Dear airport security personnel,
While you may have bigger concerns to worry about (you know, like terrorist threats or illegal imports), I request a bit more admiration for passport stamps.
To the rest of us non-regulatory agents, the stamps are the only part of the passport to care about. They are perfect souvenirs of an awesome trip in the making.
Well they could be.
Last week I brought my passport in to a new job to show my proof of citizenship. While waiting for HR, an intern and I began discussing our passports. She’s had one for a few years, but never used. I, on the other hand, proudly opened my passport to show off my beautiful stamps only to remember they were illegible and unorganized.
I have two halves of one stamp on top of each other. A loner stamps sits in the middle of my passport lost and disconnected. Then another standalone on the very last page of the book.
If only I could flip through my passport like a scrapbook and share my journey. Consider the possibilities – storytelling and connections. The intern and I could have bonded over a shared achieved stamp.
To a beginning traveler, this is the illusion. After a couple trips under the belt – or even just one, travelers quickly realize we can’t count on stamps as the storytellers.
Obviously, the trip is so much more than just a stamp. It’s only one part of an incredible journey regardless of the destination. But wouldn’t it still be pretty awesome if passport stamps could tell scrapbook-like stories?
Okay, you can get back to protecting the airports again. Thank you for listening.
A Frequent Flyer
*Editor’s Note – this letter is not to be taken as a serious complaint in any way.