By Rayan Khayat
So you’re excited about the adventures you’ll have when you go to Tokyo or London with your family, but the fantasies have come to a halt when you realize that your parents practically have you on a leash. You have to tag along while you see foreign kids your age running around.
You’re spending more time with your family than you do at home and you’re making each other crazy. On top of all that, your little sibling is being annoying, you’re tired of the boring walks, and shutting yourself up in the hotel room with your iPad seems like the best idea. But don’t fret. There are some ways around this.
- Be two steps ahead and gain their trust early on.
Ahead of time, show them you know their phone numbers and the hotel information by heart. You can also arm yourself with facts about the city before asking them for permission, like the directions to the arcade or prices and times for the movies.
- Show them that you know how to handle yourself with foreigners.
Practice your language skills when ordering food or asking for information.
- Be patient – listen to your parents’ instructions, even if you’ve heard them a million times.
Be alert and aware when on your own. Try to not get into trouble or hang out with the wrong crowd.
- Don’t alienate them, try to include them in your interests and let them know that you want them to have a good time as well.
Suggest some fun, family activities to show your appreciation to your parents for the expensive holiday. Keep a journal and share it with your parents as an example of your enthusiasm and involvement.
- Make an effort not to fight with your brother or sister, you can work together instead.
Volunteer to take your younger siblings to the park or the playground. Accompany them to a toy store or bookstore.
So when you’re on a tightly bound restricted family trip, just remember these few tips and you can actually have fun.
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