??Journey or destination??

Exploring life experiences at home and beyond – Destination Happiness

Power of Names


This week my name has featured largely in my life. Regular readers will be familiar my holiday plans as I tick off another on my bucket list. If not you might want to have a read here.

I do not have a current passport but need one for my travels. With flights already bought and much of my land content organised and paid for, it was time (maybe this should have been an earlier event) to organise a passport.

“How difficult could it be?” I thought…until I open our document folder. Of course just one item was missing – you guessed it- my birth certificate. I haven’t needed to use it since the kids got their passports so it’s a mystery where it is. Birth certificate copies are easy enough to get. With a few typed facts, some photocopied documents and a credit card payment for a fast processing fee of $75 I was on the way.



It arrived on my doorstep on the third working day after I had ordered it so all was progressing well.

On opening the certificate I saw my name no longer had the hyphen in it that I knew I had on the original one. I also noticed my sister’s name had been misspelled (though luckily her birth certificate has the correct spelling on it). Faced with a Saturday interview appointment for my passport I was concerned what the outcome would be. My old passport has the hyphen as does my Medicare card, drivers license and wedding certificate (all used my original birth certificate to be obtained) the three ID pieces I needed for my new passport.

The post office processed it fine so I guess I now have to wait to see if the Passport Office does too…and to see what name I have on my new passport. Fingers crossed.

Fingers crossed emoticon


Luckily my air carrier doesn’t accept non-alpha characters in their ticketing process so all should be good either way, according to their representative.


A point to ponder.

You have but to know an object by its proper name for it to lose its dangerous magic. — Elias Canetti


Have names caused you issues? Leave your story in a  comment.

Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

5 thoughts on “Power of Names

  1. Well that’s poor typing skills on the part of the person who typed up the extract. Or was it a copy of the original. Either way, I’d be jumping up and down.
    Glad the passport interview went ok though.

  2. Some years ago I needed a new passport and while I was waiting for this to receive, which could take 3-5 weeks, I got a temporary passport for using here and now. I was invited at a press travel and in the airport I got problems, because the name at the passport and the ticket was not totally equal. I was lucky and got a new ticket just before the flight.
    I did learn to order my next passport in very good time to avoid any kind of repeat.
    I wish you a great travel.

    • I’m concerned about the ticketing but should have enough time to research it further. The airline said it’s ok but I’m the sort of person who likes to recheck a few times 🙂 glad it worked out well for you and hope it’s the same in my case 🙂

I enjoy reading comments so don't forget to add one please :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s