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Top 5 passport-free summer destinations for a memorable getaway

You can still travel to these destinations without a passport
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Summer is the ideal season to explore new destinations and create lasting memories. If you haven’t had the chance to apply for or renew your passport, don’t worry! There are numerous breathtaking locations you can visit without that essential travel document.

Explore without a passport:

U.S. Virgin Islands

Just a short flight from the U.S. mainland, the U.S. Virgin Islands offer crystal waters and sandy white beaches. With just a government-issued photo ID, you can enjoy snorkeling in St. John, lounging on the beaches of St. Thomas, or exploring the historic sites of St. Croix. Familiarize yourself with local customs for a respectful and enjoyable visit.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a Caribbean paradise with stunning beaches, a vibrant culture, and delectable cuisine. A government-issued photo ID is all you need to discover the historic streets of Old San Juan, the sun-soaked shores of Vieques, or the lush El Yunque National Forest. While Puerto Rico is generally LGBTQIA+ friendly, it’s wise to be cautious with public displays of affection.


Guam, a tropical haven in the Western Pacific, showcases beautiful landscapes and a mix of Chamorro and American cultures. Your driver’s license or a photo ID will suffice to visit. Relax on Tuman Bay’s sandy beaches, delve into Hagåtña’s Spanish colonial history, or hike to the scenic Two Lovers Point.

American Samoa

Experience the untouched natural beauty and rich Polynesian culture of American Samoa. Discover the stunning coral reefs, hike to breathtaking cliffs, or immerse yourself in traditional village life. Respect for family and community values is paramount, so ensure you’re aware of local customs.

Northern Mariana Islands

The Northern Mariana Islands are a hidden gem with diverse marine life, historical sites, and pristine beaches. A government ID is all you need to explore Managaha Island’s clear waters, Saipan’s World War II sites, or the Forbidden Island’s nature trails.

Travel tips for a safe journey:

  • Research local attitudes toward the LGBTQIA+ community before traveling.
  • Avoid public displays of affection in conservative regions.
  • Connect with LGBTQIA+-friendly establishments and communities.
  • Trust your instincts and prioritize your safety while exploring.

Equipped with these passport-free hotspots and safety tips, you’re all set for an unforgettable summer adventure. Where will your travels take you this summer? Share your plans and get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime!

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