sometimes I travel to places

Hey, look at this, I’ve remembered I once created a thing called Traveling Thursday and then promptly forgot about it. I actually still ant to share my summer adventures on this blog but I somehow haven’t gotten around to doing it, mostly because I am lazy as hell.

As for today’s instalment, I did a passport tag vlog which I wanted to share with you.

This is not going to be a long post because I have nothing else to share except that video link. What do your passport stamps tell about you? Tell me in the comments.

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  • Due By Friday

    I just recently got a passport and haven’t used it much yet! but hoping to change that next year. I like your v-log, I’m going to have to try to incorporate that into my site somehow yours turned out great!

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      Oh yes, do it. Vlogging is really fun even though I struggle with putting my vlogs on the blog.

      Any preferences as on where to first take your shiny new passport to?

  • Tim

    I don’t have all that many stamps in my passport — just the USA, Spain, Japan, and the Philippines. Sadly, none of them are all that exciting either. Spain was for a study abroad semester, while Japan and the Philippines were for work. The most exciting part of all of those was the fact that I had to pay a bribe at the Manila airport to fly back to the USA (as did all of those with our group).

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      Huh, what’s the story behind the bribe?

      Japan and the Philippines sounds pretty good to me but if it was just for work…that’s not as much fun.

      • Tim

        The story depends on who you ask. If you ask anyone native to the Philippines while we were there, they called it a “customs exit fee” or “country exit fee”. Customs in the USA called it a bribe.

        • Wilhelmina Upton

          Lol, I guess it’s a cultural thing then ;)

        • readmeanything

          Actually- is this the one you paid at the immigration counter or before you get to go into the hall? There’s a whole load of ridiculous things you have to pay in the Philippines that is actually a legit part of the system.

          When I worked there, I had to go off to the side and pay an exorbitant amount every time I left the country.. and it was a legit part of it. I got three sets of receipts and everything.

          • Tim

            We were led off to the side for this, and I think we got receipts, so I presume it was the latter of the two. I feel like we may have needed to pay at the immigration counter too, though that escapes me at the moment.

  • readmeanything

    That was a really cool vlog!

    I have to get a visa and a stamp (obviously) for most countries in the world, so I get the rubbish treatment (on top of being a brown person!) at the embassy prior to travel (can be up to a month before for any Schengen State, for example), immigration in the country of departure, and then, of course, upon arrival. The U.S after September 11th, being a brown person with a brown-country passport issued in an Arab country full of Arab residence visas …. that is not a nice experience.

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      Being the ignorant white person that I am, I didn’t you that you had to jump through 1,027,247 hoops to travel basically anywhere in the world until I read one of your posts on 20sHackers and talked to Anju.

      Immigrating to Dubai wa also not one of my happiest encounters as I was traveling with my Mom without any sort of male. They were so shitty to us…