There I was: 10 p.m. the night before our long-planned trip to Mexico. The flights were booked, the hotel was secured, and my bags were packed down to a daily schedule of bikini changes. I daydreamed of our cabana in the sun and could almost taste the spicy marg and salt rim.
Back in reality, I stared bleary eyed at my computer trying to check in for my flight, and got an alert that I would have to report to the customer service desk to confirm my passport. Weird…
I opened my passport and to my absolute horror—realized it had expired two weeks earlier. I wanted to crawl into a little ball, pack myself into my suitcase, and ship myself off into oblivion.
I couldn’t bear to just throw in the towel and miss the trip. There had to be a way. By the grace of god, I found Passport Relief, an expediting agency that is available 24/7. They talked me off the ledge and were able to walk me through the steps I would need to have a shot in hell of making my flight. I ran to FedEx at midnight, got new passport photos taken, scanned and copied my ID, and filled out a ton of paperwork. Passport Relief booked me a 6:30 a.m. appointment the next day to get my passport expedited. I waited a few hours at a federal building for it to be printed and ended up missing my first flight, but through the magical angels at Hopper, I was able to make it to Mexico that day. Without them, it would have been 6-8 weeks before I received my passport in the mail.
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