9 Down; 4 To Go

We’ve checked off another item from our 13 in 13 list. We applied for passports. Although we don’t have plans to travel out of the country this year, we set a goal to at least get our passports this summer so we’ll be ready.

It’s unlikely we’ll actually use our them before next summer when we’re planning to spend a few days in Canada following a vacation in New England, but I’d sure hate to miss an opportunity to go to Greece or Australia or Costa Rica because I’ve put off getting a passport.

The application process was fairly painless. We just needed our birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and application form DS-11 which can be completed online at the website of the U.S. Department of State. We located an office in The Villages which processed the applications for both of us in less than thirty minutes. They even took the required pictures. Now for the bad news: the cost. The application had to be accompanied by a check for $110. In addition, a $25 execution fee and a $9 fee for the photograph made the total cost of the passport $144 per person. We decided against the passport card since that required another fee of $30.

I’m looking forward to getting my money’s worth out of my new passport.

By the way, it was raining…I think we’re batting a thousand on facing weather challenges when completing 13 in 13 list items!