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First off Hello Everybody, I am a new member to this website, but I have been a Furry for a couple of months, I am from Portugal (In Europe) and I was thinking to go to Anthrocon on 2018, but I have some issues primarily with costs of the trip (I want my costs to be as low as possible but still be able to enjoy) I am also wondering if there is a issue of me being 15 alone to the US. Also how is the Hotel sistem for under 18s? I know that I have to Share a room, but where can I find trustable people to share with? Also, I know that I am writing this on the middle of Anthrocon 2017, so I don't know if I am going to be noticed.

But back to questions, I also wondered the fact that I don't have a Fursuit, and I am planning to buy one at my age of 18, but because of the high costs of the trip,  I don't know if I can afford going more than once to Anthrocon, and I don't know if it's worth going without a Fursuit... 

To end I would like to ask some advise to how to tell my parents about the trip, and that I am a Furry... 

 

Thanks in advance, and I hope you guys are having Fun at The convention. 

 

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"First off Hello Everybody,"

Hello! Welcome to our humble messageboard.

"I am a new member to this website, but I have been a Furry for a couple of months,"

There's a LOT in the furry fandom, so don't be surprised if you learn a lot over the next YEAR or so. One thing I like to point out is, it's easier to be called a "furry fan", a fan of the genre "furry", than to be called a "furry." People understand being a fan of something. People can misinterpret you saying you ARE something.

"I am from Portugal (In Europe) and I was thinking to go to Anthrocon on 2018, "

That's neat, and your English is excellent. One thing I'd like to point out is that there's conventions all over the world, and you might prefer going to one in Europe before visiting the US unless you've visited here a lot and know your way around. "Eurofurence" is generally in Germany, and a lot of English is spoken there due to furry fans from all over Europe attending (as well as some US fans.)

https://en.wikifur.com/wiki/WikiFur_Furry_Central
If you scroll down the page, you'll see a list of furry events all over the world. There's even one in Brazil, if you'd prefer an event in Portuguese.
I don't see a convention in Portugal, nor one in Spain. The closest ones might be Confuzzled in Birmingham, England, and ScotiaCon in Livingston, Scotland.

You can try to attend any that will allow minors (under 18) to attend, but you'll probably want a closer convention, if only to save on travel costs.

" but I have some issues primarily with costs of the trip (I want my costs to be as low as possible but still be able to enjoy) "

If it's specifically AnthroCon, there's ways that planning ahead can reduce the cost of travel and rooming, so feel free to ask us about that specifically if you really want AC itself. Most of us get that younger attendees are on limited budgets.

" I am also wondering if there is a issue of me being 15 alone to the US. Also how is the Hotel sistem for under 18s?"

These frequently-asked questions are answered in the Frequently Asked Questions section (the FAQ.)
http://www.anthrocon.org/faq/minors

Frankly, I recommend all attendees read the entire FAQ, then read it all again a month or so later.

FAQ:
"Yes. If you are under 18 years old at the time of the convention, you need permission from your parents or a legal guardian in order to attend. This rule is necessary due to unfortunate situations in years past.

Permission is obtained by downloading and printing out the minor consent form, which can be found on our registration page in the months leading up to the convention. Your parent or legal guardian must fill out the form, and then have it taken to a notary and signed in the notary's presence. The other way permission can be obtained is to have your parents come to Registration with you and fill out the parental consent form on site.

From 13 to 17, minors may feel free to enjoy the convention on their own, with or without their parents, once the minor has their membership badge. We do recommend careful planning of meet times and contact plans if minors wish to spend extended time on their own. Parents are very welcome to purchase their own membership and attend Anthrocon, but do not need to."

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"Also how is the Hotel sistem for under 18s?"
FAQ:Can I get a hotel room on my own?

No. You must be 18 to get a hotel room. If you will be staying overnight, we strongly recommend against making rooming arrangements with anyone that you do not know personally (and by that we mean face-to-face, not someone you met over the internet); better still, it should be someone that your parents have met and whose company they approve. Anthrocon prides itself on providing a safe environment for its Members, but we are nonetheless a large gathering of people from all parts of the world, and one should be appropriately cautious. If you must room with newly met roommates, it is wisest to make sure your parents have their complete contact information, have spoken with them, and have their trust."
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"I know that I have to Share a room, but where can I find trustable people to share with?"

That's entirely "at-risk" and outside the control of AC. This messageboard has a section for people looking for a room, and a section for people with a room looking for people to fill the room. This makes it easier for you to find people to room with-but you need to look into things and communicate with each other before making any agreements. Generally, things work out as long as communication is clear, but AC offers no guarantees (neither implicit nor implied).

I know I started communicating with furry fans who shared some values with me, and communicated for months with one before AC. So, when he showed up, prepared to room with me, we were already very clear on the rules, and what to expect from each other. We also knew quite a bit about each other (chatting for months will do that.) Careful planning beats last-minute scrambling in this as well as other things.
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"Also, I know that I am writing this on the middle of Anthrocon 2017, so I don't know if I am going to be noticed."

I like to especially check in during AC, specifically because of reasons like that.

"But back to questions, I also wondered the fact that I don't have a Fursuit, and I am planning to buy one at my age of 18, but because of the high costs of the trip, I don't know if I can afford going more than once to Anthrocon, and I don't know if it's worth going without a Fursuit... "

I've been to several AnthroCons and never worn a fursuit. Lots of people have attended AC without any form of fursuit or costume. Many people on a budget will wear accessories like ears or a tail, paws, etc, for reasons of money, suitcase space, comfort (fur in Summer) or safety (over-the-head masks cut visibility and hearing, and fur worn in Summer can mean the careless fursuiter passes out, and paramedics cut them out of their fursuit before taking them to the hospital.)

Many people prefer to attend WITHOUT a fursuit, and MOST attendees will not wear one to AC.
(We get that question a LOT- so much that my reply is also in my signature.)

"To end I would like to ask some advise to how to tell my parents about the trip, and that I am a Furry... "

This frequently-asked question has been frequently answered. Start here, read, and follow the links to whole discussions on the subject:
http://www.anthrocon.org/node/25608/how-do-i-explain-furry-fandom-my-parents

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We can follow up if you still have questions after you read that. At that point, you'll have better questions. Smiling

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MOST AC ATTENDEES DO NOT WEAR A FURSUIT OR ANY FORM OF COSTUME.

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Hi Jack! I wanna thank you so much for loosing some time to read my post and help clear up my questions. I wanted to visit Anthrocon, because from what I have seen it seems like a fun experience, and I believe that I could learn more in the community (another big reason is that there is a lot of people that I have talked to on Twitter, and that I would love to meet, but unfortunately they only go to Anthrocon. I Am still in the process of trying to tell my parents about the idea, but if they agree, I would still need to find a trustable room mate which is not gonna be easy. I have seen somd ways to economise the most, so I think that except for the flight itself, the money is not gonna be a problem. Another thing I would love is to meet some Furry you tubers, and I would like to meet people that make Fursuits, so I could start getting ideas for my future Fursuit, which I am really keen on the idea of getting. 

Thanks again

 

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One note to BlackJack's exhaustive explanation.  In the USA, getting documents notarized is a quick, easy and cheap process.  In Europe, it's none of those... especially cheap.  For attendees from outside the US, there's another procedure they follow.  

Since you have plenty of time, I'd suggest waiting until September before asking what to do in your specific case.  Give them a chance to recover from this Anthrocon first...

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To avoid problems with parents, read this before you talk to them about furry:  http://www.anthrocon.org/node/25587/age-questions-how-talk-parents-general-other-things

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