new passport time!
& looking back at 5 years of travel...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

This month it was time to renew my passport. It's been four years and nine months since I last got a shiny new passport, and because New Zealand passports are only valid for five years, and I'm headed to Germany this weekend my time was up.

Luckily the process was smooth sailing (thanks NZ government!). I simply filled in the online form, paid the fee, uploaded a digital photograph and two days later my new passport was couriered to me at work in London. Amazing! If only my UK visa was processed so fast...

New Zealand passport
I always find renewing my passport a little bit nostalgic. I hate the fact that I can't keep using the same little book to document all my travel forever.

I'm also quite competitive when it comes to travel and make it my personal mission to try and fill every single page with stamps to the brim before my five years are up. This time round I made it to page 37 out of 50.

Here are some of my favourite passport pages from the last five years...

Five years of travel

And here's to the next five years of travel!!

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16 comments

  1. Oh the front of the NZ passport is pretty! Are you not allowed to keep your expired passport? I have my old one - I think it has a hole punched in it and my new photo stapled to it.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth. Yes, I'm allowed to keep my old passport, but the corner has been cut off. It's more just that I wish it had a slightly longer lifespan. When I was a kid NZ passports lasted for 10 years. Five years seems to go past so quickly!!

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  2. Wow that is some awesome passport service, two days! The passport pages are so pretty with the different colored stamps.

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    1. I know - I was amazed at the speed and efficiency. Obviously they have their internal passport issuing process down - or I was the only kiwi in London that needed a new passport this month!

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  3. I love how many stamps you have in your old passport! It looks so cool. I wish my passport had more stamps, but it rarely needs to be, probably because I mostly travel in Europe & I'm from the UK. I do have quite a few stamps from the US & China though, so at least it isn't completely bare! :)

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    1. True - I'm lucky that I get to collect all the Europe stamps when I travel. Some of my favourite stamps and visas are from Asia tho :) Thanks for stopping by my blog Robert.

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  4. I just renewed my passport as well - here in Belgium, it's not as easy as in NZ... you have go to town hall in person, fill in forms, have photo with you, fingerprints are scanned,....
    I have kept all my old passports - I just love to see the stamps in them ! Luckily nowadays we are allowed to keep them (a corner is cut off, to make them invalid). Before, we had to hand them in (which I never did, haha, I always "lost" them... went to the police to report my "loss", and with that police paper I could get a new one. Stamps saved ;-)))

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    1. I'm the same. My old passports are the best travel souvenir I'll ever have!

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  5. I always get so sad when trading passports in - they're just such lovely reminders! (Ps. props to the quick service!)

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    1. NZ rules at some stuff ah!

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  6. I just renewed my passport too, and I'm sad that I have to start filling it from scratch! And wow, that turnover time is crazy. I'm in the US and had to mail it, so it'll be 3-6 weeks.

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    1. A new passport is such a bitter sweet thing... Thanks for stopping by Kelly :)

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  7. Happy new passport - haha! May your new one take you on many adventures! :)

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  8. Wow that is an epic full passport! I just renewed mine too and am looking for travel inspiration for how I can fill my new one :)

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    1. Ha ha, thanks. I live to travel :) Good luck with your explorations!

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