It is the hottest night of the summer, on record, my air conditioning is not cooling as it should and the telephone on my night table is buzzing like crazy. I glance at the time, it is 5:20 AM. At first I thought is was just a bad dream but when my client shouted for the third time, "my passport is expired, what the hell do I do", I was awake and sweating profusely.
This esteemed client, who had insisted for months that his passport was valid, was trying to board a flight, with his family of six (6), from Wisconsin to JFK and their connection to Venice, Italy, to start a long planned 12-night Mediterranean cruise. I wanted to shout back, "what do you want me to do about that" but of course I didn't; I advised him to use his driver's license and board his flight to NY. Once in NY he could get to the passport office on Hudson Street, in Lower Manhattan and hope that they would renew his passport in a few hours.
To make a long story short, he was able to get a passport by the end of the business day and fly out the next evening to Venice. His family went ahead without him but luckily they had three (3) days in Venice before the cruise departed. He did lose his seat in business class and had to travel economy, seat 46D, you know, the one near the lavatory but it all ended well, his vacation was saved and they all had a fabulous time.
So you plan on traveling internationally in 2018 and for the foreseeable future. Here are ten (10) things you need to know and do now.
Moral of the story, you really need a passport!
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