Overseas aid

They say everyone should have a current résumé and a valid passport.

I have both. Neither one gets much love these days. In fact, I just noticed that my passport was renewed five years ago, so it’s at exactly the halfway point of its valid life. The sad part is that neither the passport nor I have left the United States since 2001. It’s waiting, in its safe place, along with all the passports I’ve had since age 10 (when, by the way, I apparently stood at 4 feet, 11 ½ inches tall). My current passport is stiff and uncreased and has a pretty good photo if I do say so myself. I just wish a customs agent could see it.

My last passport saw some action and it shows. In the years before it expired in 2006, I travelled to Switzerland several times, France several times, Greece twice, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Aruba. I like to look back at the pretty visas inserted by countries that require them.

I still travel often, but to places like Detroit and Tupelo and Cleveland, not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just that my passport and I are itching to fly beyond U.S. borders for a change. We just need a reason. And a lot of money.

I am reminded of an I Love Lucy episode in which the wives tried to raise money to accompany their husbands to Europe. They staged a raffle for a bogus charity called Ladies Overseas Aid. (“We’re ladies, we want to go overseas and boy, do we need aid!”)

This lady needs to come up with a clever way to see the world on someone else’s nickel. Any ideas?

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3 responses to “Overseas aid

  1. I have never used my passport either. I have only traveled outside of the USA a few times to Mexico, and all were before the requirement of a passport. My husband and both of my kids have traveled outside the US, but not me. I do have a passport in case I ever have a need for it, and I do want to use it, but just haven’t had the opportunity or the cash flow to go anywhere.

  2. Rosey

    You could join the Peace Corps!

  3. Polly

    When you figure out a way, please share it. I have never been anywhere outside the US (except for Canada, which doesn’t count when you live in NYS). My resolution this year is to get a passport so when someone asks me to go on a spontaneous trip overseas I will be ready.

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