Tips for Celebrating your Fifteen by Traveling to Another Country

Alicia Monsalve

Many quinceañeras living in the United States have their families separated by borders. Some live in border cities, where half the family is in San Diego and one in Tijuana, and there are others that although their parents live and work in the United States are eager to share this great event with their relatives who are their home state with their parents or grandparents who live far away.

For other families it’s simply a matter of economics: it is much cheaper to make a party in Mexico, Central America, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Argentina or other Latin American countries who share this tradition, rather than in the U.S. even if you still pay the travel expenses.

So if your destination for your quinceañera is Los Cabos or Cancun, Punta Cana or Cartagena, do not let it tarnish the joy because you did not plan your party well. Take note of these tips always come in handy at hand:

Consider the costs: As in any quince, the budget is very important and there is that old adage: you get what you pay for. Be sure to take into account all the necessary items before making a decision to make your fifteen out of the country. Research lounges, hotels and places available. Maybe to save on flowers and the quality of hotel banquet or a paradise at a lower cost, but sometimes the logistics, room rental, drinks, accommodation and tickets, as well as the long list of kinship guests add much to the list of expenses.

Safety Note: Do not trust the Internet, it is always recommended that your family has someone that you trust to ensure that people, musicians, catering services and other companies hired are companies that are reputable. In these cases it is sometimes better to have a local professional organizer to avoid discomfort to close relatives and have a more viable process. If your family will stay in a hotel, find rooms that have a safe to store your clothes and expensive gifts or heirlooms that are given in such celebrations in Latin America.

Book and travel time: Do not risk paying more, or a bad time by not to making your reservations early. On the outside it is sometimes difficult to get a room with less than six months in advance, hotels and clubs are strict with clients who hire them. If you are going to make foreign exchange transactions, make sure you can pay by credit card that way you do not carry huge amounts of cash.

If possible travel a year before your Quince: It is preferable that you see with your own eyes and choose where you bring someone to avoid surprises. But avoid outlays of money, do not pay before you have firmly taken the decision and still keep costs low. Make sure your parents sign contracts only when they read it carefully.

Plan and organize well in advance: In Latin America sometimes life seems to go slower than usual that people in America. Note that the availability of equipment as well as lights, flooring, linens, furniture, materials inventory and staff is not as extensive as on this side of the line.

Prepare your outfit completely: Do not put off any details. Things as simple as a few false eyelashes, pantyhose you like, a good corset or an invisible bra are difficult to obtain in some villages of the interior of these countries. And do not trust your beauty in the hands of any stylist, it’s good that you ask your cousins ??or aunts to take you with people they trust. Take the cosmetics you like to use, especially the base and the appropriate correctors, and especially if you use anti-allergy products and anticomedogénicos (not clog pores).

Remember that there is a saying in Latin which reads: “Music should pay, not sound.” Take into account when hiring the DJ, orchestra or mariachi.

Renew your passport and make sure that your whole family has their travel documents at least day in advance to avoid last minute hiccups. If you have guests who are traveling from the U.S. to your party on the outside and are underage, and especially if traveling by car to border cities, advise them to avoid drinking and violating the age limit laws in other countries, to avoid disappointment, theft, and accidents that may result from use of alcohol, especially in unfamiliar surroundings. It would be sad incident happened to someone who was your guest and that would ruin the happy memories of your Quinceañera.

Before you travel, your parents should talk to the office of your credit cards and warn them that they will be spending large amounts of money abroad.  Large transactions are typically not approved unless the authorized cardholder lets the credit card company know before the trip. This will avoid problems.

Alicia Monsalve

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