A rant on vacations and trying to get a passport

Had a great weekend getting out of Canada for the first time in over 2.5 years.

In case you missed my update last week (how dare you…), I decided to spend the weekend in NYC to visit one of my best childhood friends. To spend time with him, his wife and also their baby, who I’ve only been able to meet a few times because of how hard Covid has made it to travel.

Suffice to say, was nice to get away for a few days and have a change of scenery and because things are a bit slower in the summer, wasn’t a crazy amount to catch up on for Monday.

That being said, I don’t understand the people who go on lavish vacations in the summer. At least, if you’re Canadian.


Because the summer is the one time of the year that it’s very nice (read: warm) in Canada, so why would I leave? Especially if it’s to go somewhere else that’s warm?

I don’t know.

Maybe I’m missing something, or maybe I’m privileged in being able to decide when I get to take time off for a vacation, but as a Canadian who has to deal with cold weather from November to April, I prefer to save my travel and vacation for the winter months.

And in the summer, since business is usually a bit quieter, will go on shorter, closer trips.

Am I crazy? Do you do the same?

Anyway, back to an exciting week as we start scoping out our next immigration tech product at Visto. I’ll fill you in on more details, including what we’re building and the steps we take to build it, in a future blog post.

On another unrelated note, had an interesting chat last week with a guy who helps Canadians get passports in Europe.

Yes, this probably sounds super random – but as someone who started a Canadian immigration tech company (Visto.ai), I sometimes get introduced to other people who are also building immigration-related tech companies.

What initially started as a call to meet one another, talk about our businesses and discuss how to work together, eventually also evolved into a discussion about getting passports in Europe.

While I am very happy with my Canadian passport, as the world seems to get a bit crazier each day that goes by, I’ve started to like the idea of getting an extra passport or two, if possible.

Mainly just for the flexibility. I think I’ll live in Canada for most of my life, but I’ve also learned that having certain passports can be very beneficial – for traveling, buying property, vacationing, retirement, etc.

As a Jewish Canadian with roots in Europe, I learned that some countries offer citizenship simply based on the fact that previous generations of your family lived in and fled their country due to the Holocaust.

I’m not going to get into a history or religion lesson here, but I found it really interesting. And if I can get a European passport out of it, might be worth exploring.

Maybe I’m over-thinking this, or maybe stuff like that just interests me – but in a world where tensions and inflation are high, global warming is making its presence felt and who knows what else, having an extra passport or two may not hurt.

Some global food for thought!

What do you think? Have a second passport or been trying to get one? Let me know.

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