Living on the other side of the world for a few years made me realise, that for myself there is only one 'real home'.
My real 'home' will always be where I grew up, where I lived most of my life (until today), and especially where I spent my childhood.
In the meantime I nevertheless had so many other ones...
When I lived in NZ (with my now husband) our house, where we lived was 'home'. When we were in ZA, home was his Mum's 'home'.
I always felt comfortable no matter where I lived, but nevertheless when I talk about home, everyone seems to know what I mean...
What is 'home' for you and how important is it in your life? And how much does it influence you, when it is up to you to decided, where you wanna live? Have you ever been homesick? (Maybe a silly question to ask on 'travellerspoint', but it would be interesting to know, as I've never been)
and... what do you love most about home and miss the most when you are away?
I've been away from new zealand for over 13 years now. I don't miss it , but it's still home (where your raised).
Take the man out of the country but the country never leaves the man
"Home" for me is the Island where I live nowsince 16 years.
All the time before when I was travelling I would say:I have to go back,never said I have to go home.
Now it is different,after a few weeks away I will say,it's time to go home.
What a feeling when the plane is touching ground,I'M HOME !
Cant wait to get out,there are my friends to welcome me,my house and all my animales,I'm home again.
I still have contact with a few people back in Germany but I dont go to visit them,the come to me or we meet somewhere.
My base is currently Sweden. I'm Welsh. Grew up mostly in England until 13. But my home is my rucksack.
Sounds daft I know, but it's the one thing i'm most comfortable with and is constant in my life. I moved around allot as a kid, so don't have that one long term "base" where my family and friends are. I've since lived in a few other countries, and that is diluted more by the fact that even then I have been travelling most of the time anyway.
Home is where I feel most comfortable in and at peace with. It's not my current location, because I'm still searching for my ideal home, but I'll know it when I find it.
I realised the answer to this question when I was on the other side of the world, far from friends and family...
I was lying in a tent at night, on the side of a mountain with the deafening sound of a raging river beside me and the wind whipping around the tent. The biggest starry sky enveloped the scene.
I felt I had come home. I felt I belonged and I felt completely at peace.
I am most "at home" when I am in the natural environment- in the Aussie bush or the Andes or the Serengeti. Ive felt this same feeling of oneness in each and have never felt it in a house anywhere.
"home"means the place and the times that i can never go back to me...a warm place and friends will come with you whenever,wherever you need them;there is always a lighten light in your house no matter how late you back home~~i miss that .but growing up and leaving is inescapable.so "home"maybe just a memory written down the golden years for me...
"Home is were the heart is"
Home for me is the place where I can hear my dog's paws hiting the floor.
When I moved to Portugal he had to stay in Brazil for four months because of the laws to enter UE with animals. When he finally arrived I can't explain how it felt good. When he started walking around he made that noise I had no idea I had missed so much. It was only by then that I felt home in my current home.
What can I say? I'm a doggy person.
aarantes, that's a good one!!!