While I know that today is the busiest travel day of the year and TSA rules are causing a political and practical stir, you cannot underestimate the power of one…one flight segment.
When we had the “college talk” years ago we instituted very few rules about schools. The one I was very firm about was the “one flight segment” rule. This was the one where we wanted him to select a school no further than one airport you can get to without a plane change. From Buffalo that did not limit him very much. It only took California off of the radar.
He can get to New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Baltimore/DC in one easy flight. Ironically, Fairfield (50 miles from NYC) takes almost as long to drive as it does to fly when you consider getting to the airport, parking and pat down.
When our son was a freshman we made his Thanksgiving flight before school even started. It seemed like a good idea at the time but we ended up giving up his return flight because he needed to get back for swim practice. Still, I do not regret that because it was far less expensive in August than it would have been in the fall.
When his roommate from Sacramento, CA became ill several years ago it brought the distance issue much closer. His mother needed to make arrangements to fly to Connecticut and could not get there for almost 24 hours. They think we’re crazy until something like that happens.
Here’s to those freshman parents who are welcoming their children home for the first time since their college adventure began…and to the rest of us who are happy to have a full house, even if it is only for a few days!
Life is good!