netflix binge. So when I’m looking my iPad and my UP24 app is practically yelling at me it’s a real encouragement. I also have fitness pals who I know sees my updates and when I see their updates and when their numbers are significantly higher than mine that when I get to steppin’!  I use my iPad to read the app but if you have an Android or iPhone you can literally track your steps constantly.  I found that it drove me a little crazy so I decided to take it off my phone and just periodically check my progress when I’m at home.

Do you know how many steps you have to take in order to have traveled a mile? They say it’s about 2,000 steps it just depends on the measurement of your strides.  My ultimate goal is to be able to walk 20,000 steps/day.  I haven’t been able to break that number yet but I think I will get there soon.  I just need to put the time into it.

Do you own a fitness tracker? What kind do you have? How often do you use it? If you don’t have one, are you considering getting one?