The simple answer is yes, you need a passport.
I recommend your first step in planning for your spiritual journey is to make sure your documents are up to day and in order. You want your new story to be about the wonderful experiences you had; not a tragedy of missed opportunities because you were not prepared.
My Canadian Passport
To travel in Europe you need a passport.
There you are with your air plane ticket in hand ready to go, you won’t get far without your passport. There you are arriving a the distant air port, you will need your passport again to get past the customs at the arrival gate. Canadian or an American your need a passport when you travel.
Keep your passport up to date. If you already have passport it should be a simple and quick process to keep it up date. If your passport has expired or it is your first time to apply for a passport it can take as long as six weeks. It is a good idea to have it in your hand before you start booking flights.
For Canadian citizens click here for Passport Canada
For United States citizens click here for Passports
When you have your passport in your hand give it “the red carpet treatment.” Treat it with respect. It is the most valuable piece of identification you have. Always keep it in a secure place. When your are traveling keep in on your person.Never leave it in your luggage or in your hotel room.
Two other documents you may need are A Visa and An International Driving Permit. Most European, EU, countries for example France, Germany, Italy, Austria etc. do not require a visa. The Uk, Denmark Sweden or Norway do not require a visa but there are countries that do require one. Once you have planned your itinerary, check the visa requirements of the countries you are planning to visit. Visa requirement can change.
If you planning to travel by car when in Europe you will want to obtain a International Driving Permit before you leave.
How to Apply for an International Driving Permit
Citizens of the United States of America Apply here:
National Auto Club
To apply for an IDP, you must:
• be at least age 18
• present two passport-size photographs and
• present your valid U.S. license
The cost of an IDP from these U.S. State Department-authorized organizations is less than $20.00.
Citizens of Canada apply for your International Driving Permit: http://www.caa.ca
You can only receive an IDP if:
You are 18 years of age or older, and
Hold a valid Canadian provincial driver’s license.( An IDP cannot be issued for provisional, learner’s or suspended license, or for any category of vehicle which is not presently covered by that same provincial driver’s license. In addition to meeting the above conditions, you will require:
Two passport-sized photos - One picture is attached to the IDP; the other is attached to the application form.
An IDP fee payment of $25.00
Take time to learn the rules of the road in country or countries you plan to visit. Get road maps to plan your trip before you leave. You can get maps at the same place you get your International Driving Permit.
I hope this information is useful. If you have any tips regarding travel preparation please leave a comment. We enjoy hearing from you.