Ever find yourself counting up the little squares on a calendar or trying to compute dates in your head to figure out what day your visa runs out?
I have, it’s irritating and easy to screw up. In one big blunder I miscalculated the days I was in Mexico one year and ended up overstaying my 180 day visa. It wasn’t a problem, but if I did this in Schengen Europe I could have found myself banned from reentering the region for three to five years. In point, it’s essential to precisely know when your travel visas expire and when you need to get out of a country.
It’s a good thing that I’ve found a simple tool to help calculate dates. It’s the Date Calculator on Time and Date.com. All you need to do is insert a date into a form field, then input how many days you want to add or subtract from it, and it outputs the date you’re looking for.
So if I were to enter Mexico today, I would punch October, 25, 2012 into the calculator, then add 180 to it, and the tool would output the date of April, 23, 2013, the day I would need to exit the country.
When needing to convert the number of days a visa is valid for into an actual date, tools like this date calculator are essential.