My name is Floris and i'm 19 years old. I am totally new to this.
For about a year i got this feeling that I really want and need to travel. High school has been a pretty bumby ride for me, i managed to get my diploma eventually but i hate learning and going to college. I started going to university this year but i don't like my study at all. I am doing it more for my parents than I do it for myself. Last year, before picking a study I sort of told my parents that I wanted to travel the world but they talked it out of my head. For 3 months I did not think of travel anymore but now that I started my new study I am so unhappy. My parents want me to just graduate and get a decent job, and I think they are also afraid something will happen to me. They see travel as a waste of time and an escape from reality and want me to study.
How do I tell them I don't want to study anymore/yet, and that I want to travel and see the world? How do I convince them this is not a bad decision in life?
All advice welcome.
Travel costs money. If your are financially independent and an adult your can travel to your hearts content. However, if you depend upon your parents to pay for your travels, and they want to spend their money on your education, then that's a problem. Perhaps you can compromise by having:
1) a semester or year abroad. You are getting an education and they are paying for it. Of course, you will need good grades in your first two years of college to qualify for most semester abroad programs. You might start by taking your core courses at a community college and then transferring.
2) And then there is the option of studying all four years abroad. Many foreign universities teach in English and many are free...just look at all the FAFSA qualified foreign schools. Your parents should love that!
Getting a good education is very important if you want a good job someday. You have to work hard to get what you want in life.
In response to: Msg #202760
Money is not the issue. I have a job now for 2 days a week, if my parents allow me to travel I would go to work fulltime 6 days a week until September '18 and then leave. I pay for education myself so that is not a thing.
Study abroad is an option but you still do not have the freedom to go and do what you want in my opinion. Thank you for your response! 😊
In response to: Msg #202761
I have mixed feelings about how to answer this email. I believe every one should travel and need to travel to broaden their life. I feel your parents are correct and I agree with your parents that you need to get an education or training of some sort before traveling. However with that said you seem set on doing it now before paying your dues and getting yourself set for the future. I believe you will waste your time and money in school and not do your best.
So maybe you can get your parents to agree to let you travel for 6 weeks. You can do what you want for a shorter period of time and then come back to complete your education.
I hope you are not offended by my answer. When you ask a question everyone will not agree with what you want to do.
It would be great for you to do both.... get an education and do some traveling.
It does sound like you have some finances that will allow you to pay for your travel for a period of time and not rely on money from your parents. I have the impression you want to travel for an extended period of time and unless you have a trust fund that may be difficult as travel can be expensive.
I wish you good luck and look forward to reading your blogs about your travel!
In response to: Msg #202759
Hi Floris! I think you should understand the feeling of your parents as they care for you. All you wish to do needs money which comes from a right job. So concentrate on your study. When you concentrate you will have fun in it. It will be interesting for you. You have all your life for see the world. Have fun.