(Closed) How far do you live from your family?

posted 7 years ago in Relationships
  • poll: How far away do you live from your families? (assume you are driving)
    My family is less than 1 hour away by car : (47 votes)
    18 %
    My family is 1-2 hours away by car : (25 votes)
    10 %
    My family is 3-6 hours away by car : (24 votes)
    9 %
    My family is 7-12 hours away by car : (26 votes)
    10 %
    My family lives farther than you can drive in a day, so we have to fly to see them : (51 votes)
    20 %
    Other option for my family : (4 votes)
    2 %
    My partner's family is less than 1 hour away by car : (49 votes)
    19 %
    My partner's family is 1-2 hours away by car : (15 votes)
    6 %
    My partner's family is 3-6 hours away by car : (19 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    144 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    All of my immediate and most of my extended family live within a 12 block radius of me. My parents actually live across the street, as to both my grandmothers. It can be fun but it can also be annoying!

    Post # 4
    124 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    If it makes you feel any better, I’m a 12 hour flight away from my parents and my fiance.  Both of our parents are in Hawaii, he’s in Seattle, and I’m in Beijing.  What makes it worse is that it’s an 18 hour time change difference between Beijing and Hawaii.  Thank goodness for skype!

    Post # 5
    4547 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    My husband’s parents live 10 minutes from us. It’s nice because we can go out to dinner together, get our Christmas trees together, or whatever. My family lives about 9 hours away by car. It’s tough because we don’t get to see them very often.

    Post # 6
    2392 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Both my family and my fiance’s family live 3,000 miles from us.  The good thing is that they live less than an hour drive from each other, so we can go home and visit everyone in the same trip.  We generally fly home for at least a week twice a year – we’re really attached to our families and love visiting them, so we’re happy to spend our vacations that way, but it is costing us the chance to travel anywhere else.

    My fiance is in a PhD program and probably has about 3 years left.  We’re both getting pretty attached to the Bay Area, but I suspect that we will end up going back to New York when we’re done so that we can be closer to both our families.  My parents might move full time to Florida around then, but I guess at least that’s a shorter flight (and an easy way to get out of the cold for a long winter weekend).

    Post # 7
    7587 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    FI’s mom lives a 5 minute walk from us, which is too close. LOL. The rest of our immediate family is within 30 minutes or so. It’s quite nice.

    Post # 8
    1016 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    My family are 3000 miles away – they’re in CT and I’m in Ireland.  NOT fun.
    My in-laws are about 4 minutes’ drive away.  Luckily we get along!!!

    Post # 9
    3314 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We currently live with my family while we grown our savings (immigration and overseas relationships aren’t easy on the wallet).  My husband is 6k miles from his family.  🙁

    Post # 10
    1537 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    My Mom/Extended family: 18 hour drive/1.5 hour flight + 2 hour ferry

    My Dad/Extended family: opposite coast/6 hour flight

    FI’s Mom/Extended family: 8.5 hour drive/ 45 min flight

    FI’s Dad/Extended family: 6 hour drive

    Post # 11
    572 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    Both of our families live about 5 hours from us; mine are west of us, his are south of us.

    Post # 12
    641 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    My FI’s parents live about 15-20 minutes away by car, so we can see them quite a bit.  My Mom, Step-dad, and three youngest siblings live about 14 hours away by car, my Dad lives in Louisiana (which would be too far for us to drive), and my other sister lives in Napa, CA and would be way too far to drive!

    My family all moved away this summer, so this will be the first time that we will be travelling for the holidays.  We will be going to NC for Christmas to spend it with my family.

    Post # 13
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    My family is a 16 hour drive away from us (we drove to and from the wedding but we’ll always fly for any other trip).  DH’s family is a 13 hour drive away from us.  And both families are a 12 hour drive away from each other.

    Honestly, at this point in our lives, I really don’t mind.  Once we have kids, I’d like to be closer to family so that they can see their grandparents more but since I went 12 hours away from home for college, I’m used to being long distance from my family.

    And for me, about a 6 hour drive is the max I’d do very often without just getting plane tickets.

    Post # 14
    1986 posts
    Buzzing bee

    My family lives on the other side of the country, my FI’s family lives less than a mile away.

    Post # 15
    353 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    This is certainly a frequent topic during the holiday season. Last year we were engaged and couldn’t decide what to do, so we each went to our own family’s house for Christmas. This year we’re married and it was important for us to be together. We spent thanksgiving at my in law’s (3 hr drive), and we’ll be doing Christmas at my parents’ house (12 hr drive). It’s certainly hard, and visiting my family takes much more planning since it’s either a long car ride or an expensive flight and boarding for our 2 dogs.

    Post # 16
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I voted: 

    my family lives 1-2 hours by car (they live almost exactly 2 hrs north of us)

    his family lives 3-4 hours by car (FI’s dad/step mom live about 3ish hours by car)

    his family lives 7-12 hours by car (FI’s mom/step dad live about 10-12 hrs away depending on traffic… but really we would never drive to see them we just fly when we want to go)

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