It's the season for press trips. I've today been offered two more today - both of them to the US. In order to accept them you need something called an I-Visa - or you do, if you're British. This I am told involves queueing all morning in the US embassy, providing special sized photographs and paying $130.
I'm very busy (mostly with other sorts of writing, not travel) so the idea of standing around all morning sounds quite attractive. May even be worth $130