10 Reasons You Do Not Need a Passport

 International Travel is all the rage!
We hear about people visiting these marvelous places with names that we can’t even pronounce. We dream about visiting countries far,  far away. But have we explored everything that is at our finger tips? Probably not. Here are 10 reasons that you DO NOT need a passport to travel.
1. Puerto Rico:
Castillo San Cristóbal
Many people don’t know this, but you do NOT need a passport to visit Puerto Rico. I made a whole post with the details, but to make it brief.. Many great beaches, rainforests, casinos and spas for all budgets. Not to mention, Puerto Rico is the HOME of the Pina Colada. Why would you not want to go there?
2. Miami:
View from the room at the Beacon South Beach
 *Queue Will Smith* Beautiful Beaches. Great Food. Need I say more? OK, Miami has something for the artsy, something for the outdoor enthusiast, something for the shopper, AND you can get there pretty cheap from most major US cities.
3. St. Thomas
Coral World Ocean Park, St. Thomas
 …… or any of the U.S. Virgin Islands, but I can only speak on where I’ve been. It has the feel of the Bahamas without the need for the passport. Multiple beaches, kayaking, hiking,  and some of the best snorkeling in the world.
4. New Orleans:
BBQ Shrimp from Deanies
A visit to the French Quarter should be on everyone’s to-do list. Events like Mardi Gras, Essence Festival, and Jazz Fest attract crowds from all over. New Orleans offers a range of high-end hotels to simple boutique quarters to suite any preferences. And the food? Oh, the food!
5. Las Vegas
Coca Cola World – Las Vegas
I can’t say enough great things about Vegas. So much to do morning, noon and night. Besides the obvious gambling and partying, there are many amazing shows to see and many beautiful nature areas within a close proximity. You can get a little taste of Paris, New York, Italy, and more in one place. Ever wondered what Coca Cola tastes like in Tanzania? Wonder no more…
6. Denver:
Garden of The Gods Resort – Colorado Springs

I say Denver, but the great areas are actually outside of the city, but within driving distance – Boulder, Colorado Springs, Rocky Mountains, Vail, and on and on and on. Truly one of the most beautiful areas that I’ve been.

7. Houston:
Mural in Downtown Houston
Now, Now, hear me out. I know you may think that I list Houston because I live there, but really… Houston is a cultural MECCA. You can find any kind of food that you want. When people ask for restaurant recommendations for other cities, I often overlook some of the greatest, WHY? Because we have them in Houston. I have no need to go out of town to eat something I can eat right at home. Other cities can’t say that, Museum District, Sports,  Concerts… Rodeo anyone? How about the 2017 Superbowl? Houston has it all!

8. San Francisco Bay Area

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
 San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma…. Endless opportunities for site-seeing, culture, or taking in breathtaking views while sipping wine on a summer day. Take a trip out to Alcatraz or shop in Union Square. You’ll never run out of things to do!
9. The Poconos
Paradise Stream Resort
The name always brings back memories of Full House, and that should make you want to go on it’s own. However, if that is not motivation enough, how about mountains, casinos, horseback riding, and resorts with private pools IN the room, and champagne  bottle-shaped jacuzzis? (Fun Fact: The Poconos is not a city. It is the name of the mountain range in Pennsylvania… Don’t act like I was the only one who didn’t know that!)
10.  Washington DC
The White House
Anyone who says the US has no sense of history or culture has never been to this city. A plethora of sites to see, and you can even decide whether you want to see them during the day, or if you want to see them lit up at night!
Now… where are you going first?
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5 thoughts on “10 Reasons You Do Not Need a Passport

    1. Hi Francisca! I didn’t do a write up on Colorado. Let me know if you have any questions about it. I’m happy to chat.

  1. You’re right! Although I now travel to Europe a lot, the United States has so much diversity and so much to offer within its borders. I’m proud to say I’ve visited 48 states and my trips weren’t only enjoyable, but they were very educational, as well. (I haven’t ever seen Full House, but I went to the Poconos on family vacations as a kid. When I came back, people would ask about the heart-shaped beds. I can say that I never saw one. We, apparently, weren’t in the romantic spots.)

    1. LOL! I didn’t see the heart-shaped bed, but we had a heart-shaped pool, which was equally as awesome. My goal over the next year is to visit as many new places in the U.S. as possible. I haven’t even touched the surface of what Texas has to offer! Any great places you can suggest?

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