Remember last year when I first told you about The Passport Party Project, founded by my friend Tracey Friley of One Brown Girl? Well, this past weekend, I helped host Miami’s first Passport Party. It was one of the most rewarding things that I’ve ever done in my life. I got to spend an entire afternoon getting to know these girls and talking with them about travel, life, and aspirations. THIS is truly what it’s all about.
Ten girls, ages 12-16, from the Honey Shine Mentoring Program showed up at the very POSH Amuse Restaurant & Lounge, inside the Casa Moderna Miami Hotel & Spa, and the fun began. They were a bit shy at first, but soon warmed up. Tracey has thrown this party in cities all across the country and has the process streamlined. The table was set for 10, with each placemat holding a luggage tag from Expedia, a cute “boarding pass,” a Worry Doll, and craft tools. Their first activity was making Travel Vision Boards from cardboard with luggage handles attached. Then they voted amongst themselves for their choice of which vision board was best. The winner received a cute carry-on bag, courtesy of Bags by eBags.
Then every participant took photographs for her passport. Once again, the best one won a prize. The best time was probably the Travel Photo Booth, were they got to use various props to take wacky photos. They had the absolute best time! The day ended with a FAB lunch of wraps and sandwiches. The best part? Each girl left the party with a check for her passport. May the adventures begin!
Super SHOUT OUT to Expedia, the Official Travel Sponsor of the Passport Party Project. Their sponsorship gifts 100 girls with checks for their passports. Bags by Ebags is another such sponsor, giving away a carryon at each party. Paper and Place provides a map necklace to one girl from each party. And the FABULOUS volunteers–besides me, there were others from Brown Girls Fly, Hispanicize, and Los Tweens.