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I've been planning a trip to visit my boyfriend of 5 years (yes I've met him but he came here) in Europe. I'm 18 years old and my parents are fighting me on it relentlessly. I have the money and everything, but they are scared I'll be involved in a terrorist attack/get kidnapped for human trafficking. I've tried to convince her that it's not as common as she thinks, people travel solo every single day and are fine. How can I convince her I will be fine? Or am I wrong? Anyone with travelling experience is especially welcome to give their input.

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  • Are you legally a minor? This will determine a few things. – Burhan Khalid Jun 2 '17 at 0:27
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    Not only is this question purely opinion based, but also details such as which country you are going to et al is missing. Surely if you were a woman going to Azerbaijan the concern and advice might be different than from Switzerland. – user 56513 Jun 2 '17 at 0:39
  • Possible duplicate of Traveling in Europe Solo - 18 years old. Feasible? – Greg Hewgill Jun 2 '17 at 1:09
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    Statistically, if you die on your journey, you will die in a car accident. And depending on where you come from and where you go, that risk could actually be smaller than if you stayed at home. Another risk is drowning if you like to go swimming in unfamiliar waters in foreign countries. The other risks you listed are negligible, unless you intend to travel to a civil war zone like eastern Ukraine, which is inadvisable. None of this is opinion based. – Peter Jun 2 '17 at 8:41
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    @Johns-305 I suspect the parents are more worried about the boyfriend part (a long-distance relationship beginning at age 13!) and the dangers of travel are pretextual. Western Europe, to address the OP, is probably safer than your hometown, as long as you don't do something stupid like get black-out drunk. (At 18 you are legal to drink there.) – Andrew Lazarus Jun 2 '17 at 19:00

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