This is topical for me for a couple of reasons. First, I just got back from Canada and, obviously, had to use my passport.
Also, I just renewed our daughter’s passport. It was expiring at the end of September. I waited until after her senior spring break (Mexico) and after she’d gone to visit my parents in June*. I also waited until it was time for her to have her tonsils out. No air travel for two weeks post surgery, so the timing was perfect. We went to the post office (you have to make an appointment) and submitted her application the day before her operation. I paid the extra $60 to have it expedited, just in case. My Dad’s health is poor and it was worth the peace of mind. Though the chances of her needing it were slim, the downside would have been huge and I didn’t feel like gambling.
Her new passport arrived in about 10 days. I was impressed.
Another reason this is topical is because my Mom and I just had a conversation about all the people we know whose travel plans were threatened (or out and out ruined) because of expired passports. There were quite a few of them and, if it could happen to them, it could happen to anyone. Well – maybe not me because I obsessively keep track of almost everything. But, then again, I don’t want to jinx myself – so I’m sure it could happen to me.
*FYI: if your passport expires in fewer than six months, you may run into trouble traveling to some destinations. Canada is not one of them. 😉