When should I apply for a passport?

When is the best time to apply for a passport? How about a passport renewal? Here’s the answer.

How do I replace a lost or stolen passport?

What happens when you lose your U.S. passport while traveling? Don't panic! In my latest USA Today video Q&A, I explain how to get it back -- pronto!

The ship sailed, but they didn’t

When Antonia Giannasca called Carnival Cruise Lines this year to book a vacation to Mexico for her extended family, the sales representative assured her that she had all the travel documents necessary to board the ship.

When airlines misread passport rules, who pays?

When Olga Parra's dog chews part of her husband's passport, they're denied entry to Costa Rica. Is their airline to blame for letting them board the flight?

Their passports sailed to the Bahamas, but they didn’t

Anne Newman's holiday cruise from Baltimore to the Bahamas on the Carnival Pride got off to the worst start possible when two members of her party -- her brother and father -- were left standing at the dock because of a paperwork problem.

Passport mix-up leads to a missed tour

When Doris Lemonovich booked a vacation package for two to Costa Rica through Gate 1 Travel, she thought the passport requirements were clear: All she needed was a passport that wouldn't expire for the next month, according to the State Department.

Case dismissed: A little visa problem that sank their family cruise

Port separation anxiety is a term I use to describe the sudden decision some cruise passengers are faced with when a member of their party has to be left behind -- usually because of they don't have a passport or the right kind of birth certificate.