Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Anita B., who sent in a great piece of advice during the partial government shutdown earlier this year:
“I wanted to relate our experience with making Global Entry interview appointments. It was at the high (low?) point of the backups in TSA. Everyone wanted PreCheck or Global Entry to avoid the lines. We were planning on traveling within a month or two.
“We live in Chicago. There was nothing, nothing in the area. Most of them were so backlogged they weren’t even making appointments, so I started casting a wider net. I found a Global Entry interview site in Port Clinton, Ohio. It would be about four hours away. We booked it. We left early, had our interviews, then found a great little restaurant right on the shore of Lake Erie. After lunch I dipped my toes in Lake Erie—which meant I had touched every Great Lake (lifetime achievement!). We bought some T-shirts in a tourist shop, sent some postcards—made a mini vacation out of it—and drove back over northern Indiana. We were home for dinner.
“Point being: Look for locations off the beaten path and make a fun trip out of the appointment.”
This is a great idea. Global Entry, of course, is a great way to simplify your international travels, and you can get the application fee covered with certain travel credit cards. Getting an appointment is often the most difficult part of the process. Thanks, Anita!
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