The chances of this conversation being an easy one are pretty much slim to none. But it’s going to happen eventually, whether they find out from you, your Facebook news or somewhere down the line. Your family and friends are probably going to be more upset with you if you leave the country without their knowledge than if you sat them down and told them what was up beforehand.
Before you break the news, you need to sit down and think of the questions they are going to ask:
You need to be prepared to answer all these questions, and more. In your mind you are a hopeless romantic, getting ready to embark on a romantic first date in a far off land. But to your parents, you have met a stranger on the Internet who is taking their child out of the country on a first date.
The Pros of Telling:
The Cons of Telling:
Honesty is usually the best policy in any situation, especially when there could be potential risks involved with not telling. It’s up to you to decide who to let in on your plans, but my suggestion would be to at least tell one other person close to you where you are going. Who do you tell before you embark on one of your trips?
I’ve looked at both sides here – whatever decision you make about telling your friends and family how you can afford this trip, you’ll need to be prepared to handle the outcome. My next blog post will focus on how to handle the aftermath.
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