I'm currently collecting data from young adults and parents/guardians to discover what measures are necessary to feel safer when travelling, for reassurance and peace of mind. Therefore, I have prepared a few questions to help allocate these particular necessities and engage with personal preferences.
Hypothetically if your son/daughter is planning to go travelling, how do you see your role as a parent in supporting your child with preparation?
Route planning. Having access to emergency funds. Correct equipment. Preferably being part of an organized group . Precautions against malaria and other diseases.
Ensuring all travel documentation is accurate, researching the countries together, ensuring they are aware of different laws/cultural differences
Correct equipment, financial, helping with sourcing accommodation
Making them aware of as much as possible for where they are going in terms of points of contact if in trouble
Both my children are extremely independent and have visited lots of places with both of us so they do know a lot about the process but I would still hope to be involved in helping them
Encouragement and help with oraganisation
Always follow their instinct if it doesn’t feel right don’t do it
Supporting with planning and discussion of options.
I would make sure they were fully prepared mentally and physically so they were able to cope travelling in unknown countries.
Regular contact, knowing itenary.
Having taken them abroad a lot as children being used to travelling. Being safety conscious and not taking risks
Get them to research destinations make sure they have a safety net/ plan in place. Regular communication
Making them very aware that not all people are nice and they equipped mentally for traveling alone
At this time with public health and personal safety concerns, I would only consider supporting certain kinds of travel to minimize challenging situations and maximize safety - planning, back up plans, staying in perhaps more $ or established places and with avoiding being alone, having copies of personal documents, scheduled check ins, avoiding certain destinations.
Preparing clothing and equipment to stay safe, helping with phone contracts, bank cards / means of accessing money, emergency contacts if needed, checking our destinations for safety
Ensuring they have the means to communicate on a regular basis (text/message) and in an emergency
Getting information on things to do. Organising visas. Giving money. Suggesting trips
Ensure they known potential dangers, dodgy areas, places to stay, places to avoid, key sights to see.
awareness and safety- finance and knowledge of areas travelling to
Helping them to see the bigger picture of what they need to find out / arrange / plan / consider re their trip.
Eg health / immunisation needs , visa requirements, currency / language , cost of trip , Gov advice / recommendations
Ensuring they have considered cultural differences and know how to assess risk or where danger may lie