Child’s passport: What should parents consider when traveling abroad

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Whether Canada, Mexico, or Southern Utah – No matter where parents spend the holidays with their children, a passport for the offspring must be in the luggage. Because since the 26.06.2012 the child’s entry in the parent’s passport is invalid and the child is no longer entitled to cross the border. What mom and dad often do not know: Even babies need them when traveling abroad. These are some of the hoops we had to jump through traveling from Canada to Zion National Park with our babies (twins).

Child passport for babies
Everyone needs a passport! Such is anchored in the new passport regulations, which brings many parents since 26.06.2012 before the holiday sweat. By that date, it was enough if the little ones were noted in the parent’s passport. Since June of children must now have their birth with a private passport document when they want to travel abroad.

Apply child passport: Three to four weeks waiting time schedule
Which means parents need to apply for your young one e-pass (electronic passport) or a child passport. So whoever is planning a trip with your children abroad in the near future, which should run quickly into public office, because generally it takes about three to four weeks until the new child passport is ready. This is up to 12 Age required is valid for six years and may be renewed once.

What is needed for a child passport in public office
Whoever is the first one applying for a passport for his child needs:

a) $50
b) the child’s birth certificate 
c) a current passport sized picture
d) agreement (declaration) of the guardian 
s) custody proof with only one guardian

Apply child passport: If it is to go fast
if the trip but just before and are not yet available to the child’s passport, it is possible in exceptional cases, to apply for a provisional child passport. Citizens offices need to use the same documents. However, the immediate pass for children currently costs around $60 and is valid for only one year.

Note: Some countries require child passport and visa
Many countries require in addition to the child’s passport, a visa. Time prior to travel inquiries about the Foreign Office should be sought.

Photo Credit: Pammy B

Zion Park Adventures

Human beings are generally very daring and always seeking for adventure. If you are the adventure chasing type, then you must consider visiting the Zion National Park to try out the fun and adventure filled package offered in an around the park. Some of the most interesting adventures in the Zion Park include ATV riding, paint ball, Horseback riding, wall climbing and rappelling, and trampoline bungee jumping. These are just some of the things you can do while in using one of many hotels in St George Utah.

Kolob Terrace Road - Zion National Park, UtahPhoto Credit: Isaac Borrego

ATVs are very compact toy-like muscle vehicles used to traverse the dense landscape around the park. However, do not let their toy-like nature deceive you. These are custom built full throttle vehicles designed to comfortably blast through the rocky and hilly terrains of the park, and pass through intense stream beds. You would be intrigued by the power and speed of these big toys, as you blast your way through the course. There is even more fun and glory when you decide to get dirty and speed through the mud and make splashes as you go. However, ATV tours are limited to visitors with a valid drivers license or learners permit, and must be over the age of 16. However, smaller ATV’s or Golf carts may be provided for those under 16. You must however agree to the fact that ATV riding might be dangerous, and you are therefore responsible for your actions, and could be asked to discontinue any further participation in the tour, if you are found responsible for any act that may cause possible damage or harm to others or yourself.

Paintball is another very exciting activity you do not want to miss while at Zion. There are many courses with a lot of space dedicated just for the game of paintball. Paintball is more exciting here because the arena is naturally designed with lots of obstacles and locations where you can easily take cover or camouflage without easily being noticed, as you take revenge on opponents and cover them up in paint. The paintball ground has been further customized to create opportunities for you to sneak around your opponents and knock them out. In fact, the experience can be measured to that of a US Marshal in combat, but only less dangerous.

While at Zion Park, you could test your guts by going visiting a shotgun range. The shooting range is safely located at a considerable distance away from human or animal settlement, to ensure that the only casualties are the targeted clay pigeons or cans. Though hunting is prohibited in or around the park, grab a taste of the hunting experience in this natural environment by shooting on flying cans or clay pigeons that are being thrown across the valley with a provided 20 gauge shotgun. You also have the option of shooting stationary target that have been placed against the hillside. It is possible to bring your own gun for this exercise, but strict rules apply in such situations.

If you have a passion for riding on horseback, or maybe you are just eager to learn the art of horseback riding, then you should consider signing up for a horseback riding tour. Zion Ponderosa Ranch resort, working in collaboration with East Zion Adventures, is just one of the many places where you can actually get a one on one horseback riding training with some of the most experienced wranglers you could possibly imagine. Just an hour in the training session could immediately eliminate all your fears about horses, and transform you into an almost perfect horse rider.  You would be teamed up with the most suitable young, strong, and well trained horses that would gracefully carry you as you embark on the ride of your life.

The Things To Do In Ketchikan

During our time in Ketchikan at an Alaskan fishing lodge we soon found there was many more alaskan activities to do than just slay the mighty king salmon. Soon we became overwhelmed at how much we could do realizing we had so little time to accomplish so much. Here are some of the best things to do while in Ketchikan Alaska.

Boating / Diving

While in Ketchikan, you can engage in some undersea exploration with the help of the Wind & Water Dive Center, or enjoy sailing with the Ketchikan Ocean Racing Circuit.

Camping

If you seek solitude while in Ketchikan, reserve one of the remote cabins the U.S. Forest Service maintains within 75 miles of the community. Some sit on the seashore, others are on the shores of lakes and the banks of streams and estuaries. A number are so remote, they are only accessible by floatplane. The accommodations in the cabins are truly rustic. They include plywood bunks, oil or wood stoves, and outhouses. Contact the Forest Service to reserve one of them.

Ketchikan Alaska range and activitiesPhoto Credit:Steve Betts

Hiking

Exploring the sea is not the only thing you will want to do while in Ketchikan. You will also want to hike the miles of trails surrounding the town maintained by the Ketchikan Outdoor Recreation and Trails Coalition. The trails traverse a little bit of everything, from seashores to mountaintops.

Sports

If you want to catch a baseball game, or play a little basketball, it is available here, too. There are tons of sports leagues and recreational groups such as the youth Dribblers League and the Ketchikan, Alaska Youth Football League. For the adults, there is basketball and softball. The Gateway Recreation Center, established in the early 1990′s, furnishes several different athletic outlets. Activities include basketball, soccer, roller-skating, racquetball, handball, aerobics, martial arts, and even fitness equipment. During winter months, snowshoes and alpines skis may be rented. A full-size competition swimming pool is also available, as well as saunas and a warm-down pool. Don’t know how to swim? No problem. Master swimmers give lessons on technique, fitness and endurance.

Tours

It is truly inspiring to experience southeast Alaska from the sea, taking in picturesque scenery on a ferry, private charter or your own craft. The Alaska Marine Highway, traveling the waters of the Inside Passage year round, provides service for passengers and vehicles. If you come in your own watercraft, call the local visitors’ bureau ahead of time to verify mooring. If you want an intimate tour of Ketchikan’s waterways, venture out in a canoe or kayak or even a bicycle. If you want to venture out on land on your own, there are several car rental options in Ketchikan.

Our Time In Ketchikan Alaska

Trust us, recreation in Ketchikan, Alaska is not limited to fishing for King Salmon! Recently we spent some time at an Alaska fishing lodge in Ketchikan, but we did more than just fish as the the surrounding area offers many different activities, from snowmobiling to hiking to judo to chess. Below are some of the museums and exhibits you might enjoy during your stay in Ketchikan, Alaksa:

 -Tongass Historical Museum

-Dolly’s House

-The Saxman

- Totem Bight and the Totem Heritage Center

- Art and Craft Galleries and Shops

Ketchikan Alaska fishing lodgePhoto Credit:Frank Kovalchek
Ketchikan, Alaska is home to many galleries displaying a wide variety of art, including native art and handicrafts. It also hosts many arts-themed festivals, thanks to the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council. The most popular aspect, however, is the visual and performing arts composed of the community’s performing arts groups such as the First City Players, Ketchikan Theater Ballet and Ketchikan Community Band, host performances all year round.

Well-known crafters also reside in Ketchikan, adding to the rapidly increasing arts scene. The people share creative development, designs and accomplishments. Among the local concoctions popular in Ketchikan is the Wearable Art Show every February. It is free for anyone with a passion for fashion, giving them the opportunity to showcase their stuff along the runway.

If you want arts, Ketchikan surely has them. The community’s galleries and events are ideal for amateurs and professionals. When you visit, do not miss the arts scene in this charming southeast Alaskan town.

As mentioned, a lot of activities are available. You can attend native craft and dance exhibitions. You can experience the granite cliffs and glaciers of Misty Fjords National Monument. Visiting the Metlakatla Indian Community and nearby Prince of Wales Island is a must. You can also find the perfect souvenir of your trip at Ketchikan’s variety of galleries and shops.

Some of the most popular activities in Ketchikan include:

  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba diving
  • Scenic Flights
  • Boating
  • Wildlife Viewing (Ocean and Land)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Logging Shows
  • Shopping
  • Bear Tours
  • The Theater