Passports are a lot more useful than most people realize and in a country like the USA, where less than half of the population have one, it can open many, many doors.
It’s estimated that less than half of Americans have an active passport and even less have ever been outside the USA.
It makes sense, of course. With a country as vast and varied as America, there’s plenty of traveling you can do around the country without going through the legal process needed to get a passport.
However, we’re of the idea that having one is always a good thing, and today we’ll tell you exactly why.
Passports Make Great Identifications
There’s plenty of debate around what constitutes a valid ID and what doesn’t, but passports tend to fall on the positive side of the discussion more often than not.
Sure, a bartender might not know what to do if presented with one for the first time,but as a federally recognized form of identification, there’s an excellent chance it will be accepted nonetheless.
Think about it, your driver’s license may or may not be valid outside of your state, but a passport? A passport can work worldwide!
Passports are Empowering
No, really. Think of it this way, you may not be planning to travel abroad anytime soon, but having a valid passport turns this into a “want” situation as opposed to a “can” one. Now, you can say you don’t want to travel to Europe, instead of saying you can’t travel, because having a passport gives you the gift of choice.
Speaking of gifts…
Passports Can Help You In Good and Bad Situations
Wouldn’t it suck if you won an all-expenses-paid trip to Bali that you have to skip be-cause you don’t have a passport?