Hey all, just a heads up. This forum was spammed yesterday with someone promoting a site that sells fake ID's and Passports. I'm sure most of us would know better than to use such a service. Just beware that there are spammers and scammers out there.
With your passport you are ready to go anywhere at anytime. No waiting.
Ours in Canada are only good for 5 years, but that might be a good thing. Recently one woman got stuck in Africa for a couple of months since some stupid official decided she didn't look like her passport because she had lost weight and confiscated it. She had to get DNA tesing from her son back in Canada to prove who she was.