How to Convince your Parents to Let You Go Traveling

Updated: Sep 28, 2020

You are a mighty eagle standing on the edge of the world, ready to take your rightful place, and you want to explore, you want to go traveling. 

But to your parents you’re a fledgling, feebly flapping your wings on the edge of the nest and about to plummet from the mountaintop and they’re holding you back.

So what do you do about that?

Let Mom know you'll be safe.

Your parents’ greatest fear is for your safety. The world’s a dangerous place, or so they’ve been told by the news. but data reveals less than 10% of travel insurance policyholders make a claim. The vast majority of those are minor matters of lost belongings, missed flights and out-of-pocket expenses. Extreme medical cases and emergencies make up a very small proportion of claims.

The same goes for terrorism. The statistics show you are 4 times more likely to be hit by lightning than be a victim of a terrorist act, but no one says they’re too afraid to travel because of thunderstorms.

Keep the freak-out factor low.

Not everyone is ready for a solo overland trip to Southeast Asia, in fact, it’s dangerous to bite off more than you can chew, and will give your parents an apoplectic fit. Start small and work your way up to India Jones.

Start off with a inclusive guided tour that includes transportation, meals and a travel chaperone. Then, work your way up to travelling on your own when you have convinced your parents that travel is safe and you are a responsible individual.

If your parents are still not convinced here are 3 ready-made arguments about why you should be allowed to travel:

Travel improves the chances of getting a good job.

It teaches real-life skills and shows an employer you are resourceful, adventurous and worldly. In the modern workforce, employers are often looking for more than educational qualifications, they’re looking for someone adaptable and resourceful – skills you learn from travel.

Travel puts an old head on young shoulders.

It’s a physiological fact that adolescent brains don’t fully develop until age 25 unless some extraordinary circumstances force the brain to develop faster. We’ve all seen those westerns where before the cowboy rides off tells the 12-year-old “you’re the man of the house now, boy”. Studies show travel has the same effect, thankfully without the cheesiness.

Young adults need risk in order to develop.

We’re talking about acceptable risk, not recklessness, but how do you learn from your mistakes if you’re never allowed to make any? Some psychologists are going so far as to suggest over protection is equal to depriving your child of the chance to grow and is a form of abuse.

What if something does go wrong?

It’s only sensible to be prepared for the worst, regardless of how unlikely that may be, which is why you should always have travel insurance. Use the form below to get an instant, no-obligation, hassle-free quote right. You'll be surprised at how inexpensive safe travel really is.

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