My friend and I are planning a road trip for next summer. We're putting together a power point presentation for our parents to show them that we have actually thought everything through. I'm currently 17 but I will be 18 and my best friend will be 17 by the time the trip rolls around. (she was born right on the cut off date). My friend and I are both responsible teenagers and we haven't given our parents much reason not to trust us. We get good grades and we pick the right kind of people to hang out with. I'd give us both a solid 8 out of 10 on the "How Well Behaved is Your Child? Scale."
We plan to go to California and come back but we won't be without help along the way. We both live in Atlanta so we'll be stopping off at my grandmother's in Missouri for a day or two on the way to California (resting up before the huge drive west). When we get to Cali, I have some close friends that we can rely on if we find ourselves in a tough spot. Then we plan to stop through the Grand and Antelope Canyons on the way back. After camping out at one of the public campgrounds, we'll meet up with some of my friend's family who live in Texas. After a few days there (to catch up on sleep in a real bed), we'll travel through New Orleans, PCB and then back up to Atlanta through Savannah. We know it's a long trip and we've calculated the miles (not including local driving) as well as gas and how much we'll be spending on lodging and food. We're also going to take two other friends with us, so we won't be just us two going out into the wild west by ourselves.
Our problem isn't so much about telling them about the trip as much as it is convincing them to let us go. I've already come up with four major reasons that they'll say no, but I'm sure that they could come up with more just because parents are devious in that way.
What we have so far is:
It's too far.
My mother is letting me travel to another continent to visit a friend that we have never met before by myself... I don't really understand why she wouldn't let me traverse the country with three close friends. And my friend's parents are always encouraging her to expand her horizons and to see the world.
We need more life experience before we make this trip.
The whole point of going on this trip is so that we can gain a life experience. It's like letting your kid go to school on their first day of kindergarten. You don't know if your child will like the teacher or whether or not the teacher will take care of your child like you would and you know that if your son/daughter gets hurt (like a scraped knee) you won't be there to help them out. But you know that you have to let your kid go at some point and that they'll have fun making new friends and learning the difference between red and blue and that it's going to be an amazing learning experience. That's why it's worth it. That's why we want to go on this trip. Because we want to see and experience the world (or America) for ourselves.
We're too young.
When will ever stop being too young to do things? "Youre too young to go on a road trip. Youre too young to be in love. Youre too young to be married. Youre too young to have kids. Youre too young to let your ambitions go." You might as well say were too young to live our lives! o_o We are young, but we're not stupid and we surely aren't unaware of what it means to live. So let us.
There are dangerous people on the road.
There isn't much we can say to defend this point. But my friend and I are responsible and trustworthy and we're smart and quick thinkers. We're just asking that our parents trust us at this point. That they'll trust that we'll make good decisions and that they trust that we are the responsible young people that they know us to be. Life is always going to be full of danger, but that doesn't stop us from getting out of bed. You don't know if a car is going to rush around the corner as you step onto the crosswalk but that doesn't mean you don't cross the street. You look right and left and then look right and left again and after you've done the best you can to make sure the road is clear, you cross it.
So those are our four points. We need a few more and that's where you guys come in. :) And maybe a few tips on how to save money or other ways to stay safe. My friend and I have been planning this trip since we were 15/16. We have to do everything in our power to show our parents that we can do this and that even in spite of not knowing what's it's really going to be like, we still want to go. We haven't asked any other friends to go along with us yet though because we need our parents to take the bite first.
Any help or specific criticisms will be greatly appreciated. :)