Passports and Visas

Passports and Visas

Imagine being able to travel the world without the hassle of visas and passports.  From 1941 there was a period when no one was required to possess a passport.  What freedom.  Today as a traveler and writer, I have two passports.  Often I am off traveling and have my second passport sent off for visas.  I was unaware of the availability of a second passport until a fellow traveler informed me it was common for diplomats and business people that journey frequently.  Though the second passport has to be renewed every two years, it is well worth it.  Both passports have separate numbers.  When I traveled the Silk Road through the ‘Stans’ in central Asia I was required to have visas for each of the five ‘Stans.’
Not only was it a long process but it was also quite expensive, costing about $850 for all of the visas.  My passport was not in my possession for almost three months, effectively grounding me from leaving the U.S.   The $75 fee is well worth it.