Traveling to and from college (?)

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Traveling to and from college (?)
Fri, 06-24-2011 - 11:03am
My son is going to school 1,800 miles away from home, so air travel is going to be mandatory. It is quite expensive and I am wondering how others in the same predicament handle it. How often does your college student come home? I am figuring that for the first year we will bring him home for all his breaks - fall break, thanksgiving, Christmas, spring break. Next year we will probably drop the fall break visit and maybe even the spring break visit (as it is just a couple of days.). Maybe we will even go visit him instead as his school is in a lovely location. I am going to miss him so much, but he knows that there a consequences for choosing a school so far away. I remember when I was in college my friend was from Malaysia. She only went home for the summer break. Any advice on the matter would be appreciated.



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Fri, 06-24-2011 - 12:03pm

I wasn't in that situation w/ my DD but my cousin's DD came to school in MA and they were from Nebraska.

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Fri, 06-24-2011 - 12:44pm
Thanks for the confirmation that my plans make sense. It just seems to me that kids come home from college all the tome now. Our friends' daughter seems to be coming home every other weekend. I just don't remember anyone doing that when I was in school. I remember being anxious to get home during the scheduled breaks my first year, but after that I was pretty comfortable just hanging out at school. I even stayed for one summer and worked.
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Fri, 06-24-2011 - 2:56pm

My ds went to college about 500 miles from home. Freshman year he came home for Thanksgiving, winter break, and the 1-week spring break--the dorms closed and they had to vacate. The subsequent years he lived off-campus and eventually didn't come home for spring break. The college friends whose families lived within a 1-2 hour drive of campus went home a lot but the others stayed at school/college town.

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Fri, 06-24-2011 - 3:56pm

One of my gf's has a dd who went to school at MIT.

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Fri, 06-24-2011 - 4:43pm
Thanks Sabr. We pretty much do that already. My husband has a card that he uses for work. He travels a lot for work and we get a lot of frequent flyer points with that card. We buy roundtrip tickets via frequent flyers for all four of us for vacation each summer. Sometimes we go somewhere for Christmas as well. This fall we had so many points that we bought four first class tickets for this summer vacation. Of course then ds decided to go to Colorado for college. LOL. We still have a lot left though and several of his tickets will be free.

As for putting all our charges on one card ... That is not something I want to do. I really want to keep dh's work expenses separate from our family expenses. But I do have a card that I get reward points for. I just usually cash them in for cash. It is a good idea to put the mortgage on my card. I hadn't thought of that. Thanks for the idea.
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Sat, 06-25-2011 - 10:08am

Yeah, I never knew, either, that we could put mtg pmts on a charge card...will have to see if our lender allows that.


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Sat, 06-25-2011 - 11:01am
LOL... My dh is actually home a fair amount. He is senior technical support for a big consulting firm so he travels a lot, but he rarely spends more than a day or two in one place when he travels. As a result he travels about 10 days a month and usually goes to about 5 or 6 different cities. He puts all his airline tickets, hotels, meals etc.. On his card so it adds up. He does go to Brazil about once a year as well which is obviously a longer trip, but really boosts those frequent fliers.

We used to live in northern VA. Is that where you live? We really liked it there, but it is a very busy place.

Thanks for the advice on Thanksgiving. We are going to get that ticket this weekend. And, no, my son does not ski. This ought to be interesting because I am sure he will be going skiing now that he is in CO. I am a little nervous about that. None of us are particularly athletic (we do love hiking and biking, but we do really tame stuff) and I am afraid someone will convince him to go down a slope that is way to difficult for him. The good news is that he won't have enough time or money to go skiing very often.

We used to live in Reston, VA. I really liked it there. We lived there for about 15 years. Do you live in northern VA? Pennsylvania is slot quieter than the DC area and I have grown to really like it, but there are things about VA that I really miss.
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Sat, 06-25-2011 - 8:33pm

My dd lived in Reston.VA about 4 years ago when she first moved to VA after college graduation.

She lived in Reston from Jan 07 to Nov 2008 and commuted to tysons corner for her

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Sat, 06-25-2011 - 10:13pm

I went 1800 mile away from home.

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Sun, 06-26-2011 - 7:46am

My son will be going to school 1000 miles away from home.