The Joys in Returning

I love new adventures and staying in new places and learning new ways of doing things. But there is a certain bit of joy that comes from the comfort and familiarity of one’s own home. I’ve put together a list of a few little things that I look forward to when I come home. Some of these things seem small, but most of you travelers will understand what I’m talking about. I hope you can appreciate a few of these!

My own bathroom — I know where everything is, and there is (usually) plenty of it and I’m not pulling it out of a bag (where it has somehow managed to make it’s way to the very bottom even though I used it 3 minutes ago) every time I need it. Also, I have my own towels and am familiar with the water pressure of my shower (and know just how clean it really is).

My own transportation — I really love public transportation and all the many benefits that come with it. I love being able to read during travel time and how much better it is for the environment. But I like driving. I like my little car. I like listening to music while singing along obnoxiously loud.

My bed — And my snugly comforter. It may be what I miss most. Can I get an amen?

My closet — I like minimalist options and enjoy having outfits planned out while I travel. But I sure don’t mind getting home to clean clothes and more shoe choices.

Rejuvenated — Maybe not immediately after returning (first I typically enjoy some welcome sleep in that oh so missed bed of mine), but trips always give me an extra spring in my step. Both leading up to leaving and getting back. Often I’m already thinking about where to go next!

New eyes to see my home — I have never come back from a trip and not thought differently about some situation or person or place. I always have a desire to incorporate things into my life from where I just was. Whether that’s incorporating new colors into my home or pictures on the wall or trying a different routine.

Motivation — Having new eyes to see can often help with switching up the routine. Finding new ways to do the same old can really rejuvenate a person.

Processing — I try to make time to simply sit and reflect while I travel, but honestly, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. I enjoy looking back through pictures and writing down bits and pieces from my adventure, both to share and also just for me.

Moral of the story: Travel. It is one of the very best teachers out there.


What are some of your little joys of returning? Do you relate to any of these? 

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