‘Don’t Worry Mom and Dad’: Discussing Your Travel Dreams With Your Parents

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dscf1639‘Mom, I think Ryan and I want to hike the Appalachian Trail….’


This was the immediate response I got from my mother when I told her that we were thinking of taking six months out of our lives to hike the 2,185.9-mile Appalachian Trail.

Although not completely horrified, she wasn’t exactly thrilled. My father’s reaction was interesting but just stemmed out of concern. Well that’s my parents for ya. Now, I am in no way trying to humiliate or degrade my parents. They’ve had to put up with all my crazy travel ideas and moving 1,000 miles away from home. They’re troopers, really. And in all honesty, they are supportive, but when I first started dappling in travel, it took them some time to understand.

I started out writing this post for parents to read, but honestly I think it is good for travelers, or those of you thinking…

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