Cool Passport Stamps

For travelers, a passport stamp is like a medal of honor: proof of places explored, adventures had, and lessons learned. We asked the globetrotting Traveler staff to share their passport stamps and tell us about the stories behind them.

Some told tales of their first trips abroad, college semesters overseas, and family vacations. I flip through the pages I instantly and palpably transported to various stages in my life: my childhood round the world trips with my parents, my footloose years on the Caribbean beat in my early career, and every trip with my children through their own growing stages. Each page tells a story, or three, depending on how many stamps are squeezed in, says Executive Editor Norie Quintos.

It never too late to start your own stamp collection. If you are among the two thirds of Americans without passports, you can apply for one without an appointment TOMORROW, Saturday, September 17, during the State Department Passport Day in the USA. Regional Passport Agencies will be accepting applications and hosting passport themed events.

We want to hear from you: Tell us about your favorite passport stamp in the comments section below.

In my old passport, officials were fed up with looking for a blank spot, so they started using all of the pages pages addition page, amendments, the back flap your kindergarten teacher told you never to think about.

One of my favorites is getting two Tokyo Narita stamps within five minutes. Apparently I was supposed to tell them I finished studying abroad (and capitulate the foreigner ID card), so they voided the first chop, sent me right back through, then back again.

Also, living in Indonesia took up about eight pages that was just for a few months!

This is extremely well done. I applaud National Geographic and Intelligent Traveler on continually keeping their readers in mind. This piece could have easily just have been a reflection on the State Departments advertising attempts for Passport Day in the USA, but instead both entities chose to let images and descriptions of personal journeys spark the interest of other travelers and travel enthusiast.

So on that note, my favorite stamp in my passport book is from Barcelona, Spain. It was my first trip abroad and this trip solely contributed to a lifelong love for all things Antoni Gaudi.

My favourite stamps are relatively common ones, I sure London, Paris, and Rome. A collection from, and of, my first trip to Europe. They are all highly tourist driven countries with stamps that are pounded at borders, air and seaports a countless number of times a day. They not as exotic or rare (for lack of a better term) as some of those mentioned in other comments, but to me they are a trifecta if you will of not just any summer trip. On that trip, I entered the next stage of my life. Like travel, in general, it what the stamps represent. It the experiences good and bad, but all significant that followed the stamping of those stamps that make them so important to me.

My favourite stamps are relatively common ones, I sure London, Paris, and Rome. A collection from, and of, my first trip to Europe. They are all highly tourist driven countries with stamps that are pounded at borders, air and seaports a countless number of times a day. They not as exotic or rare (for lack of a better term) as some of those mentioned in other comments, but to me they are a trifecta if you will of not just any summer trip. On that trip, I entered the next stage of my life. Like travel, cheap jerseys in general, it what the stamps represent. It the experiences good and bad, but all significant that followed the stamping of those stamps.

I travelled for 6 weeks through China Tibet. As always during my travels i forgot what day it was. The hotel in Guilin,where i stayed, informed me i overstayed my visa. While checking the Lonely Planet i found out i had to pay 50 euro per day overstayed. I used my Chinese contact person and went to the police station. They http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ talked for a while and within 1 hour i got a new visa and just payed 30 euro for it. Policeman : you are a very very lucky young lady

Corruption in China can be ok sometimes ;) When i show this Chinese visa to frien i start the story with: this visa actually cost me 700 euro, but i got it for just 30 hear the story?

if possible i try to cross borders (overland) on my birthday while travelling. So the stamps which have my birthday date on it are cool as well :) Made those birthdays a bit more special.

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