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Top reasons every American should have a passport


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A survey from a couple of years ago found that only 46 percent of Americans have valid passports. Less than half of America’s population are passport-holders, which means more than half of the number won’t be able to travel the world or even cross over to Canada.

Some people won’t consider applying for a passport until they badly need one. Even if traveling is far from one’s mind, having a passport might just be an upgrade they never knew they needed. Having a passport means having an alternate form of identification. In the near future, the U.S. Department of Transportation might require another form of identification; the passport will be the piece of document one would need to prove their existence.

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Companies send their best and brightest employees to headquarters abroad. Never miss the opportunity of representing the company by having a passport ready; it’s an employee’s stamp of promotion. Many top performing employees let go of this chance for the reason that they don’t have a passport ready. Employers want employees that are equipped with this requirement from the get-go.

The passport is an important type of identification that a person might need for many different reasons such as attending a wedding overseas, or winning that European trip for two. Even without these scenarios, applying for one and having it processed is will grant one the access to witness and experience memories that can never be replaced. Self-growth, family matters, and work promotions are critical moments in one’s life that should not be missed because of lack of identification in the form of a passport.

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A closer look at the complex process of making a passport


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Have you ever wondered how passports are made and why forgers get caught year after year for failing to match their intricacies? The production of passports involves a complicated process that pays keen attention to the minutest of details and uses modern technological safeguards. In the U.S. alone, each passport issued goes through layers of security protocols and is printed using 60 different materials.

One of the most noticeable passport complexities is the font type, which is chosen specifically by a country’s government. The very typeface is guarded closely and comes with its own little eccentricities and deliberate flaws. This further makes the type harder to replicate.

Another is the stamp, which likewise varies per country. This stamp is applied to the passport using hot-foil stamping, a process that in itself is very difficult to forge since the seals are proprietary.

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Thirdly, the printing method involved in passports exceed industry-standard resolutions, meaning there are details in a passport that cannot be seen under the naked eye. This technique is complemented by the use of an equally elaborate and optically variable ink which looks iridescent, as well as specialty inks, fine engravings, and even the now-standard hologram.

Finally, modern biometric passports now come with embedded chips, a small rectangle that stores critical information about the passport holder. This allows for another layer of data verification apart from what’s already printed on the passport itself.

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Diplomacy 101: A beginner’s guide to diplomatic missions


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The ability to practice diplomacy is an integral aspect of any state. It has been practiced since the formation of the first city-states. Also called a foreign mission, a diplomatic mission refers to a group of people from one state or organization existing in another state. The group represents the sending state officially in the receiving state. It is usually embodied by the embassy: the main office of a country’s diplomatic representatives located in the capital city of another country.

Consulates are smaller diplomatic missions often located outside the capital of the receiving state, but can still be in the capital, usually when the sending country has no embassy in the receiving state. Diplomatic missions can likewise be non-resident permanent missions to more than one country.

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Diplomats were originally sent only for specific negotiations and come back home when the mission is finished. These people were often either relatives of a state’s ruling family or high-ranking officers, giving them legitimacy during negotiations.

The beginning of modern diplomacy can be traced to the states of Northern Italy during the early Renaissance period, with the first embassies having been established in the 13th century. Soon all the major European powers were exchanging representatives. Spain was the first to send a permanent representative when it appointed an ambassador to the Court of England in 1487. By the late 16th century, permanent missions were common in Europe.

The Congress of Vienna of 1815 established an international system of diplomatic rank, after the fall of Napoleon. Disputes on precedence among nations and the appropriate diplomatic ranks used continued for over a century until after World War II, when the rank of ambassador became the norm.

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Visa Restrictions Index: Top rated countries in travel access freedom

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How easy or difficult visas are processed is indicative of the relationship between individual states and generally reflects the status of a country in the international community. Relatively easy travel access to one country does not warrant similar “luck” with another. Some travelers, however, enjoy nearly unrestricted control over their access to destinations. While diplomatic visa holders have the most relaxed travel requirements, there are citizens who could actually enjoy the same.

Based on the Visa Restrictions Index, a travel index created by Henley and Partners which ranks countries globally according to relative travel freedom provided to passport holders, citizens of Finland, Sweden, and the U.K. have the longest list of countries that they are allowed to visit visa-free.

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Countries such as North Korea and Cuba are assumed to rank lowest in the list, but they actually place among the middle ranks of a total of 94 countries. At the foot of the list are Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territory, and Eritrea.

The scores were calculated based on visa regulations of all countries and territories in the world, and the number of other countries that their citizens can travel to without having to obtain a visa.

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Take the plunge: Beaches to visit in your trip to India

From experiencing the culture to marveling at historical sights, tourists have countless of reasons to visit India. Add to this list of reasons the country’s stunning beaches, which are beginning to gain recognition worldwide.

India’s beaches are known for their diversity. Whether you’re looking for a quiet time along the shores or some beach parties, you can definitely find a shoreline for you. Here are some of the coasts India is known for:

Kovalam in Kerala

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Kovalam is a beach town in the southern state of Kerala and is home to two beaches: Lighthouse Beach and Hawa Beach. Both are loved by tourists because of their convenience. There are numerous hotels and restaurants in the area ready to serve beach-ready travelers.

Varkala Beach in Kerala

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A less commercialized beach compared to Kovalam, Varkala Beach is chosen by tourists because of its cleanliness. White sands surrounded by greenery await those who choose to spend a quiet time at Varkala. Many yoga enthusiasts travel to this beach to find serenity.

The state of Goa

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Goa’s coastline is home to a number of beaches, so you can easily find one that meets your desires. To name some, there’s the scenic Palolem Beach that is enclosed by a thick forest of coconut palms, the energetic Baga Beach known for its parties, nightlife, and delectable seafood, and the secluded Mandrem Beach that’s a favorite among honeymooners because of its privacy.

These are just some of the beaches you can discover in India. If your travel curiosities have been piqued by these, go ahead and prepare your tourist visa to India and experience one of the most memorable trips you will take.

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India: A walk through a conglomeration of cultures

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From famous world heritage spots, grasslands, and religious sculptures to gastronomic eats and colorful festivals, India is just a mixture of different elements.

Indeed, diversity makes India one of the most engaging, spiritual, and life-affirming countries. While it is considered a go-to destination, it is not for the unnerved tourist. Those who have visited the country, at one time or another, would say they have been stunned by what they had seen. For a country marked by poverty, noise, and overpopulation, there is so much to be shocked about.

But behind this unattractiveness, India has a lot to be proud of. Indian people are naturally friendly. Food has a quaint appeal with the adoption of modern development. Various industries from textile and steel, mining and agriculture, manufacturing and export to arts and entertainment support its economy.

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Moreover, India is home to many tourist destinations that welcome leisurely exploration, boat rides, spiritual retreats, and even yoga participation. Here are some of them:

• Mehrangarh Fort in Rajasthan encloses several palaces with intricate carvings and expansive courtyards.
• River Ganges lets tourists enjoy boat rides.
• Kaziranga National Park shelters tigers, buffalo, and rhinos, among others.
• Taj Mahal combines elements from Indian, Islamic, Persian, and Turkish architectural styles and is known for having the famous Lotus pool at its southern view.
• Nagaland protects the Naga people live in isolation from the busy city.
• Darjeeling offers tea shops, temples, and colonial buildings.
• The city of Lucknow charms food lovers from all walks of life through a combination of ethnic to modern and simple to complex Indian cuisine.

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India may be the face of variation, contrast, and assortment, but visitors and locals are one in saying that this country stimulates the senses and ignites the soul.

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India on a budget: Highs and lows of off-peak season travel

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Winter season draws in the most visitors to India. The weather is pleasant for most parts of the country and many of its fairs and festivals are held during that time. In contrast, the monsoon season makes traveling around India difficult while not many are interested to visit during the summer season when the weather can get too hot.

As can be expected, off-peak season in India is mostly due to the high temperatures and high humidity. Summer peaks from May to June and most areas experience temperature of 35 to 40 degrees Celsius. Most tourists find this temperature exhausting and extremely uncomfortable, when combined with the high humidity.

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If that doesn’t deter you, then you can experience India without too many other tourists, making for a more laid-back vibe. Summer in India is also the best time to travel to the Himalayas for a cool retreat. Some areas also offer opportunities for adventure sports such as trekking, paragliding, and angling.

Apart from these perks, airlines, tour operators, hotels, and travel companies offer many deals to make up for the low number of travelers. One can expect discounted prices on fares and lodging, assortment of freebies, and special offers to make the trip more pleasant.

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Off-season travel also entails an easier visa application process. Visit the Cox & Kings Global Services website for information about the types of Indian visas and corresponding requirements.