The commute is maddening
Oh and the commute is absolutely maddening. It can be a real disaster sometimes. Maybe one parent lives right by the airport, so it would make sense that that parent pick you up from the airport. But that parent is working when you land, and has a couple crazy workdays right after your arrival. So it actually makes most sense for you to visit the other parent first, but she’s like, “So I have to drive two hours to get you from the airport? Why can’t your dad get you and bring you here?!” So now you’re going away from the airport to be with one parent, then back by the airport to be with the other later.