The High Cost of Travel

Long distance parenting can be expensive!  Here are a few things I have done in my continuous quest to find affordable airfare and to make the traveling experience as pleasant as possible.

I have joined frequent flier programs. I like the frequent flier programs that allow miles to accumulate and can then be credited towards a free ticket but I have been very disappointed to learn that they do not all work that way. I’ve been racking up miles on one airline all summer long and just found out that all I can get from it is an upgrade. Sure, upgrades are nice but what I really would like is a little relief from these sky-high airfare rates!

I signed up for weekly e-mail alerts from all of the airlines on which I normally travel. I also check the travel sites periodically but it has been my experience that the best deals usually come directly from the airline sites.

Here’s one thing I highly recommend regarding November/December holiday travel: book your tickets sooner rather than later. I booked December flights last month and those same flights have already increased in price!

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I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful open community where parents can come and share their experiences in a non-threatening environment and without fear of criticism or judgment. I have been a long distance mom for almost two years now. The living arrangement I have with one of my children is not ideal but my current husband and I are doing our best to make it work. Being a long distance mom has been such an unparalleled experience for me that I have found it difficult to find others with which to talk about issues that are unique to being a long distance mom – until now. The image of long distance parents (moms especially) is in desperate need of a makeover. I think it is important for all of us, whether we are distance parents by choice or by circumstance, to focus on maintaining a happy, healthy family life. That’s where the forums on this site come in. This is a place to share ideas, vent frustrations, and receive emotional support from others in similar situations. I have several ideas for topics that I think will be interesting to explore including social stigma, long separations, visitation, legal issues, financial issues, holidays, travel, non-supportive people, etc. In sharing my personal stories, I’m hoping to help others know that they are not alone in the challenge of being a long distance parent.

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