Keep Mum & Dad Happy While You Travel
As a person who travels quite frequently, and who also doesn’t have a lot of time to spend with Mum & Dad even when I’m home, I’ve developed some easy communication habits that let my parents know I’m safe, alive and happy, without them becoming too meddlesome.
Call them! No matter where you are, what you’re doing, you should always check in with your parents every 2-3 weeks or so. Or if you are going out into the wild and don’t expect to have access to communication avenues for a long period of time, always let them know beforehand. The last thing you want is Mum calling the police force in every country because she thinks you’ve fallen down in a ditch somewhere never to be found again. Of course always let someone know when you are leaving for a trip, especially if it’s a solo one, and when you expect to return.
Stay active on the internet. Whether you use FaceBook or Twitter or prefer old-fashioned emailing, keep your friends and family up-to-date on your travels. Every parent appreciates an email with a picture of you atop some gorgeous mountain or outside a famous museum. Believe me, you Mum will never grow tired of seeing pics of her dear son having fun.
Every once in a while, you can really sweeten your long-distance relationship with Mum and Dad by sending them a package! This is something I often do. It doesn’t take much time and it really helps your Mum feel like she’s connecting with you on a more personal level than just reading your Facebook statuses. Using a company like Parcelforce you’ll have a quick and inexpensive way to get things shipped. Especially if you are mailing something within the UK, you can get great online deals for your shipments. So next time it will be easy to send Mum some tea from England, some coffee from Costa Rica, or some beautiful artwork from France. No matter what she’ll feel a little closer to you, without you having to drop by too often at all.
Show up unexpectedly. Although we adventurous travelers are often too busy for much family time, it’s important to make it a priority once in a while. The greatest gift you can give your mum? Show up at her front door unexpectedly. The tears will flow, you’ll be given tons of hugs and food, and let’s be honest, sometimes there’s just no place like home.
So in your busy life there are plenty of easy ways to stay in touch with Mum and Dad. A little bit goes a long way in this area and remember, it’s your parents who made you into the fun lad you are today. So give them a thank you every once in awhile and they will be proud of the son they raised.
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