My Teen Wants To Travel The World
Before College And I’m Scared!
My 18-year-old daughter, Emily and her best friend Caroline are graduating high school this year.
The girls are great students and overall are pretty responsible, but Emily wants to backpack around the world for a year with her girlfriend before going to college. I told her I would think about it.
The girls have been saving for the trip and have planned it out carefully. Emily says they’re prepared to travel and live cheaply. But since the two have never been away from home for an extended period of time, I’m nervous about Emily being so far from home for such a long time.
I’ve never traveled outside of the United States and want her to have that experience. However I feel that at 18 she’s still a little young, but after college might be too late.
I want to be supportive but need to know the best way to prepare her for such a big trip.
Rene, should I let my daughter travel around the world with her best friend for a year before she goes to college?
Here’s my one word answer to your question – YES!
And here’s why. I’m a firm believer that not all of life’s lessons come from a book. Kids also learn an awful lot when they’re out on their own so here’s what I would be thinking about if I were in your shoes.