Would you like to kick back and relax on a beach in the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John, without having to obtain a valid U.S. passport first? Good news, you can—U.S. Virgin Islands passport requirements state that as long as you don’t touch down on foreign soil before arriving, you do not need a passport. Since the U.S. Virgin Islands are collectively a U.S. Commonwealth and therefore considered domestic travel for U.S. citizens, it’s easy to take a tropical getaway without having to obtain a new passport for travel to St. Thomas, St. Croix, or St. John. You may, however, be required to show proof of citizenship when departing the U.S. Virgin Islands, such as a raised-seal birth certificate and a valid government-issued ID card. Although this does not mean that you need a passport to travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands, you may want to opt for carrying a passport with you anyway—that way, you only need to carry one document versus two. … [Read more...] about U.S. Virgin Islands Passport Requirements: Do I Need a Passport to Go to the U.S. Virgin Islands?
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A decade ago, an important piece of travel legislation made American passports much more in-demand. The State Department saw an "unprecedented surge" in applications when a 2007 law enacted by the 9/11 Commission established passports as necessary for all travel to and from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Millions of travelers acquired 10-year passports that year as a result, and now they're all about to expire. It's safe to assume many of those passport holders will need to renew, which means that passport applications will jump significantly once again. Concerned about wait times yet? Passport renewal already takes about six weeks, and many destinations require foreign passports to be valid for months after your trip. Factor in unknown delays, and you might have a lot less time to renew than you thought. A decade ago, an important piece of travel legislation made American passports much more in-demand. The State Department saw an "unprecedented surge" in applications when a 2007 … [Read more...] about U.S. Passport Changes Are Coming: Here’s What You Need to Know
Get to: Toronto, Ontario Why: Thereâ€™s something about that northern air that makes Canadian maple syrup the best there is. Why Now: A warmer winter means that production will be underway sooner than usual, and could result in a record-setting production year. Good-natured Canadians will be more than happy to share the bounty. The Deal: Ontario has more than 60 maple syrup producing farms, which means you can have your pick of where you go. Most offer family-friendly experiences where you cannot only watch it be made, but also have a treat or two while you do so. Tour prices at most farms come in at about $7.50 USD per person. Time your visit for April 2 or 3 and the price will even better: Free! The second annual Maple Weekend will offer everything from pancake breakfasts and horse-drawn sleigh rides to production tours and demos. RELATED: Wonderful Things to Experience in Canada Get to: Toronto, Ontario Why: Thereâ€™s something about that … [Read more...] about Oh Canada! U.S. Dollars Go Far When the Whole Country Is On Sale
If you haven’t heard about the U.K.’s heated debate on cutting ties with the European Union—dubbed a “Brexit”—you certainly will this week. Britons headed to the ballot box on Thursday and made the historic decision to leave the European Union. The vote came less than one week after Brexit-opposing Member of Parliament Jo Cox was killed, allegedly by a suspect who said in court: “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain.” And now Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed that he will resign as a result of the new measure. Britain has undoubtedly been thrust into a turbulent time, as the British pound’s value tumbled a whopping 11 percent in the hours that followed the vote, and the exact trade, travel, and immigration changes to come have yet to be decided. The legislation that will now follow could change everything about traveling to and from the United Kingdom. Here’s what you need to know about the … [Read more...] about What the Brexit Means for Travelers
BVG, Mcpp – we can’t even keep up with the acronyms.Globalisation can mean sweatshops in Asia making your running shoes, villages in China suffering industrial pollution so we can get cheap consumer goods and outsourcing of just about everything imaginable from RPG character development to the illegal organ business.But it can also mean cheap, legal drugs for those who want to party!Chemists in Asia now find it sufficiently profitable to manufacture drugs that are variants of THC and MDMA and which aren’t listed on governments’ illegal substances list. ‘It’s like trying to hit a moving target’, one British official complained. New laws are passed against marijuana-substitute drugs like Spice, only for a new variant to pop up weeks later and be on sale in online head shops.Generations to come will look back on these frantic attempts to control access to mind-altering substances with the same disbelief that we feel looking back at Prohibition in … [Read more...] about Globalisation Means Designer Drugs for Everyone!
by William CaverleeBest not to look at the scenery: eight lanes of traffic, roaring motorcycles, flashing billboards, and steel-and-glass office buildings as hideous as those beside any freeway in Houston or Atlanta – overall, a depressing introduction to France. This was the bus ride from Charles de Gaulle airport into Paris; and, after a nine-hour flight in coach, I was composed of little more than grogginess, jet lag, and panic.Eventually, the bus entered the center of Paris – finally, were buildings that I remembered, street names I recognized: Boulevard St. Germain, Luxembourg Gardens, Notre Dame. The unmistakable roof lines, facades, and sidewalks unreeled before me like a movie. I descended at Gare Montparnasse and trundled my suitcase across the Place Montparnasse, filled with a swirling noontime crowd. Someone offered to sell me tickets to a music festival in Normandy or Germany or somewhere.“No thanks, “I said, “but Monsieur, you must, you must . … [Read more...] about Henry Miller in Paris, The Mean Streets of the Tropic of Cancer
When Conan the Barbarian was asked the meaning of life, he replied, "To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women." It's too bad he never met a bronze-age mountaineer: If he had, he might've been a little more grounded. According to a New Zealand researcher, mountain climbers have an uncanny grasp on living that perhaps brings them closest to understanding what it all means. University of Victoria museum and heritage studies professor Lee Davidson interviewed 22 New Zealand-based climbers and spent several more hours studying them. Afterwards, she learned that mountaineers tend to have higher-than-average senses of belonging and feelings of identity, along with a general core grounding that comes from climbing. "It's a way to look for meaning in life, it gives people a sense of focus, makes them see what's really of value," Davidson, a climber herself, told Reuters. "Many people struggle these days with a sense of belonging, but … [Read more...] about Do Mountaineers Know the Meaning of Life?
Usually, early summer at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska means scores of grizzly bears crowding streams, scooping up so many sockeye salmon that fish carcasses soon litter the grassy banks. The red-bodied, spawning salmon pack the waterways so densely that even cubs can easily claw them from the water. William Deacy and Jonathan Armstrong, ecologists with Oregon State University, spent years studying how grizzlies “surf the wave” of salmon by moving from one stream to the next, gorging on fish. So it came as a surprise to Deacy and Armstrong in 2014 to find streams teaming with sockeye, but not a bear in sight. Whole salmon carcasses floated downstream or caught on the gravel, untouched. Instead, the bears’ radio collars beckoned from the hills. An unusually warm spring had spurred elderberries to ripen earlier, synchronizing with the salmon run, and the bears opted to become herbivores. If one source of food is good for bears, it stands to reason that two … [Read more...] about Global Warming is Changing How Bears Eat—and That Could Mean Trouble
You can take the blindfold off now, yells Dan, the bush pilot, over the propeller's whine. When we first left the central Idaho mountain town of McCall this afternoon, I'd tried to maintain my bearings behind the blindfold by tracking the angle of the sun's rays on my skin. It didn't work. Five minutes after takeoff, my overheated skin and I were as lost as we'd ever been. Removing the blindfold now does nothing to change this. It's late morning on a clear September day, and my pupils spasm at the sudden flood of light. We're a hundred feet off the ground and descending fast toward a meadow rimmed by mountains. Fir trees stretch in every direction, many of them toppled by fire, wind, or pine beetles. The plane's rubber wheels bump through the autumn-gold grass and prairie dog holes before rolling to a stop. Torr, the copilot, asks me my first impressions of The Frank--the nickname local folks use for Idaho's 2.3-million-acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. If you throw in … [Read more...] about Lost in the Frank Church Wilderness: What Does It Really Mean to Be Utterly, Hopelessly, Truly, Lost?
In the photographs trail cameras send back, the jaguars spotted in Arizona are often caught in profile, passing through on their way to somewhere else. Seven of the large felines (likely all roaming males) have been spotted so far, mostly in remote reaches of the state's mountains. Invariably, they quickly disappear, leaving wildlife managers with only a guess about where they’ve gone: back to Mexico, where a conservation program run by the government and a coalition of NGOs has helped restore the species.The United States forms the northernmost reach of jaguar territory, but they’ve been largely absent from the country for 50 years after being targeted by the same predator-killing campaign that led to the eradication of wolves and grizzlies across many western states.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service currently has no plans to reintroduce jaguars, so natural migration is the species’ only hope of returning to the United States. And to do that, it needs something … [Read more...] about Here’s What the Border Wall Means for Endangered Species—and the Hikers Who Love Them