The State Department used to limit passports. The initial one, plus two additions of 24 pages each, according to spokesman John E. Echard Jr. Passports issued after 2006 are a little different, and the maximum is now 100 pages.
The State Department doesn't keep track of how many people reach the maximum number of pages, but Midha is part of a small group of American pilots, business travelers, celebrities and random jet-setters who have reached the maximum. His new passport doesn't have additional pages, but that will soon change. And Midha still has to travel with his old passport, since there are still valid visas in there. That's a lot of documentation.
Most travelers try to get stamps in their passports -- it's sort of a badge of pride. While Midha is happy to have one from the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, "I try my best ... not to get stamps."
With a trip planned to Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar in December, Midha will bring the number of countries he has visited to 100. Sixteen-year-old Akhil has already been to more than 80. And in case you were wondering, his passport has reached 72 pages.
"If people were to travel more to all parts of the world," Midha said, "there would be more camaraderie and less distrust, for more people would be getting authentic experiences, getting rich in all aspects of life, including culture, art, architecture, history, languages, science, cuisines, climates, nature and religion."