So guys! I suck. I suck at being consistent and I was trying to figure out how I can enjoy this blog more. The problem I have is that I feel like I cannot be myself to draw people in but whatever. I’m awesome. You’ll like it and if not, okay. I’m going to talk how I feel like talking.
Lately, I’ve been more focused on my personal blog and making sure that it’s updated that I have been slacking. I also haven’t been planning trips or dreaming about traveling like normal because I’m trying to reach some personal goals that keep me grounded in one place BUT today…today, I have finally started the process of getting the Global Entry Card which means I have something to talk to you about!
I’ve been eyeing the Global Entry card and Pre Check options for awhile now. Especially after I came back from Cuba. There is something about an extremely long custom’s line that makes you want to silently kill yourself.
Of course, it makes better sense to get the Global Entry card because it comes with pre check and if you travel outside of the country frequently, it will save you the suicide attempt and therapy after standing in custom lines for two hours.
Pre check is $85. Global Entry is $100. They both are for five years. Extremely easy choice to make.
But what wasn’t easy was the application. I mean I honestly felt like I was applying for a job. It was like uploading your resume and right after they ask you to fill out the application anyway. They ask for your address and job history from the last five years. Not only that but you need the phone numbers and addresses from those jobs.
Listen, I can barely remember the words I want to type next let alone what I did five years ago. And the thing is..it’s the federal government. Why are you making me tell you things you already know?
I remember expecting a longer process for my passport but all I did was go drop off my picture, application and check to the lady at the post office and wait 3 weeks but I get it. Its definitely important to make sure that I am really a low risk person but damn. I was almost late to work committing to this process.
The next step, if conditionally approved, is an in person interview with a federal agent. I’m going to be nervous like I got caught smuggling cocaine over the weekend. I probably should cease making these jokes before they scan my entire life.
Anyone ever been through the process? I’ll be sure to update as I go along.
If you want to apply: https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry/card