Today, I sent my passport off for some new tires. I’m almost out of pages and with 2 years still left on my old passport (in addition to some of my favorite memories) I’m opting for new pages to give this one a few more miles.
I told you before, I have a travel twitch. And with a new year, and a whole bunch of new vacation days available, it’s starting to go crazy.
But the thought of not having that passport and having to start fresh (with no stamps) makes me really sad. I love browsing through my passport while traveling or waiting in line at immigration, looking at the stamps and thinking of the memories that I’ve taken with me from place to place.
I think it’s for that reason too, that I’m always amazed when I talk to friends, family, or even strangers that have no desire to leave the US. Some don’t even care about leaving the state! And apparently they aren’t alone. According to a recent study on cnn.com, only 30% of Americans have passports, and 50% of the international trips that Americans took in 2009 were to either Canada or Mexico, which didn’t even require a passport before 2007!
Anyway back to my passport… it’s in the mail and I will be nervous until I get it back. Am I the only one that feels this way?