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

posted 7 years ago in Family
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I moved to Greece from the States 4 years ago and it is very hard for me to be a 10 hour flight away from my parents. I see them on Xmas and over the summer, but I don’t think I could handle that long term.

My parents plan on staying in Greece 6 months out of the year once my dad retires, which makes me feel ok for now.

I think it depends on how you feel- are you ok with not being able to visit your parents easily/cheaply? Would you want them closer to help take care of future possible kids?

 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve lived 4 hours from my parents for 6 years. To be honest, it’s just a tiny bit too far for me. If it were 1-2 hours I could visit them more often. I wish they lived closer. But I love where I live and could never imagine moving back to my hometown. On the bright side, my future in-laws live in the same town as my parents, and I don’t mind not having to see them too often (and that’s one of the reasons I will never move back there!). 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

Well recently, I lived basically an entire country apart from my family (they’re all in California, I was in New York). After the wedding, they’ll be a more modest 6-7 hour drive from me. I feel like that’s a pretty good distance. They’re all close and visiting each other isn’t really that bad, but we’re not right next to each other, and that’s nice, too. 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I live an hour and half from my parents and Darling Husband lives close to 3.5 hours from his.  I like the fact, I am far enough away they don’t bother me but yet close enough when want to go visit can.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I live 15 minutes from my parents and about an hour from DH’s parents – It will be a sad sad day when i have to move away from them. I’ve lived here for 20 years! My husband on the other hand has moved so many times in his life that it seems easier for him to be away from family but not me – my family means so much to me it would break my heart! i hope hope hope that we can stay around here, especially when we decide to have children, i want them near their grandparents. We are in a perfect location right now. we could see both sets of parents in a day if we wanted.

Truley it scares me to move – i have never lived more than 30 minutes away from my family.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I live in California and my family splits time between the NY Area and south Florida.  My fiance’s family is all in the NY area.

We are both really close with our families and I think living this far away totally sucks.  However, there are a lot of things I love about California (and this week marks the start of year 8 out here… 4 years of college, 4 years back home, and now 3 full years back out west).  I’m willing to deal with the distance in return for a better lifestyle, better weather, being closer to my friends.  My fiance really, really wants to go back, though, so this is definitely an issue we’ll be wrestling with over the next couple of years.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I live in South Dakota and my parents live in Alaska. It would be an 8 hour flight or a 24 hours car ride to see them on a regular basis. I see them as much as I can when they come to CONUS (Continental United States). But I also grew up in a military family so my dad was always traveling; I guess I am used to it? I don’t like it though

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My fiancee and I committed to grad school in Northern New England for the next five years while her family is from Oklahoma and mine is outside of Baltimore. Thank god for the internet and our iPhones Factime feature.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@tranquility: Oh then thats great! If you know you’ll both make regular visits, it should be fine. 🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I lived 10 hours (driving – only like an hour and a half flight) from my family for the four years of college plus 2 years after graduating, now I live on the other side of the country (literally I’m in California they’re all in Massachusetts). I think with technology these days (still trying to teach my Dad to Skype) the distance doesn’t feel that far.

And although I’m really not close with my family, my best friend still lives in MA and although it sucks we’re still as close as ever.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

5 miles one way and about 12 the other. His parents are a little farther, about 30 mi north, but we are sort-of looking at a house a couple minutes from them so who knows. I always thought I would end up farther from family than I did, but it is nice this way. We see them every week or so, more often now that my sibling is in town.

I have lived up to 11 hours away from family, though. And, at the time, I didn’t have a phone. Strangely I felt like we kept in touch MORE though, through letters and email! It wasn’t so bad.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I lived 10 hours (driving – only like an hour and a half flight) from my family for the four years of college plus 2 years after graduating, now I live on the other side of the country (literally I’m in California they’re all in Massachusetts). I think with technology these days (still trying to teach my Dad to Skype) the distance doesn’t feel that far.

And although I’m really not close with my family, my best friend still lives in MA and although it sucks we’re still as close as ever.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My entire family is 6 hours away from where I am. My dad is the only one living in Toronto and even then we don’t see each other that often (that will be another post one day). I find it very hard some days where I wish my mom was here, I do go down and see her but not as often as I would like.

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