I want to go visit a friend in Guatemala, he lives in one of the "touristy" areas and I plan to go this winter during my break from college. I'm 20 years old, I live with my parents so I can save money. Her issue is not that she doesn't want to have to watch my daughter or anything like that and I will have the money, she will not have to give me a single dime...it's simply that she believes anywhere in Central or South America is incredibly dangerous for an American female and thinks I'll be raped or murdered.
What can I do to prove to her that I will be okay? I mean...there's always a chance you can get hurt traveling and I'm aware of that but I need to live my life and you can't live and enjoy life if you are constantly avoiding fear...and I want her to understand that. My friend will be there with me every step of the way and he grew up there and lived there for 15 years so he knows his stuff...I'm not scared or anything but I just need my mom to get over this...I don't want to upset her!
And yes I know him well, he went to my high school...he did an international program and got placed in my high school...I've known him for almost 6 years.
Asked by Anonymous at 5:54 PM on Apr. 13, 2011 in Travel
Answer by CABlonde at 5:57 PM on Apr. 13, 2011
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Answer by janet116 at 6:59 PM on Apr. 13, 2011
I'm surprised at how many people are telling you not to go! I love travel, and when I was your age I had a blast traveling all over Europe for a couple months with my best guy friend who was from Germany, and I've traveled all over the world since then.
I think you should go! You have a trustworthy friend there who is a local. Show your mom that you are going to be cautious, and do things like enroll in the US Embassy's STEP program online before you go: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1129.html#registration
Also, does your friend still live at home? Perhaps he could have his mom write yours a letter or email and assure her that you will be safe. I think hearing from his mother may help ease her worries a lot, and make her realize that you will be fine.
Answer by Eek_a_Geek at 10:06 AM on Apr. 14, 2011