For most of us, traveling seems like one of the best ways to venture out into the world and explore things you have never experienced. What’s the point of living in this world if you can’t even see it!?
Unfortunately, if you’re a girl living in Pakistan, this may be easier said than done. But never fear! With these simple and effective pointers, you should be country hopping in no time!
1. Come up with a proper plan for your entire trip.
Itineraries and all, make sure you have everything planned out from start to finish. Everything from airport transportation, hotel reservations, and the budget. Make sure virtually every step of the trip is planned for your parents to see so that they feel completely comfortable.
2. Do your research, every single detail should be covered.
Apart from having the details of your trip sorted, make sure you also have all the information on the country you’re going to. Emergency numbers, the address of the consulate, the embassy or any other important information that you think that can help.
3. Do everything WELL in advance.
Stressing out a week before the trip will stress your parents out TEN times more, so make sure you do your due diligence well in advance. Trust us, it’ll only help you.
4. Mentally prepare them for it, like, way, way WAY before.
There is no such thing as ‘too early’ for your parents. Whether it’s weeks to months, make sure they know what’s coming so that they can get used to the idea of you going away.
5. Ask them everything they’re concerned about and write it down.
It’s better to get all their fears out asap before so that you can confront them and find ways to make them feel better about you going away.
6. Genuinely understand where they’re coming from and find a compromise you’re both comfortable with.
No matter what the situation, you have to do what you can to make your parents feel as comfortable as possible. Without compromising on your own plans and freedom, find some neutral ground and see what you can do to put them at ease throughout the duration of your trip.
7. Don’t get annoyed or frustrated by the fact that they are nervous to let you go.
Nowadays, the world is a much more open place. Travelling and exploring the world around you is a welcome thing, not a scary one. Unfortunately, it hasn’t always been this way and your parents most likely grew up in a very different environment. Understand their point of view and where they are coming from. Your parents just want to make sure you’re safe, after all.
8. Stay realistic.
Again, this isn’t necessarily something that will be easy for your parents to accept. SO, if you want to travel by yourself, be realistic. Don’t ask too much of them by asking to go backpacking in Europe or camping on a deserted island for a month without any cell service. Let’s get the first trip out of the way. Deal?
9. Worst case? Find someone to come with you.
Speaking of staying realistic, if your parents are strictly uncomfortable with you going away by yourself, compromise. Take your sister, your best friend, or a couple of your best friends! Again, baby steps. They’ll get there soon enough! However, make sure to pick someone you can have fun with as well, there’s nothing worse than a bad travelling companion.
10. Try and pick a place where you have some kind of connection already established.
Have an aunt in Morocco? An uncle in Switzerland? A family friend in Turkey? BEST. Your parents will instantly feel better knowing that there will be someone in case of an emergency.
11. Give your parents a reality check, in literally the nicest way possible.
Sit them down and have a talk with them. Try and make them understand that things are different now. The world isn’t all that scary and traveling around can be an amazing thing. Let them know that things are not as scary as they seem and that they can trust you to be responsible and smart during your trip.
12. Go to a relatively safe place.
If this is your first time traveling alone, you definitely do not want to be going to a wildly different place. First things first, try and pick a place where they speak English, at least, or even Urdu! Places like India, Turkey or even Dubai could be great places to start.
13. Hope for the best, lol.
Lol, try and not worry too much, with points like these in tow, you should be able to convince your parents to let you travel alone in no time!
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