How to Check your United States Travel History Online?

You want to travel to the US but are unsure if you are able to because you do not remember the last time you visited the country nor do you remember which visa you went in with? If you have not tracked your travels recently and need to know them to re-enter the country, you are reading the right article! This happens often as people lose travel itineraries and get caught up in the confusion of organizing all of their travel documents.

Every year, people change their old passports to new passports, visit different countries, visit the US, and then want to visit the US again but don’t remember if they can. Even worse, some might not remember if their visa is still valid or when the last time they entered the US with a particular visa. You might even have a possible idea of your travel history, but you want to make sure the dates are in order and that everything is calculated properly. It can be complicated to remember every single travel plan you made in your life, and you don’t want to have to dig through old archives to find old airfare tickets that can help you determine when you went in the country and when you went out. The good news is that you can simply check your travel history online and here we show you how.

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What Information Do I Need to Check My Travel History?

To access this kind of information some might believe they will need to use hard-to-find information, and the blood of a virgin. However, it is not very difficult and all that is required is your first and last name, date of birth, country of citizenship, and your passport number. You are good to go with just that! Once you have all of this information you can start with your travel history check. Here are the steps you must take:

1. First, visit the Homepage of US Customs and Border Protection:

2. Select the option: Need a History of Your Arrivals & Departures.

3. Security: Once you have clicked that option a security notification will pop up, simply click on consent & continues.

4. Personal Information: The next step is to enter all your personal information such as first and last name, date of birth and your passport number. Once you have filed in all the information, click next.

5. Travel History: Now you can see the results of your travel history and print out a copy of it.

IMPORTANT: Please keep in mind that the info on the website is not an official form of info. This means that if you see something there which is not accurate or you think there is information missing, please contact the CBP via e-mail for the correct information.

As you can see, gaining that information is very simple and you have it within minutes without any complications.

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Visiting The Same Place Multiple Times? Here’s How To Gain A New Perspective Each Time.

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The beauty of visiting the same place twice means receiving endless lessons and wisdom. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

Earlier this week, I posted an image on my Instagram page sharing a little anecdote of a weekend trip I took. This is a place that my family loves to frequent and has for the past ~6-7 years.

Lake Michigan shore in Door County Wisconsin

This is a place in Wisconsin that I love to go for its natural wonders, to disconnect from the world (also because I don’t have good cell reception up there ?), and for the overall inspired push to feel more present in all of it. It’s a sanctuary for me. I realized as I journaled (first-time travel journaling intentionally, by the way, believe it or not ?) I realized something kind of amazing. Each time I have been to this place in Wisconsin, it has been during totally different times in my life. And that, my friend, is some powerful stuff when you break it down.

*If you stay until the end, I will happily send you a FREE travel journal template that can help you uncover and learn this concept more for yourself, right now. Keep reading to see how this is an important form of using travel as a form of self-improvement.

Trees with changing leaves in the fall

What’s Inside This Post:

Traveling to the same place multiple times is like rereading a good book…

Have you ever read a good book, like a really good book that you just vibed with? So much so, that after reading it, you kept picking it up again to receive more nuggets of information and inspiration? You find new aha moments? It was just what you “needed to hear/read?” That’s what I think of when I realized this place was my “good book” that I keep coming back to.

And why is that, you ask? I find based on personal experience that when you do, in fact, visit the same place multiple times, you arrive at different times in your life. You arrive with a different perspective – all the while you’re met with the beauty of that familiar place. Think about it. What’s a place that you keep going back to and never gets old? It’s not always just the scenery, the people, or the food. It’s also YOU. You are different each time you go and visit that same place.

That is why it’s important to journal when you travel, especially if it’s a place you have been to in the past. If you read this post until the end, you’ll be able to receive a FREE download of my travel journal template. It will help you start to see the beauty of visiting the same place, multiple times, noticing your own growth and reflection by visiting a place twice or more without leaving your home, and within minutes. It’s a great exercise for self-awareness. Stay tuned, I’ll show you how.

If you google “visiting the same places twice” or something along those lines, you’ll get a slew of people telling you a mix of opposing views: you should and you shouldn’t. I’m not here to add to that narrative by choosing a side, per se. However, I am here to shed a bit of light on the benefits of visiting the same place multiple times. Not once, twice, but as many times as you can.

Wait, but why?

Why is this important? Well, we grow, and we change with time (if we want to). We switch jobs, we leave/enter new relationships, we have a new way of life and philosophy, we have a new haircut. Anything and everything. It’s different each time you visit the same place. No matter how small or insignificant it might seem, it all makes you feel like a different person, right? So each time you visit this same place, it’s like it’s an altered version of you is visiting.

It’s a new experience in the familiar. It’s a whole new list of aha moments and nuggets of information (maybe a new discovery about the place). It may be inspiration (from nature and by season – it’s currently Fall, and Fall here is ?). Coupled that with new perspectives, and it’s your “good book.” It’s a form of self-awareness. We get to stop and observe ourselves instead of being in the constant go,go,go of daily life.

Smiling girl by Lake Michigan in Door County, Wisconsin

Ok, so maybe I am adding to the narrative after all ?. Let me just say that it’s important not to inhibit yourself from visiting a place again just because you have already visited. It can be easy, especially with the rise and increasing business of social media, to not only personally want to see as much as you can of the world, but also display it. I know, I definitely do share my travels, but I think it’s important to just be mindful. Going back to the same place has its personal rewards and realizations. It’s travel as self-improvement at it’s finest ✨

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You don’t have to spend a lot or go that far for this…

I have heard people say things like “I want to travel and learn more about the world and myself, but I can’t spend a lot of money on travel all the time.” To that, I always say you don’t have to. Travel is just as much about understanding ourselves, as it is discovering the world and seeing it for ourselves. 100%. However, you can definitely get the self-improvement- through-travel part by traveling locally to your favorite day trip or weekend trip destination.

Hell, if you live close to your childhood home, revisiting your old neighborhood, the places you hung out, the ice cream or coffee shop you went with your friends is enough. All of that is enough to get into this mindset, that travel through self-improvement doesn’t have to cost a lot. You’ll gain some insight from that, and that’s what this is all about.

So, can you do this? Of course, you can! As long as you have been to a place twice, you’ll be able to practice some self-awareness and be inspired to revisit this place soon again to uncover more nuggets of information. Like, right now. Ready?

Lake Michigan shores at Whitefish Dunes State Park, Door County, Wisconsin

But before we jump into that…

I do want to say that this isn’t to say that I am going against wanting to see the world and solely favoring visiting the same places multiple times. I can’t and won’t as I myself love to travel far as well. However, for me, I was inspired to write this post because this was a recent realization, and I found a lot of value within this that I wanted to share.

With examples, I felt how self-improvement through travel can be attained by visiting the same places multiple times. I see the benefits in the form of aligning with myself, away from what I see and do every day. I experienced the clarity to see what I have already done that has led me to this point, and how much I can do from here. And the necessity of making those connections, amongst other things, is extremely important for our own growth; we have to see it and feel it.

Ya feel me? If you do, I would love to hear your thoughts on this. What do you think about revisiting the same place, multiple times? Do you do it or not? Do you see the benefits or not really?

Presenting: The Travel Journal Template

And now, today’s FREE download! I know that we can’t all just pick up and leave to revisit a place. But maybe you feel inspired to try this out for yourself, right now. Or at least intrigued. So here’s where this template can come in handy.

I created a free travel journal template that can help you reflect on a place you’ve visited and revisited, and that you have been to most recently. As I mentioned, revisiting a place multiple times is a great way to reflect on yourself, where you have been, where you’re going, and honestly, it’s like a reset that we can all use from time to time. This is a journal that can be a quick start into getting you into that type of mentality. The next time you revisit that place, you’ll know what to ask yourself, and you’ll be able to bask in the treasures ✨

Just leave your email below to send it over to you, and within minutes you’ll start this reflective journey

The Travel Journal Template

Look at your surroundings with brand new eyes, and learn something new each time you visit with this travel journal template.

Thank you! It’s on it’s way.

Check your email for the Travel Journal Template! Make sure to also check your spam folder if you can’t find it right away.

How to use the travel journal template: In order to try out the self-improvement through travel reflection practice, right now, think of a place you have visited and revisited recently. Even if you haven’t revisited it yet, you can still do this by going back now mentally.

Once you have your location, fill in the first column with information from when you first traveled there. Think about where you were in life, what job you had, how you felt, what worried you, what made you happy, it will all start to come back to you once you ask yourself those questions. Once you’re finished with the first column entry, either think of the last time you were there or if you haven’t been there again, go back “mentally” as in, imagine yourself going back. Walking the streets, smelling the air, people watching, etc.

And now, fill in this second column with information and reflections on how you feel right now, just as you did with the first column. Look at what you’ve written on both sides, and read it for a moment. Has there been a big change? Has there not? Do you want to change that? Has there been a success story there? A challenge you’ve had to confront, and how you did it? These journal prompts and what you insert can be very revealing to you, and a good visual of how you have grown since the last time you’ve been to this place.

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If you’re interested, I have previously written a blog post where I talked about the 5 ways travel has influenced me. Reading that can give you some perspective, and can even help you make connections with what I saw about international travel and visiting the same place multiple times, like in this post.

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Travel is like a good book, there’s always something new to learn each time you dive back into it ❤️

How Your Google Maps Timeline Can Show You Where You’ve Been

If you use Google Maps on your phone, then you can get your Google Maps Timeline showing the places you’ve been. Google can show your travels according to the day, month, and year. You can review, for example, all the places you went to last year and relive fond memories of wonderful trips or see where you went on a specific day.

You may find this information interesting. Or you may be creeped out by being tracked and decide to change your Google Maps settings to prevent Google retaining your location history.

How to See Your Google Maps Timeline

Google Maps Timeline

If you use Google Maps a lot, you may have recently received an email from Google offering to show you your Timeline for the past year. That email contains a link to your Timeline, but if you didn’t receive the email, or have deleted it already, you can check out your Timeline by clicking or tapping on this link:

Your Timeline email may show you interesting stats about your travels, such as how much time you spend in the car, how many cities, places, and countries you’ve visited, which trip was the furthest from home, and which trip lasted the longest.

On your Timeline you may also be able to see which places you visited the most, including favorite stores, restaurants, bars, and museums. You can see a ranking of your most visited places and learn fun information such as how many times you went to the gym last year.

View all of your visited places both on a map and in a list.

Google Maps Timeline Places Visited

In your Timeline, you can change the dates to view your travels from past years. Use the drop-down menu to choose the year, month, and day you want to view. You can also choose All time to see your travels beginning from when you first used Google Maps.

Google Maps Timeline Years

Changing Your Location History Settings

All of this location information in your Google Maps Timeline may be fascinating, creepy, or both. As interesting as seeing your location history may be, you may also realize how Google has been tracking your location and may not be entirely comfortable with that realization.

If you’re not concerned by Google tracking your location, then you can go continue to review your Timeline (perhaps after voting in the poll below, leaving a comment below, and/or sharing this article on social media…) and not worry about changing your Location History settings.

But if you’re uncomfortable with the knowledge that Google is tracking your location then you may want to review and change your Location History settings in Google.

Google Maps needs to know your location in order to help guide you to your destination. But you don’t have to allow Google to track your location constantly, you can restrict location permission for Google Maps to only when you’re using the app on your phone.

Also, you can turn off Location History in Google so that Google does not keep a record of the places you’ve been. That way you can use Google Maps but not allow Google to create a Timeline of your past travels.

Google Maps offers a link to your Location History settings within your Timeline so you can review and/or change your settings.

Google Maps Location History Link Settings

You can learn more about turning off your Google location history settings in => How to REALLY Turn Off Google Location History.

Do you enjoy seeing the Google Map Timeline history of your travels? Vote in The Wonder of Tech poll to share your opinion:

Your Thoughts

Do you use Google Maps to guide you to places? Have you checked out your Google Maps Timeline? Were you surprised by any of the information your Timeline showed? Have you changed your Location History settings in Google Maps?

Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!

*Road Trip image (edited) courtesy of Iain Merchant via Flickr and Creative Commons




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