I just came back to New Zealand after being away travelling for a year. When i came back I appreciated home so much better. I relised just how beautiful and special New Zealand is. I loved being able to identify with a culture again, merely because it was the culture that I was brought up in. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE travelling. I LOVE discovering new culture and new places and will continue to do this. But I really do love and appreciate my home that much more now.
What are your thoughts on this?
I think this is a very valid piont- I'm always so much more impressed with sleepy old Brisbane when I come back home after being on the road. I think part of it is being in the one place again and being able to unpack EVERYTHING and just settle again for awhile!
But I do appreciate the natural beauty of my hometown more when I get back too and I think I'm in a generally better mood around my friends and family when I get back too
It's great to travel, but it's nice to be home too!
I know exactly what you mean. Whenever I go away I always appreciate getting back to England, it always seems so green and lush. Even though its always raining
Yeah last year i also spent the year in Holland... when i first got there the trees had no leaves.. it was minus something degrees... raining... completely flat and all the houses looked the same!!! this was contrasting to having just left new zealands lush, scenic country with beautiful weather (summer time) and of course our houses all look different ... not just red brick!! of course after a while i grew to see the character in Holland and grew to love it there.. but really even tho i want to travel in the future.. i do really consider New Zealand to be the best place in the world
I'd say home is wherever I feel happiest - where the heart is. I don't know if I feel happiest at the moment where I am at home - although I love my family and friends I feel destined to travel and I am unsure if home will be somewhere else in a few years time. I could be totally wrong however and feel totally different when I travel long-term. Just at the moment I feel that whenever I travel somewhere whether it be France, Greece or wherever - I always think that the place I travel to could be my home. I have never been itching to get back to britain where I live whilst on holiday. So I'd say I could adjust to home anywhere - I love change though so maybe that's one of the reasons if I have to give one, I don't know.
I'd say for me it doesn't matter where I'm living. (in fact the town I currently living in I don't care for much at all). But I have to admit every time I go home (I live at school now so I only go to my parent's home every couple of months for a few days) I would like to stay longer to spend the time with my family. Especially to see my little sister, she is 7 and she's bigger every time I come home. It makes me a little sad to know I'm missing out on that but I also don't regret any of the time I've spent away from home to travel.
So I guess for me the place doesn't matter just the people...
when i went to africa, i did get homesick, i have to admit. but only a few times:
1. when i first had my stomach virus and was sick for a week, and only had long-drop for relief!
2. when my credit cards were stolen
3. when my mates and i fell out. this is gonna make me sound like a bitch, but i was actually unlucky in that i was a victim of rape and attempted murder- NOT TRYING TO PUT YOU ALL OFF!!!- and my friends didn't believe me...
4. when i had a chest infection
5. when i was sitting on the plane on the way home, looked forward to seeing my family so much again.
so yeah, for most people none of those should really apply!