06/07/2015 08:41 BST | Updated 06/07/2015 08:59 BST

Best Backpacking Tips: 5 Things To Tell Your Parents Before You Go Travelling

This is it. The time is now. You’re off to Europe/Asia/South America/somewhere far more interesting than the university library.

You’re about to find yourself, misplace yourself, make mistakes, make memories. All of the above make your parents completely terrified, of course.

Not only are you flying from the nest, you’re flying from the country. It's like they've regressed to your pubescent state - they're nagging, they're whining, their hormones are out of control. The 'rents need reassurance so if you’re backpacking alone, or holidaying with friends, follow these five tips to avoid the parental angst until (and whilst) you’re far, far away.

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