Wondering what the differences are between passport books and passport cards? The United States State Department offers two different types of passports – the traditional passport books that so many people are familiar with, and passport cards. So which one should you get? For the most part, it depends on your traveling needs, and how much you want to spend on necessary travel documents.
Travelers can use Passport Books to internationally travel by air, see, and/or land. This type of U.S. Passport meets all of the REAL ID fulfillments required by Homeland Security, and therefore can be used by those who are traveling by domestic air travel. Those who are under the age of 16 will receive a Passport Book that’s valid for 5 years, and Passport Books given to those who are over the age of 16 will be valid for a period of 10 years.
The Passport Book is the only United States approved document that allows for international air travel. First time costs for an adult Passport Book is $145, which will cost $110 to renew. First time costs for a child’s Passport Book is $115, which will cost $80 to renew.
Travelers can use Passport Cards to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean, which includes both land border crossing and sea ports of entry. While a Passport Card cannot be used to travel internationally by air, it is REAL ID compliant and therefore can be used to travel domestically by air. Those who are under the age of 16 will receive a Passport Card that’s valid for 5 years, and Passport Cards given to those who are over the age of 16 will be valid for a period of 10 years.
The reason why Passport Cards cannot be used to fly internationally is because it was specifically designed for both the northern and southern United States border community residents who crossed the border often by land. First time costs for an adult Passport Card is $65, which will cost $30 to renew. First time costs for a child’s Passport Card is $50, which will cost $15 to renew.
Good to Know
Travelers can apply for a Passport Book and a Passport Card at the same time. They must first apply in person, and then they must meet eligibility requirements in order to renew their book or card by mail. Applications are processed within a six week timeframe, and expedited services are available for those who need their documents sooner.
Have you already created your bucket list? A bucket list includes a list of all of the trips you want you take in your life. It does not matter what’s on the bucket list, what matters is that you add anything you want to do and everywhere you want to go to this list. While you may make a few changes over the years to your bucket list, which is completely fine, what is important it is having a reference list of things you want to do and places you want to go.
Alaska for a Bucket List Trip
Some people may be surprised at how many travelers include Alaska on their bucket list. This is because they simply do not realize all that Alaska has to offer! Alaska is indeed a top bucket list destination for many, especially for those who enjoy exploring the great outdoors. There are many once in a lifetime adventures to be found in Alaska, making it a great vacation destination for solo travelers, couples, families and even large groups of people.
There’s truly not much that compares to the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness. More than half of North America’s National Parkland is located in Alaska, which is preserved and protected to keep it pure and pristine. Summertime is considered to be the best time for travelers to enjoy the breathtaking scenery that exists here. This is when tour operators are most available, making it necessary for summertime travelers to travel in between the months of May and September.
There’s an abundance of wildlife to see and appreciate in the great state of Alaska! Both animal and nature lovers will surely enjoy both up close and faraway views of all of the Alaskan wildlife that exists here. A shortlist of wildlife includes brown bears, polar bears, sheep, goats, moose, caribou, bison, wolves, bald eagles, eagles, green sea turtles, orcas, and whales. There are a few wildlife conservation centers in Alaska, making it a good idea for those who are visiting Alaska especially for the wildlife to make it a point to visit one or more centers.
Traveling in Alaska
Alaskan Bus Tours, Alaskan Plane Tours, Alaskan Railroads and Alaskan Cruises are all popular options for traveling in the beautiful state of Alaska. So how does one go about choosing one or more of these traveling options? While all of these traveling options allow vacationers to see and enjoy all that Alaska has to offer, if can be difficult for many to choose one.
Advice for those who are not sure how they want to travel through Alaska? Imagine yourself on each of the traveling options. Which one appeals to you most? If all forms of travel are appealing, you just may have to choose one and then revisit the Last Frontier so you can see Alaska using a different mode of travel.
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