Travel is such a fickle beast. For people like me, I want it all the time. When I’m not traveling, I’m dreaming about it, reading blogs, making a list of all the places I want to go and things I want to see and do. I look forward to my next precious chunk of time when I can pack a bag, dust off the old passport and head out to some unknown spot.
I’m extremely lucky to live in central Europe where crossing a border means nothing more than a blip on the GPS. There’s no stopping and no stamping needed. Getting on a plane from Germany to Spain is no different than getting on one from Phoenix to New York. You don’t need anything more than an identification card, no passport required. So we go all over Europe. The towns and cities are quaint. The architecture is beautiful. The food is delectable. Europe never disappoints, yet I yearn. I yearn for the more exotic destinations. Already, I can only speak a spattering of European languages well enough to order a beer, so just not speaking the local language is not exotic enough. I need to be in a different climate, a different culture, with a different look, feel, and taste.
Then I go to this new and foreign locale and what happens? I’m happy for a time, but then I miss my pillow, my version of an American breakfast, my family, my friends, my life back home. I don’t miss it enough to not want to travel or to head back home, but enough to think about it, maybe mention it at the hotel breakfast. It creeps in and eventually takes hold. It is a part of travel, the little nagging feeling of the familiar.
I can’t deny it. I can’t deny that I love my own food and surroundings as much as I love traveling to the most far-flung, out of the way places I can reach as often as I can manage it. It’s a paradox of emotions. When I’m home, I want to travel. When I’m traveling, I do miss my home. Either way you can call it a homesickness for the other.
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