My boyfriend (age 28) invited me (26) to live (not together) in the Midwest. Later this month, we'll have been together for four months though we've known each other for almost a year. He invited me to spend a week in his hometown in Utah for Christmas with his family. If I didn't come from such a close family, I would not be at all hesitant about going. But I am very close with my family.
My parents are both very old-fashioned and over-protective. Although they know that I'm not a virgin, I know that if I were to tell them I'm spending the night at his apartment (about a half hour away from my house), they would get extremely angry and say I have no respect for myself. We both have busy schedules and are only able to see each other about once a week so when we do see each other, I want to give him my undivided attention (which I would do even if we saw each other often) and want to spend as much time as I can with him. My parents don't understand this, however, and get upset if I don't text them throughout the night letting them know that I'm okay and then they'll text me at 9 or 10 p.m. saying it's late and I should be home by now.
What I want to know is, how can I bring up the possibility of spending a week with him and his family? Also, I kinda feel like this is a big step in the relationship, but I would still like to go. If I do go, this will be my first Christmas away from my family (ever since I can remember, we have always had big Christmas family parties with my mom's side of the family), my first time on a plane, and my first time away from home. Thoughts?