What are your resolutions for 2018? Everyone makes the one about eating better and exercising. How about some resolutions to make travel easier or plan a new adventure?
Here are some ideas for making travel resolutions

Develop a savings plan
Beginning in January, start a travel fund and add to it weekly or monthly as you can. At the end of each quarter look at how much you’ve managed to save and find ways to save even more. The reward is a vacation you can take without putting extra stress on your budget.

Don’t let your passport expire
Check your passport often enough that you know when the expiration date is. If you need help renewing, talk to us and we can get your passport in as little as 24 hours.

Challenge yourself to travel light
On your next trip, instead of packing everything you “might” need, consider packing only what you will actually need. You know you’re pretty much going to be the same pair of shoes for exploring your destination in the day.

Get your International driver’s permit
Why be at the mercy of the bus or taxi schedules? Get an IDP and you can see the country you’re visiting on your own terms. There is no driving test required. If you’re interested in getting your own IDP, talk to us, we can assist you.

Scour travel deal sites
Sites like Expedia, Orbitz, and other deal sites are great for finding bargains on travel, including rental cars, and hotels. Once you get some money socked back, sign up to receive emails with deals. You might get a last-minute deal to Mexico or another exotic locale for a song.

Those are just a few ideas, what are your travel resolutions for 2018?


One of the best things about visiting a city around the globe is sampling the local cuisine. Street food is a great way to dive in to local treats and learn the culture of a city.

1. Tokyo, Japan
Did you know Japan has more Michelin starred restaurants than any other country? Getting a great meal isn’t a problem, narrowing down choices is. While you’re out sightseeing, grab something to munch on.

2. Hanoi, Vietnam
Eat like a local and hit the streets for freshly prepared pho, the national soup of Vietnam. You cannot leave without sampling a Bahn Mi. A baguette filled with cucumber, herbs, crispy onions, pork, and among other toppings, fish sauce for one delicious bite.

3. London, UK
People make jokes about English food being bland. In truth, there’s a lot of deliciousness to be found. There are pop-ups and street food to explore.

4. Jaipur, India
Love barbeque and chargrilled food? You will love Jaipur’s food. The traditional cuisine of the Rajputs, the warrior princes that ruled this area, are highlighted in many dishes here.

5. Mendoza, Argentina
Want a large, perfectly cooked steak? Your dream destination will be found in Mendoza. This area of Argentina is surrounded by wine estates and some of the best food in the country.

You will need a valid U.S. passport to experience these delicious destinations, book your trip and talk to us about expediting your U.S. passport and visa (if needed). Safe travels and happy eating!

Moscow is a city that never sleeps. There is something to do 24/7. Here are five of the best things to experience when you visit.

1. Red Square
This is a true mix of the old and new – historical and modern living. It was once the once site of executions and military parades, is in the middle of Moscow. The history of the Kremlin walls with Lenin’s tomb and on the other side is GUM, the largest department store in the country.

2. The State Tretyakov Gallery
The State Tretyakov Gallery is the national treasury of Russian fine art and contains more than 180,000 works of painting, sculpture and graphics created by generations of Russian artists.

3. Moscow Metro
Riding the city’s underground subway system is a sightseeing tour in itself with huge, vaulted, marble-columned stations – some with ornate mosaics and splendid stained glass – designed and decorated by famous Russian architects and sculptors.

4. St. Basil’s Cathedral
Built by Ivan the Terrible in the 1550s, this intriguing cathedral bordering Red Square consists of nine separate chapels, each capped with its own individually shaped and colored dome.

5. Bolshoi Theatre
The oldest theater in Moscow, rebuilt following a fire and later a hurricane, is magnificent both inside and out, and its resident opera and ballet troupes rate among the finest in the world.

To visit Russia, U.S. citizens require both a valid passport and travel visa. We can help with both! Call our office today to get started and let us do the work for you while you plan your time in Russia.

Not having your birth certificate when you need it is frustrating. If that’s happening to you or someone you know right now, we are here to help.

You can order a certified copy of your U.S. birth certificate online and receive the hard copy in the mail in a just a few days for most states. Each state sets their own processing time and fees for issuing birth certificates.

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As the world’s largest country, Russia offers up a diverse selection of tourist opportunities. From fine art to gorgeous landscapes and a diverse society. Here are some of the most common issues travels find as a first-time Russian tourist and how to avoid them.

Get Your Travel Visa Early
Russia has specific rules for travelers entering the country and you need to start your Russia visa process as early as possible. We can expedite your visa and make the trip to the Russian Embassy for you.

Once in Russia, You Need to Register
Once you enter Russia, you need to register within seven days of your arrival this excludes weekends and public holidays. Many hotels will offer this service, just ask. Even families must register if you’re staying in a private residence.

Best Times to Visit
During major holidays, museums and other institutions in St. Petersburg or Moscow may have shortened hours or closed. The best times to visit Russia are from May through September with mid-June through early July being one of the best times as it’s the peak of the White Nights when the city is bathed in nearly rough-the-clock sunlight.

Dress to Impress When You Go Out
No guarantee you’ll make it past the doorkeepers in some of the top clubs, but dressing your best will give you a good shot at it.

Learn the Cyrillic Alphabet
It will pay off for you big time. You will be able to decipher street signs, timetables for public transportation, and menus. This app claims you will be able to read a little Russian in 3-hours!

Make Sure You Have Access to Extra Money
Moscow is easily one of the most expensive cities in the world and other major cities are equally expensive destinations. You may feel your wallet-thinning with every restaurant meal.
Students can sometimes get discounts if they have an I.D. card to flash at museums and save on the entrance fee. A big fad in the cities is the anti-cafe. Patrons pay by the minute and can enjoy snacks, coffees, Wi-Fi, and video games.

Keep Your Vodka Plain
Russians don’t add mixers to vodka. If a straight vodka shot is a rough ride for you, ask for a chaser. No one sips their vodka in Russia. It’s also tradition to consume snacks between shots.

If You Visit a Church…
Most churches in Russia are open to everyone but you need to know the basics in order not to offend. Be quiet and speak in a whisper. Women should cover their heads and bare shoulders, some monasteries and churches require women to wear skirts. Wraps are available at the door of many churches for women to use. Men should not wear hats or shorts inside of a church.

Skip the Photos of Government Buildings
You can be fined or even arrested for photographing stations, official-looking buildings or military or security buildings. If you aren’t sure, don’t photograph it.

If You are Stopped by Police
It is a good idea to carry a photocopy of your passport, visa, registration on you at all times when you’re out and about. If a police officer asks to see your documents, you will have them on hand. If you are asked for an unofficial payment to expedite the service of looking over your documents, ask for an official receipt.

Russia is a wonderful destination with something for foodies, history buffs, and luxury lovers. Use these tips to get into the rhythm for understanding basic customs and enjoy exploring this beautiful country.

This is a country that requires a visa for entry for either tourism or travelers on business. Interesting enough, this sovereign African state is the only one on the continent that recognizes Spanish as an official state language.

The maximum stay for a visa is 90 days and the embassy will not issue one upon arrival.

This country will require yellow fever vaccinations for entry. Your doctor can provide the necessary proof after you obtain your vaccination. Hepatitis A vaccinations are not required but often suggested as it can be contracted through contaminated water or foods. Polio vaccinations are currently recommended for up to one year before travel. You can see the latest travel warnings and recommendations for Equatorial Guinea, check with the U.S. Department of State’s page on the country.

To get started on your obtaining your Equatorial Guinea travel visa, just click here.

Tanzania is a country we process travel visas for on a regular basis. There are many things to do when you visit, we chose five to review that according to Trip Advisor candid reviews, are rated as quality experiences by travelers.

1. Mount Kilimanjaro
This is one of those adventures everyone should try to do at least once. There are numerous tours that will assist you as you go up the mountain. Along with comfortable camping and providing meals if you book a tour to climb the summit at a leisurely pace.

2. Ngorongoro Crater
This is the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera. It was formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself. Around the crater area is a national park where visitors can see elephants, cheetahs, and even the occasional rhino. A must-see for a photography safari.

3. Isimila Stone Age Site
History buffs will appreciate a tour at the Isimila Stone Age Site. This place is sometimes referred to as the Grand Canyon of Tanzania. There are pillars over 30-meters in height and the tools used by humans for carving are thought to be between 60,000 and 100,000 years old.

4. Mtoni Palace Ruins
There is both narration and song at this stop. Be sure to indulge in the intimate and traditional coffee ceremony for a true taste of Tanzanian history.

5. Food and Spices Tour Including Traditional Swahili Lunch
If you’re a foodie, this will be your favorite thing in Tanzania. A 4-hour tour of the exotic spices and foods along with a traditional lunch.

U.S. citizens traveling to Tanzania require both a valid U.S. passport and a travel visa for entry. There are strict guidelines that must be met to obtain your visa, talk to us and we’ll do the work for you! Call us today at 713-874-1420

The beautiful State of Gujarat is located on the west side of India. Locals refer to it as the true heart of India. There are many things to see and do, with that in mind, we chose the top five places to explore in Gujarat.

1. Mahatma Gandhi’s Home Sabarmati Ashram
This is a great destination for any history buff. The home of the Father of a Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The place is well kept and has a serene vibe to it.

2. Auto World Vintage Car Museum
This is a huge museum of vintage automobiles with hundreds of cars to see. American, European, and other vehicles are represented here.
Take in the Rolls Royces, Bentleys, even the original Ford T model; large spacious limousines and small elegant two-seater sports cars of yesterday.

3. Akshardham Temple
This serene place is a great way to spend a beautiful afternoon or evening. Tour the temple grounds, enjoy the food, and if you go after dark, the laser light show is not to be missed.

4. Sabarmati Riverfront
This is a well-maintained, clean and fun place to bring the family for a relaxing afternoon of enjoying nature, cycling, visit the flower garden. This is the place for anyone that loves to drop selfies on their Instagram.

This is a fun way to challenge everyone on your trip to use their skills. You are .locked in a room and you have to solve puzzles and work your way out of it. Definitely one of the more unusual things to do in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

U.S. citizens traveling to India require both a valid U.S. passport and a travel visa for entry. There are strict guidelines that must be met to obtain your visa, talk to us and we’ll do the work for you! Call us today at 713-874-1420

With the expiration dates of U.S. passports issued under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, the lines are getting longer at the passport office.

When you want to travel outside the U.S. for the holidays, you will need your U.S. passport for entry into most countries and re-entry to the United States.

Here’s how easy renewing your passport is through us.   First, make sure you qualify to renew your U.S. passport. Your current passport should be undamaged and submitted with your renewal application.

You should be 16 or older and your passport should have been issued within the past 15 years. If you don’t meet these requirements, talk to us at 713-874-1420 and we can help you!

Our step-by-step instructions make it easy to renew your passport. We can also process for every member of the family – including newborns.

Get started here and don’t let your holiday travel get delayed due to an expired passport!

There are numerous reasons for needing a certified copy of your birth certificate. School from elementary to college will need them for registration. Applying for a driver’s license, US passport, or travel visa may require a certificate of birth. We can process orders for any state.

We offer two types of service, regular and rush. Both types of service come with an expediting fee.

You will need an image of your valid state-issued identification that will be uploaded with your order.

Once your order is placed, our team goes to work and obtains a certified copy of your birth certificate and it will be delivered to the address of your choosing.

Before you order, look at the information for the state you were born in and review the fees charged by the state. Each state is allowed to set their own pricing for the replacement of birth certificates.

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