It’s today I finally get to say goodbye to my old passport. Over the last four years it’s served me well, but it’s time to move on. Why? Because it’s completely full! (Well, there is still one page left, but border officers were already getting upset with me for having so little space).

In remembrance of my old pal, here are a facts about it over the last few years

  • I’ve accidentally soaked it in beer three separate times
  • After taking it in the rain, I once had to dry it under a hand dryer in a public washroom
  • Because of the immense damage from overuse, I’ve had several border service agents believe it to be suspicious, and hold me for extra questioning
  • It was confiscated by Norwegian Cruise Lines for the duration of my contract. All employees are required to surrender their passports
  • I’ve completely memorized the statements in it (in both English and French) from sheer boredom while waiting at border crossings

I’m sad to see it go, but I’m even more excited to get the new one with secret pictures.

If you’re looking to renew your passport – but you’re still abroad – it’s generally not a problem. Just visit the embassy (in a capital city) or consulate (in a non-capital city) of your home country and pay the fee. I can’t speak for all countries, but for Canada, it was no more expensive or difficult than doing it at home. The best part? My passport now says “Issuing Office: Seoul” – a cool thing to have.

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