Taking the plunge and going travelling can be a daunting but rewarding and exciting experience. However, it is worth keeping in mind that not only is this a nerve-racking experience for you but also for your family to and is something that they may not take well at first. For many of us, our parents have already a plan in mind for us which could be anything from furthering our education at university to getting out there into the working world.
If you need some tips on how to defy your family and follow your own path, carry on reading for more information on how to break this news to them.
Enhance Your CV
If you ask any employer what they are looking for in a candidate, not only will they normally be looking for the right qualifications but they will also be looking for life experience that will benefit the job role. Taking a year out to travel can really help your CV stand out from the crowd. Try and explain to your parents that going travelling can actually further your career rather than hinder it.
Always Put Safety First
One of the main concerns that your family may have about you going travelling Is your safety and this is particularly true if you are going to be travelling solo. This is normally the biggest obstacle to overcome when you are explaining your decision to go travelling to your parents. We would advise you to make sure you thoroughly research the countries that you are going to be visiting and use facts to back up your argument of why these countries will be safe for you to visit.
When you are trying to deal with a situation such as this one with your family, we would recommend not going down the line of explaining that you want to go travelling to find out your life passion – especially if they were hoping you would be heading off to college or university! While this may be true for you, you should try and reassure them with another explanation.
Experiencing Other Countries and Cultures
For many people, you simply won’t be able to convince your family before leaving that this is the right path for you. If you are in this position, a good way to combat this is to invite them to one of the destinations that you are visiting. If you find yourself in a magnificent country that you are blown away by, why not give them the opportunity to visit the country for themselves. Not only will they get to experience another culture too and share this experience with you, it is also a good way to show them what it is that you are up to and that you can look after yourself when travelling the world. After taking this kind of trip, they are sure to then turn into your biggest fan!
*This is a collaborative post.