Trip Ideas For Expired Passport


I have a friend that is anxious to make her way down to the beach, but has an expired passport and no time to go get it renewed (busy schedule mixed with a hint of laziness). What would be her best options given her trip criteria:

• Typically books 30 days out (to work around son’s schedule)
• Like doing excursions
• Would need to be sometime in May-July
• And obviously, can travel without a passport

I think U.S. beaches are out of the running since she’s been to a few. I also suggested Puerto Rico but she has already been to San Juan and, as much as she loves Bacardi-cokes, was hesitant to go back before visiting some place new.

Is USVI the only other option? I know that St. Croix is the largest of the three saint islands, and they have pretty much everything you can ask for (good food, casino, historical sites, rum tours, shopping, great beaches). Are John and Thomas viable options?

Help! :scream:


Don’t know about St. John and St. Thomas personally, but I found this:

U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR’s) who travel directly between parts of the United States, which includes Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), without touching at a foreign port or place, are not required to present a valid U.S. Passport or U.S. Green Card.


American Samoa!? I think I saw somewhere on TV that they had great beaches. Or maybe The Rock mentioned it in an interview. I wonder how well they’re et up for tourism.


St Thomas is a good choice and is just a short boat ride from St John so it’s possible to see both on the same trip. There is only one all-inclusive on St Thomas which is not a top end luxury property (if that’s what she is seeking; that being said, the Sugar Bay property is quite popular on CheapCaribbean). This might be one where seeking the best European Plan (EP) property is the best bet.

The one other note is that it will likely require at least one connection to get down to USVI so she will need to plan for the extra travel time.


I have been to both. Loved them. Stayed on St.Thomas and chartered a small boat with four others that had a cook and bar tender. It took us to St. John, where we snorkeled. On another night we took a boat to St.John and hit a reggae club. It wasn’t super hoppin’ but such is the nature of a place that has music that is not necessarily danceable. Overall, fab time.