My hubby-hubster (3rd year) and I are currently on our first awaaaay rotation. Like, 23-hour car ride away (we flew though) and staying with our in-laws. Well, my in-laws. His parents.
At first, I was excited to get away for a rotation in the middle of winter. Then, I was hesitant- what about our familiar routine, what about our space, what about our son's sleep schedule?!
But, a dear friend resident wife encouraged me to travel- she said, you never know where you'll end up for residency, see family while you can. So, we jumped and are having a blast. The 9-month-old kid's sleep schedule is a challenge on the road but we've gotten to stay with both my parents and my in-laws= lots of help with baby and LOTS warmer weather. If I can bypass a month of winter, then I count it as a win.
I do miss my girls' group up north but I'm glad that we went away for this rotation and definitely grateful that we were all 3 able to come. Not to be morbid or Debbie Downer, but you can't take for granted visits with family- you're not promised a next one!