A lot of people struggle to speak to loved ones about there ambition to travel, my family know mine yet I don’t think they think I’m serious as I haven’t actually gone yet, and because of this I’m really scared to go and know that they’re going to feel loads of different emotions, some may even be angry at me. But there is only one wrong way to tell your loved ones your going away for a while, and that’s to make sure you don’t do it in anger, otherwise you risk a massive Relationship breakdown. I’m glad my family know what I want to do because of my social media appearance and my blog but I’ve never really sat down and told them. However my family isn’t the type of family to sit down and talk about things anyway. I think out of my family it’ll effect my nan the most, we live with her at the moment and she’s gotten very attached to my children, however I can’t not travel just because of someone’s feelings, I have my own life and I want to give my children the best life.
When It comes to telling loved ones I think there’s different ways of saying it depending on your age, a lot of people decide they want to travel in their 20’s to 30’s and I do think this is the easiest time to let your loved ones know your traveling away for a few months may be even a year or two however long your planning on going this is probably the most “expected” time for you to pack up and leave.
However, for someone that is younger or older than this might find it difficult to explain to there loved ones why they’re going so sudden or why it’s taken them so long to go. I know some people are up and ready to start exploring the world at the age of 16 and that’s great! Just know how to keep yourself safe, make sure you have a source of income (I really recommend you start blogging) and learn as many tips and tricks as you can along the way! My blog is full of advice for solo travellers, female travellers and family travellers so whatever fits you I promise I’ll have something that can help, and if I don’t ask me for some advice I’m sure I’ll find an answer for you all
If you are younger say between 16 & 25 and want to travel I’d consider telling your family as soon as possible you might want to make them a cup of tea or coffee and sit down together, or you might want to write them a note, whichever way you choose let them know why you chose to tell them this way help them understand why you had to tell them face-to-face or why you had to tell them through a note, maybe you couldn’t face seeing them cry or maybe its because you wanted to share your excitement with them, whatever you reason tell them so they can help you, also tell them that you need their help through the planning stage, this helps loved ones take action and stand by your side better than resenting you, let them know they maybe able to help you raise the money to go or give advice from there days of travelling, of course they’re going to be worried but all you can do is reassure them that your going to be okay and you know what your doing, show them any travel plans you already have and get them involved with anything your doing, including bucket lists, any fundraising your doing, get them to help you book your flights or accommodation for you, not only will this help them feel a bit more in control and feel more calmer knowing exactly where you are and what you’re doing.
If you’re slightly older between 25 & 45 I honestly recon it’ll be so easy for you to let your loved ones know you’re going, you’re an adult, at your prime in life your supposed to be out enjoying your life, you may have a lot of questions to answer though, say if you have children, you may get back lash about their schooling or how you will cope but all you have to do is reassure them that you have everything sorted and your children’s lives are at your best interest and that should be enough for most family’s to nod in agreement too and if not you may want to see down and talk through your plans with them and let them know the children will be fine and your planning on another form of education.
If you don’t have children then a lot of family members may just feel excited for your venture and will be happy for you, which may make things a lot easier for you to talk to them about travel related things. I’d still personally sit down with them though as they be interested in knowing about the places you’ll be seeing, and you might influence a few members of your family to travel too.
If your older and planning on traveling, I feel like this will be the hardest time to go in your life, especially if you have a lot of generations in your family that are grown, like my own family. My grandparents are in their 60’s now even though I don’t class this is old, I do recognise it as the stage health problems start popping up, my nan herself is going through operations, my grandad is diabetic my other grandparents suffer with strokes and heart problems, so I’d be quite worried about them if any said they where of traveling around the world, I have spoken to my grandparents about them living in a different country they would love to sell their house and move to cyprus, I’ve told them to do it. I’m there granddaughter I’m all grown up which means they’re children are obviously grown, we don’t need them to look after us any more, they can go and live there lives relax, why they still have the years left like I said they’re only in there 60’s that’s like 30+ years of living left. I understand that they want to enjoy their retirement. And that all I’d explain and if you do have any health problems that they be concerned about show them your insurance cover and get them to help you make sure your covered for everything, this might help them feel better and worry less about you exploring.
Also let them check out the places your staying and what you’ll be doing, show that amazing gondola ride you’ve been dreaming off since you were a teenager, let them see the spark in your eye, show them brochures about the museums you’ll be going in and beaches you’ll cross, they’ll be so happy that your getting out there in the fresh air and doing things you’ve never before had the chance to do. They may feel comfort in the things you want to do, and if you are going for a bit of thrill, best not show them the booking for the parasailing you’ve been dying to cross of your bucket list, I’d leave that for the postcards 😉 .