Do you have a passport? Is it current? In the US, passports cost 140 dollars, which may sound like a lot of money. Don’t let the price tag discourage you! Purchasing a passport is a worthwhile investment, and I’ll tell you why. Here are my top seven reasons.
Explore The World
It’s been less than one hundred years since international air travel became possible, and even less since it became somewhat commonplace. Today, the average person can compare prices online and find affordable deals that will move them around the globe in just hours.
Never before in history have we had this kind of mobility, and I for one want to be able to take advantage of it! That is impossible without a passport because the standard rule for traveling to another country is that you need a valid passport to make entry. A passport is a key that allows you to step into new and exciting places, all around the globe.
A Valid Backup ID
There are many times in life when you must prove two forms of identification. In these cases, whether you are at the DMV, the human resources office at your place of employment, or the bank, a passport comes in handy. It is an accepted, valid form of identification which can be used alongside your drivers license or birth certificate to prove that you are who you say you are.
In addition, you can use it if you misplace your drivers license. Having a passport will make it much easier to get a replacement drivers license! It is no fun to be stuck in a pickle when it comes to paperwork, especially because when you are trying to prove your identity it is usually for an important reason, like securing an employment position or a loan. Avoid the hassle and be prepared with a form of ID that will make things go smoothly.
Travel For Work
What will you be doing for work in the next ten years? For many of us, that is completely unknown. We may know what type of work we want to be doing, but the exact form might surprise us. The average person changes his or her employment situation every two years, and technology is advancing so quickly that some new positions can’t even be conceived of yet.
A passport lasts for ten years. If you get one now, you will be prepared for the new and exciting travel opportunities that arise within whatever employment situation you enter into. Technology brings us closer as global citizens, so jobs of the future may involve much more international travel than we are used to today. It is best to be prepared.
In Case Of Emergencies
What if someone you love needs your help, yet they are positioned across a border? A passport will give you the ability to cross the border and offer assistance in the case of an emergency. Don’t let red-tape stop you from coming to the aid of a loved one. Flash your passport, jump on a plane and save the day.
Live The Laptop Lifestyle
A recent study found that 50% of millennials are freelancers, and that within a decade the majority of the workers in America are expected to be freelancing. As books like Tim Ferriss’ “Four Hour Workweek” have taught us, freelancers can work from remote locations and be quite successful.
One aspect of the freelancer’s lifestyle may include living in a country where the cost of living is significantly lower than the US. By using this strategy, a freelancer can work less and live lavishly. To live this kind of a lifestyle, you must have a passport to give you access to those low-cost-of-living countries.
Save Money and Stress
If you wait until the last minute to get your passport, you will have to spend 60 dollars extra to expedite the processing. Even when you pay extra, you’ll have to wait eight days to receive your passport. Instead of feeling the stress of being down to the wire on your travel time-line, be prepared in advance.
If you take the time out of your schedule now to get your passport processed, you will be prepared. When a friend has an extra ticket on a cruise that stops in the Caribbean, you won’t have to rush and stress out before the departure date. By planning ahead, you’ll get to purchase the passport at a lower price.
Imagine The Possibilities
One of the most important reasons to get a passport has nothing to do with moving your body to a new country. Instead, it has to do with your perspective on life and your mindset while you are at home, living your day-to-day existence.
When you have your passport you know that you have the freedom to move around the globe, say yes to exciting opportunities, and dream up fantastic trips to Rome, Italy. You have the feeling that the world is your oyster, and you have the power in your hands to live life to the fullest. That is a valuable feeling to have. It is well worth the 140 dollars that you will spend.
Think about having that feeling every day for the next ten years, and you’ll see that it would be crazy not to buy a passport. It will only cost you fourteen dollars a year, and your sense of what is possible in your life will be vastly improved. The way you feel about yourself is important, and affects all other areas of your life.
Investing in a passport may seem like an impractical use of 140 dollars, especially if you don’t have any trips abroad planned in the foreseeable future. But the investment is worth it for many reasons. Processing paper work will be easier, you can travel for work, and explore the world when the opportunity arises. More than that you will feel free and can imagine all of the possibilities that your passport unlocks.
Saleh Stevens an entrepreneur and business thought leader who is passionate about cultivating diversity. He has lived in many urban hubs around the world including London, Atlanta, New York and Barcelona.