It seems so simple – passport = travel to other countries. I mean, I can make a reservation from JFK to Moscow on Expedia snippity-snap and take some pictures in Red Square should I so wish, right? RIGHT?
Not really. That fancy passport is pretty awesome, I’ll agree. It is a ticket to quite a lot of interesting places and experiences. But sometimes it takes a little more than showing up with a smile and a blank page waiting for a stamp.
It takes… *cue O Fortuna*… a VISA! American citizens can visit 172 countries without a visa or with a visa upon arrival. The rest of them take some legwork, and a few of them have some very onerous requirements.