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How to Travel When You Lose Your ID

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Your ID is one of the most essential travel documents that should always have in hand during trips. And, losing it can put you in very difficult spot. The good news is that you can still travel even after losing your ID. The following are guidelines to abide by in case you intend to travel after losing your ID.

File a Police Report

The first thing to do whenever you realize your ID is lost is to immediately file a police report. Filing a police report will give you protection against identity theft, preventing any third parties from using the ID.

Check into the Airport Early

After reporting the matter to the police, they will issue you with a document confirming the loss of your ID. However, you will still have to go through the screening process at the airport, which could be a bit rigorous than the normal procedures. Make sure you tell the airport attendants that you have lost your ID. They may also ask you to fill out a form and provide additional proof of your identity.

If your identity checks out, the airport officials will clear you to fly. Due to the additional screening procedures, it is advisable to arrive at the airport early, about two hours before departure.

Have Other Identification Documents In Hand

It is usually advisable to make copies of your ID and keep them separately when traveling so that whenever the original gets lost, you can still provide the photocopy. In case you do not have them, you should produce other identification documents to confirm your identity. The other identification documents that you will be asked to provide when traveling include drivers’ license, US passport, US Military ID, DHS trusted traveler cards among others.

Losing your ID when traveling can be humiliating. After taking all the above steps, you should begin the process of getting a new one as soon as possible for convenience.

 

How to enjoy Mexico on a tight budget

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International media have focused on the wrong side of Mexico, like the drug syndicates, insecurity, the illegal immigrants crossing into the USA to seek greener pastures and the mighty wall Donald Trump will (may, might) build between Mexico and the USA. Mexico, in case you don’t know, is a vibrant, lively country with rich architecture, parrot-filled jungles, great nightclubs, interesting history, and yummy dishes. Compared to many developing countries, Mexico is paradise. The citizens of Mexico are full of energy and life. But if you are to enjoy all these and more on a budget trip, you have to plan well. These tips should guide you as you travel to Mexico:

Travel South

The “southern” you go, the cheaper it becomes. Moving south of Mexico is pocket-friendly and favors budget travelers like you. You can spend about $30 in a day and still have more than enough fun, including horseback riding; visiting waterfalls, ruins and paradise islands. Of course, you will have to sleep in the cheap hostel dorms in one of the cool cities in the south.

Tour the Mexico City

Although full of traffic and pollution, the diversity in the Mexico City still makes it a popular tourist hotspot and is worth your exploration. In 2016, the New York Times named it the top destination to visit. You can visit the less-noisy parts of the city, like Centro Historico where you can go through historic sites for (here this 🙂 free! There are also La Roma, Xochimilco, Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, and Coyoacan. Fortunately, the metro is much cheaper on daytime, charging about 25 per trip. You can also visit markets, freely stroll in the large nature-themed Chapultepec Park or enjoy boat rides in the canals within the city.

Tour Oaxaca

This is one place you can comfortably tour on a budget. You can visit Perto Escondido, which is a charming beach along the Oaxaca coast. Families and surfers frequent it. The hotels are affordable and the flights’ price reasonable. You can also access the place by bus. If you travel in November, you will be able to witness or take part in a surfing competition.

There is lots of other fun in Oaxaca, such as horse-riding, which cost $10 per person. You can also take a bus tour of Oaxaca at $20 for the whole day. The tour stops at various landmarks.

Eateries

Unfortunately, if you are on a budget, you will have to forego the pleasure of dining in the classy hotels and instead contend with the street dishes. But the good news is that the street foods are also delicious and have that traditional touch you may not get in the high-end hotels. You will enjoy roasted corn, grasshoppers, tacos de canasta and many more Mexican delicacies.

Conclusion

While you can use credit cards in Mexican cities, it is important to note that many establishments mainly prefer cash. So have you enough Mexico peso, which is the currency, for a smooth transaction. The US dollar exchanges at the rate of 1/ MX$18.50.

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