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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.
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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