Post # 1
I know the states are massive and England is minuscule in comparison, but I am interested to know how everyone copes with the distance between you and your family members. Some bees say that there folks live hours and hours away.
My mum lives 20 minutes away by car, my dad 30 min, my brothers between 15-20 minutes and that’s to far in my opinion. How do you cope with the huge distances?
Post # 3
If I lived only 30 minutes tops from my family, I would be ecstatic! I live eight hours from my parents by car =(
Post # 4
@peachacid: wow 8 hours, you can travel the length of the UK in under 13.
Post # 5
I live 5 hours from my parents. I would love to live 30 minutes away, that’s so close!
As for how do I deal, well visit when possible and talk on the phone a lot.
Post # 6
Currently I live less than half a mile from my parents, and less than 10 miles from my closest sisters. However, within a month or so, I’m moving out of state and it will be more like a 4-hr drive. My coping plan is to call them all the time. My sisters and I usually text throughout the day anyway, but I think I’ll be making much more of a conscious effort to stay in touch.
Post # 7
I live about probably about 14 hrs (by car) from my folks and any other family on my side, my MIL is about 4 hours away. We just call often since making a trip in person is kind of hard most of the time.
Post # 8
I celebrate the fact that the majority of my family lives 3 hours away from me…lol
Post # 9
I live 12 hours from my mom by car and 2 days from my dad you’re lucky they’re so close
Post # 10
It’s a good thing I live so far from my entire family – I live in the middle of the US – with siblings on each boarder (NY, CA, TX).
The distance is what keeps us speaking.
Post # 11
I’m in Ontario, Canada and my brother and his family live in Colorado, USA. It’s a 24 hour drive IF you drive straight! One of my sisters and her family lives 6 hours away. You do learn to live with it…and use Skype a lot!!!
Post # 12
I miss my family very much too, but now it is 4+ flights for me. Lots of ways to keep in contact these days- utilize what you have. And when you want to, jump in a car and go visit. 30 minutes is how long it takes me to drive to the supermarket if traffic is bad!
Post # 13
I’m 6 hours from my parents, 18 from my brother, and 30 min from my fiance’s family. I talk to my Mom a lot on the phone, and kep up with family on facebook. It stinks sometimes, especially since I don’t have a car to go visit at the moment, but we try to see each other every 4-6 months.
Post # 14
my parents are 12-13 timezones ahead (do the math on the flight time xD) and my brother is three hours away. I wouldn’t say I cope, I’d say I just move on with life. I’m not particularly attached to my family, though I love them very much.
Post # 15
Actually, the distance between you and your parents sounds ideal to me- you can go see them just because you feel like it and it wouldn’t even have to be a whole day trip, but far enough that you (and FI/DH?) have your own, separate life. Then again, i live in a city where I may drive that long to go to a restaurant on the other side of town, and my whole family is a plane ride away. We talk on the phone once a week or so, and we get together over Christmas and 1-2 other random times a year, trading off when they come here and when I go there. Not ideal, but it works.
Post # 16
I actually prefer the distance to them being really close. Nothing to cope with – works great!