Passport Wait Times Up to 11 Weeks, Airbnb Tiny Homes, Airline Accountability for Failures

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Welcome to The Morning Shave. We read a ton of travel articles each day for our personal research and to share the best travel tips and tricks with you. Here are the articles for Wednesday, July 27, 2022, that we think you should read.

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U.S. Passport Wait Time Is Now 8 to 11 Weeks for ‘Routine Service.’ – If you’re looking to travel internationally in the next year, now is the time to get a new passport or renew your existing one. The average wait time is 2-3 months right now. So, there’s still time to get it back in time for a Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve vacation. And remember to update your Global Entry account with your new passport number when it arrives.

Airbnb Launched a Tiny Homes Category, and We’re Already Planning Trips Around These 11. – While I love stretching out in a massive suite upgrade at my favorite hotels, unique experiences in tiny homes can also be fun. Even if you don’t stay at these properties, Airbnb now makes it easier to find tiny home listings when searching for places to stay. Here are 11 pros and cons of Airbnb you should know before booking your next stay.

Tiny home in Waco Texas by Jed Owen on Unsplash
Tiny home in Waco Texas. Photo by Jed Owen on Unsplash.

Costa Rica Now Offers Digital Nomad Visas — How to Apply. – Are you looking to get away from it all for a while? With so many companies allowing people to work remotely, Costa Rica could be your new home for the next two years (one year visa plus a one-year extension). I think that this would be an amazing experience. Especially after my podcast interview with Nikki about La Fortuna.

Google Searches for Summer Trips Doubled in Q2. – People are ready to travel and they don’t care what the price is. Even though airfare is up and inflation is taking a bite out of everyone’s budget, people are booking trips. For those with flexible schedules, hold off on summer travel and book the shoulder seasons of September and October when kids are back in school and prices come down a bit.

Senators Want More Airline Accountability from DOT. – Airlines have failed travelers consistently over the last few months. It seems like I get a flight schedule change at least once a week… including two days before my recent trip to Cabo. Congress may not do a lot of things correctly, but it is good to see them demanding that the Dept of Transportation hold airlines accountable for their failures. In the meantime, make sure you book your flights using a card that offers flight cancellation & interruption insurance and lost baggage coverage to protect yourself the next time you fly.

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