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To allow my 11 year old to travel to USA alone ?

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Finallyspring · 23/05/2011 13:49

My DS has had a really good friend since they were 3 years old. I am good friends with his parents too, but this friendship was not engineered by us. It has been a really strong bond made by the two of them.

Sadly the family have recently moved to the US where the boy's father comes from. This was extremely hard for the two boys and my DS really hasn't been happy since. We have discussed my DS going to stay with them ever since the move was planned and I have always agreed it would be a good idea, but never made any firm plans. Now the other family and my DS are really pushing for him to come this summer.

Last night my DH and I agreed he should wait until next year and told him this. He became quite distraught, vomited and cried for hours and hours. This really is not usual behaviour for him.

This morning I had a good think about when he could go next year. However, there are no school holidays which coincide until next August and this does seem like a long time to wait. I then called the airline and found out that if he goes now he would have a chaperone for the whole journey. It is a non stop flight. He would be looked after like a member of the family ( I love and trust the parents ) and he would be staying in a safe and rural area.Not only that but I was given a discount for some reason and it turned out to be cheaper than I was expecting. If we leave it until next year I wonder if it would be hard for the boy to accommodate DS with his new life and friends. So, now I am thinking we should let him go this summer.

AIBU to do this ? He is (usually) a stable and secure child who has gone on school trips and sleepovers without a backward glance but it just seems a bit weird to let your child travel a whole continent away. DH and I can't go with him for various work/family reasons. His brother flew to France by himself at the same age and it was fine, but the USA just seems so far.

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toutlemonde · 23/05/2011 20:01

I went to Canada on my own at a similar age, and had terrible terrible travel sickness the entire way (hadn't had it particularly before). I still remember that flight out, sick and on my own, as one of the worst experiences of my life... Please send him with some motion sickness pills just in case!

Finallyspring · 23/05/2011 20:09

toutlemonde Poor you. I didn't think that people still got airsick I haven't heard of it since I was a child. Has something changed with the design of aircraft ?
DS has been on long haul flights before without feeling sick, but could always be first time !

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MadamDeathstare · 23/05/2011 20:56

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