We help travelers every single day get their passports and visas to they can travel to their destinations. We all know the rules when you travel internationally to not take shortcuts through alleys, don’t drink anything that didn’t arrive in a sealed bottle, and no, that Rolex probably isn’t a real deal for $25 USD. One thing that is increasingly becoming a hassle is keeping all your devices charged as your trip around the globe. Check out this gadget and put it on your wish list.
EnergyPal Travel Charging Station ETCS04 - International Travel Adapter - Surge Protector - Power Strip With USB - Power Adapter
That’s where the EnergyPal comes in.  Cheap adapters are something everyone has used at some point. These adapters come with short life spans, power surges, and sometimes just die for no reason when you need them most. That’s what makes the EnergyPal so intriguing, it takes the place of every adapter you could need and just adjusts internally to fit the wattage you’re connected to.

EnergyPal Charging Station will handle current from 90V-265V. It has a 4 AC multi-outlet wit a surge protector. Plus you can charge up to 4 USB devices at the same time. No more waiting for your phone to charge so you can juice up your laptop while you travel. There are three International adapters (UK/AU/EU Plug) support outlets in North America, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, Japan, China etc, more than 150 countries worldwide. The Energy Pal is UL, FCC, RoHS certified. Fire-resistance PC shell, 100% copper wire with overload protection.

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If you need something to keep your devices ready to perform at all times when you travel, consider adding this low-key charging station to your must-haves when you travel.

There’s no denying that getting your passport photo done can make it difficult to incorporate a little extra style and flair–especially considering the federal requirements that need to be met. But don’t lose hope: enigmatic musician and performer Prince is here to show us how it’s done. This was taken just before his latest world tour, which started on February 16 in Australia.

Now, looking at the lighting and quality of the photo, you might think it’s a bit unusual, but the legendary artist meets every requirement for passport photos outlined by the U.S. Department of State. These requirements are:

Full color photo
Dimensions should be 2” x 2” (51mm x 51mm)
Sized such that the head is between 1” and 1 ⅜” (or 25mm and 35mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
Taken within the last 6 months, so as to reflect your current appearance
Background of the photo is entirely white or off-white
Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
Facial expression is neutral (preferred) or a natural smile, with both eyes open and easily visible

Now, what did Prince do differently here to make himself stand out? The main key that makes this picture stand out is the lighting, which looks to professionally done to highlight his facial features while still adding a little bit of dynamic shadow to the background for contrast. This effect–well-placed lighting–creates a photo that is both accurate and visually striking. Plus, you get a great look at his eyeliner! The crispness of the wings on the outer corners are masterfully done.

Another thing Prince did right was wear an outfit that was still evocative of his signature style, but with notable subtlety in color and more emphasis on texture, so as to make his face the focal point of the passport photo. This is especially important for photography for important documents because it allows the face to be more easily recognized, even when printed in black and white, while allowing the subject of the photo to express their sartorial individuality in a meaningful way.

So, in summary, here is what you can do to achieve a perfect, Prince-quality passport photo:

Be mindful of federal requirements, as outlined above
Wear an outfit that contrasts with your skin tone to draw more attention to your face
Arrange your lighting carefully and make sure your face is facing fully forward
A neutral expression is preferred, but you can still smile a little if you’d like!
The quality of the photo you’re taking matters, but so does the print quality, even if it’s supposed to be only 2”x2”!
For digital photos, print them out on matte or glossy photo paper at 300 pixels per inch.
The Department of State’s passport site has a photo tool that can help you put together the passport photo you need to get traveling in style!

Happy traveling! If you need your passport renewed, updated, or you’re looking to get your very first one for international travel, Texas Tower has you covered.

day four of the trip toIn many businesses, international travel is a given. With that, there are passports to be acquired and renewed. Many countries require visas for entry for either business or tourist travel purposes, and those will need to be acquired for your employees.

Hiring a Corporate Travel manager works for some firms, however outsourcing the acquisition of your travel documents works for many other companies and here is why:

Outsourcing Results in Saving Money Immediately
Outsourcing your travel duties to an agency can save you in more ways than one. You won’t have an internal employee handling the passport and visas. Therefore, you also won’t have state and federal taxes for payroll on that position, vacation days, sick days, or insurance. That alone is a huge money-saver for your company.

Keeping Costs in Check
Knowing how much your passport and visa acquisition will run, even on a same-day processing situation will give you absolute control over your corporate travel.

Service Anywhere You Need It
Nationwide service is another plus for outsourcing your corporate travel. We can obtain passports, visas, and certified birth certificates delivering them to where you need those documents to be.

Ready to get started? Call our office at 713-874-1420 and we can create a unique individualized plan for your company.


Let’s talk frankly about our industry. Like any other industry, we have people in it to make a fast buck and don’t care about the level of service their clients get. It’s something we hear frequently that ALL passport and visa companies are a rip off. Not so.
There are a good number of legit passport and visa companies that will give you great service. We aren’t the only passport and travel visa expediting service on the block but we can tell you why we are different. If you found this post because you’re shopping around for a passport or visa on a rush basis, here are some helpful tips for sorting out the scams from the legit acquisition companies.

How long have they been in business?
Nothing wrong with being a newly opened company, but since you’re doing business over the Internet, you need to be able to verify the place you’re spending your money with. Texas Tower has been processing visa and passport requests since 1999 and their BBB file opened April 24, 2002.

Is your order secure?
Look for the lock on the URL bar when you order. If it’s not secure, don’t fill your information out online. Forms you print and fill out to send in via fax or mail, are obviously fine.

Understand what you’re paying for.
compareserviceIt can take weeks to get your passport through the U.S. Passport Agency can take anywhere from four to seven weeks. Using an expediting service can cut that time down to 24-hours if you need it. There are fees associated with this service, but part of service is the expediting service does the legwork getting your passport or visiting the embassy or consulate for you.

What is their standard of communication with clients?
If you’re researching different passport and visa companies, ask how they communicate the status of an order with the client. Are you supposed to call in? Will they text or email? Would you be better off asking a Magic 8 Ball?
Texas Tower has real-time reporting. If you want to know the status of your order, we give you the means to find out immediately. Plus we always answer the phone during business hours. We believe in keeping your experience with us as one-on-one as possible. We now offer live chat on our website during regular business hours, so if you have a question, just ask!

Do they have transparent pricing?

One of the number one complaints out there against passport and visa expediting services are shady charges. We like to be completely transparent with fees. Once our office receives your order, we will contact you to verify the services ordered and amount.Then, and only then, is the charge processed.

Check out their social media
While thinking about a humble passport or visa doesn’t sound like a very exciting subject for social media, they are the basis of travel. You need a passport for international travel, and many countries require travel visas for entry. That opens up a huge amount of interesting information to share with travelers. You can catch Texas Tower on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Did you look at their Yelp?
Yes, it’s true there are sometimes baseless complaints on Yelp. It happens to every company sooner or later, it has happened to Texas Tower. However, how a company handles a negative complaint is often a good gauge of how reliable the company is. You can’t please everyone, but in the case of an unhappy customer, we’re always listening so we can remedy the situation and improve our service in the process.  Ultimately, we want every passport and visa we acquire to be the best and smoothest experience every for each client.

At the end of the day, there are scams in our industry just like any other service industry. Use these tips if you’re doing research to find the best fit for your passport and visa needs.


zika virus brazil olympics - Google Search.clipular (1)With the appearance of the Zika virus appearing in Texas, it’s now a concern for both North and South America.  Specifically, Brazil is getting nervous as the Zika virus is another in a list of issues that is making the country hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics a tall order to fill.

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The Zika virus is strongly linked, though not yet proven, to cause microcephaly in developing infants. In some South American countries, women are being advised to postpone pregnancy for the next 2 years. Although the latest information from the CDC estimates a vaccination for Zika at approximately ten years away.

What are the symptoms of the Zika virus?
About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus become ill (i.e., develop Zika). The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache.

Where is the CDC advising caution when traveling?
source : Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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Hay una leyenda urbana sobre los pasaportes que no acaba de morir. La historia cuenta que al igual que el papel moneda, un pasaporte es un documento federal que no se puede fotocopiar sin arriesgar un delito federal.

Realidad de copias de pasaportes
El Departamento de Estado de EE.UU. recomienda que los viajeros tienen una fotocopia de información sobre su pasaporte antes de ir a destinos internacionales. Es un movimiento muy inteligente para poner su copia de la información en un lugar completamente diferente en su equipaje de su pasaporte real. Si su pasaporte se pierde o es robado, se acelerará el proceso de conseguir otro pasaporte.

No se olvide de las fotos de pasaporte
Otra recomendación inteligente hecha por el Departamento de Estado es tener dos fotos adicionales de pasaporte con usted en sus viajes internacionales. Esto evitará tener que conseguir nuevas fotos retomado y llevarle de vuelta a tiempo con su viaje.

Muchas fotocopiadoras se fijan a la oscuridad y con la formación de imágenes en las páginas del pasaporte, que pueden dar lugar a una, fotocopia leer difíciles de oscuridad. Aligerar los ajustes hasta que obtenga una copia clara de las páginas de información de su pasaporte. Un método alternativo es utilizar un escáner de superficie plana. Sólo escanear el pasaporte y de impresión. Utilice el ajuste “fino” de la impresora para asegurarse de que obtiene la mejor copia posible.
Si escanea el pasaporte, por correo electrónico a ti mismo y guardar en una carpeta en su correo. De esa manera usted tiene una copia electrónica de imprimir si usted no tiene copias disponibles.

Fuente: Departamento de Estado de EE.UU.