I need a passport to go to Barcelona in October. I've never had one before (last time I travelled overseas I was 11 and on my mums) Everyone knows that passports are pretty pricey to buy, but what lots of people don't seem to realise (myself included until now) just how much information they want on the application form. I would expect that my birth certificate is pretty good to prove my nationality, but the form also asks for all my parents full details including passport numbers and marriage details (these are proving a little hard to actually get out of my parents at the moment) I am glad that both of my parents were born in the UK as otherwise I'd also have to give my grandparents details too. Next I have to have someone who has known me long enough but I'm not related to, or in a relationship with to countersign (thankfully I have a Boss who's happy to do stuff like that) then I'm going to have to take time off work to attend an interview.
phew. I think after all that I am going to really need the holiday.