Its time to get ready for next year's travels. The first step is to assemble all the necessary materials to renew our passports. These expire in June of next year. So its time to renew them. We will get new photos today or tomorrow, fill in the applications and then go to a nearby Passport Office. One of the perks of living in the National Capital is the nearness of Federal government facilities. Our new Passports should then be in our hands before the New Year begins.
Another step, one taken this morning, was to renew my travel insurance for my pre-existing medical conditions: the heart attack and remediation steps taken to safeguard my health after that (stents and medication), and my disease of the esophagus (Barrett's disease), a potential pre-cancerous condition. That renewal was done over the phone after navigating the dreaded phone menus.
The Travel Insurance covers costs up to $2 000 000 and is basically to cover any medical costs that might occur while we are in the US. The insurance fee would be much lower if we did not travel there. Travel Insurance costs, if limited to travelling to England, would be much lower.
Our travel plans for 2013 include a one week trip to San Francisco in January, a potential trip to Maine for two weeks in May or June, and a two weektrip to England in August. The San Francisco trip will be our first to California. We plan to visit friends there who once lived across the street from us. The Maine holiday will be a relaxing sea-side vacation. The England trip will include Anne's niece's wedding and the celebration of my twin-brother's 70th birthday.
2013 looks to be a good year for travel.