When you were little, your mum might have found it adorable when you wandered around the park, always out exploring things, and your dad was probably proud of how brave you were. However, you grew up and so did your wanderlust, but your parents might have not adjusted so well. Ashlee Brindley wrote this piece of advice, especially for you and your parents.
Have you ever just come back from a long trip to tell your parents you'll only to be home for a few weeks before heading off on another massive adventure and watch their faces fall as soon as the words escape your mouth? This is exactly what happened to me after telling my mum that after living in Spain for the last six months I would only be home for a month before heading back overseas to live in Canada for the next two years.
We’ve grown up in a very different era to them. We have the whole world at our feet with vastly improved travel methods and technology. Until only recently digital nomads were unheard of. Many of our parents never had the opportunity to travel or grew up in an environment with a nesting mentality. They believed the dream life was to get married, have a family and buy a house hence many of them never really understanding or knowing how to handle their children going off into the world. So this article is for you - the parents - on how to cope with traveling nomadic children.
Join the digital age
I’m fairly confident in saying that most, if not all, traveling nomads have some form of social media. If you want to keep in touch it is much easier for us to make one post than to send individual messages to all our friends and family with the same pictures and stories. We’re not asking you to be social media gurus but by simply creating a Facebook page you will have a front row seat to our adventures, be kept up to date with all our latest posts, and never miss out on any of the action.
Let go a little
Everyone has their own ideas on how they should live their life. You may have wanted your children to be married and have kids by the time their 30 however if you have travelling children that’s something that’s probably not going to happen on your planned schedule or possible not at all - which is absolutely okay. You have to let go a little and allow us to live our lives the way we want to not how you may have envisioned it.
As the saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them! Everyone comes from different situations but if possible book a ticket and meet your child wherever they may be in the world. Walk in their footsteps and see for yourself the world the way they see it. You may even get the travel bug yourself! Travel isn’t judgmental, anyone of any age can do it. If you don’t feel confident to organise or travel by yourself there are plenty of companies specialising in age specific travel groups and offer a range of different traveling styles, they understand backpacking isn’t for everyone.
The world can be a big scary place but you need to trust us to navigate our own way through it. We all try to avoid getting ourselves into unsafe situations. We don’t want to be in them just as much as you worry about them! Keep in mind there are more loving people in the world than bad ones so trust in us to make the right decisions.
All these situations whether they be good or bad, help us grow into the person we’re really supposed to be. They are memories we keep with us forever and something we will never look back on and regret. Great things never come from comfort zones and that is why travel is the best thing you can ever do for yourself.