Voltaire Brown talks abut the documents you will need to travel. You
will definitely need a passport and likely a visa. Voltaire also discusses packing.
"Documents are something you should never leave home without.
Today, we live in a paper-pushing society like never before, and it is confusing for foreign immigration
officials to not be handed more pieces of paper to file, stamp, and xerox upon your arrival."
For those intending
to visit Italy, the Greek Islands, or the former USSR, it is
advisable to file an insurance claim for theft before you
depart for Europe.
Travelers headed to Albania or the former Yugoslavia should
think about extending their life insurance policies and meeting
with a lawyer to revise their wills.
Special forms must
be filled out to bring an ox, corpse, hydrogen bomb, or the
works of V.I. Lenin into any European country.Consult your country's state department for details.
You must be in
possession of a valid passport to enter any European country.This does not apply if you are enormously wealthy, in which case every
country you visit will be offering you citizenship.
English-speaking nations, passports are valid for five years for minors or
miners, and ten years for everyone else.It's quite common practice nowadays for many in the ten-year category to
say coal is one of their hobbies in order to obtain the five-year passport.Not only is it cheaper, you don't have to stare at the same dreary photo
for a decade.Passport photographs,
without exception, are always horrendous.National passport agencies will not issue you with a valid passport if
the photograph you send with your application is thought to show you in a
photographs discourage European restaurateurs from wanting to buy your passport
and using it as a coaster.
A visa is a stamp
in your passport allowing you to enter and stay in a country for a specific
period of time.The purpose of a
visa is economically based.It is
estimated that for every thousand visas issued, a hundred jobs are created in
the stamping, initialing, approving, processing, printing, licking, etc.Visas are big business.In a
world of free borders, millions of people would be out of work.
charge, some don't.It all depends
on the state of the national ego.
Countries which are condescending to tourists will ask you to fork out dough for
the privilege to come.
In general, the
less desirable a country is to visit, the greater likelihood you will need a
visa.This may seem contradictory,
but it's not.People love to think
they're part of something exclusive and will go far out of their way in order to
prove they were elite enough to be accepted, even if that means life without
central heating and sleeping sitting up on a toilet.
Don't take it personally if a European country won't issue you a visa.Somehow, a Visa Gold at the border seems to work just as well.
Just like home, you
can never be 100% sure what weather to expect, so you better pack it all:rain gear, snow gear, beach attire, three-piece suits, tuxedos, skirts,
dresses, nightgowns, sun glasses, goggles, mink coat, fancy jewelery,
Cosmopolitan, longjohns, polka-dotted underwear, silk-laced panties, and
dildos.Depending on your specific
intent in Europe, there may be additional clothes/equipment you should bring
over.A tour of Finnish Lappland in
December would require you to pack a sled and dogs, which would be useless in
mafia-populated Sicily where you should have instead packed several varieties of
guns.Most picking and choosing is
common sense.If you're unable to
come to a conclusion what should be packed, ask your mother.
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