Due to significant delays in passport renewals and first-time applications for U.S. travelers, international travel may not be viable until 2024. However, there are a number of destinations within U.S. territories and states that don’t require a passport, providing alternatives for travel. The article highlights four places: Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Key West, and Alaska, each with its unique attractions, activities, and experiences, offering a variety of getaways without the need for international travel documentation.
- Passport Processing Delays: U.S. passport renewals and first-time applications are experiencing serious delays, with current processing times stretching up to 13 weeks for routine applications and nine weeks for expedited service.
- Travel Options Without Passport: For those affected by these delays, the article presents four destinations that don’t require a passport for U.S. citizens, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Key West, and Alaska.
- Puerto Rico: The destination is rich in urban pursuits, outdoorsy endeavors, vibrant nightlife, and historical sites. Popular attractions include San Juan and the island of Vieques, which is famous for its Bioluminescent Bay.
- U.S. Virgin Islands: These islands offer spectacular beaches, wildlife experiences, and festivals. Two thirds of St. John is designated as the Virgin Islands National Park, offering activities like snorkeling and marine life exploration.
- Key West and Alaska: Key West offers a beach escape similar to Cuba, with popular spots like Sloppy Joe’s and newly renovated Southernmost Beach Resort. Alaska, known as the Land of the Midnight Sun, boasts natural wonders like Denali and the Northern Lights, and offers an authentic taste of Canada in areas like Hyder.