Apply for or Renew a Passport

When traveling abroad, the first and foremost item on your travel prep list is applying for or renewing your passport. Go to the US Passport Website to get started.  Plan ahead!  Processing time for a routine application or renewal is 4 – 6 weeks.  You can pay extra to have it expedited (2 – 3 weeks), or you can process your application at an agency site in as little as 8 business days.  If you don’t have any agency office near you, then you can use a service like Travel Document Systems to get your passport processed as quickly as possible.

2017 is a busy year for passport renewals!  For more information about this, and how passports are changing, why you need 4 empty pages, and the 6 month rule, check out this Condé Nast article.

6 Month Rule

As a general rule of thumb, if your passport will expire within 6 months of your travel dates, you will need to renew your passport.  There are some exceptions, but why risk your overseas vacation?!?!  So, check those dates carefully, and plan ahead and make sure your passport is valid.  For more details on the 6 month rule, see this article by The Points Guy.

Do I Need a Visa?

If you are traveling to the European Union, you do not need a visa.  (But, there have been some rumors about that rule changing in the future.)  To find out visa requirements for any worldwide destination, visit the U.S. Department of State website.

 

We take small groups of runners on tours to participate in a race and experience all that Europe has to offer! Whether you are looking for a bucket-list marathon, or just want to travel in a more healthy way, there’s an option for you.

Our travel philosophy “Slow Travel” — we don’t rush from one tourist attraction to another and we don’t hop to a new city or country every night. We slow down and experience each city in depth and offer our guests unique, private experiences.

Come run with us!

When we first began traveling the world we quickly became weary of the “normal” tourist schedule.  We were rushing from one tourist attraction to the next, or one country to the next without even stopping to take a breath!  We returned home more exhausted than when we left, and we felt like we didn’t even really see the foreign country we spent our hard-earned money visiting.

We discovered that we needed to slow down.  We didn’t try to fit 4 countries into a one week vacation.  We didn’t visit a museum or major sight just because the guidebook said it was a “must-see.”  Instead, we immersed ourselves into the local culture.  We spent more time with private guides so that we could have an in-depth experience of a sight or find a “hidden gem” that is barely mentioned in the guidebooks.  We still see major tourist sights, but we do it in a more calculated way and we balance tourist sights with relaxing in our new city: such as sitting with a glass of rosé wine and watching Paris pass by!

Slow travel does not mean that you will miss seeing major sights.  Some of our privately guided tours will include major sights.  And, you will have ample free time see that bucket list attraction if it isn’t on our agenda.

But, remember that some of those major destinations take a long time (those lines!) and may not always live up to the hype.  I have always said that I don’t want the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower, I want a view of the Eiffel Tower (preferably with wine in hand!)  Slow travel is all about finding that balance.