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2 reasons why I renewed our passports in the midst of a pandemic with no travel booked



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It’s been 222 days since we were last outside the U.S.

That international foray was a brief five-hour jaunt to Mexico on a four-night Disney Cruise — but still an important benchmark. In an alternate timeline, we would have collected at least three or four more passport stamps since then with planned trips to Banff in Canada and Europe using points and miles.

Related: Guide to where Americans can travel internationally



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Now, however, we don’t know when we’ll be able to leave the country again. Most countries won’t take us, and we’re not yet ready to travel to those that will, as we’re keeping our travel closer to home for now.

Still, time continues on, and my 5-year-old daughter’s first passport has expired since that cruise. My passport will be valid for less than a year.

So, even though we have no international travel plans, we decided to renew our passports in the midst of a pandemic for two reasons: one practical, the other rooted in hope.

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There’s a backlog of passport applications

Close to 1 million U.S. passport applications and renewals are currently waiting

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State by State Guide to Traveling During the Pandemic

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Everything you need to know about traveling on an airplane in a pandemic, according to experts



a person standing in front of a car talking on a cell phone: Think of your mask like an airline ticket now — if you don't have one, you're not getting onboard. Associated Press


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  • If you’re planning on booking air travel during the coronavirus pandemic, you may be worried about whether travel insurance will cover a cancellation as well as how to stay physically safe while on board.
  • Travel writer Caroline Morse Teel spoke with travel insurance expert Stan Sandberg about the best insurance to cover your trip; he recommends a plan that allows cancellations “for any reason.”
  • Teel also spoke with two epidemiologists who offered their best tips to reduce your exposure to potential infection throughout the flight (hint: lots of hand sanitizer).
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Confused about all things travel right now? You’re not alone. To clear things up, we consulted the experts on the questions that are on all travelers’ minds right now, getting the inside answers on everything from coronavirus travel insurance to masks on planes so you can travel confidently (or decide to stay at home) this summer.



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If I buy travel insurance now for an upcoming trip, will it cover a cancellation due to the coronavirus?

The fine print that comes along with travel insurance can be headache-inducing under normal circumstances, let alone in a pandemic.

Stan Sandberg, cofounder of Travelinsurance.com, broke down different coronavirus coverage options. The simple answer: It depends on your policy, so you’ll need to

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NASCAR from the Cheap(est) Seats in a Pandemic at Daytona is Quite the Trip

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Randy Lanier, the 1984 IMSA Camel GT champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, was caught, as you likely know, for selling marijuana and sentenced to life in prison with no parole. Several years ago he was released, an overdue gesture.

Lanier began his career working for a roofing company with his father near Miami, selling a little pot to fellow roofers. It was something of a revelation for Lanier: Selling pot “sure beat pounding nails on a roof in Florida in August.”

No doubt. This coronavirus pandemic that everybody is talking about has thoroughly botched the 2020 motorsports season, and it’s pretty admirable how most of the sanctioning bodies have tried hard to salvage what they can.

NASCAR Cup Series race created out of whole cloth, allowed a limited number of fans to attend, so long as your temperature didn’t exceed like 104, and so long as you wore your mask, which hardly anybody did once they sat down. Fans were automatically socially spaced, with seats sold a suitable distance from your neighbor.” data-reactid=”40″Which brings us to Sunday’s GoBowling 235, a NASCAR Cup Series race created out of whole cloth, allowed a limited number of fans to attend, so long as your temperature didn’t exceed like 104, and so long as you wore your mask, which hardly anybody did once they sat down. Fans were automatically socially spaced, with seats sold a suitable distance from your neighbor.

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Thinking about a Labor Day road trip? Here are some ways to stay safe during the pandemic.

Longtime radio host Eric Tyler said he and his wife, Randi, have each visited more than 80 countries and were “always on airplanes.” Then the coronavirus pandemic hit, and Tyler was laid off from WBBM-FM 96.3 as part of cuts made by Entercom Communications.



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Dr. June McKoy stands in a hospital room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Feinberg Pavilion on Aug. 27, 2012. McKoy suggests car travelers create a packing list that includes prescription and over-the-counter medications, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, rolls of paper towels, water and snacks.

Anxious to satisfy their travel itch, the two rented a Mazda CX-5 — a “Mazdarati” they called it — from an Avis location near their South Loop home for more than a month and went west.

“We have a 6-month-old puppy,” Tyler, 41, told the Tribune by phone of his Aussiedoodle named Esther. “I think we came up with this after a few drinks, but we decided that we are going to bring our 6-month-old puppy and get a picture with her in all of the lower 48 states by the time she turns 1, so we’ve got until the end of the year to do it.”

The couple went so far as to buy a 2015 Ram ProMaster van — they named it Velma — outfitted with a bed, toilet, portable shower, solar panels, cabinets and outlets with USB capabilities for $59,000 to continue their journey. Eric said he often drives while Randi works

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