Passport

My Passport expired. About 10 years ago. The last stamp is dated January 2002, Israel, the one before that July 1998, England, when we went to visit friends. The Passport that expired before that one had stamps from a trip to Europe in 1983- Italy and France, and 1985 Israel. I haven’t flown anywhere since 2009 after flying a few times that year and each flight worse than the next. That combined with security at the airports after 9/11 making traveling a whole new experience, one not suited for my nerves. I also prefer to have my feet on the ground. Most people are aghast when they learn my Passport is expired and I am not interested in flying, thinking my life can only be enriched if I am able to take flight. I am more than happy to get in the car and drive an hour to sit by the ocean, to explore new areas not far from where I live. My passport is my computer which allows me to find new places to visit, places I can see before choosing to go, by visiting a website and using Google Maps to find my way there.

With a Passport

Without A Passport

Passport

29 thoughts on “Passport

  1. I have always hated flying and always forced myself to go. I loved our trips to Italy (twice), France and England. I think Europe is a special place. I love the small villages and towns and the history is unmatched in this country.
    But like you, I prefer jumping in a car these days. There is lots to see in this country and I really want to spend some time out west..Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, etc.
    But I might have to jump in a car to either get there or back..:)

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  2. I have often wished I had overseas plans, Lisa. I am content to know, in November I will see my college friend and maid of honor from my first marriage, in Mississippi.
    I have been to the Grand Canyon, Phoenix, Florida, Mexico, Spain, Portugal and North to Maine through all the New England states.
    My most fun places were like yours: beaches, either lakes, ocean or quarries. I enjoy fresh springs and streams, too. Hope you will always be where you are most likely to be happy and smile a lot, Lisa. 🙂 🙂

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  3. There is no one-size-fits-all in this world. Some people are lured by distance shores, others are not.

    Personally, I LOVE travelling. Well – not exactly the travelling part, but the being there part. However more and more I’m getting uncomfortable with the huge carbon footprint created by long distance travel, and so that is the dilemma I am struggling with now.

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  4. I’m with YOU!

    My best friend lives in Spain and he cannot figure out why I won’t come and visit.

    We have a HUGE trip planned for later this year, from Washington State all the way to Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. We are DRIVING!!

    Wish our trip took us closer to New Jersey!!

    It would take an all expenses paid trip back to Fiji to get me on a plane again!

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    • wow that is some road trip!! We try never to drive more than an hour and 1/2!!! You should get some great photos on a trip like that. Looking forward to living vicariously through you! 🙂

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  5. I would like to see a few places requiring a passport. Not likely to happen. So it will be used as occasional ID until it expires. I find plenty to enjoy and keep me busy right here.

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    • Before I was married my BFF and I went away every summer- Canada one year, Montreal, Quebec,Toronto, and then places more local, a 2 or 3 hour drive. It was great. My husband and I also took a few driving trips when we were first married, New Hampshire, Amish Country in Pa, upstate NY.These days its an hour to the beach and we’re good!

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  6. I feel exactly the same way about flying these days. Not only is it difficult because the planes are small and the seats are tight, but the security makes a difficult trip SO much worse.

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