How to Convince Parents to Allow Traveling With Friends


Parents understand that children need protecting--sometimes from themselves. At some point they must trust how they raised their kids and allow them to do things on their own. Knowing this does not make it any easier for parrents. They may need some encouragement or additional signs from their children to allow them to travel alone with friends.

  • Demonstrate that you are a mature person and can handle traveling on your own. For example, do not have any instances of breaking curfew prior to asking permission for the trip. You can also offer to pay for some or the entire trip to show your maturity and responsibility.

  • Compile as much information as you can about the trip. Make sure the parents know exactly where you are going and what you will be doing on the trip. If they have the information it will make them feel better about the trip because they will know exactly what you are doing and where are going.

  • Ask the parents to call the parents of the other friends traveling with you. When parents have the opinion of other people their age and responsibility level, they can see a different perspective on the travel.

  • Have the friends traveling on the trip meet with your parents. Your parents will want to hear from your friends about the trip and get to know these people before they ever give their permission to travel.

  • Obtain a means of contact for the entire trip. The parents will want to have a method to contact you at all times during the trip. So have a cell phone that will work or have a phone number of the hotel you are staying at during the travel. This will make the parents more likely to allow the travels if they know you are just a phone call away.

  • Talk to your parents in detail about the educational and responsibility value of the trip. They need to understand that you want to grow up and part of growing up is striking out on your own if only for a few days. In addition, if the trip has some educational value a parent is more likely to allow the trip.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not beg or pester your parents to allow the trip. This will only annoy the parents and make them less amenable to the travel.
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