It can be scary when your child announces that they want to fly the nest and take a gap year abroad. Travelling broadens the mind and helps young adults learn how to fend for themselves by dropping them in at the deep end, but for a parent, when your child announces they want to jet off for a year and put studying or working on hold, it can be a worry. Whether you’re worried about money or potential travel accident compensation claims without your presence, here are some ways to help you relax in this situation.
Have a calm, adult conversation
If your son or daughter is old enough to take a gap year, they are old enough to listen and hold a healthy discussion about their plans. Air the views and concerns you have in a calm environment over a cup of tea or dinner in an outside environment to discourage arguments.
Know where they’ll be
Most gap year travellers have a rough plan of when and where they are going to. Before they leave, ask for a copy of their itinerary so you know at all times where they are. If they aren’t answering their phone, they may well just be on a plane or driving to their next adventure.
Help them take out insurance
Ask if you can be part of the decision process when it comes to taking out insurance. Doing this task together can help your mind be put at ease, as you are able to double check your loved one is covered for road traffic accidents, work accidents for any temporary jobs and general health complaints. As long as your child is covered by health insurance, you can rest assured that in the rare event of a travel accident or an injury whilst abroad, they will be looked after.
Arrange a check-in day
Before your child leaves, pre-arrange a day that you both check in with each other. Whether it is every Sunday, or on the 15th of every month, arrange that at a certain time, your child will call you to check in so you can catch up and remain close and updated.
What happens if you or your child suffers an accident on holiday?
Holidays aren’t always full of fun and relaxation, and unfortunately, sometimes, holiday accidents occur. When you find yourself a victim of an injury abroad, we at Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim compensation.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice