Convince your family to let you go on a career break to travel

Convincing family about your career break travel

Family members are a crucial part of your career break travel. They can either be supportive or unsupportive.

Since some of us still live with our parents, there can come to a point where family memners who are so much against your career break travel plans that they might just stop you from even leaving the house.

Let’s hope that never happens.

For myself, since I lived away from my parents, it was easier for me to not be swayed by their opinions.

But I had a relative who blew up after hearing about my travel plans (I didn’t tell him early enough) that he summoned me to his house for a lecture after finding out about my trip.

Though it’s annoying to hear family nag about your trip, they’re coming from a place of caring, just that they express it in a way that’s uneasy to swallow.

They might be afraid that you will never find a job after coming home and end up a homeless bun. Or that you’ll face danger when travelling and not be able to come home.

Despite their good intentions, this is your life and you hold the harness. Steer yourself into the direction you want.

Here are some tips to ease your family members into supporting you when you quit your job to travel:

1. Tell them early

Once you’re sure (even if not certain how) you are going to take a career break to travel, let them know.

It will take some time for you to plan the trip. Telling them early can help them accilmatise to the news.

At first, they will doubt whether you’ll really go on the trip. You can use their doubt as your motivation to make this trip happen.

By the time you’re actually go on the trip, they will probably have prepared themselves for your departure.

2. Prove that you’re planning responsibly

While you’re planning your finances and travels, get your family involved.

Show them how you plan to spend your money and how your general itinerary looks like. Print out the addresses of your hostels and the address and phone numbers of embassies you ae going to.

They’ll be able to see that you’re responsible and it will lessen their worry. (A little.)Get them involved in your travel planning

3. Show them examples of career breakers

One reason family members freak out over a career break is because the concept is foreign to them. They’ve not heard of anyone who has done it and are worried about you trying to go on the road less travelled.

Show them examples of career breakers who have travelled and are now in stable jobs. Use me or search online for other examples.

Once they see that some have done this, it will lessen some of their worries.

4. Bring them along on the trip

Get your family members involved in your trip. Ask them to join you on a particular stretch of your journey, they’ll feel excited and you’ll have company.

My mother joined me for 10 days on my 130 days around the work. She flew to Turkey a day after my arrival. I booked a Free-and-Easy tour through a travel agency and most of our transportation and hotel were covered.

After the trip, she flew home and I continued on my journey.

Do you have other tips to share? Let me know in the comments section.

More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

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